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Page 2B sP0m Hays Free Press October 27, 2010 + + e FROM STAFF REPORTS ingagainstClemensandAlamo portant for us to win, butthefi- said. "We had other players Heights. These teams advanced nal match by Abby was great," step up and fill important roles The Hays Rebel tennis team to the Regional Tournament. Cook said. for us when we needed them to did not advance to the Region- "The victory against Canyon The Rebels finished the year make it a successful season." alTournament this year but the was probably one of the best with an ovemll record of7-S with Cook said the Rebels are Rebels had a great team tennis matches I have ever been a non-districtwins against Seguin preparing now for the upcom- season in their new, tougher part of in my coaching career," and Stevens high schools, ing individual spring tennis District27-4A. Hays'head coach Debhie Cook The Rebels had some badseason. The Rebels finished thesaid. luck, losing their top girls sin- "We are definitely looking round robin play during the Hays had to win the final gles player to a knee injury, forward toasuccessfulspring," season at 4-2, tied for second three matches to claim vic- Other injuries and illnesses Cook said. "We hope to work place in the 27-4A standings, tory and after rallying to tie the sidelined several other key hardin the offseason and come The Rebels beat Lehman,score 9-9, the final point came players along the way this fall. back healthy. We think we'll be Lockhart, Smithson Valley and from freshman Abby Knedlik "We know in this day and able to build off some of the Canyon High School this sea- to clinch the win for Hays. age that injury to our athletes momentum we gained this fall son, with their onlylosses com- "All the matches were im- is always a possibility," Cook as a team." COURTESY PHOTO Caitlin Camp and her Hays tennis teammates recently finished off a successful campaign this fall. The Rebels are now looking ahead to the offseason and the individual season in the spring. CANYON M HAYS When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Shelton Stadium Records: Hays (5-3, 3-1 27-4A), Canyon (4-5, 3-2) Last Week: Hays was idle; Canyon beat Lockhart 33-3 Last meeting: Canyon 49, Hays 42 (2007) What they're saying: "We're playing two very good teams the last two games of the season so we know we'll have to be playing our best football," Hays head coach Bob Shelton. Canyon Offense: I-Formation Canyon Defense: 3-3 Stack Hays Offense: Multiple Hays Defense: 3-4 Players To Watch: Hays: RB Torrance Smith, QB Caleb Kimbro, QB Mason Cervenka, WR Michael Romero, C Alex Rocco, WR Ty Green, WR Granger Studdard, DL Austin Reyes, LB Nate Paez, DE Alan Marin. Canyon: QB Cameron'Longmire, RB George Williamson, RB Donovan Wright, RB Tanner Hill, WR Zach Williams, DB Mitchell Lickert Intangibles: Canyon doesn't hide the fact it likes to play smash-mouth football. Run- ning backs Williamson, Wright and Hill have combined for 23 touchdowns on the ground this season. Hays' front seven will have to be ready to battle all night long and the Rebel secondary will have to be ready to step in breakaway situations. The Hays defense is coming off its best effort of the season two weeks ago against Lockhart and will need to be in top form again versus the Cougars. A Hays win will put the Rebels in position to play for the District 27-4A title next week at Smithson Valley. Free Press Prediction: Hays 21, Canyon 20 LEHMAN M CLEMENS When: Friday 7:30 p.m. Where: Lehnhoff Stadium Records: Lehman 3-5 (0-4 27-4A); Clemens 3-5 (1-3) Last Week: Lehman lost to Alamo Heights 63-14; Clemens lost to Smithson Valley 39-0 Last Meeting: Clemens 40, Lehman 0 (2007) What they're saying: ,'We still have a lot to play for. We have 17 starters returning and we want to close out the season strong and get some district wins and momen- tum heading to the offseason," Lehman head coach Steve Davis. Clemens Offense: Spread Clemens Defense: 4-3 Lehman Offense: Multiple Lehman Defense: 4-2-5 Players To Watch: Lehman - LB Matt Riojas, LB Jon Frazier, RB Levi Medley, RB/LB Charles Williams, WR/QB Harvest Trammell, WR Peter Gutierrez, SE Jaylon Hardaway Clemens: QB Shawn Rutkowski, RB Devante Morris, RB Joseph Lizcano, WR Isaiah Turman, WR Dyland Walker Intangibles: Lehman got off to a horrible start Friday night against Alamo Heights and never had any shot in the game that could have kept the Lobos in the playoff chase. Lehman must now regroup quickly as it heads into its final two games of the season against two teams the Lobes should be able to compete with. Fri- day night's foe Clemens, and Lockhart's Lions, who the Lobes will host Nov. 5, have a combined one distdct win. Although hopes for any postseason play are lost this year, Lehman should have a chance to earn a dis- trict win, something the team has only accomplished once in five years at the varsity level. If Lehman can cut out the silly mistakes that seem to plague them at the beginning of drives in district games, look for the Lobos to gain a victory this week against the Buffaloes or next week against the Lions. Free Press Prediction: Clemens 34, Lehman 28 Hoops Talent: LoMb ready for sophomore year Continued from pg. 1 B Carson led his summer AAU ing to work on a different as- are things you can't lteach. I'm team to an impressive 22-6 re- pect of his game." going to be expectirag him to cord. This season, Carson will getbetterandbettereveryyear Former Austin-LBl prod-once again be called upon to he plays basketball." uct Ray Jackson, who is best lead a Lehman team that Ack- As talented as lacikson and remembered for being a er hopes is talented enough his Fab Five teammates were, member of the University of to make their first postseason which included the likes of fu- Michigan's Fab Five recruiting run. ture NBA stars Chri~ Webber, class in 1991 and is one of the "Ifwe'regoingtogettowhere lalenRose andluwan Howard, top basketball players to ever come out of the Central Texas area, guided the program Car- son played for this summer. "Our motto is respect all and fear none and DeAndre sym- bolizes that," ]ackson said. "He has already opened up a lot of eyes from