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COORTESY PHOTO A multi-sport athlete, Hays senior Hayden Gagle (center) plays sports not for the notoriety, but for his brothers, Conley (left) and Gamron (right), who have faced numerous medical conditions since birth. Playing for a higher cause BY MOSES LEOS III moses@haysfreepress.com For some high school athletes, aspirations of fame and fortune are normal. Oth- ers, like Hayden Cagle, have a higher goal in mind. He participates in sports for his younger brothers, who cannot. Cagle's brothers, five-year- old Camron and 14-year- old Conley, were born with various medical conditions. Both boys are deaf; Conley is blind in one eye, Camron has autism. Their conditions were so severe, each stayed in New- born Intensive Care Units (NICU) and Intensive Care Units (!CU)in hospitals for two years of their lives. The Cagle family moved down from Dallas to San An- tonio to support Camron and Conley. Cagle attended private school when both of his brothers were in the ICU. When his brother Conley was ill, he lived with an aunt in the San Antonio area. After Camron was born, Hayden and his family spent time in San Antonio at the Ronald McDonald House, a nonprofit organization that houses families caring for sick children. It was a tough transition for Cagle, who was only a child at the time. Cagle said he and his family could only see his brothers during certain visita- tion times. While he and his fam- fly supported his brothers, Hayden attempted to live as normal life as possible. He tried to make as many friends as he could. However, living in the Ronald McDonald house proved diffict, based on its location in d0'ntown San Antonio. "It was hard living at the Ronald McDonald House," Cagle said. "There really wasn't a Whole lot to do." He turned to sports for an outlet. He began play- ing baseball and basketball in youth leagues and then started playing football in sev- enth grade. According to Cagle, it was all to release the anxiety of his brothers' situations. He un- derstood they could not play sports - a fact that will remain HIGHER CAUSE, 2B PHOTO BY RAFAEL MARQUEZ Hays senior Jill Borreson grapples for the ball with an Incarnate Word High School player in Tuesday's game in Bales Gym. The Lady Rebels' size contained Incarnate Word, as they preserved a nine point win. Word to the Incarnate Rebs trample Shams 45-36 BY SPENCER SPILMAN moses@haysfreepress.com The Hays High Lady Rebel basketball team faced a late charge from the visiting IncamateWord Shamrocks Tuesday night, but the Lady Rebels' size was too much for the Shamrocks in a 45-36 win. The Lady Rebels fell behind in the opening minutes of the game but battled back quickly, and once they had the lead they didn't look back. They needed the early defensive presence of Tara Ramsey and her three first-quarter steals to slow down the Shamrocks. After taking an early 4-1 lead, the Shamrocks failed to score an- , ther point and Hays finished the quarter on a 9-0 rtm behind the inside dominance from Jill Borreson, who had four of the teams' five rebounds in the quarter. Incarnate Word came out firing in the second with 12 points in the quarter. Al- though they were outsized, Incarnate Word found a way to match Hays in re- bounds. The Lady Rebels answered with a balanced attack of five different players. Madison Zapata stepped up off the bench and continued the dominance on the glass, fin hing the game with six points and four rebounds; three rebounds in the second quarter. Hays maintained the lead as they went into halftime up 21-16. Whatever head coach Danny Preuss said to his team at half seemed to work. The Lady Rebels got the ball moving around the court with five assists in the quarter; two ofthe five coming from guard Alexis Delgado. Hays continued to score- by-committee and five players combined for 12 points in the quarter. Borreson led the Lady Rebels with three points and four more rebounds. She used her height and also made two blocks under the basket. The Shamrocks had no answer for the size of the Lady Rebels and Hays took a 33-25 lead going into the final quarter. Any comeback scheme from Incar- nate Word was snuffed out by the Lady Rebels play on the court. Hays came out with the speed and jump shooting from Delgado, and the rebounding and physi- cal presence from Borreson. To counter, the Shamrocks cranked up their defense to cause four steals as they narrowed the deficit. In the end it was too much from Borreson, who finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Delgado added 10 points as the two helped the Lady Rebels get to 11-4 on the year. The Lady Rebels will play host to the Rebel classic this weekend at Bales Gym. Lobos earn hard-fought win over Bears BY KEFF