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Page 2B SPORTS lays Free Press September 14, 2011 BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com "These girls are very coachable so I expect we can make steady improvements across the board this season." The Hays High girls and boys cross country teams made the drive to the Llano Meet worth their while on Saturday. The Lady Rebels fnished third out of 16 teams and the boys team finished fifth overall with more than 110 runners in each division at the meet. -Cliff Buckley, Hays Hightrack coach "It was a great day for rac- ing," Hays head coach Cliff real pleasant surprise was co- ish. Ryan McSpadden (12th), Buckley said. "The morning captain Emily Crowell worked Logan Lindsey (36th), Jacob temperatures have cooled a her way up right behind her Rodriguez (40th) and Tyler An- little and the course was a se- to grab seventh. This gives us drade (45th) rounded out the ries of hills and twists that were a very solid 1-2 punch to work field for the Rebels. very challenging." with. Sophomore Carly Hogue We still have too many gaps Mariana Sigala once again also ran a very good race. She between runners right now," led the Lady Rebels with a has been getting stronger and Bucldey said. "I am hoping as fourth-place overall finish, stronger. These girls are very we progress they will be able just ahead of teammate Emily coachable so I expect we can to run in a closer pack. That is Cromwell, who finished sev- make steady improvements how a team advances on past enth. CarlyHogue (28th), Rose across the boardthis season." district and that is the goal Hyak (43rd) and Marissa Sigala For the Hays boys, it was right now." (62nd) also contributed to the their first 3A-mile race, which Hays will host a meet on Hays girls' high standing in the will be the distance they will September24whereitwillface team race. see at the district meet in late cross-town rival Lehman. "I was very pleased with the October. "We would love to see the girls team,"Buckleysaid."Mar- Michael Normand once community come out and iana rananother strong race to again led the way individually support these great athletes," grab fourth, but what was a with a third-place overall fin- Buckley said. L00t(ING AHEAD " II l COURTESY PHOTO The Hays girls cross country team (I-r) Marissa Roman, Rose tl-lyak, Marissa Sigala, Emily Crowell, Mariana Sigala and Carly Hogue finished third in Llano on Saturday. [ Hutto at Hays When: Friday 7:30 p.m. LB Mark Oldham, DE Kyle Cox, Where: Shelton Stadium NG Kyle Willims, CB Christian Rodriguez, CB Jared Rodriguez Records: Hays 2-1, Hutto 3-0 Players To Watch: Hutto - QB " Last Meeting: Ryan Higgins, RB Greg Pitre, DE Hutto 40, Hays 34 (2010) Tanner Thrift, eL Jay Tijerina, WR Last Week: Hays 49, San Mar- Matt Olsen, RB Tae Howard cos 27; Hutto 7, McCallum 0 Intangibles: Hays can't aver- What they're saying: "There's age more than 10 penalties per no doubt Hutto will be the best game and turn the ball over team we've seen all year. They multiple times against a Hutto will be one of the best teams we team that can beat you with its play all season." - Hays head offense, like it did when it put up coach Blake Feldt. 43 points against Austin-LBJ two weeks ago, or its defense, which Hutto Offense: Spread the Hippos did in a shutout win Hutto Defense: 3-4 against a talented McCallum Hays Offense: Spread team last week. The Rebels will need to be at their very best to Hays Defense: 3-4 hang with a Hutto team that fin- Players To Watch: Hays - QB ished 9-2 last season and knows Caleb Kimbro, Slot Rleceiver how to win close games. Hays Michael Romero, WR Mason will get the exact test it needs in Cervenka, WR Granger Stud- its final non-district tune-up. dard, WR Trevor Ragsdale, C Free Press Prediction: Boone Feldt, LB Dalton Johnson, Hutto 35, Hays 26 Lehman at San Antonio Jefferson When: Friday 7 p.m. - QB Jorge Flores, WR Cody Where: Alamo Stadium DelaCruz, DB Prentiss Johnson, Records: Lehman 3-0, Jefferson 1-1 DB Henry Pena, LB Leonardo DeAnda, K Miguel Cervera Last Week: Lehman 44, Crockett 0; Jefferson: Open Intangibles; Lehman is playing Last Meeting: its best football in team history Lehman 28, Jefferson 7 (2010) as it looks to go 4-0 for the first What they're saying: "This is our time ever Friday night. The Lobe last chance to improve before we defense is coming off back-to- head into play in one of the best back shutouts but must contain Class 4A districts in the state." - Jefferson QB Flores, who threw Lehman head coach Steve Davis for more than 1,500 yards and Jefferson Offense: Spread nine touchdowns to lead the Jefferson Defense: 3-4 Mustangs to the playoffs last Lehman Offense: Multiple season. If the Lobes aren't look- Lehman Defense: 4-3 ing ahead to their huge matchup next week in the District 27-4A Players To Watch: Lehman - opener against Hays, Lehman QB Matt Anguiano, WR/DE