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Section B WRITER RETURNS Local author David Rice revisits some Lehman students to talk about writing and imagery. - Page 3B HaysFreePress.com October 20, 2010 Page 1B Hays defense barbecues Lockhart PHOTO BY UNCOUl RAMIREZ Members of the Rebel defense gang tackle Lock- hart running back Joseph Bell Fdday night. Hays allowed only 97 total yards in a 31-0 victory. BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com Kreuz's and Smitty's closed early Friday night. The lights were turned out on the Lockhart offense shortly afterward. The Hays defense dominated the Lions from start to finish last Friday night in a 31-0 victory at Lockhart. "I've been playing this game for 10 years and I've never gotten a shutout at any level," Hays defen- sive lineman Austin Reyes said. "I always wanted to be a part of one and it feels pretty amazing." Hays (5-3, 3-1 27-4A) held Lock- hart to 97 total yards and only 16 yards rushing. Canyon's comeback victory over Clemens Friday night also means the Rebels clinch a playoff spot. Hays can still win the district tire if it wins its last two games. "We've been close to having a game like this a couple of times this season but everything really came together tonight," Hays defensive coordinator Doug Ragsdale said. "It's hard to get a shutout at any level in modern day football." The Hays defense showed Lock- hart (0-7, 0-3) early on it had little chance to earn its first victory as linebacker Nate Paez hammered running back Joseph Bell down for a six yard loss and then sacked quarterback Vonte Hedspeth on third down on the Lions' first drive. The Rebels tackled Lockhart ball carriers at or behind the line of scrimmage 11 different times dur- ing the game, including on fourth- and-1 at the Hays 8-yard line in the second quarter. "Our defense never let up," said Hays quarterback Caleb Kimbro. "They gave us the momentum all game long." Hays' offense steadily pulled away from the Lions as Kimbro's play-action pass to Ty Green for an 18-yard score helped stake the Reb- els to a 10-0 halftime lead. Taven Mayberry recovered a fum- ble by Lockhart's Brandon Pleasant on the opening kickoff of the sec- ond half to set up Torrance Smith's 10-yard touchdown run to give the Rebels some breathing room. Mason Cervenka hit Smith with a 7-yard touchdown pass and Tay- lor Hough picked off two Hedspeth passes late to seal the win. Hays head coach Bob Shelton said he's glad to see his team that started with so many young play- ers coming into its own late in the season. "We have a lot of youth playing in key positions, so it was always our goal to have them playing well late in the year," Shelton said. "I think you're seeing that now." Shelton added that he hopes Hays can keep the momentum it's built in the past two weeks, with wins over Clemens and Lockhart, going as the Rebels head into their bye week. "We want to try and get healed up and keep moving in a positive direc- tion," Shelton said. "We want to get rid of our bumps and bruises and get ready to go because we have two tough opponents coming up. We also get a chance to work on things we feel we're not very sharp on, so it's a good time for a bye week." The Rebels return to action on Oct. 29 at home against Canyon. Maybe next year, Cowboys BETWEEN THE LINES he Dallas Cowboys went from being ev- eryone's sleeper pick to play in the Super Bowl at Jerry's World in Arlington in January to just plain sleep- ing in less than two months. This was a team that owner Jerry Jones claimed to have finally built into a squad that could make a run at its first champion- ship ring since 1996. So far this season the only ring the Cowboys have left is in the toilet bowl. Off to a 1-4 start, Dallas has left itself virtually no chance to make the playoffs much less the Super Bowl, and has turned finding new and innovative ways to lose football games into an art form. I'll admit I drank the Kool-Aid and thought when the 2009 Cowboys won the team's first playoff game since Bill Clinton was in of- fice it was no fluke. BETWEEN THE MNES, pg. 2B Lady Rebs sweep Lehman Hays volleyball steamrolling toward playoffs PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Hays' Hannah Ramsey (left) and Lauren Burke leap high in the air to block an attempted Lehman kill during the Lady Rebels' three-game sweep Tuesday night at Bales Gym. Fans and both teams also participat- ed in a fund miser for Breast Cancer Awareness Night, as pink shirts and headbands could be seen everywhere in the stands and on the court. BY J,a,S GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com The way the Hays volley- ball team has been playing lately, there won't be any brooms left for folks want- ing to dress up as wicked witches for Halloween. The Lady Rebels got the brooms out and swept their fourth straight district opponent Tuesday night in front of a wild and crazy crowd at Bales Gym. Hays knocked off cross- town rival Lehman 25-19, 25-15, 25-17 in an atmo- sphere that resembled a football game more than it did a regular season vol- leyball match. Fans of each team got things started with chants back and fourth, and the energy level picked up as the match went on. "Thee crowd fueled us," said Hays setter Hannah Ramsey. "It made us want to beat Lehman even more. It felt amazing to have that much support in our rivalry game." It was also a day in which both