Pirate Robert Wagner qualifies to State in 800m

Robert Wagner, a junior at Lytle High School, won second in the 800M run at regionals with a 1:59.98 to qualify for State.

Lytle Pirate junior Robert Wagner will compete at State after placing second overall in the 800m Run in Seguin at Regional last weekend. Wagner ran 1:59.98 to finish only .89 seconds behind Wyatt Hoover of Poth who ran 1:59.09 to claim the race’s individual championship.
Wagner also competed in the 1600m Run, placing 13th with a time of 5:01.96.
Alex Medina qualified for finals in Discus with a throw of 132’11½” to place third, almost qualifying for State.

Abel Sanchez came in 8th in the 800m Run with a time of 2:06.01.
Pirate Jose Cortez ran both the 1600m and 3200m Run at Regionals in Seguin.

Jose Cortez ran 4:35.54 to place fifth in the 1600m Run and placed sixth in the 3200m Run with a time of 10:49.31.
Abel Sanchez came in 8th in the 800m Run with a time of 2:06.01.
Head Coach Jacob Escamilla stated, “This has been an amazing ride that will continue for another few weeks onto the STATE track meet in Austin. First, congratulations to all the track athletes who qualified for the Regional track meet this past weekend. These student-athletes represented Lytle ISD with pride and I could not be prouder of their efforts.

Pirate Alex Medina winds up to throw the discus at Regionals.

Once again, to get to this point in the track season is remarkable and an effort to be proud of. All of our male and female athletes represented with pride.”
Wagner is scheduled to run at 6:25pm on Thursday, May 12.

Robert Wagner is scheduled to compete at 6:25pm on Thursday, May 12 in the 800 M Run at the State Track Meet.

Foster care
One thing I enjoy getting in my email inbox is Coach Hadley Foster, Jr.’s recap of his thrower’s performances from the previous track meet. For those lucky enough to receive these emails, the care and compassion he puts into words for his student-athlete throwers in his “Lessons from the Rings” recap is clear to see.
Alex Medina was his last performer for the 2022 season, and this is just a snippet of what Medina’s coach had to say about him.
“This year Alex stepped into the leadership role for the throwers as he worked harder than any boy thrower I have ever coached, yet he is a different type of athlete. As the other discus throwers were warming up with high knee runs and stretches, I told Alex to go take a walk. He then came back and began to throw.
If this year has taught me anything, it is that next year is next year. Alex’s success is his and all those who support him.
His parents provide him with the opportunity. He has great friends in Robert Lane Wagner and the support of the Wagner Clan. Mr. Bob is always so proud of Alex. Coach Escamilla’s support and trust in me allowed me to work with the throwers. I don’t see high school boy athletes often, so his belief in the program filters quality boys my way. The season wraps up, the nets will come down and we finish the year with hope.
Wishing Robert Lane the best success as he heads to state.”

Jerel Beaty
Staff writer

Natalia Softball force district leading Poth to extra inning

Lady Mustang #8 Anaya Jones awaits the bat at second.

The Natalia Lady Mustangs gave the Poth Pirettes all they wanted on April 5th in Natalia, as they took the Wilson County squad 8-innings. Unfortunately, the wheels fell off in the extra inning as Poth out-scored Natalia 8-1 en route to a 13-6 victory over the girls in blue.
Natalia scored their first run of the game in the 1st inning and it all began with a Taty Alvaradon single. She was eventually able to score, thanks to an Aracely Segovia error put into play and an error put into play by Sky Gallegos.
This lead stood, until the top of the 3rd inning when Poth was able to produce a two-run inning. The Pirettes did so thanks to a George single, a Castro double, an error put into play by Svoboda and an error put into play by Garcia to produce the offensive effort.
Natalia was able to charge back ahead in the bottom of the 5th inning with a nice two out rally. Segovia was hit by a pitch to start things off. Gallegos was then walked, as Laque got on thanks to putting a ball into play that Poth was unable to handle, resulting in the girls in blue scoring in two to give them a 3-2 lead.

Lady Mustang Valarie Saenz gets ready to throw another one across the plate.

Poth was able to regain the lead in the top of the 7th inning with three runs scored. These came courtesy of a Castro single, a Svoboda single, a Garcia double, a Hopkins SAC fly, a Garcia error put into play into the outfield and a fielder’s choice allowing Poth to take a 5-3 lead into the final at bat in regular innings.
Billalobos began the bottom of the 7th with a base on balls. Segovia then sacrificed to move Segovia over. Gallegos was then able to reach on an error by the Poth short-stop, as Laque singled to center field as Gallegos and Billalobos were able to score on a throwing error to tie the game 5-5.
This one went to one extra inning, but as mentioned the wheels fell off. Poth out-scored Natalia 8-1 to pick up the 13-6 victory.
Billalobos took the loss on the mound for Natalia as she pitched 8.0, allowed seventeen hits, thirteen runs in which only five were earned, struck out one and walked two.
Alvarado and Laque led the offense with two hits each, as Billalobos, Gallegos added one each.

Eric Smith
Staff Writer

Arabians take down Eagles 13-3

Varsity Arabian #1 Natalie Valle safe at third.

