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HaysFreePress.com LUCKY 13 Thirteen Hays CISD middle schoolers earn Region 18 band honors. - Page3B December 21 ,2011 * Page lB + BYJASON GORDON freepressspo~s@yahoo.com Both the Hays High and Lehman High football teams had four play- ers apiece land on the Academic All-State team. Academic All-State athletes must be seniors, must have a grade point average of 94 or above, and must be a team member in good standing. Lehman's selections were line- backer Charles Williams, two-way starter at linebacker and offensive lineman Ethan Martin, wide re- ceiver ]aylon Hardaway and defen- sive lineman Luke Holleran. I .t Hays' selections were linebacker Martin was a second-team All, the team's highest grade point Michael Pieprzica, wide receiver District selection who was Leh' average for four Straight years, Trevor Ragsdaie, defensive back man's only two-way starter. He was Davis said. "If you think about it, Taylor Hough and offensive line- also a team captain and three-year that's a pretty remarkable feat. I man Benton Pruett. letterman, can't say enough about Jaylon's ef- Wdliams was a three-year letter- "If you saw Ethan as a freshman fort on and off the football field." man and captain for Lehman who and sawthe work he put in to get to Holleran was a backup lineman led the team with 120 tackles, in- the point he was as a senior, you'd for the Lobos. cluding 18 for loss. He was also be amazed," Davis said. "It's such a "Luke was a kid that wasn't a first-team All-District. remarkable story and I'm so proud starter, but he never missed a prac- "There's no doubt Charles Wfl- ofallhe'saccomplished." tice and always had a great atti- liams was the leader of our de- Hardaway was a four-year var- tude," Davis said."He's one of those lense," Lehman head coach Steve sity player who battled injuries kidsyoujustlove to coach." Davis said. "He was a great role throughout his career. He was also Pieprzica, a team captain, bat- model for his teammates and for selected a second-teamAll-District fled knee injuries during both his the kids that watch us play. His par- player this season, junior and senior seasons but was entsraised four greatkids.Youwish ,]aylon won our Academic the heart and soul of the Rebel de- you could have 100 Charles Wfl- TeamScholarawardalLfouryears fense. liams on your team." hewasonvarsity, meaninghehad See ACADEMIC ALL-STATE, pg. 2B m PHOTO BY DAVID SIMONEAUX Senior Jaylon Hardaway, who led the Lehman football team in grade point average all four years on varsity, was one of three Lobos to make the Class 4A Academic All-State Football Team. Fellow Lobos Charles Wil- liams, Ethan Martin and Luke Holleran, as well as Hays players Michael Pieprzica, TreVor Ragsdale, Taylor Hough and Benton Pruett were also selected to the prestigious team. Lady Lobos shock Hays in girls hoops BY JASON GORDON freepresssports@yahoo.com No present Santa could deliver could top the one the Lehman girls basketball team earned Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Lobos beat Hays High for the first time in school history, ending a streak of Lady Rebel domination with a thrilling 58-55 victory at Baies Gym. "This is the best Christmas present ever," said Lehmanpost Ariana Gallegos, who fin- ished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. "Tiffs is all we ever wanted as a program." The Hays girls basketball team, which qualified for the state tournament in 1976, 1980, 2001 and 2009, and has been the most consistent program in the history of the school, didn't expect Lehman to come out and play with the passion it took to topple the Lady Rebels. Especially after the Lady Lobos lost their first two district games of the season to Clemens and Lockhart. "We took Lehman lightly;" said Hays guard Nicole Alcantara. "We assurned historywould repeat itself. We learned a valuable lesson that you can never under- estimate your opponent." Lehman didn't back its way into this win. The Lady Lobos were diving on the floor for every loose ball and battling for every rebound. Lehman trailed by seven points in the first half and nine points in the second half and both times made a surge to take the lead. "I told the team this is our moment," said Lehman head coach ]amie Coy. "What better Christmas present to go home with than a win against Hays? These girls made history and no one can ever take that away from them." Hays, which fell to 1-2 in District 27-4A, turned a 27-24 halftime deficit into a 42- 33 lead late in the third quarter thanks to a 9-0 mn keyed by three Jennifer Colon- netta layups and a Lindsey McCurdy 3-pointer, and it appeared anyhopes of a Lehman upset were dashed. The Lady Lobos proved quicklythat they weren't finished, as sophomore Olivia Marzullo hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the fourth quarter to pull Lehman to O PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehman post Ariana Gallegos and Hays post Jordyne Dugger fighi for a loose ball during the Lady Lobos' 58-55 win at Bales Gym Tuesday afternoon. It was the first time in school history the Lehman girls basketball team beat the Lady Rebels. Gallegos finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds and teammate Oliva Marzullo had 18 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, to lead the Lady Lobos. The two teams will square off again at Lehman on January 24. within 42-39. The game was definitely on when Cydney Ervin banked in a 3-pointer for the Lady Lobos, tying the score at 44 all with five minutes remaining. Lehman would continue to apply the pressure. Ervin and fellow Lady Lobo guard Amara Smith dove to the floor to secure a tie up and gain possession, and shortly afterward Marzullo hit four straight free throws to give Lehman a 48-44 lead. Jordyne Dugger gave Hays its last lead with a layup with three minutes left. After that, Gallegos made two straight stellar moves in deep post for layups, and Lehman led 54-51 with 90 seconds left. Alcantara had a chance to tie the game late for Hays, but her nmning jumper in the lane was just long, and