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HOWDYTO NEW SCHOOLS new elementary namesakes. ~SB + HaysFreePress.com September 22, 2010 Page 1B Ryan Dominguez, a 2010 Hays High graduate, serves up a Red Rebel and a Blue Lobo float at Buda Drug- store's Soda Fountain. PHOTO BY CYNDY SLOVAK-BARTON BY JASON GORDON battle Friday night at Shelton growl Stadium. Lel~ freepresssports@yahoo.com '1 think this game is so spe- steadi clal because so many students few s( Although her children attend played little league, or little drib- Rebel Hays High School, pharmacist blers with kids that are now go- boS h TammyGraysaidherBudaDmg hag to the other school," Gray Hays. Store would try and stay neutral said. "Every student and adult in Let this week both the Buda and Kyte commu- Davis The store will sell both "Red nities knows somebody at both his pl Rebel" and"Blue Lobo" floats. Hays and Lehman." other Findinglocalpeoplewhodon't Former Hays school boardhekn~ feel strongly about one side or member Joe Mufioz' daughter even another, however, may be diffi- Ylissais a senior at Lehman. "1t cult to do this week as the Rebels "I have seen the rivalry heat up game and Lebos get set to square off as the two schools have grown Davis for the frith installment of their closer in overall student popu- up fo] varsity football rivalry game. lation numbers," Mufioz said. "I have Lehman and Hays will do think the rivalry will continue to Ha, ~ven more in the future." said it's no secret that Lehman man has been getting would love to walk out of the ~ closer each of the past stadium that's named after him asons, but last year's 27-7 with a victor~. win is the closest the Lo- "We know how badly they lye ever come to beating want to beat us," Shelton said. "We knew we have to come to man head coach Steve play." said he will try to prepare Shelton has noticed the im- lyers like he does for any provement in Lehman's program game this week, but said the last couple of yeat~ In 2009, ncs realitywill set in Friday the Lobos came dose to making ~. their fL/st-ever playeff appear- will be a high-energy ance. This season, Lehman has for both players and fans," won three straight games heading said. "If you can't get fired into its matchup with the Reb~ a game like this you don't "I think the rivalry has grown heartbeat." head coach Bob Shelton ~Y$-LEHg~J~ RNALRY, pg. 4B PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehman's Ariana Gallegos gets ready for a kill during a loss to Smithson Valley. After winning their District 27-4A opener, the Lady Lobos have lost two straight. LadyLobos drop first BY MARK CAUL free ex .com The effort was there but unfortunately their best player wasn't. As a result, the Lehman Lady Lobos' tmblemished home record came crashing down at the hands of powerful Smith- son Valley High last week. The Lady Rangers knocked offthe Lady Lobos in three straight games (25- 13, 25-11, 25-12). See LOB0 ~U.L:YI~.L pg. 4B Lobos win third BY MARK GAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com Md~.tinMedlany Lehman football fans were g intently all week to see what eywould do for an encore after he rushed for 154 yards in his first var- sity start against Austin Crockett a week ago. The speedy junior tailback Certainly didn't disappoint as he finished with 200 yards on 24 carries and scored two tou0hdowns in Lehman's 28-7 romp over SanAntonio Jef- ferson at Shelton Stadium on Friday night. Medley electrified the Homecoming crowd with a short 5-yard touchdown run to cap an impressive 10-minute first quar- ter drive that got Lehman on the board first and then later brought them to their feet with an 80-yard TD scamper on the first offensive play of the second half that technically put the game on ice. "I can't say enough about how Levi has stepped up and is rtmning the football right now," Lehman head coach Steve Davis said. "If he would have been here for a two-a-days, there's no telling where he would be condition wise. He's a great kid who plays hard and when he accelerates through the hole he really hits it." Medley finished just short of Jacob Tortes' single game rushing record of 228, despite sitting out the final ten minutes of the game for Lehman. "Yeah, I was tired but it's pretty cool to know that I caroe that close to the record," Medley said. "It feels pretty incredible." Junior Charles Williams contributed on both sides of the ball as welli picking off two Jorge Flores passes deep in Lehman territory at linebacker and also tuming in a highlight-reel 51-yardTD run early in the fourth quarter, which extended Lehman's lead to 28-0 with less than nine minutes remaining in the contest. "We came to play tonight on both sides of the ball," Williams said. "We know what we need to do when district play comes so it was time for everybody to step up their game." in a row heading into Hays Showdown PHOTO BY OOMINIC MART1NE][ Lehman running back Ryan Wagner bpreaks free from a wall of JefferSon defenders