The Arabian Softball team is strongly holding onto first place at 4-1. Somerset and Hondo are not far behind at 3-2, Pleasanton is 2-3, and Brooks Academy rounds out the district at 0-4. The Arabians beat Pleasanton last night 13-3.
With just three games left, the Arabians will have to work hard in three road games. They will face Somerset again tomorrow night at 7:00pm and against Hondo on April 19. Their final district game will be April 22nd at Brooks Academy. In their first meetings of district, Devine beat Somerset 4-1, fell to Hondo 8-9, and beat Brooks 15-0.

Varsity Arabians huddle up before the game.

Stat and highlights were not available at time of press and will run next week.

Dicy Chambers
Sports Writer

Lady Pirates Win Back-to-Back softball games

Lady Pirate Calylssa Sevier is ready to slam another one.

Holding on to 3rd place at 6-4, the Lady Pirates are closely chased by Dilley at 5-5. This past Monday, the two teams faced in Lytle and in their first meeting this year, the Lady Pirates took the win at 4-2. Another win would help seal their playoff spot. Poth continues their undefeated run in district and Jourdanton is right behind at 8-1.

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Eric Hernandez 5th in Class 4A State Powerlifting

Warhorse Eric Hernandez place 5th in the Div.2 165lb Weight class at the State Meet! “It was a battle today and so close between 3rd-6th places! Great competition! Great year Eric and next year we are going to aim for that state championship!” said Coach Paul Gomez..(550 squat, 320 bench, 560 deadlift (PR), 1430 total (PR)

Quite the season for Devine Warhorse powerlifter Eric Hernandez as he followed his Region V Championship with a fifth place finish at State competition in Abilene. Hernandez was a mere five pounds short of placing third overall.
Hernandez and Indiana Taylor of Andrews each totaled 1,430 pounds, however Taylor got the fourth place finish due to weighing 1.1 pounds less than Hernandez. Taylor weighed in at 161.9 while Hernandez was 163.
Squat was very good to Hernandez as hit 550lbs and came out of bench lift with 320lbs, giving him 870lbs going into deadlift. He lifted 560lbs in his final lift of his amazing 2022 state qualifying season.
165lb weight class
1st-Greyson Blanchad-Celina-160.4-650-405-560-1,615 2nd-Christian Laja-Perryton-163.3-635-340-575-1,550 3rd Josiah Lugo-Somerset-162.4-585-390-460-1,435 4th-Indiana Taylor-Andrews-161.9-510-340-580-1,430 5th-Eric Hernandez-Devine-163-550-320-560-1,430 6th-Joel Weekes-Shepherd-161-545-330-550-1,425 7th-Carson Stevens-Iowa Park-162.5-550-345-500-1,425 8th-Jacob Tull-Farmersville-160.8-520-285-490-1,395 9th-Mickey Ray-Bullard-161.3-550-255-450-1,255 10th-Izaac Zamora-Geronimo Navarro-156.6-475-275-4651,250 Bomb-Outs Dominque Wooten-Lampasas, Kadyn McDonald-Paris, John Para-Fredericksburg.

By Jerel Beaty, Staff Writer

Vasquez claims 2nd place at State Lift Meet for Natalia

Adrian Vasquez placed 2nd in the 165 lb. weight class at the State Powerlifting Meet.

Natalia Mustang Seniors Adrian Vasquez and Gaylen Garcia competed at the Texas High School Powerlifting Meet last Saturday at the Taylor County Expo Center in Abilene. Vasquez was able to claim a 2nd place finish in his 165 lb. weight class as Garcia was able to finish in 8th place in the 198 lb. weight class.
“Both of these young men did a great job of going out and competing against some tough competition,” Natalia Head Boys Coach Tyler Seiler said. “They both showed determination and mental toughness when facing these competitors as well as long wait time in between lifting attempts. We will greatly miss their leadership and experience moving forward.
Senior Adrian Vasquez- 2nd Place 165 lb. weight class
Vasquez was able to advance to the state lift meet for a 3rd straight year and he did not go down quietly.
“Adrian came out and had a great meet going 9-9 closing out his senior year with a 2nd place finish,” Seiler said.
Vasquez was able to account for a 1,460 lb. total which included a 600 lb. squat, a 300 lb. bench press and a 560 lb. deadlift.
“He started the day strong by getting a PR in the squat with a lift of 600 lbs,” Seiler said. “He followed that up with a 300 lb. bench press putting him in 4th place going into the deadlift. He also achieved a PR on deadlift on his final lift to lock in the 2nd place finish.”
Senior Gaylen Garcia- 8th Place 198 lb. weight class
Garcia qualified for the state meet for the first time and he had a good showing last Saturday.
“Gaylen had a good meet placing 8th in one of the toughest weight classes in the state,” Seiler said. “He started off the day going 3-3 on squat and he was able to PR in squat.”
Garcia finished the day with a 1,530 lb. total which included a 630 lb. squat, a 360 lb. bench press and a 540 lb. dead lift.

Gaylen Garcia placed 8th in the 198 lb. weight class at the State Powerlifting Meet.

“He followed up his PR in squat going 3-3 on bench press with another PR,” Seiler said. “He battled it out with some tough competition and went 2-3 in deadlift to finish in 8th.”
We would like to congratulate both Natalia Mustangs on a great season and a great finish at state!

by Eric Smith, Staff Writer