CYPRESS WOODS GIRLS WIN SECOND CONSECUTIVE REGIONAL SWIM TITLE
The Cypress Woods High School girls’ swimming and diving team won its second consecutive regional title Feb. 5-6 in the Region V-6A Championships at the Conroe ISD Natatorium.
The Cypress Ranch High School girls finished a close second, while the Cypress Creek High School boys’ also finished as runners-up. Ten regional champions in nine events represented CFISD at the tournament.
In the girls’ team rankings, Cypress Woods placed first overall out of 18 teams with 321 points. It was the first back-to-back regional championship in CFISD since the Langham Creek High School girls won in 2007 and 2008.
“I am proud of our girls, who train from August to now,” said Chris Pease, Cypress Woods head coach. “Our girls broke multiple records and were crowned region champions in multiple events. The key to winning again was everybody working together. Prior to the district meet, I had to convince our Lady Wildcats to do other events than what they wanted, and they accepted this.”
The Cypress Ranch girls, coming off their second District 17-6A championship, placed second in the meet with 302 points.
“We were very pleased with the girls’ finish at the region meet,” said Bryan Hutchinson, Cypress Ranch head coach. “It was the highest finish in school history. We are looking forward to the state meet.”
The Cypress Creek girls placed ninth with 114 points and Cy-Fair was 11th with 102. Langham Creek (15th, 31 points), Jersey Village (16th, 24) and Cypress Falls (17th, 4) completed the women’s scoring.
Pease credited diving coach Amanda Brush for coaching 11 divers to great finishes at the tournament.
“She coached Isabelle Decker to Cy Woods’ first female regional diving championship, and she also coached Cy Springs’ Luis Balzadua to a third-place finish. Without Coach Brush coaching these divers, CFISD schools would not be where they are.”
In the boys’ team rankings, Cypress Creek was second with 226 points.
“The boys performed out of this world. We had great swims from Zac Hawes and Jared Wallace in the individual races, with Riley O’Hara and Chase Gonzales helping out in the relays,” said Jeff Chandler, Cypress Creek head swim coach.
Hawes, a junior, was one of two CFISD males to clinch a regional championship, winning the 100 breaststroke in a time of 58.45.
“Zac’s a hard worker; he’s a fighter,” Chandler said. “He’s one of those kids who wants to race. If he’s in it, you never know what’s going to happen.”
The Cypress Ranch boys placed fourth with 186.5 points. Langham Creek took fifth with 171, followed by Cy-Fair in seventh with 116. The Cypress Woods boys’ were 11th with 89. Jersey Village (14th, 75) and Cypress Springs (17th, 52) rounded out the CFISD scoring.
CY CREEK ALUMS, SUPER BOWL CHAMPS HONORED WITH GOLDEN FOOTBALLS
Cypress Creek High School recognized three alumni and Super Bowl champions with a Wilson Golden Football presentation during halftime of the Cypress Creek boys’ basketball game on Jan. 26. The celebration was part of the Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative, recognizing schools and communities that contributed to Super Bowl history and positively impacted the game of football.
Three Cougar alumni were recognized with commemorative Wilson Golden Footballs that will be displayed at Cypress Creek: Sam Adams, 1991 graduate and Super Bowl XXXV champion; Cameron Fleming, 2010 graduate and Super Bowl XLIX champion; and Dan Neil, 1993 graduate and Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII champion.
Although Adams and Fleming were unable to attend the ceremony, Neil – a two-time champion with the Denver Broncos – returned with some praise for his former high school.
“As far as my career in football, I couldn’t think of a better place to begin your career than this high school, this school district and this city,” Neil said. “We had great leadership, great coaches and a great environment. I’m very honored to be a Cy Creek Cougar.”
Neil’s and Adams’ former high school coach, Les Koenning, supported his players at the event.
“I coached here 21 years, and so many of the players are special,” he said. “Dan and Sam worked hard to achieve their goals and they were fortunate they got into the Super Bowl. I’m proud of every one of them.”
Neil said he felt honored to have a Golden Football with his name on it given to Cypress Creek.
“To think that ball’s going to be in the trophy case for years to come is really something that I don’t have words for,” he said. “I think it helps set a great tradition for the current students that tells them that anything is possible.”For more information, visit nfl.com/sbhonorroll.
CYPRESS FALLS STUDENTS’ CERAMICS CHOSEN FOR NATIONAL K-12 EXHIBITION
Two Cypress Falls High School students’ ceramic artwork were selected for the prestigious 19th annual National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition, to coincide with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) 2016 Conference, March 16-19 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Junior Alexia Benitez and senior Ashley Rodriguez’s work were among only 154 chosen from 1,344 total entries nationwide for the annual juried competition showcasing the best K-12 ceramic work made in the country.
Scholarships are linked to students selected for The National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition who intend to continue studying ceramics after high school, and will be awarded to high school seniors during the exhibition based on artistic merit.
Benitez’s entry, Hungry American, features a design of a hamburger, hot dog and fries. Rodriguez’s selection,The New Tradition, features a wedding cake design.
“Education is a privilege; recognition is the result to the commitment to one’s education,” said Kara Frank, Cypress Falls sculpture and ceramics teacher. “It is an honor and privilege to be these students’ teacher and experience this success with them.”
More information is available at k12clay.org/k12-ceramic-exhibition.
MULKEY, FOX TO REPRESENT CFISD IN MCDONALD’S ALL AMERICAN GAMES
Two CFISD basketball players will represent the district on the national stage March 30 in Chicago when they step onto the floor as McDonald’s All Americans. Cypress Woods High School senior Nancy Mulkey and Cypress Lakes High School senior De’Aaron Fox were each named to the respective girls’ and boys’ East Team rosters for the 39thMcDonald’s All American Games, to be played at the United Center in Chicago.
