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Page 2B SPORTS + Hays Free Press September 2010 + Hays x-country has strong finishes in Lockhart BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com After finishing in 10th place during their opening race of the season in Wlmbefley, the Hays boys and girls cross coun- try teams were looking for im- provement. They got it, as the Rebel boys finished in third place and the girls took fourth at the Lockhart Invitational on Saturday. ]ohnathan Gabriel paced the Rebel boys with a second place overall individual finish. "It was a very exciting race on both sides," Hays head coach Cliff Buckley said. "We are deft- nitely making improvements that are positive." Unlike most weeks, both the boys and girls teams ran on a short course (1.86 miles) at Lockhart. "The course gave the runners a chance to focus more on work- ing fast," Buckley said. "I thought both teams did a great job." Lena New and Miriana Sigala, who finished 1-2 at the district meet last year, finished in 7th and 8th place in Lockhart. New's time of 12 minutes, 33 seconds was just ahead of Si- galas 12:34. Other Lady Rebel varsity fin- ishers were Emily Cromwell (13:15, 21st), Grace Ortiz (13:41, 38th), Marissa Roman (14:04, 42nd) and Sarah Alexander (14:22, 47th). "Lena and Mariana both had very strong outings," Buckley said. "When we are able to close the gap between our top two and the rest of our runners, we are going to have a chance to be a very strong team on the girls side." Gabriel got out front and nev- er looked back, finishing second in the 78-rtmner field in a time of 10:16. "Johnathan ran a nice smooth race out front," Buckley said. "He looked very in control and relaxed for a majority of the race." Other rebel boys finishers were Bobby Lirnon ( 11:04, 20th), Tom Ayers ( 11:12, 25th), Michael Normand (11:16, 28th), Scott Cheshier (11:32, 33rd), Chris Ovalle (11:38, 37th) and lacob Rodriguez (11:48, 41st). Buckley also singled out Ayers' solid performance. 'Tkyers had a very nice race for us," Buckley said. "He has been working his way through the IV ranks and has been stepping into a new role for us this year. My hope is that he will keep pushing himself to get better." Buckley said his teams are in a good spot after their first two races of the season. "We have been very competi- tive up to this point and my hope is that our runners will continue COURTESY PHOTO Lena New (left) and Miriana Sigala (right) led the Hays girls to a fourth place finish at the Lockhart Invitational Meet on Saturday. Hays' Johna- than Gabriel paced the Rebel boys with a second place overall individual finish. to come in with a good strong work ethic," he said. "If they do that, we will be in the thick of things come the end of the sea- son. It's a long year and we need to keep hitting small goals along the way to be where we want to be at the end of October." COURTESY PHOTO Hays, Lehman athletes go Platinum Hays varsity softball player McKinna Kinsey and Lehman varsity player Cydney Ervin traveled with Austin-based team 16U Platinum in August to the ESPN RISE National Softball Championships in Huntington Beach, CA. The team is coached by former University of Texas standout and team USA member Lindsay Gardner. Hays Football: 'Mental breakdowns' cost them the game Continued from pg. 1B down jaunt. "We have playmakers on both sides of the football," said Anderson head coach Mark Relland. "They definitely made some plays and changed the momentum in the second half." Hays built a 21-7 lead in the first half keyed by a 46-yard touchdown run by Smith out of the wildcat formation, and a 79-yard touchdown run by Michael Romero on a slot receiver-reverse play. Anderson put together a drive late in the first half to get back in the game, as Wehmeyer hit Clark with a 7-yard quick- slant pass on the last play of the second quarter to cut the gap to 21-14 at the break. "We just had a bunch of mental break- downs," Romero said. "We seemed to let down and didn't have the same composure we did at the beginning of the game." Hays will have to regroup quickly as old rival San Marcos High School will visit Shelton Stadium next Friday night. "We'll be ready for San Marcos," Rome- ro said. "We're going to work as hard as we can to fix the things we did wrong to- night." Kimbro played the entire game at quar- terback for the Rebels against Anderson. Offensive coordinator Chris Smith said Kimbro and junior signal-caller Mason Cervenka, who was out against the Trojans with a knee injury suffered late against Akins, will be splitting duty behind center Friday against the Rattlers. Lobo Volleyball: Ladies pounding away toward district Continued from pg. 1 B 25-22, 25-20), San Antonio Brennan (20-25, 25-22, 25-15) and Poteet (25-20, 27-25). For the second straight tournament, the Lady Lobos played extremely well in the second day of action after failing to secure a win in the opening round. "I'm not sure why we've been playing bet- ter in bracket play but maybe our energy level seems to be a little bit higher," said senior setter Vikki Smith. "If we could have played the way we played on Saturday, we obviously would have been able to finish higher." A slow start didn't hamper Lehman's chances in their heart-stopping win over Akins in which two of the areas best outside hitters were on full display in Lady Lobo Mariana Filipi and Akins' Leslie Hansen. After Lehman pounded away at the Akins defense for six easy points to start the first game and take an early 7-2 advantage, Hart- sen and teammate ]illWamble got on track and helped the Bears close to 9-6. From there, Filipi and Andreana Marti- nez each had a pair ofkiUs and Smith added two of her game-high 32 assists as Lehman cruised to an easy 25-9 win in the opening set. The second game belonged to Akins and Hansen ,as she pounded five of her game- high 19 kills to even the match at 1-1 with a 25-12 win in the second set. Lehman took advantage of a couple of Akins hitting errors in the late stages of the, game to win the third game 25-23 before Aldns came back with a close win of