during a 28-7 Lobo win. Lehman will now turn its attlention to cross-town rival Haysi and will try to knock off the Rebels for the first time in team history/Friday night at Shelton Stadium. The Lobos (3-1) were flagged for a season-low 11 penalties and didn't commit a single turnover on offense. While the Lehman defense again paid dividends by totally dominating Jefferson as they inter- cepted Flores four times and sacked him five times. Only a late score by Jefferson's Prentiss Johnson on a nifty 80-yard punt return with about five minutes left in the contest prevented the Lobos from posting their first shutout in two years. Davis believes his squad is starting to peak at the right time. "We know what's at stake and we know every district game is going to be impor- tant," Davis said. ,It's going to take a lot of hard work tO be successful. Hays is going to be a challenge for us." Lehman will square off against its dis- trict rival Friday night at Shelton Stadium. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Eddie Chabarria and his Leh- man cross country teammates keep running in preparation for the district meet in late October in Lockhart. x-country BY MARK CAUL With top runner Ramon Martinez still saddled with an injury, the Leh- man boys cross country team has still managed to live up to expectations by grabbing top honors in Lockhart and W'lmbefley and finishing third at the recent Moulton Invita- tionai behind state-ranked Luling. Lehman head coach Jay Sansom is hoping that the hard work and determi- nation his squad has put into their first four meets will translate into a good showing in district and See LOB0 X-COUNIRY, pg. 4B .S BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com A game that looked like it was going to be a blowout early on quickly turned into a nail-biter. In the end, it was Hutto's strong nmning game that proved too much for Hays in a 40-34 victory that kept the hungry Hippos unde- feated. Quarterback Ryan Higgins made the most of his 10 carries, rush- ing for five touchdowns and run- ning back Xavier Wynn carried the ball 21 times for 146 yards to lead Hutto. In all, the Hippos tallied 388 rushing yards against the Rebels. "Coach (Steve) Hale said we have to run the ball this season," Higgins said. "That's what we believe in." Wynn rushed for 101 yards in the first quarter alone, and the Hippos' Trey Essenburg and Amir Akins recovered fumbles on two straight Rebel possessions. That set up two short Higgins touch- down runs and one byWynn from four yards out to give Hutto a 19-3 lead with a minute gone in the second quarter. Michael Romero gave the Rebels (2-2) a spark right before the break, returning a ptmt and weaving his way 75 yards through a river of Hippos and into the end zone for a touchdown that cut the lead to 19- 10 at halftime. "That play got us going," Hays head coach Bob Shelton said. "That gave us some momentum after the turnovers hurt us." Each time Hutto (4-0) looked like it was going to put the game away, Hays came right back. A third quarter interception by Nate Paez put Hays on the offen- sive, and after a long drive quarter- back Caleb Kimbro pUnched it in from two yards out. Kimbro's con- version pass to Romero made the score 26-18. Higgins scored from seven yards out late in the third period to in- crease Hutto's advantage to 33-18, but quarterback Mason Cervenka's 17-yard pass to Billy Tabor set up Torrance Smith's 8-yard TD run to cut the margin to 33-25 with just over eight minutes to play in the game. "I was proud of the way we kept battling back," Shelton said. "We never stopped." It looked as if Hutto had finally put an end to things when Hig- gins scored from the half-yard line to increase the gap to 40-25 with just over a minute to play after a pound-it-out drive that chewed up more than half of the final quarter. But Kimbro brought Hays to within 40-32 on an 8-yard quarter- back option play with 47 seconds remaining. After the ensuing onside kick failed, Hutto took an intentional safety with one second left instead of printing to Romero. Tony Garza, who finished with 109 yards rushing for HayS, took h lateral pitch from a teammate on Hutto's kickoff after thesafety but was brought down at the Hippos' 31-yard line to end the game. "We started the game [like we were just testing the waterS," Hays defensive end Alan Matin said. "We finished it playing Rebel football." Hays faust quickly turn its focus to the District 27-4A opener Friday night against cross-town riyal Leh- man at Shelton Stadium. l In four previous varsity match- ups, Lehman has never come close to beating Hays. "Lehman always thinks they can beat us," Romero said. i"But once the game starts and we put it on 'em, they realize they can't." PHOTO BY TONY SMITH Joel Young (40) and Kurt Timmons (48) and the Hays defense had trouble tackling Hutto running back Xavi- er Wynn all night as he gained 101 yards in the first quarter alone in a 40-34 Hippos' victory. q+