Matt should stroll back up IH-35 from Riojas, RB Levi Medley, LB/RB Charles Williams, WR Jaylon Alamo Stadium with its perfect Hardaway, eL Kenny Higgins, eL record intact. Ethan Martin, TE dulio Besa Free Press Prediction: Players To Watch: Jefferson Lehman 42, Jefferson 17 Lehman Football: Second shutout in a row Continued from pg. 1B midfield, but a Cougars (0-3) penalty on a fourth-down punt gave Lehman another chance. The Lobos made the most of the opportunity. Four straight rtmning plays brought Leh- man (3-0) to its own six-yard line, and Medley broke flee on a pitch around the fight side for the game's first score. It was the first touchdown of many for the Lobos on Friday night, with the team scoring on six of nine possessions. Playing before a home crowd of nearly 1,800, Medley finished with two touchdowns and 212 yards on 25 carries, while Matthew Zamora added 83 yards and one score on 12 touches: Anguiano failed to connect with his receivers on all six tries in the first quarter, but he fin- ished stronger, throwing for a pair of touchdowns to receiver Brandon Hamilton and tight end Julio Besa. All told, Angula- no completed 8 of 19 passes for 113 yards and an interception. It was a different story for the winless Cougars. Starting quar- terback Nicholas Azurdia was knocked out early in the third frame, and he and his backup, Joel Rodfiguez, finished 7 for 12 with only 41 passing yards. Crockett runners gained a mere 40 yards on the ground. The Lobos defense, mean- while, picked up its first back- to-back shutout in school his- tory. "I'm just proud of our kids," Davis said. '~kll the assistant coaches have been doing a great job getting the defense ready to go in the right spots and mak- ing big plays, so it's a great game tonight for us." Davis said his team was play- ing with a lot of confidence, which will be important as a tough district schedule ap- proaches. "This win is great, and we enjoy it tonight, and then we've got to go to work tomorrow getting ready for our next op- ponent," Davis said. "We know we're in a tough district, and we know what's ahead with games coming up. "We have to get better each week, and each week we want improvement at each individ- ual position. We have a saying, 'Inch hxr ineh i~ n cinr'h ' And each week we've got to take that inch forward and just get better a little bit at a time." With the Cougars powerless to stop the Lobos' ground as- sault, even Lehman's big line- man Kenny Higgins got in on the ball-handling action. Davis subbed in the 280-pound junior on the second-to-last play of the fourth quarter. At the snap, Higgins hesitated for an instant, but then took the handoff from Anguiano and lumbered for- ward for a 7-yard gain. ,'I've been begging coach in practice to let me run a ball, just to see what it's like," Higgins said after the game: "My adren- aline was just pumping. It was crazy. It happened so fast." Higgins commended his fel- low linemen for hurrying up to the fine before each snap against Crockett, something they'd been conditioning to do in practice. "I think we did great,', he said. '~J1 teams need to improve on some things, but I think we improved from last week." On Friday, Lehman will play for a chance at {he team's first- ever 4-0 start when the Lobos travel to play San Antonio Jef- ferson at Alamo Stadium. Kick- off is 7 p.m. PHOTO BY BRUCE RUCKEL, WWW.CHAPARRALPHOTO.COM The Lehman running game has been spectacular this season. The Lobes will look to keep their punishing ground game going as Lehman has its final non-district tune-up against Jefferson Friday night at Alamo Stadium. Hays senior middle blocker Emily Clark celebrated her birth- day with a Lady Rebel three- game win over Clemens Tuesday night. PHOTO BYCYNDYSLOVAK-BARTON Beats Clemens pg. 1B off to a slow fol- a Clark kill and ace Lady Rebs a 17-12 out game Hays 27-4A). Rebs in as Han Ram- a Kaylea 3eck ace Cle - Lady more power- would- ounded off the a22-17 player )ark to Clark "She's and an volleyball t Courtney Rogers closed out the match with an ace for the Lady Rebs. "We weren't as sharp as we cotfld have been, but it was a win we definitely need- ed," Hays head coach Erica Walther said, "Them aren't going to be any easy matches in this district." Paradeaux had 15 kills and 14 digs to lead the Lady Reb- els. Beck added eight kills and digs, and Ramsey had 22 as- sists for Hays. The District 27-4A path continues to be paved with tough roadblocks as Hays travels to Canyon, the 13m- ranked team in Class 4A, on Friday. Hays will play at Lockhart next Tuesday before hosting district rival Lehman next Fri- day. "Lehman is a team we're always excited to play;" Clark said. "Everyone always comes out fired up and I don't think it ~ be any different this year." FARM E R$" Debbie Thames Insurance Agency AUTO. HOME. LIFE. BOAT. HEALTH 251 N. 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