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Page 10, The Free Press Sports August 28, 2003 Rebels look playoff bound, but is stlake beatable? BY BILL PETERSON Editor 'AYS CISD-Hoping to play .the new football season with a little extra spring in its step, the Hays High School football team knows it must fight for every push and pull if a playoff appearance is to wait at the end. The Rebels have struggled in their last two seasons in District 25-5A, which has presented numerous competitive chal- lenges. In a lot of districts, for example, it might be expected that a strong group of chal- lengers would come out fairly evenly over the long haul. But District 25-5A is the district that includes Westlake, winner of 67 consecutive district games, a national record. So, one almost pencils in Westlake at the top before even a kickoff. While the sudden res- ignation of long-time coach Ron Schroeder on the first day of practice may have sent shock- waves through the program, actual games may have a way of bringing the team back to reali- ty. And the Chaparrals haven't exactly changed their tune, as they simply don't have time. Derek Long, the defensive coor- dinator, steps in to run the show. Before the season, Schroeder said both lines need work. We'll see. Beyond the lines, the Westlake show has plenty of stars. Tyler Campbell, another son of Earl Campbell, will lead the running attack, while Turner Wimberley enters the season as the most experienced quarter- back. Linebacker Yogi Yokubiatis turned in big plays last year and Jordon Street another son of James Street, is highly regarded at free safety. Maybe Westlake is weaker than it's been in a while due to inexperienced line play and change on the coaching staff, but it chokes in the throat to say Westlake won't win the district when it hasn't even lost a district game in more than ten years. San Marcos finally worked its way past Hays last year on the field and in the standings. With seven starters returning to a defense that gave up a touch- down or less six times last year, the Rattlers shouldn't be any 'worse. Indeed, the Rattlers probably enter the season as the best of the rest outside of Westlake. San Marcos tailback Justin Romo broke 1,000 yards last season and gave the Rebels fits in the second half when they met last year. Defensive line- man Nat Langford and line- backer Felipe Villegas are sure tacklers and two defensive backs, Dillon Dabelgott and Jeremy Reichel combined last year for eight interceptions. The huge game of the sea- son, of course, is scheduled for Oct. 10, when the Rebels go to Bobcat Stadium for the first time since those two teams filled the joint in 1998. Almost certainly, San Marcos will be 2- 0 in the league, having played Crockett and Seguin. Hays will have played Bowie and Crockett. The Rebels will depend on their defense, which accumulat- ed lots of experience last season due to injuries. While much of the discussion at the end of last year concerned the Rebels' aversion to their first losing sea- son since 1985, which they avoided by winning their last two games, they made pretty nice improvement after a dread- ful start. The schedule will demand that the Rebels be at peak form during the middle of the season. Following those f'LrSt tWO district games, the Rebels will play con- secutively against San Marcos, Austin and Westlake, the other three top playoff contenders. If the Rebels come through those games well, they'll work from a strong position at the end of the season, playing their final tWo games against Seguin and Akins. With a favorable schedule early and late, along with an experienced defense,, the Rebels should at least cop the final playoff spot, if they don't jump up to bite Westlake and San Marcos to finish even better. The district bottom dwellers - Crockett, Seguin and Akins -' need to prove it on the field before they make believers. And the other two top playoff com- petitors, Austin and Bowie, face substantial rebuilding. Of those two, Austin is in better shape, due to the return of two excellent skill players, run- Hays netters improve record with three wins BY DANIEL MICHAEL Staff Writer 'AYS CISD-The Hays .High School volleyball