their" own 26-24 to even the match at two games apiece. The deciding game came down to the experienced setting of Smith and Lehman's defense behind Feliciana Ortiz's eight digs and five big kills from Filipi. With Lehman clinging to a slim 10-9 lead, Filipi's timely dig led to a cross-court kill by Imani Fairman. Another ace by Smith pushed the lead to 12-9 and the Lady Lobos never looked back. "It's always nice to get a win but when you're able to be a part of such an exciting game it's even better," Filipi said. "We played really good defense and finished the game strong." Lehman (6-10) will open district play this Friday in Lockhart. Hays Volleyball: Lady Rebs ready to battle in district play Continued from pg. 1 B Nelson have all missed playing time. "I would have liked to see some of our younger players step up and shine when they had a chance to fill some pretty big shoes," Walther said. "We're just not quite there yet. I think we definitely still have a chance to turn things around because I re- ally believe in the potential this team has." Hays, which knocked offBellville and LBJ for its two victories during the Rebel Bash, has played numerous close matches in the non-district season, but wins have been few and far between. The Lady Rebels' record is 9-20 as the district Season nears. "I'm absolutely disappointed we don't have more wins," Walther said. "No one likes to have a losing record. I think there are still good things happening, and I don't: see this team losing confidence. They are; continuing to work hard to improve, andt that's really what the matches before dis-. trict are all about." Walther said she doesn't think the team is; too far from turning the comer. "We need to learn how to put the balll away and finish off points better on of-. lense," she said. 'At times we've been really, good, but we need to be more consistent,, especially once district begins." Clark said the Lady Rebs are looking for-- ward to the district season. "We've played some really tough teams in tournaments and regular matches to gett ready for district," Clark said. "I think we're ready to come out and fight and battle in district play. We want to go to playoffs more than anything, so we know it's time to start playing our best volleyball." Walther said she still thinks her team will be in the playoffpicture at the end of its dis- trict run. "We just need to start firing on all cylin- ders," Walther said. "We need to play with a sense of urgency, because the competition will be tough in 27-4A, but I definitely think we have a good shot at making the play- offs." After traveling to Smithson Valley Friday, the LadyRebs will continue 27-4A play Sept. 14, at Clemens, before returning home to host Canyon in district action Sept. 17. Hays line- backer Nate Paez pulls down Ander- son receiver Carlos Vera after a first- down recep- tion during the Rebels 41-28 loss. The Rebels will take on old rival San Marcos for the first time since 2003, Friday night at Shelton Stadium. PHOTO BY LINCOLI LOOKIN s,..,.00s,, .,,,s G AH EAD: When: Friday, September 1!0, 7:30 p.m. Where: Shelton Stadium i Records: Hays (1-1), San Marcos (0-1) I Last Week: Anderson beat!Hays 41-28, San Marcos was idl Last Meeting: San Mamos133, Hays 7 (2003) What they're saying: "We'll be ready for San Maroos. We kr a big rival they were back in the day," Hays receiver Michael San Marcos Offense: SlotiT San Mareos Defense: Spl Hays Offense: Multiple Hays Defense: 3-4 Players To Watch: Hays - RB Torrance Smith, RB Tony Gar, Caleb Kimbro, QB Mason Cervenka, WR Michael Romero, E Reyes, DE Alan Matin San Marcos - QB Terrance Wilburn, RB C.J. Gutierrez, RB E uel Saldana, RB Jerome Harris, DB Tre Armstead, DE Kash, LB Robert Spears Intangibles: It seems like a long time since 1998, when San and Hays both entered Bobcat Stadium with identical 7-0 re as two of the top teams in Central Texas with the district title line. The Rebels won one of the most memorable games in t in front of more than 16,000 fans. It was one in a string of cl games between the Rebels, who didn't lose to the Rattlers it 1990s, and San Marcos, which won the last two times the te played. Although neither team is as strong as it was during tl glory years, it's great to see the old rivalry renewed again for time in seven seasons. The Rattlers were pounded 42-0 in tt son opener against Marble Falls, so Hays should have the ct to put up some points on a younger and smaller San Marco., Friday night at Shelton Stadium. If the Rebel defense can co Rattlers' tricky run-filled misdirection Slot-T offense, Hays st to victory. / Free Press Prediction: Hays 47, San Marcos 13 LEHMAN VS, AUSTIN CROCKETT When: Thursday, September 9, 7:00 p.m. Where: Burger Center, Austin Records: Lehman (1-1), Crockett (0-2) Last Week: Lehman beat SA Edison 28-21, Crockett lost to 83-0. What they're saying: "Last week we had good practices an showed on the field. When we practice well we play well. So fully we will be ready to go on Thursday," - Lehman senior re Peter Gutierrez. Crockett Offense: Wing-T Crockett Defense: 4-3 ! Lehman offense: Multiple Lehman Defense: 4-2-5 Players To Watch: Lehmaq - LB Jon Frazier, RB/LB Charles liams, WR/QB Harvest Trammell, WR Peter Gutierrez, FB Ri Porche, SE Jaylon Hardawy Crockett: QB Paul Wagner, CB Henry Guerra, RB Joseph Ba FS Vicente Cantu-Harkless;TE Marcellus Henderson Intangibles: Lehman's offense got on track last week at San tonio Edison behind the legs of Trammell and the aerial attac both Gutierrez and Hardaway. The Lobo defense showed fla what it will be with a couple of clutch stops in the latter stagl contest when it appeared they were in danger of surrenderin tying touchdown to the Golden Bears. The Cougars of Distri have failed to score a touchdown this season in losses to Dr Springs and Caldwell and have a very young squad that sho pose much of a threat to Lehman on paper. QB Wagner pas,' 112 yards last week at Caldwell and will be relied on heavily Cougars are to win while RB Basemore is the leading rusher Crockett. 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