people that have played against him at Lehman and also the elite players who battle against him in our pro- gram. Even though he's not the biggest guy on the floor, he has a lot of heart and is always try- we need to be, we need DeAn- they never were able to secure a championship in cllege. With three years left at Leh- man, Carson would like to do something his mentor failed to do at Michigan- secmre a rifle. "My dad told me ]how good Coach Jackson's team was back in the day," Carson said. "But everybody rememibers the people who win c]hampion- ships. That's what yobu play for. dre to be really good," Acker said. "He is definitely one of our best players so I'm going to be expecting a lot from him." Jackson, who can usually be spotted at most Lehman games watching from the stands, has been impressed with how well Carson has adapted from mid- dle school to high school bas- ketball in less than ayear. "DeAndre is a fast learner and is always willing to be coached," Jackson said. "Those I only have three moire years to make that happen s(o we need to get started." LoMb Basketball: New faces, new coach Continued from pg. 1B main things I will be preaching second in the team in blocks Hays, Smithson Vallley, Alamo to this team." (45) last season. Heights and Canyon in the mix, Lehman will be experienced "Both of these young ladies but expects to have her squad in the backcourt with three- have a great deal of potential prepared bythe time theyopen point specialist Tori Torres and I will be making sure they district play against Canyon on and Catherine Gonzalez also are working to get better as the Jan. 4. returning for their junior cam- season progresses," Coy said. "There's no question this will paigns. For the first time in school history, the Lady Lobos will have a' formidable frontcourt with 5-7 junior Keke Holmes and 6-foot sophomore Ariana Gallegos both returning for their second varsity seasons. Holmes will be the Lady Lo- bos' scoring threat in the post while Gallegos will be the de- fensive specialist after finishing "Both of them bring different things to the table." The non-district schedule will be challenging and includes tournament trips to the Pleas- anton/Leander Invitational (Nov. 18-20), Navarro (Dec. 2-4) and the Sint0n Rotary Classic (Dec. 28-29). Coy admits her team may face an uphill battle in District 27-4A with heavyweights like be a tough district for us but I still expect us to be one of the most aggressive, well-prepared teams in our district," Coy said. "We have to play good, con- sistent basketball. I want this team to set their goals high and work as hard as we possibly can to achieve them. If we do that, then there's no reason why we can't be one of those teams in the mix for the playoffs." Rebel X-Count: Looking to district + Continued from pg. 1 B gave us some idea as to what some major injuries from his Hays girls competing in the we would be facing. I just top two runners. Those boys event were Grace Ortiz, Emily didn't see our runners being at Lehman have always been Crowell, Lena New, Nicole Al- aggressive. If we sit back next very competitive and it was cantara and Marissa Roman. week our chance to advance good to see our kids wa~ away The District 274A meet is to the regional meet will pass on top for once. I kno~v that it Saturday at Lockharrt City Park. right by us." will just focus Lehmm even The top three boyss and girls Buckley did see a few posi- more heading into district, teams and top 10 individual fives, as the Hays boys beat At Texas Lutheran, Jdmathan runners will advamce to the Lehman, which are dealing Gabriel finished lit" tyerall for regional meet in Sam Antonio. with serious injury issues, for the Rebelboys, followd byoth- "If you have never been to a the first time since the Lobos erHaysvarsitycompettorsBilly district cross counztry cham- .~a~.~.~.~...~t,~..,~..~,. .Bal.to.o, .Bobby Limor~ Michael pionship meet, thiss would be "We were able to jump past Normand, Ryan McSpadden, the one to go to," Bmckley said. Lehman at this meet, whichour Chris OvalleandTomAyers. "It should be prett?/crazy and boys have never done," Buck- Mariana Sigala led the Lady very compet/rive.'l am very ex- ley said. "I know that (Lehman Rebels with a 26~ place in- cited to see what our kids can head coach) Jay Sansom has dividual finish at TLU. Other do at this meet." Continued from pg. 1 B to Alamo Heights, which finished second in 27-4A behind district champion Smithson Valley. 'Tin still proud of the way our team played dur- ing the second half of our district schedule," Hays head coach Erica Walther said. "We had some big wins and we corrected a lot of the things we weren't doing well earlier in the season. I think that should translate to suc- cess in the playoffs." Hays will play Boerne Champion, which fin- ished in first place in District 28-4A, in the first round of the playoffs Tuesday night in a match tentatively scheduled to be played at New Braun- fels High. "We would have loved to go into the playoffs as the second or third place team but I know we have the kind of fight as a team that will serve us well in the playoffs," Hays outside hitter Kel- sea Sadler said. "We're going to give it our all because this is it. We're playing for our seniors and we all want to keep this season going as long as we can. Middle blocker Emily Clark agreed Hays has a chance to do well in the playoffs despite the loss to Alamo Heights. "We're obviously disap- pointed in the loss, but our focus now is trying to achieve our goals in the playoffs," Clark said. "We're going to look at the things we did well in the regular season and still try and improve on things we need to work on heading into our game next week." Against Alamo Heights, Dezaray Garner led Hays with six kills, Kaylea Beck had five kills, and Clark and Sadler had four kills apiece for Hays. Hannah Ramsey had 20 assists and 12 digs for the Lady Rebels. "We're the healthiest we've been all year and I'm excited to see what we can do in the playoffs," Walther said. Girls & Boys Grade: 2-5 I going on Now! Please call 512-633-9810 for more information. Provided 11am-1pm 16700 N. 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