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HaysFreePress.com SALUTE TO VETERANS Elm Grove, along with other schools in the Hays CISD, celebrated veterans last week. - Page 3B November 17, 2010 Page 18 + PHOTO BY ERIC GUERRERO Quarterback Matt Anguiano will be one of several returning starters looking to push the Lobes to a playoff berth next season. BY M.I freepressspo They may not h bally after a loss district opener, bl of Lehman Highs the story. The Lobos knev uphill climb to m RK gAUL "ts@yahoo.com ave expressed it ver- to rival Hays in the ~t the body language football players told r they were facing an Mgate the competi- tive District 27-4/~ toward a possible playoff spot. l Although the effort was certainly there and the Lolpos fought valiantly against the likeslof Canyon, Clem- ens and Alamo Hights - it just wasn't meant to be. | Injuries began t0 take their toll on an already depleted Lehman roster early In on and the Lobes were left in the inevi- tackles), Levi Medley (the team's top disappointment to all of us if we don't table position of having to play out the rusher), Charles Williams (a two-way have a winning season next year," Rio- season without a couple of their top starter) and starting quarterback Matt jas said. '~dl the players are in place. players. Anguiano are expected to be vital to We just have to work a lot harder dur- The Lobes finished 0-5 in district Lehman's success in 2011. The same hag the offseason and two-a-days next after a 3-2 non-district run to start the group finished 9-1 and won the district fall. We are already working towards season, title as freshmen, that goal." "We just had way too many injuries "I'm happy to have another year to Medley, a junior tailback, who trans- to important players that we needed to work with this group of kids because ferred from Tennessee last summer, be on the field," Lehman Head Coach they came to Lehman with a winning also believes the Lobes have all the Steve Davis said. "We had our me- attitude and I'm expecting them to pieces to make a playoff run. ments where we played Lobe football go out with the same mentality," Da- "This team has more talent than and others where we beat ourselves." vis said. "All of these young men have people give us credit for," Medley Seniors Harvest Trammell, Jon Fra- been a very important part of our pro- said. "If we would have been able to zier, Kevin Ibanez and Richard Porche gram and I would love to see them take stay healthy and were able to make are among the players who have played that next step into the playoffs." a few more plays in a couple of the their final games as Lobes but Davis is Riojas is already anticipating the district games our season may have excited about a junior-laden squad that start of next year's football campaign, been different. We just have to step will return for their senior seasons. "I know what kind of talent we have up and be ready to go from the very Matt Riojas (who led the team in here at Lehman and it will be a big first game." PHOTO BY TONY SMITH Hays High guard Brandon Alvarado drives to the basket during the Rebels' 51-47 season- opening win over Marble Falls Tuesday night at Bales Gym. e win Rebs rally as McMullen wins debut BY JASON GORDON lreepressspats~]ahoo.com Ifyou've been to allays High boys basketball practice this season, you wouldn't have been too surprised to see what the Rebels accom- plished in their season opener against Marble Falls Tuesday at Bales Gym. After a horrible third quarter made it seem like new head coach Dean McMullen weather delay, Tivy rains on Hays' playoff hopes BY JASON G( :IDON freepresssports@! ,ahoo.com After lightning sl tuck, Johnny Manziel thl mdered over Hays. ! KerrviUe Tivy's aJ l-state quarterback added to his gaudy numbers in 49-21 win over Hays Friday night at Clemens High in the first round of the Class 4A Division I playoffs. Manziel ran for four touch- downs and threw for three more to set up a rematch with Lake Travis in the second round next week. The three- time defending state champi- on Cavaliers beat ~e Antlers 37-33 in late September. "Even when there was nothing there, Matiziel made something happenf' Hays de- fensive end Alan Marin said. "He's so smooth on the field. It seemed like he was running in slow motion but we still couldn't stop him." Hays was down 7-6 and was driving near midfield late in the first quarter when a huge bolt of lightning and subse- quent crack of thunder tem- porarily knocked mat some of the stadium's lights and sent fans scrambling. Tivy linebacker Conner Burney recovered a Hays fumble on the first 9lay after a 40-minute delay ar d Manziel was going to lose his head coaching debut at Hays, the Rebels rallied in a bigwayin the fourth quarter to secure a 51-47 victory. Hays scored only two third- quarter points and quickly lost a 10-point lead. Despite