The girls’ game will tip off at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU, while the boys’ game will start at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Fox, a 6-foot-3 guard who signed with Kentucky, will serve as CFISD’s first-ever male representative in the game.
“I’m excited to represent Cypress Lakes and CFISD as a McDonald’s All-American. It’s one of many goals I set for myself coming into the season and it feels good to have accomplished it,” he said. “I’ve been told I’m the first male player to be a McDonald’s selection in our district, and I hope it’s a trend more players can follow.”
Mulkey, a 6-foot-9 center who signed with Oklahoma, follows in the footsteps of former Cy-Fair High School stars and current WNBA standouts Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike, who played in the 2008 and 2010 McDonald’s All American Games, respectively.
“When you look at the Ogwumikes, they’re going really far in their careers, and I want to do the same as them and continue to make a good name for Cypress,” Mulkey said. “I’ve wanted to make the McDonald’s All American team since my sophomore year. It means a lot and it’s a huge honor. I think it’s really awesome that De’Aaron and I are two athletes coming out of [CFISD] to play in the game. I think that says a lot about Cypress.”
The McDonald’s restaurant located at 9715 Barker Cypress Road will hold a celebratory send-off event for Fox and Mulkey on Tuesday, March 8 from 4:30-6 p.m.
Visit mcdonaldsallamerican.com for more information.
ATHLETES SIGN LETTERS OF INTENT ON NATIONAL SIGNING DAY 2016
More than 60 CFISD athletes signed letters of intent to play collegiate athletics for colleges or universities on National Signing Day, Feb. 3. “The athletics department is proud of the athletic and academic achievements of all of today’s signees,” said Ray Zepeda, associate director of athletics. “It is always amazing to see so many kids representing Cypress-Fairbanks ISD getting a chance to accomplish their dream of continuing to play their sport at the collegiate level. We congratulate our student-athletes and their families on this incredible achievement and look forward to watching them compete at the next level.”
The following CFISD athletes signed or plan to sign letters of intent:
Cy-Fair High School
Beau Orlando, baseball – Navarro College; Braden Mann*, football – Texas A&M University; Cody Chrest, football – Harvard University; and Spencer Wright, football – Harding University.
Cypress Creek High School
Chance Steverson, football – The Citadel; Myles Williams, football – Evangel University; Taylor Nalbone, soccer – University of Texas at Dallas; Jamie Parmley, softball – Mississippi Valley State University; and Amber Ivy, track and field – Texas A&M University.
Cypress Falls High School
Austin Hibbetts, football – Blinn College; Brent Hertel, football – Texas A&M University at Kingsville; Casey Rosellini, football – Texas A&M University at Kingsville; Desmond Hite, football – University of Incarnate Word; Shannon Vaughns, football – Tyler Junior College; Trey Baldwin*, football – University of Missouri; Kaitrin Miller, soccer – University of the Cumberlands; Kyle Dugatt, tennis – Regis College; Kendall Broady, volleyball – Wharton Junior College; and Alyssa Maldonado, wrestling – University of Alberta.
Cypress Ranch High School Garrett Herrman, baseball – Angelina College; Joe Hunter, baseball – Black Hawk College; Marshall Skinner, baseball – Blinn College; Zeke Bear, baseball – Black Hawk College; Cedric Turner, basketball – Arkansas-Pine Bluff University; Brayden Stringer, football – Texas Tech University; Collin Rock, football – Southern Methodist University; and Jessica Gerow, soccer – Auburn University.
Cypress Ridge High School
D’Angelo Ellis, football – Rice University; Dasharm Newsome, football – Rice University; and Lucky Jeffery, football – Lamar University.
Cypress Springs High School
Donell Dunn, football – Abilene Christian University; and Drake Carter, football – Prairie View A&M University.
Cypress Woods High School
Derek Schumann, baseball – Black Hawk College; Garrett Gayle, baseball – Rice University; Josh Chavez, baseball – Texas Southern University; Kyle Fowler, baseball – University of Houston; Mason Reames, baseball – Trinity University; RJ Harmon, football – Abilene Christian University; Skylar Schultz, football – Northwestern Oklahoma State University; Jasmine Williams, girls’ basketball – Texas A&M University; Nancy Mulkey, girls’ basketball – University of Oklahoma; Kaley Martin, golf – Texas Lutheran University; Ashley Ayala, soccer – Rose-Hulman Institute of Technlogy; Alyssa Strother, softball – Concordia University; Keely Frazier, softball – Concordia University; Anna Claire Gerletti, tennis – Midwestern State University; Amber Gibson, volleyball – Mercer University; Kaitlyn Budisalovich, volleyball – University of Texas at Tyler;
and Slade Schwenke, baseball, Cisco Junior College.
Jersey Village High School
Frank Sheehy, baseball – University of Kansas; Aires Gilmore-Gardner, football – Navarro College; Alex Turner, football – East Carolina University; Deshun Qualls, football – Abilene Christian University; Rokeem Paul, football – Texas A&M University at Kingsville; Sigi Mora-Garcia, football – Stephen F. Austin State University; and Danielle Loeblein, soccer – Schreiner University.
Langham Creek High School
Narciso Grimaldo, football – Texas A&M University at Kingsville; Quartney Davis, football – Texas A&M University; Tyler Kellar, football – Texas A&M University at Kingsville; Tom Hollis, soccer – Marshall University; and Taylor Hewlett, softball, Grayson College.
* signed early
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