team improved its record to 3-2 after running over Austin McCallum Tuesday at home, and beating Stoney Point and Lockhart last Friday in Lockhart. Although the Rebels lost to New Braunfels in a close match in their late match Tuesday, assistant volleyball coach Danny Preuss said the team played its best games all season in the loss. "The last two games were strong," Pruess said. "We're a young team, but we will improve." Anna Breyfogle finished with 14 kills and nine blocks in the match. "When she is on, we are really, really good," Pruess said. Also against New Braunfels, freshman Taylor Deering had 10 kills and nine blocks, while senior Jordan Elliot turned in a whopping 31 assist. The Rebels needed four games to beat McCallum by scores of 25-16, 24-26, 25-23 and 25-19. Breytogle had 12 kills and six blocks, while junior Ashley Rogge had seven kills and five block. Elliot notched another 34 assists. Last Friday, The Rebels swept Stoney Point in three games: 25-18, 25-20, and 26- 24. The Rebels also turned in an impressive victory against Lockhart by scores of 26-20, 26-27, 25-18 and 25-10. "Its kind of a rebuilding year," Preuss said. "We still have high expectations." The Rebels will play for the first time in the Fraulein Volleyfest this weekend in New Braunfels. The team will face Marshall in the first round at 11:30 a.m., Friday. Preuss said the tournament will be highly competitive. Also competing in the double elimi- nation tournament are state wide favorites Westlake and Converse Judson. Preuss said the team has received a tremendous amount of support from parents and stu- dents. In addition, girls basket- ball players who aren't on the volleyball team have come out in support. "We support each other," Pruess said. ning back Lester simmons and wide receiver Fred Strong. However, the Maroons lost 30 lettermen. Bowie lost 27 lettermen, includ- ing their most dangerous weapons, running back Michael Griffin and his brother, quarterback Marcus Griffin. The Bulldogs bring back only one starter on either side of the ball, wide receiver Matt Cartier. BetWeen them last year, Akins, Crockett and Seguin won three district garn. es. Their haul doesn't figure to increase this season. Seguin returns the most experi- ence of that group, six starters on offense and five on defense. trl m Local Library Events CHILDREN'S STORYTIME at the Kyle Community Library Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. BI-LINGUAL STORYTIME coming to the Buda Public Library Mondays in March at 10:30 a.m. Listen to stories and sing simple songs in Spanish and English. All ages are welcome. Free. KUNDALINI YOGA at the San Marcos Library on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays of each month at 6 p.m. Bring a towel or blanet to sit on. Everyone welcome. Hours of Operation: Basil Anthony Moreau Library Kyle (Buda Public Library) Community Library Monday 10am-8pm Monday 11am-5pm Tuesday 10am-Bpm Tuesday 10am-8pm Wednesday 10arn-Bpm Wednesday 10am-6pm Thursday lOam-8pm Thursday 10am-8pm Friday 10am-5pm Fnday 10am-6pm Saturday 10am-5pm Saturday 9am-3pm Sunday Closed Sunday Closed San Marcos Wimberley Village Public Library Library Monday 10am-gpm Monday 10am-8pm Tuesday 10am-9pm Tuesday 10am-6prn Wednesday 10am-gpm Wednesday 10am-Spin Thursday 10am-9pm Thursday Closed Friday 10am-6pm Friday 10am-6pm Saturday 10am-5pm Saturday 10arn-4pm Sunday I pm-6pm Sunday Closed Lel:'s (eep PIle movin for00Nar wil:h l=p a]/or 11/ ames kin Mayor Adkins shares an important role in Kyle's major accomplishments. Do we want him to stop now?. HEB Super Store opening next year Property tax rates lowered, for the 7th straight year New fire station east of Interstate 35 A building moratorium, allowing for intelligent growth Municipal swimming pool under construction New sources of water secured New commercial deveopment on the horizon  ii iiiiiiiiiij ''iii iiiiii!iill i in l:he Se )1:. 12; I;:eca I Ee(=l:ion Early Voting Aug. 27-Sept. 9 at Ky!e City Hall Mnday'Wednesday' 8arn-5prn Thursday, 8arn-7prn Friday, 8arn-5prn and Saturday, 9am-lprn Closed Labor Day Pd. Po. Adv. by Citizens for the Unification of Kyle; Lila Knight, Treasurer; P.O. Box 784, Kyle, TX 78640 [] []