Marzullo, who finished with 15 points in the final quarter and 18 in the game, nailed four more free throws to put the victory on ice. The two teams will square off again at Lehman Jan. 24. "They wanted to show us up at Hays," Alcantara said. "We have to prove to them we can do the same thing on their court. We'll be ready." BY WES FERGUSON wes@haysfreepress.com One-girl wrecking crew Isis Johnson pounded the Lehman Lady Lobos for 40 points on Fri- day night, and the Lockhart Lady Lions claimed a 69-61 revenge victory on their home court. After losing two weeks earlier to the Lobos 54-50, Lockhart en- tered the fourth quarter of Fri- day's game leading by a single point. The Lady Lobos tried to claw back, but one by one, three key Lehman players fouled out and were forced to watch from the bench. Johnson's play on both ends of the court ensured the victory for her team. With two minutes to go in the game, she stole a feed pass following her own missed free throw and took the ball to the hole. A wild layup attempt missed, but Johnson grabbed her own rebound over the Lobo defender trying to block her out. The put-back fell true, giving the Lady Lions a 67-59 advan- tage over the Lobos. The teams traded missed field goal attempts; before Lehman's COURTESY PHOTO Ariana Gallegos and the Lehman girls basketball team played a close game at Lockhart Friday night but ultimately couldn't overcome a whopping 40 points by Lady Lion Isis Johnson, who proved to be a one-girl wrecking crew. Smith led the Lobos with 23 pint-sized Shelby Vaughn tore away a rebotmd from the much points, while Olivia Marzullo taller Johnson. Vaughn dribbled added 13. Post Ariana Gallegos coast-to-coast put in 12 despite fouling out with got to 6:36 left in the work on my game. "I've got to frustration. It's me foul- ing and then getting frus- trated when work on my frustration," Gai- legos said. "It's me fouling and then getting flus - trated when it's a bad call." Marzullo and C3rdney Ervin so fouled out toward the end of the final frame. "I think we it's a bad call." -Ariana Gallegos, just get irritated," Lehman Post Gallegos said. "My teammates and I, if we're all frustrated it's i crossing over her defender to find Amara Smith cutting to the hard to get over it." Tassandra McClelland was the only other Lockhart play- er in double figures with 12 points. basket. Smith's fast- break points cut the lead to 67-61 with 1:23 to play, but Smith missed a subsequent three-point at- tempt, and the Lady Lions sank two free throws to hold on for the District 27-4A win. rlJW'lth the toss, Lehman fell to 9-8 and 0-2 in district play. After the game, head coach Jamie Coy was visibly frustrated. "It would not be wise to talk to me fight now," she said. Lehman juniorAJ Armonta will be one of the returning Lo- bos in 2012 trying to help the Lobos build on their first win- ning season. Lehman's non-district schedule will be tougher next year. The Lobos are tentative- ly scheduled to play Anderson, Marble Falls, Elgin, Akins, as well as Round Rock- Cedar Ridge. PHOTO BY DAVID SIMONEAUX BY JASON GORDON the UIL realigns us in February," Lehman is coming off its first an even better 2012 campaign as Davis said. winning varsity football season 12 sophomores who Started on freepresssports@yahoo.com Lehman and Hays ~ both in school history. The Lobos nar- varsity this season Hill be back, most likely stay in Class 4A ~Lnd rowly missed on their first-ever including defensive back Tyler Lehman head coach Steve Da- remain in the same district for playoff berth, but did win two Hyss, defensive back Conner vis wanted to step up the caliber another two years once play in league games for the first time, Baird, receiver Brandon Hamil- of competition he played head- the new districts begins in the fall closing out the season with con- ton, offensive lineman Bobby Li- ing into 2012, and it certainly ap- of 2012. secutive victories against Clem- mon and offensive lineman Der- pears he ~ be accomplishing "There's no doubt when we ens and Lockhart: ickChavarria. his goal. first started out as a program we It was the first time the Lobos Davis has confidence in run- Gone from the Lobo varsity wanted to schedule teams that had ever beaten either the Lions ning back Paul Brown, who filled football schedule are the San An- we felt like we could go out and or Buffaloes. in for graduating senior Levy tonioJeffersonsandAustinSt.Mi- compete against in non-district "Things really ended on a posi- Medley when he was injured this chael's, Austin Crocketts and San so we conid be successful and five note for us this season," Da- season, as well as quarterbacks Antonio Edisons of the world, gain some confidence," Davis vis said. "That last game against Trace Gonzales, Jeremy Schilhab Starting next year, Lehman is said. "We've played some teams Lockhart we had some sopho- and Patti Matthews, who Hill all tentatively scheduled to play pe- like that, and we were able to mores step up, and it's nice for get a chance to compete for the rennial playoff contenders An- win some games. Now it's time some of the older guys who have starting varsity signal-caller job derson, Marble Falls, Elgin, and to step up our level of competi- been in the program awhile see next season. Akins. The Lobos also have Cedar tion and play tougher teams to theirhardworkreallypayoff.Wm- "We should have the talent," Ridge, the new school in Round get us ready for district. We want ning generates alot of excitement Davis said. "I think this team Rock, on their radar, to be challenged and see where in a program and I can already has come of age. I thought we "Of course, how many teams we stand before we get into dis- see that paying off in the offsea- had a good shot to make the we playin our non-district sched- trict play and we feel we will have son. Kids are coming in with great playoffs this year, but next year ule will depend on how many some good teams on our sched- attitudes ready to work." I expect we'll be playing in the teams are in our new district once ule to do exactly that." Lehman should be in line for postseason." +