teams and the crowd celebrated National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, as a sea of pink shirts and headbands could be seen everywhere in the stands and on the court. Proceeds from the sale of the shirts, as well as fund- raisers at the local Chic- fil-A and Baskin-Robbins, went toward the fight against breast cancer. "It was great that so many people at both schools and in the com- munity got behind such a great cause," Ramsey said. "I know I've known some- one in my life with breast cancer and I'm sure a lot of people have." Once the game got un- derway, it looked like Hays, which improved to 7-4 in 'District 27-4A, was going to have an easy time against Lehman. Three early Kaylea Beck kills and a Lauren Burke block gave the Lady Rebs an 8-3 lead in game one. But Lehman's Imani Fairman pounded down two straight kills to help the Lady Lobos tie it 11-11. Mariana Filipi started what would be a tremen- dous night for the Lehman Brazilian exchange student by powering an ace and a kill to tie things up 15-15, but it was all Hays from there in game one. A Kelsea Sadler ace and Emily Clark block helped the Lady Rebs finish off Lehman 25-19. After Hays cruised to an easy win in game two, Filipi Ka, YS-LOB0 V0U.EYB/U pg. 2B PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Javier Torres finished 18  overall to help lead Lehman to a fourth place team finish at the Seguin Matador In last weekend. Lehman x-country finishes fourth BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com The Lehman Boys Cross Country team fell just short of their bid to capture their third title of the season it the Seguin Matador Invita- tional over the weekend as they finished fourth out of 28 teams. LOBO X-COUNTRY, pg. 2B Lobos football team rejuvenated after bye week BY MARK CAUL freepresssports@yahoo.com Although the district season hasn't unfolded quite the way they hoped, the mood remained upbeat during Lehman football team's bye week. Ordinarily, a week off allows most teams to refocus on the fundamen- tals of the game. For the Lobos, though, their bye week has been anything but ordi- nary. They have lost three straight district games including a disap- pointing 27-14 to rival Hays in which they led at the break for the first time since the two teams began competing in football back in 2006. The Lehman injury report cur- rently reads like a MASH unit with five starters missing much of the last two contests. Quarterback Matt Angulano and fullback Richard Porche were among the walking-wounded for the Lobos during a 61-18 loss at SmithsonValley. Backup tailback Ryan Wagner was carted off the field as a precau- tionary measure after suffering a neck stinger in the last four minutes of the contest but was released from the emergency room the following day and should return to the field soon. "Things certainly haven't gone the way we wanted them to this season but now's the time for us to get re-energized and try to make a late run at the playoffs," Lehman head coach Steve Davis said. "The first half of the season is behind us and we know that these next three games will be very important for US." The window for Lehman's post- season chances appears to be clos- ing fast with Smithson Valley; Alamo Heights, Hays and Canyon appear- ing to be well on their way to cap- turing the four playoff slots in Dis- trict 27-4A. But should the Lobos run the table and win their last three games against Alamo Heights, Cle- mens and Lockhart, anything can happen. "We just have to keep fighting," Anguiano said. "Now is not the time for us to give up. As long as we havre a chance, we have to try to go outt and play hard." Junior tailback Levi Medley, Lehl- man's leading rusher this seasorn, who has also been battling his sharce of injuries, believes the Lobos arre poised to play their best footballl during the next three weeks. "The extra week off gave us somte time to get healthy and refocus,," Medley said. "Now we need to gto out there and do what we do. Thte talent is,here, but we have to put lit all together." Whether or not a serious playc- off run is in the cards for the Lobo)s this season is uncertain, but Letn- man will certainly factor into the playoff race indirectly as their Fri- day night home game with Alamo Heights looms large with the second through fourth place spots still to be determined. "There is only one or two games separating the top four teams in this district so there is still a lot to play for," Davis said. "Nothing has been decided yet even though there are a few teams who have their work cut out for them. We are one of those teams." Senior Harvest Trammell said it's time for Lehman to get back into the victory column. "When you have a bye week you get a chance to watch a little more film and look at some of the plays that might have hurt you during the season and get all your players healthy," Trammell said. "There are no more excuses for us.We justhave to come out and get a win any way we can get one." PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Julio Besa and the Lobo football team will try to reverse their fortunes in District 27-4A after a bye week. The Lobes host Alamo Heights Friday night. f, ommurnfC, arfng for gftis Kids, bring your parents and join us for Fitness, Fun td Games, and tour our new health center! " Giveaways for kids ages 5-12 r " "'" Grand prize drawings fo Nmtendo W, s &q00urdag, Ocf00ber 25-9am