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Page 2B Sports Hays Free Press November 16, 2016 PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Hays' Slovak signs with UT Permian Basin Odessa is the next stop for Hays High senior Ashley Slovak after she signed her letter of intent to play volleyball at the University of Texas Permian Basin next fall. Slovak, who will graduate in December, completed her high school career with 1,100 digs and 1,575 serve receptions in 371 sets played. Bosquez: One girl, one dream - state Continued from pg. 1 B ral," Hightower said. "We said: wasn't as smooth as I told her at the beginning Basketball, which is wanted to be," Bosquez of the season she would Bosquez's first sport, be- said. She added her speed be surprised at what she came a point of reference, fluctuated until she got could accomplish if she Thinking of the district herself in a "good place" believed in herself." and region meets as play- midway through the sec- Hightower said she off games, where teamsond mile. began Bosquez much like must be patient, was the Bosquez battled any other beginning run- focus, Hightower said.against a field of runners ner. She focused on body Bosquez's physical abil- who had previous cross movement and foot strike ity and mental toughness country experience. while running, along with rose to the top. Bosquez "You can tell people how to pace one's self showed her mental for-have been working and during a race. titude when she excelled they do this continuously But during the pro- on an unfamiliar course through the preseason cess, Hightower said at the Region IV meet in and postseason," she always kept in mind Corpus Christi. Bosquez said. "You can Bosquez's natural abili- "She has a mind of see it in their form in ties. steel," Hightower said. running." Once Bosquez entered "She is calm, cool andBut for Bosquez, the her first race, her compet- collected and at the end ability to reach the state itiveness and athleticism of the day, she is going to level was a meaningful took over, Hightower said. get the job done." experience. She hopes "She found herself in Bosquez took what she to improve her cross the front of the pack," had learned to Saturday's country progress as Hightower said. "She had meet at Old Settlers Park she continues play on more in her." in Round Rock. the hardwood for next From there, Hightower She quickly found how season. continued to see Bosquez competitive the state "It's something to be progress as a cross coun- level could be. Bosquez proud of and, regard- try runner, said her goal was to stay less Of what you did, The next step was within the top 20 runners you competed against preparing Bosquez for the and gradually move herthe best. You are mak- heightened competition way up the standings, ing yourself strong," at the district meet. But Bosquez said she Bosquez said on compet- Bosquez transitioned got "trapped" by a large ing at state. "You want from working on pacing group toward the first 800 to compete against the and running in a group, meters as runners werebest if anything. It means to placement for advanc- closely packed together, you're going to get better ing the season, Hightower "My pacing and stride competing here." Lady Rebels: New, returning players Continued from pg. 1B good facing teams like that Association (TGCA) Class couldn't keep up with the later on." 6A poll. While the Rebels hot shooting Cavaliers, The Rebels followed had foul trouble in the which hit 13 three- by turning in a "solid game, Preuss said the pointers in the game. second half" in a win team excelled on defense. Hays also struggled with over Texas City, which Steele, which had scored foul trouble, while also catapulted them into the 98 and 72 points in their losing McMillian to an winners bracket. Preuss first two games of theankle injury. said the team turned the tournament, was limited But for Preuss, the corner when it came to to 58 points by Hays. tournament also gave aggressiveness. Execution, however, many role players the "If we're an aggressive became the Rebels' chance to hit the floor team, we play good. If we downfall, even with the and gain experience. lay back, we're not that return of McMillian. "After Saturday, one good," Preuss said. "We "We played with a lot thing I got out of the have to bring it night in of enthusiasm, but we game was my so called and night out if we're didn't execute," he said. 'subs', who are not going going to be successful." Hays closed out the to be starters and don't But Hays' momentum tournament with a know how much playing was snuffed out in a win over Pflugerville time they're going to get, 20-point loss to Cibolo Connally, followed by a proved something, which Steele, which is currently loss to 25-6A foe Lakewas good," Preuss said. "I the No. 2 team in the Travis. had to rely on them more Texas Girls Coaches Preuss said the Rebelsthan I normally would." 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