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Around Cy-Fair, April 2017

| April 1, 2017

CFISD representatives present a check worth $67,000 to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. (L-R): Darcy Mingoia, CFISD Board president; Marie Holmes, CFEF executive director; Mark McShaffry, CFEF Board of Trustees executive committee member; and Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent.

CFISD representatives present a check worth $67,000 to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. (L-R): Darcy Mingoia, CFISD Board president; Marie Holmes, CFEF executive director; Mark McShaffry, CFEF Board of Trustees executive committee member; and Dr. Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent.

FOURTH ANNUAL SUPERINTENDENT’S FUN RUN RAISES $67,000

More than 5,500 community members gathered at the Berry Center and Towne Lake on Feb. 18 for the fourth annual Superintendent’s Fun Run, a fundraiser that is expected to generate more than $67,000 for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation (CFEF).

With the theme “Superheroes for Kids,” the fun run featured participants wearing superhero attire to illustrate the life-changing work of the CFEF and educators throughout Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.

The event featured a 5K, a 1-mile run and a family walk that took place in and around Towne Lake and Lone Star College—CyFair. Vendor booths, food trucks, bounce houses, pictures with superheroes, a rock wall and a toddler dash made the day special for the whole family.

“I am so appreciative of our community programs and community engagement offices for doing such an incredible job with putting on this event,” said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools. “I’m really proud of the community for coming out to support a great cause for student scholarships. When we started this, we were looking for a way to raise money for a great cause, but it’s turned into so much more than that. It is a community event that people from the district look forward to. I saw a lot of smiles from kids and families. That’s what it’s all about.”

“With nearly 100 sponsors and vendor booths this year, we had unprecedented support from local businesses that enabled us to make the largest donation in four years to the CFEF,” said Leslie Francis, director of marketing and business relations.

Businesses interested in participating next year or at other CFISD events can contact Leslie Francis at 281-894-3950.

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Cypress Ranch senior guard Ariana Whitfield scored a game-high 32 points.

Cypress Ranch senior guard Ariana Whitfield scored a game-high 32 points.

CYPRESS RANCH STOPPED SHORT IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, 76-65

The Cypress Ranch High School girls’ basketball team came up just short in its bid for a first-ever state title, losing 76-65 to Duncanville in the UIL Class 6A state final on March 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

The Lady Mustangs led 19-12 after the first quarter, but Duncanville came back to take a 2-point lead at halftime. Cypress Ranch never regained the lead after two starters fouled out and defending champion Duncanville went on a second-half surge.

“It could have gone either way,” said Tresa Martin-Hornsby, Cypress Ranch head coach. “The ball just didn’t bounce the way we needed it to bounce. They got a little run in the third quarter, then we bounced back and got within 4. We just couldn’t seem to get over that little hump.”

Senior guards Ariana Whitfield and DiDi Richards rose to the occasion for the Lady Mustangs. Richards finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Whitfield scored a game-high 32 points off 8-of-16 3-point shooting.

The Lady Mustangs completed the year with a 32-7 record. They were District 17-6A champions and state finalists — their best season in program history.

An emotional Whitfield, who will play for SMU in 2017-2018, gave many reasons to be proud of the team. “I’m proud of our bond, how we kept our composure in bad situations, how we come together whether we’re up or down,” she said. “I’m proud of the hard work everybody put in. All the hard practices and putting it all on the floor.”


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