trailing 37-34 heading to the fourth quarter, Hays used its quickly went back 1 Manziel, who ha: ted to Texas A&M, t Brant with a 25-yar set up his own 3-yaJ down run to make i less than a minute resumed. "We never could momentum back a ) work. commit- it Steven l pass to d touch- :14-6 fter play ;et the ter the superior conditioning to help pull out the win. "This game wasn't won in the fourth quarter, it was won in the three months ofhard work and preparation we put in leading up to tonight," McMullen said. "We had a REBEL BASKETBALL, pg. 2B weather delay," Hays head coach Bob Shelton ~ald. "I thought we were doing a lot of things well up to th~ tt point." After another shc rt Manziel TD scamper, he we] tt to the option on Tivy's ne~ t drive, faking a pitch and s 9rinting See REBEL FOOTBI,LL, pg. 2B ~mNy~mm r Kerrville Tivy quarterback Johnny Manziel ran for fotur touchdowns and passed for three more in the Antlers' 49-21 first round playoff win over Hays Friday night ~at Clemens. BY MARKCAUL 11 points in thc Boerneloss. Ju- F~rom there it was the Lady TO Lobos time to light it up from nior guard Ame ra Smith added URN~ BOUND the, outside as Smith scored freepresssports@yahoo.com10 points, Tori Torres finished with nine and pgst Keke Holmes Lehman will try to rebound five points and Tortes four dur- If the first two games were tallied eight poilnts, from an 0-2 start at the ing; a late run to pull Lehman to any indication for the Lehman After buildinga slim 8-4 lead Pleasanton Tournament. witlhin 54-51 with two minutes Lady Lobes basketball team, it after the first quarter, the Lo- Lady Lobes open tourney to tplay. will require a group effort to be bos extended tl~eir lead to 11-4 [ play against Devine. B3ut clutch free throw shoot- successful with the departure following a TOrres 3-pointer ir~glfromthe6-foot2-inchTaylor of former four-time all district from the right Ibaseline. But a dOwvn the stretch helped keep standout BriAnna Garza. driving lay-up I)y Boerne guard Gonzalez's steady shooting the, Lady Lobes at bay. In a recent road loss to Katy Kazen alor~g with a pair of along with the strong interior TThe narrow loss to Boerne Boerne, the Lady Lobes found themselves up by as many as eight points in the first half be- fore a cold-shooting third quar- ter for Lehman helped the Lady Hounds seize control of the game and post a 58-54 win. Lehman's Catherine Gonzalez paced a balanced scoring attack as she led the Lady Lobes with inside buckets ~om post player play of Holmes kept the Lady canne only a few days after a Bailee Taylor, wlao scored six of Lobos close until the second sea,.son opening 52-23 loss at her game high :~2 points during half when the Lady Hounds be- Smiithville. the stretch, brought the Lady gan to find the range outside the C;oy believes her squad will Hounds closer a]t 11-10.arc. comtinue to improve each game Mallory GrimJm added a pair That's when Grimm and Ka-as tthe Pleasanton Tournament of free throws Ofter a Lehman zen got Boerne off to a blazing loomas this weekend. turnover to gi~e Boerne their start in the third quarter as the LGehman opens play in the first lead at 12tll early in the Lady Hounds went on a 12-2 run Pleaisanton tournament against second quarter.I to widen their lead to 45-33. Devine. / Rewing into hoops overdrive W~anare two weeks into e NBA season d some things are what we expected- the Lakers, Mars and Celtics are good; the Spurs are still mak- ing believers out of their an- nual doubters after getting offto a blazing start; John Wall is dynamic; Kobe won't talk about his injuries; and the Grizzlies are still making bad contract decisions. First of all, let's talk about the champs - my Los Ange- les Lakers. Fresh offwinning their second straight NBA title, they are trying to complete the rare three-peat. The 2000-2002 Lak- ers were the last team to complete the feat, but now the veteran Kobe Bryant will lead his team as it seeks to notch the fourth three-peat of Phil Jackson's career and put an iron-clad stamp on their recent run of success. But even championship teams undergo changes in the off-season, and the Lak- ers are no different. The l_ak- ers bid adieu to hometown hero Jordan Farrnar and the biggest bust of the last six years, former college player of the year Adam Morrison. Phil Jackson was the archi- tect of the Lakers last three- peat. After the Zen Master spent part of the offseason doing a little introspection and after receiving a clear bill of health, he decided to return to Los Angeles in the beginning July. Jackson provides the proper leader- ship and coaching mind for a focused veteran team that's aimed at continuing its path See THE LAST CAUL, pg. 2B Keke Holmes and the Lady Lobes held an early lead over Boerne before a second half Lady Hound rally left the Lady LObeS on the short end of the final PHOTO BYJPEDDS +