CIARDELLO moses@haysfreepress.com Olivia Marzuilo scored 25 points against the Bastrop Bears, but none more important than the last three - her final shot proved to be the clincher for the Lehman High Lobos to defeat the Bears, 58-55. "We could have hung our heads, we could have given up but we fought to the end," said head coach lamie Coy. "There is a unity to this team that kept us in it and that is why we came out victorious." The first half started with multiple lead changes but the Bears took control of the game in the second quarter, taking a 34- 28 lead into halftime. The Bears would extend their lead to as much as eight pointsbutMarzullo kept finding ways to keep the Lobos in the game. With 4:45 left in the third, Marzullo stole the ball, pump-faked, then missed the shot but hustled around everybody to grab her own rebound and put it back for the score, making the score 38-37. "Olivia (Marzullo) is a hard working senior," said coach Coy. "Both at prac- tice and at games, she works hard on the court." The Lobos were down by two' 43-41, heading into the fourth quarter. A deep two by Lauren Fowler tied the game at 47 but the Bears would rally to take a 55-49 PHOTO BY MOSES LEOS III Lehman guard Olivia Mar-zullo dishes the rock in the Lady Lobos' game against Bastrop on Nov. 26. blarzullo's 25 points, which included a game-winning three pointer in the waning sec- onds, helped Lehman gut out a 58-55 win over the Lady Bears at Lobo Gym. points. "They (MarzuUo and Fowler) are working on hitting each other, finding each other," said Coy. "They both hustle, they both work hard and then they help sion, giving Lehman the ball back with 25 seconds on the clock. After the ball was knocked out of bounds with 19 seconds left, the Lobos moved the ball around until they found Marzullo. She lead with just under two minutes left to made the game winning shot from the play. . left side corner with just eight seconds A couple of quick scores brought them to go. to within 55-53, but it was Starr Rivers Marzullo and Fowler are developing nailing two free throws with 41 seconds into a nice one-two punch, as they com- remaining that tied the game. bined for 40 of Lobos 58 points. Marzullo Bastrop traveled on its next posses- finished with 25 and Fowler scored 15 bring the team along. They don't quit, they don't stop and they make sure that if they're not scoring, that they create op- portunities for others to score." The Lehman Lobos improved to 3-3 after the win. They will participate in the Lady Rebel Classic this weekend. Football makes everyone happy FROM THE h, Thanksgiving. Wel- ome back, good friend. Of all the holidays on the calendar, Thanksgiv- ing perhaps is my personal favorite.. It's one of the rare holidays not driven by rampant com- mercialism. Instead, it's a time where friends and family reconnect over a vast array of foods and drink. Heck, what other holiday is it perfectly acceptable to wear elastic-waistband pants while gorging on traditional Thanks- giving fare? For the record, I didn't wear elastic-waistband pants, at least not this year. But delicious food and family fun aside, Thanksgiv- ing also brings football to our consciousness. For as long as I can remem- ber, football has been a part of my Thanksgiving holiday. It was almost as if we had 22 extra family members join us for our Thanksgiving feasts. The teams participating almost always change. The players most certainly do. But it never really mattered, quite honestly. So long as there was football, everyone was happy. Through the years, some of football's most iconic mo- ments occurred on Thanksgiv- ing. Remember Leon Lett, any- one? While the old halcyon days are fun to relive, today's age of football brings new moments for every fan to cherish. Here are my thoughts on some of what went down this holiday weekend. At the high school level, I was surprised varsity newcom- er George Ranch upset Elgin and the Simmons brothers. I had the Wildcats in the 4A DII State Semifinals. Though, credit the Wildcats for fighting back. Four onside kick recoveries in one game seems like a state record or something. Cedar Park falling to Port Lavaca Calhoun was a bit of a shock as well. Props to the Sandcrabs for upsetting the defending state champs. And what about Leander Rouse, the team that took out Hays? They're alive and well, but face a scary-good San Antonio Brennan team this Friday that's outscored its opponents 171-7. Collegiately, Texas/Texas Tech and Baylor/TCU brought back some Southwest Confer- ence nostalgia. If you went to the Texas game on Thursday, you're probably still trying to defrost. Texas State completed its season-ending swoon with a disappointing loss to Troy on Friday. 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