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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press November 3, 2010 + BY MARK CAUL Raymond Castaneda, Javier as the top Lady Lobe runners Torres, Ryan Sorenson and atthemeet. Jose Rangel were among the Jessica Castro, a four-year other finishers for the Lobes. varsity runner along with Val- For the first time in six All completed the five-mile erie Guerra, were the team's years, the Lehman Lobes boys course within a few seconds of only seniors. cross-country team will not be each other. "Everyone on the team among the field at the regional Sansom is hoping that his worked hard this year and did meet. squad can rebound next fall really well," girls head coach It was a tumultuous season with both of their top guns re- Monica Tovar said. "Many of that saw their most experi- turning and a few experienced our runners improved or broke enced runner, junior Ramon runners coming back withtheir personal bests this year. Martinez sit out the entire year a year of varsity under their This has been a great season with an injury, but head coach belts, and we look forward to getting Jay Sansom believes there are a "Hopefully we regroup for even better next fall." lot of positives to be taken from next year so history does not Other top finishers for Leh- a disappointing campaign, repeat itself," said Sansomi man included Ashley Endicott "This was a year of life les- "We arein a verytough district. (22nd, 12:33), Jessica Castro sons and understanding that So tough, that 22-year district (30th, 12:54), Valerie Guerra you only get out of it what you champion Lockhart didn't(37th, 13:22) and Mayra Zamo- put into it," Sansom said. "We even advance to regionals." ra (14:14). were missing our top runner Lockhart finished fourth be- Castro, who is a four-year allyear long and with a district hind district champion Smith- varsity runner for the Lady as tough as ours is, you can't be son Valley, Canyon and Alamo Lobes along with Valerie at anything less than yourbest Heights. Only the top three Guerra, are the team's only if you expect to be successful." teams advanced to the region- seniors. Lehman finished sixth over- al meet. "I am very proud at what my all at the meet. The Lehman gifts placed team was able to accomplish, Leading the way for the Lo- fifth at the district meet. but we still have some things bos was senior captain Eddie Junior Amara Smith was we need to work on before the Chabarria who finished 27th 13th overall (12:10) and fresh- next season rolls around," To- (18:21). Sophomore Patrick man Olivia Marzullo finished var said. "I'm looking forward Villarreal was 33rd (18:35), 15th (12:15), receiving medals to it." PHOTO BYJUOY COOPER Jessica Castro and the Lehman cross country team wrapped up the season at the district meet in Lockhart last weekend. LOOKING AHEAD HAYS AT SMITHSON VALLEY When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Where: Ranger Stadium Records: Hays (6-3, 4-1 27-4A) Smithson Valley (8-1,5-0) Lad Week: Hays beat Canyon 28-19; Smithson Valley beat Lockhart 49-7 Last meeting: Smithson Valley 20, Hays 12 (1999) What they're saying: "It's been an exciting season. It's great to think we have a lot of these guys coming back for one or two more seasons," Hays head coach Bob Shelton said of his team that's playing for the district title Friday night. SV Offense: Pistol SV Defense: 4-3 Hays Offense: Multiple Hays Defense: 3-4 Players To Watch: Hays: QB Caleb Kimbro, QB Mason Cervenka, RB Jaxson Schaub- hat, WR Michael Romero, C Alex Rocco, WR Ty Green, WR Granger Studdard, DL Austin Reyes, DE Alan Marin Smithson Valley: LB Austin Steed, LB Clayton Mooney, LB Austin Wood, DE Trevor Meyers, DT Robert Moorman, RB Lawrence Mattison, RB Lach Labanna, QB Parker McKenzie, WR Matt Hilston Intangibles: A Hays team that came into the season destined to play numerous sophomores and juniors is on the brink of a district title, All the Rebels have to do to win a share of the District 27-4A crown is travel to Smithson Valley and beat the fifth-ranked Rangers. The Rebels have an all-time 8-2 record against the Rang- ers, but Smithson Valley has turned into a state power since the two teams last met in 1999. , '" PHOTO BY TONY SMITH The Hays defense will have to be on top of its game once again'if the Rebels are going to come out of Ranger Stadium