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+ FIRST DMSION BAND The Rebel Marching Band rolled to the latest first division rating in the University Scholastic League marching contest. - Page 3B October 27, 2010 Page 1B omore season BY MARK CAUL to get better this season." Even though the lightning quick Carson certainly took his lumps last season against more experienced Every school that produces bas- backcourt tandems, he played well ketball talent has stories of a few enough to garner a first-team all- good players who everyone is sure district nod and earn plenty of re- can make it to the college or even the pro ranks someday, They are the type of athletes that create a buzz every time they step on the court. This is true of talented Lehman sophomore point guard DeAndre Carson, a soft-spoken player who lets his game do the talking. "DeAndre can fiat out play the game of basketball," Lehman bead coach Thomas Acker said. "He has an unbelievable amount of talent for a kid his age. He has a fantastic basketball IQ and really did a great job of running our team as a fresh- man last year. I know he's only going spect around the league. "DeAndre is relendess when he goes to the bucket, despite his size," former Hays coach Kris Fuller said after a game last season. "Our guys did everything they could to keep him out of the lane but he always managed to finish at the bucket or shoot over us." The 5-foot, 7-inch Carson may have dazzled fans with his highlight reel passes and superb ball handling, but was extremely disappointed that he wasn't able to help his teammates generate more than nine wins last season. "It was pretty disappointing that RED HOT LOBO Lehman's DeAndre Carson may be a sophomore but he has the game of an upperclassman. we didn't win more games," Carson said. "It was frustrating to play as hard as we did and not have any- thing to show for it. We have the tal- ent to be better this year but it's go- ing to take a lot of hard work." As a freshman, Carson led the Lobos in four different categories - scoring, steals, three-pointers and assists. "He definitely had a couple of games where he may not have shot well or maybe wasn't as sharp as we needed him to be but he always played extremely hard and made his presence felt on the court," Acker said. "He became one of our lead2 ers by the time the season wound down." With last year's frontcourt deci- mated with injury for most of th~ year, Carson had to step his game up offensively and as a result he begar~ to wear down as the season drew toi a dose. "There were a few times where II didn't have as much energy in the! fourth quarter as I needed to havei but I knew coach was depending on me to run the team and I didn't want to let my teammates down," Carson said. "His offense is based on having a good point guard so I just wanted to play my role." Once the basketball season ended at Lehman, Carson took a few days off and then went right back to work on his game. ! See HOOPS TALENT, pg. 2B PHOTO BY DOMINIC MARTINEZ Lehman sophomore DeAndre Carson plays like a veteran as he heads into his second year of varsity bas- ketball for the Lobos. He will try and lead Lehman to its first- ever playoff berth this season. Alamo runs over .n 63-14 BY JASON GORDON The team with the most potent passing attack in District 27-4.A in- vaded Shefton Stadium and didn't get off to a fast start through the air last Friday night. It was all by design, as Alamo Heights switched up their normal game plan and came out running. It didn't seem to matter in the end, as the Mules soon found out they could gain big chunks of yard- age any way they pleased in a 63-14 victory over the Lobos. "We just couldn't stop them," Lehman head coach Steve Davis said. "They have some very talented athletes and they were running up and down the field on us. I thought this was our worst performance as a team since our opening game of the season." Quarterback Steven Elder, who has thrown for more than 1,400 yards this season, rested his power- ful arm during the Mules' first drive, handing off to running backWdliam Thompson five times as Alamo Heights surged down the field. When Elder wasn't handing off he was running, as his 15-yard scamper set up Thompson's 1 -yard touch- down dive. After a Lehman (3-5, 0-4 District 27-4A) punt, Thompson reeled off runs of 10 and 15 yards before Leh- man's Marshall Benson and Edwin Bahena teamed up to sack Elder for a 9-yard loss to give the Lobos hope. But a holding call against Lehman after Elder threw an incomplete pass on third-and-goal from the 19 led to Alamo Heights' second score right before the end of the first quarter. El- der floated a middle screen to Andy Brooks, who waltzed into the end zone for a 9-yard TD to make it 14-0. Lehman just couldn't get any- thing going on offense to counter the strong Mules' attack, as a fumbled pitch for a 7-yard loss led to another three-and-out on the Lobos' next drive. Alamo Heights (7-2, 4-1).was soon at it again as three more pounding Thompson runs set up Elder's swing pass to a wide open Zach Richter for a 18-yard score and the Mules led 21-0 midway PHOTO BY ERIC GUERRERO Lehman's Harvest Trammell (left) and Jon Frasier team up to bring down an Alamo Heiights ball carrier last Friday night at Shel- ton Stadium. It was one of the few times the Lobos had success against the Mules, wwho pulled away for an easy 63-14 victory to leave the Lobos