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Page 10 The Free Press Sports September 18, 2003 Reb, eo: lose late to Cedar Park, prepare for district BY BILL PETERSON Editor AYS CISD--The move up to Class 5A in 2000, combined with the renovation of Bob Shelton Stadium last year, has changed time and space relationships for Hays High School football, which is more challenged than ever by the speed of opposing teams. That speed took another whack at the Rebels last Friday night when they lost to Cedar Park, 24-21, on a touchdown pass with l:19 remaning at Bob Shelton Stadium. The Rebels almost pulled off their second straight ten-point comeback, but Cedar Park put an end to that big dream with one last big play of its own. Cedar Park backup quarter- back Jeremy Melendez hit Rupert Edwards with a 64-yard touch- down pass, rallying the Timberwolves. "He was wide open," Cedar Park coach Mark Weaver said. "I just said, 'Run?'" And run he did, as have many other visitors to the fast-track field turf since its installation last sum- mer. Many Hays football observers agree, especially after fast opio- nents often torched the Rebels last year, that the program is hard- pressed to keep up with speed, especially as the district doesn't produce outstanding sprinters. However, the Rebels have at least one guy who knows how to run for the end zone. The winning touchdown for Cedar Park came just three plays from scrimmage after Hays quarterback Tommy Garcia ripped 64 yards for a touch- down with 1:50 remaining, giving the Rebels a 21-17 lead. "I didn't think we had it won at that point," Hays coach Bob Shelton said. "They have a lot of speed and they had two minutes left." Now, the Rebels are on their way to Killeen Ellison Friday night, a road trip that doesn't espe- cially thrill the faithful. It was Killeen Ellison that ruined the re- opening of Bob Shelton Stadium last year, taking advantage of eight Hays fumbles in a 24-22 victory. Twice in that game, the Rebels fumbled on their way into the end zone. To top it off, Ellison blocked a Hays field goal attempt to win the game as time expired. The Rebels lost despite outgaining Ellison, 562-301. This Friday's meeting with Eilison is greeted with much less anticipation. Whereas the Rebels last year opened their refurbished stadium against an Ellison team that finished 2001 at 0-10, this time the Rebels are headed to Killeen to face a much better opponent. Already, the Rebels and Ellison have a common opponent. While the Rebels beat LBJ, 21-20, the first week of the season, Ellison improved to 1-1 last week with a 38-21 win over LBJ. Now 1-1, as is Ellison, the Rebels are hoping, first, that they don't need to climb the hills they've taken the first two games of the year. In each case, the Rebels fell far behind, only to rally for a late lead. Cedar Park took a 17-7 lead with 1:05 left in the third period last Friday when Hays running back Chris Smith fumbled a pitch in the end zone and Shawn Graham recovered for the Timberwolves. When the ensuing squib kick bounced off a Hays player and Cedar Park recovered, the game almost was in the bag for the Timberwolves. However, two penalties against the Cedar Park offense shifted field position before a personal foul and a dead ball foul on the same play against the Cedar Park defense placed Hays on the Timberwolves' 16 early in the fourth quarter. Three plays later, Kris Beasley ran four yards for a Hays touchdown, bring- ing the Rebels within 17-14 with 6:38 left in the game. Cedar Park opened the scoring with a 72-yard run by quarterback Korey Washington with 2:58 left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead However, a shoulder injury to Washington minimized the damage he could do to the Rebels with his legs, since it forced him to sit out the second half. The Rebels tied the game with 7:04 left in the first half on Garcia's 32-yard touchdown pass to Travis Reynolds on fourth and 12. Cedar Park kicker Adam Zeeck hit a 25-yard field goal with 2:31 left in the half, giving the Timberwolves a 10-7 halftime lead. Garcia led all rushers with 141 yards in 14 attempts, due mostly to his late touchdown run. Even with that big play, the Rebels managed only 268 total yards, including 177 on the ground. The Rebels also made little impact through the air, with Garcia completing seven of 17 passes for 91 yards. The Ellison game will be Hays' last tune-up before the District 25- 5A season begins on Sept. 26 with a game against Bowie at Burger Stadium. Ha3,s volleyball team wins first two matches in district Ashley Rogge, #13, plays aggressively at the net with backup from Isa Mendoza #22. (photo by Joel San Miguel) BY DANIEL ]VIICHAEL Staff Writer ..AYS CISD-The Hays High //School volleyball team improved its record to 1G-7, win- ning its fast two District 25-5A matches in the last week against Seguin and San Marcos. The team hosted The Rebel Volleyball Bash last weekend, including 16 teams from around the Central Texas area. The Rebels fin- ished fifth in the tournament by win- ning three out of their four matches. The Rebels easily defeated Luling in their fast contest of the tournament, 25-13 and 25-8. The Rebels advanced to the next round, where they lost to Bellville 23-25, 25-21, and 16-25. The Rebels returned Saturday to play Austin McCallum, sweeping the Knights 25-19 and 25-22. In the final match of the tourna- ment, the Rebels fought a long and exciting battle against Belton. The Rebels won 24-22, 26-28, 25-11, 24-26, and 15-6. In that match, senior Jordan Eltiott had and an astonishing 51 assists. Sophomore Anna Breyfogle had 22 kills, senior Caitlin Jones had 25 assists and junior Ashley Rogge had 12 blocks. Last Friday, the Rebels traveled to Segiun, where they were success- ful in their fast district game, win- ning 25-21, 26-28, 25-5 anff25-14. Tuesday, the Rebels beat San Marcos in three games to become undefeated in the district, 25-22, 25- 14 and 25-19. The Rebels will continue district play this week with games against three Austin teams The Rebels will play Akins at home Friday and next week they will play Austin Bowie and Austin. Though the girls have played a lot of volleyball, Coach Jo McCabe said some of the toughest challenges for the team are still ahead. "It wilt be a test," McCabe said. "The toughest week will be against Austin High and Bowie." McCabe said that she is pleased with the progress the team has made. "We're a young team, but we're improving," she said. The team plays in extremely tough volleyball district and McCabe said the biggest challenge will be against Westlake later this season. 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