with a win Friday night. A Hays victory will likely create a three-way tie for the district title with SVHS, Alamo Heights and the Rebels. The Rangers, who spent much of the last decade at the Class 5A level, can beat you in many different ways with their "Pistol" offense. Both RBs Mattison and Labanna have more than 800 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns apiece, and QB McKenzie has thrown for more than 1,000 yards. Smithson Valley High's true strength, however, may lie in its defense. The Rangers' first-string defense has allowed only two touchdowns in district play. The Rebels are coming off of their most impressive win of the season, but will still have to take things up another couple of notches if they want to have a chance to knock off the mighty Rangers. Free Press Prediction: Smithson Valley 35, Hays 14 LOWERS -IEWELRY; T-S.iRTS " IRON MORE 122 Main Street Downtown Buda 295-9444 Ope, Everyday 295-6008 Great Fun Minimum Prize Church, Thyme .....:: ,11 26 Manchaca ..... Rd. ..... Austin TX 78748 (On the corn of Frate Barker Rd.) Wsit: www.l Hays X-Country: 12 points shy of regionals Continued from pg. 1B i!!!i!i!i!ii!!ii!!iiii!ilili!i : ii! ...... ) !! ! iiii!i!!i ! + 3rd. I really look forward to see- Roman. nately it just wasn't enough." ing what she can do at region- Hays boys runners included The Hays girls finished fourth als." Ryan McSpadden, Billy Bolton, overall as a team. Buckley was also impressed Michael Normand, Bobby Li- "The girls' race was another with Gabriel's run to the regional men, Chris Ovalle and Tom Ay- race where we just came up a meet. ers. little short," Buckley said. "I'm "Johnny ran a great race out The boys' race was very close proud of them and the girls that front," Buckleysaid. "The lead- andstatepowerLockhart, which are coming back are already ers got out to a very fast start had previously won 22 straight looking to make adjustments. coming through the first mile in district titles, didn't even finish We will be losing a big part ofour about five minutes but Johna- in the top three, teaminlastyear'sdistrictchamp than hung on to the group and The Rebel boys came in fifth, Lena New. She is the type of kid relaxed in the middle working just 12 points out of the third you wish you could have more his way up to seventh. He has place finish they would have of. She has been a fierce com- had a very solid season and I am needed to advance to regionals, petitor and leader and will be glad to see he will be moving on "Lockhart didn't even advance missed." to run at reglonals next week." to the next round," Buckley said. Other Lady Rebel runners "That should tell you the kind of included Emily Crowell, Lena talent that this district has. Our New, Grace Ortiz, Nicole Alcan- boys really put themselves in tara, Marissa Sigala and Marissa a position to win and unfortu- Hays Girls Basketball Continued from pg. 1B "We're starting out fresh with a new coach and lot of players that don't have much experi- ence at this level, but we're get- ting better every day," Johnson said. "We still have the same go~s as before, to win district and to do well in the playoffs." Baca-Saucedo said that even though she didn't get a lot of playing time on last year's senior dominated squad, she learned some valuable lessons that will carry over to this year. "I learned it's so important to stay energetic even when things might not be going well for the team," Baca-Saucedo said. "Chrissy Arias set a great exam- ple of not just motivating herself but the whole team and that's a role model I want to follow." Preuss said he has high hopes for his inexperienced team. "I think they can talk the talk and know what it takes because they get to follow a team that went to state," Preuss said. "Now ] want to see them perform. They've been slowly buying into the new system and I expect us to be contending for the district title by the end of the season." The Lady Rebs open the regu- lar season Nov. 9 at Bowie High School. 8uda I 512,295,8180 1626 I Bldg 1 ; Suite 0 i Buda, Texas 78610 San Marcos 512.878.1756 Email I In f0@TheFinancialPavili0n.c0m services offered through Transamerica Financial Advisors, SlPC and Registered Investment Advisor. Non-securities products h TFA. Registering for college takes time. Hake history. Apply today. . 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