winless in District 27-4A. through the second quarter. Another miscue, this time a holding penalty on first down, helped thwart'Lehman's next drive, and Elder's 42-yard bomb to Gar- rett Iverson soon afterward paved the way to Thompson's 8-yard touchdown run to make it 28-0. Lehman finally found a groove on offense late in the first half when Harvest Trammell found Peter Guti- errez with a beautifully timed pass down the right sideline to cut the gap to 28-7 at the break. Thompson finished with 81 yards on the ground in the first half alone to lead an Alamo Heights attack that rolled up 238 total yards in the game's first 24 minutes. The Mules continued to pour it on in the second half, scoring five more rushing touchdowns to break the game wide open. Alamo Heights finished the game with 252 yards rushing, led by Thompson's 105 yard effort, and Elder wound up with 152 yards passing after completing 12-of-20 attempts. Lehman's only score after the break came from 22 yards out on a pass from Matt Anguiano to Tram- mell. It was the second straight loss by 40-plus points for the Lobos, who saw their slim hopes to stay in the 27-4A playoff race dashed. Lehman lost 61-18 at SmithsonValley two weeks ago and was idle last Friday night. "It's always disappointing when you're not in the playoffhunt this time of year but we still have a lot to play for," Davis said. "We have 17 starters returning and we want to close out the season strong and get some district wins and momentum heading to the offseason." Lehman travels to Clemens Friday night to take on the Buffaloes before closing out its season Nov. 5 against Lockhart at Shekon Stadium. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Amara Smith (14) is the leading return- ing scorer for the Lehman girls basket- ball season. She will try to help new head coach Jamie Coy's team make a splash in Distdct 27-4A. BY MARK CAUL Anybody that has been following the Lehman gifts basketball team over the last few years may need a copy of the roster to identify any of the LadyLobo players this season. For the first time in four years, Lehman will open the season without several familiar faces in the lineup. Gone are four-time All District se- lection BriAnna Garza (William Jew- tant to longtime head coach Donny McDonald for 14 years before mov- ing to Lehman. McDonald retired after 35 years last spring. Coy comes to Lehman from Hays High School where she lead the ju- nior varsity squad for four years. "I'm looking forward to the chal- lenges here at Lehman and I can't walt for the season to get started," Coy said. "We don't have much time before the season opener (against Smithville on Nov. 9) so we're going to get to work as quickly as we can." el College), co-captain Kerry Rob- Garza left Lehman with virtually inson (Stephen E Austin) and third every Lady Lobo basketball record leading scorer Bekah LuciD. in tow. There will also be a new face pac- 'Tm sure a lot of these girls who ing the sidelines as first-year Jamie played with Bri will be looking Coy replacesDannyPreuss, around out of instinct expecting Preuss was a given an opporttmity her to take over the game down the over the summer to return to Hays stretch or inspire themwhen the go- High School, where he was the assis- ing gets tough,"Coy said. "But she's not here anymore and we will have to find somebody to step up and as- sume that responsibility." One of the leading candidates to do exactly that is junior Amara Smith, who was the team's second Jeading scorer as a sophomore last ..season and finished second in both ,assists and free throw percentage. Coy believes that there is still ,enough talent for her junior-laden :squad to compete in District 27 4-A. '9, lot of these girls were used to ,watching Bri work her magic and 1take over games when it came down lto crunch time but I'm going to ex- lpect Amara to do a lot of scoring for tus and help us get into our up-tem- po offense because of her zpeed," (Coy said. "She also plays excellent ipressure defense which is one of the See LOBO BASKETBALL, pg. 2B The Hays boys and girls cross country teams will compete in the Dis- trict 27-4A meet this weekend in Lockhart. Tom Ayers (right) helped the Rebels to an eighth place finish last week in Seguin. COURTESY PHOTO in BY JASON GORDON The Hays boys finished eighth and the Lady Rebels finished 12~h in the final cross country race of the season before this weekend's District 27-4A meet. The meet took place at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin and Hays head coach Cliff Buckley was hoping to see more from his Rebel squads with district coming up fast on the horizon. "This was supposed to be a tune up meet before district," Buckley said. "We ran against two teams we will see at the district race, Canyon and Lehman, which See REBEL X-COUNTRY, pg. 2B Erica Clark and the Hays vol- leyball team will square off against Boeme Champion in the first round of the playoffs next Tues- day night. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER team heads into rafts after loss BY JASON GORDON The Hays volleyball team's winning streak finally came to a close Tuesday night in the last regular season game of the year. Alamo Heights' 25-20, 25-15, 25-16 victory over the Lady Rebels at Bales G,~m means Ka_~ fL~.he.~. Lm .~,~tt~ place in District 27-4A. The Lady Rebs were winners of four straight matches before the loss See HAYS VOLLEYBALL, pg. 2B +