Four CFISD student athletes were named Touchdown Club of Houston 2013 Scholar Athletes in their respective sports, while one of them – Cypress Creek High School senior basketball player Haley Deakins – was named the Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete of the Year at the Touchdown Club’s Spring Sports Scholar-Athlete Dinner on Wednesday at the JW Marriott.
Cypress Creek High School senior Haley Deakins and head girls’ basketball coach Jennifer Alexander celebrate Deakins’ Touchdown Club of Houston Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete award, as well as her Female Basketball Scholar Athlete of the Year award, following the Touchdown Club’s Spring Sports Scholar-Athlete Dinner.
Deakins, who was also a star runner on the Cougars’ cross country and track and field teams, will be the valedictorian for the Class of 2013. She plans on studying biomechanical engineering at Texas A&M University in the fall.
“Haley is so deserving of this award. She shows what it means to be a student athlete and to do it with excellence. She’s a model not only for our students but for those in the community,” said Jennifer Alexander, Cypress Creek head girls’ basketball coach. “I was initially shocked when they announced her name on Wednesday, but I am not surprised she received this award. Haley’s record on and off the playing field speaks for itself. I am extremely proud of her.”
Three other CFISD student athletes were winners in their respective sports. Judges considered candidates using a subjective scale that included criteria for academic and athletic performance and citizenship, and winners in each sport received a $500 scholarship:
- Cypress Ranch High School senior Brett Allison won the Male Track and Field Scholar Athlete award;
- Cypress Woods High School senior Alyssa Gullo won the Female Track and Field Scholar Athlete award; and
- Cy-Fair High School senior Hannah Dauzat won the Female Soccer Scholar Athlete award.
“These are really incredible student athletes whose commitment to excellence in their lives is very admirable and represents what we stand for as an athletic department,” said CFISD associate athletic director Ray Zepeda, who attended the awards banquet.
CFISD had nine other student athletes who were finalists for their respective sports:
- Jersey Village High School senior Austin Blaies, in the Male Basketball category;
- Cypress Creek senior Nicole Hoppe, in the Softball category;
- Cypress Ranch senior Tariq Zahroof, in the Male Tennis category;
- Cypress Falls High School senior Kyle Mullen, in the Male Golf category;
- Cypress Creek senior Brian Gravesmill in the Male Soccer category;
- Langham Creek High School senior Andrew Yeang, in the Male Soccer category;
- Cy-Fair senior Dakota Upshaw, in the Male Wrestling category;
- Cypress Ridge High School senior Shaterica Henderson, in the Female Wrestling category; and
- Jersey Village senior Taylor Mendizabel, in the Female Wrestling category.
Cypress Ranch High School Male Track and Field Scholar Athlete of the Year Brett Allison,
right, celebrates his achievement with CFISD associate athletic director Ray Zepeda on Wednesday at the JW Marriott.