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+ HaysFreePress.~ HARVEY DAMAGE Hays ClSD buildings see $830K worth of damage from storm. - Page 3B September 13, 2017 Page 1B i BY MARK CISNEROS that took nearly six hours matches, girls doubles team of se- sets 6-3, 7-5. to complete. Lehman'sIn girls doubles, nior Raven Hamilton and The turning point of When the dust finally three point win was the freshman Mady Mireles, junior Ana Heysquierdo the match took place settled in a competi- narrowest final margin who played in the topdropped the second set when the mixed-doubles tive match against the between the two teams in spot alongside seniorbefore closing out 10-3 in team of senior Nathan Hays Rebels Sept. 8, the over four years. Alex Rivera, knocked off a super-tiebreaker in the Rangel and junior Sofia Lehman Lobos emerged The Lobos got offto aHays' Makenzie Sutaris third set. Gonzalez rallied from a with the team's fourth, hot start early on, win- and Sarah Mendiola inThe freshman girls 5-1 deficit to take the first straight win in a row. ning five of their seven straight sets, 7-5, 6-1. doubles team of Izzy set 7-5. They persevered Lehman did so by best- doubles matches, includ- After winning a deci-Carrera and BB Thomsen through a second set ing Hays 10-7 in a match ing all three girls doubles sive first set, the Lobo notched a win in straight tiebreaker loss to win a third set super-tiebreaker 10-8. Seniors Diego De La Fuente, Alex Rivera and Raven Hamilton all earned singles wins before the Rebels came roaring back with wins of their own. Rebels Billon TENNIS, 2B , , ,,=, ,,, PHOTO BY TRACY AND RHONDA STIRMAN A Georgetown Eagles defender grabs the jersey of Hays Rebel junior Nate Tate (8) as he speeds down the sideline Sept. 7. BY MOSES LEOS III )ust when it seemed the Hays Rebels were go- ing to pull a victory from the jaws of defeat Sept. 7, the Georgetown Eagles swiped the glory instead. TwO late fourth quar- ter touchdowns scored in less than two minutes ushered the Eagles to a come-from-behind 35-28 win over Hays in a thrilling non-district affair at Birkelbach Stadium. Hays struggled at times to halt the com- bination of Georgetown senior quarterback Cooper Bell and senior wide receiver Caden Leggett. Bell went 21 of 33 for 341 yards and five total touchdowns, while Leggett finished with 238 receiving yards on eight receptions and three scores. Georgetown's duo hooked up on two sepa- rate occasions in the first half, the latter of which was a 29-yard second quarter touchdown pass that came on a 4th and 22 play. Georgetown held a 14-3 lead with roughly ays ten minutes left before halftime. Faced with a deficit, Hays' defense responded by grounding George- town's offense over the next 14-plus minutes of play. Pressure from Hays' defensive front and linebacking crew halted Bell's productivity. In the defensive backfield, the team "just started play-. ing a little better in the back end," Rebel head coach Neal LaHue said. "We were covering people and not letting the guy go down the field wide open," LaHue said. "We made some adjust- ments there and played better." The Rebel offense REBEL FOOTBALL, 2B in ome opener BY SHANE SCHOLWINSKI The Lehman Lobos (0-2) suffered a 55-17 loss Friday due in part to a strong performance from the McCallum Knights (2-0). Things looked promis- ing for the Lobos early on when junior defensive back CJ. Scott recovered a fumble within the first two minutes of the game. But Lobos were unable to score off the early turnover as the offense struggled to move the ball. On the other side, the McCallum offense executed consistentlyln the first half. Knights senior quar- terback Maxwell Perez scored three rushing touchdowns in the game. Senior running back Alex Julian ran the ball 15 times for 159 yards behind a strong McCal- lum offensive line. Perez ~soaddedapairofpass- ingtouchdownsinthe second quarter, with a 25-yard touchdown pass going to junior running back Deron Gage. "McCallum is a good football team, hats off to them," Lehman head coach Josh Kirldand said. "They've got great run- ning backs and a good offensive line. We knew PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman Lobos sophomore running back Diego Romero (7) loses his helmet as he at- tempts to escape a tackle from McCallum Knights JB Faught (10) and Jacob Greenberg (5) before the play was blown dead Sept. 8 at Shelton Stadium. that coming in and they showed that when we got out here." The lone bright spot for the Lehman offense in the first half was a31- yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Diego Romero in the second quarter. Romero, who only played three quarters in the game, ended up with 45 yards rushing on 14 carries.' "We had a couple big plays running the foot- ball, but overall we didn't consistently rtm the ball well," Kirkland stated. The second half close- ly mirrored both teams' first half performances. McCallum efficiently ran its offense while the Lobos struggled to consistently move the ball. The Lobo passing game showed potential when junior quarterback Daniel O'Neal connected on multiple passes to freshman wide receiver Bryant Lewis and senior tight end ]ustin Edwards. O'Neal threw for 134 passing yards on 16 completions; Edwards caught four receptions for 32 yards, Lewis fin- ished with 3 catches for 37 yards. For the rnights, Perez finished the game with 225 yards passing and 4 touch- downs, pushing the quarterback to 7 total touchdowns. McCallum senior wide receiver Ma- son Bryant caught three passes for 121 yards and 3 touchdowns. A nice surprise ar- rived for the Lobos in the fourth quarter when senior running back Kaleb Priestly came in to replace Romero. "I think we found a little (running} back in him (Priestly)," Kirkland said. "We tried him some this week and threw him out there and the kid did well. I'm proud of him. He kept fighting. That's what we are trying to sell to these kids." Priestly carried the ball 8 times for 84 yards, including a 53 yard touchdown run with a few minutes left in the game. Kirkland looks for Lehman to work on tackling and consistently running the ball before next weel~s game against Austin Akins (1-1). "It's just time to go back to work." said Kirldand. STAFF REPORT After seeing a nine game win streak end to Cibolo Steele last week, the Hays Rebels volleyball team rebounded in a big way Friday to close its nondistrict schedule. Thirteen kills from junior Catherine Croft made the difference as Hays blasted the Bowie Bulldogs 25-14, 28-26, 25-22 Sept. 8. With the win, Hays closes its nondistrict record with a 19-9 mark, with the team having won 10 of its last 11 matches. Helping Croft was sophomore Ryann Torres and senior Kaitlyn Krafka, who each contributed six kills apiece in the match. Freshman Madelyn Krafka finished with five kills. Two Rebels finished in double digits in assists Friday. Torres led the way with 24 assists and junior Sierra Dittmar finished with ten assists on the night. Success was also found at the serving line as the Rebels amassed nine aces and only six serving errors in the match. On the defensive side, five players finished with ten or more digs, with Croft securing 19 digs and Krafka finishing with 17. Dittmar had 12 digs, while Torres and junior Kayla Tello both finished with 11. Hays hosts Vandegrift Friday at 5:30 p.m., and then will host the rival Lehman Lobos on Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. BY MOSES LEOS III Roughly an hour was needed for the Vandegrift Vipers to overpower the Lehman Lobos in a 25-8, 25-5, 25-14 win Tuesday at the Lobo Den. Vandegrift (30-5, 1-1 in district play) utilized its height and skill advantage to power past the Lobos, who were unable to halt the combination of Viper sophomore Annie Stadhaus and senior Ryan Palmeri. Stadhaus finished with a game high nine kills, while Palmeri finished with eight kills. Viper Delaney Dilfer finished with 20 assists. On the opposite end, hitting and passing errors LOBO VOLLEYBALL, 2B ;ii tl i T