Cy Springs celebrates big Signing Day
Multiple Cy Springs athletes signed to their colleges of choice on Wednesday in the performance gym to further their athletic and academic career for Signing Day. Football player Myles Mass revealed his choice of University of Texas as a walk-on, and cross country runner Allen Gonzalez chose Texas Southern University. Basketball player Bonke Maring selected Blinn College, and swimmer Gabe Moon-Puente signed on with University of Montevalo.
“Signing Day is a very special and exciting day for our students that are going off and pursuing their athletic careers as well as their academic career,” said head football coach and athletic director Rusty Rohan. “It shows all the hard work they’ve done on and off the field because you can’t go and just do anything without making the grades. They get to go and pursue their dreams.”
Mass is ranked as the nation’s No.288 cornerback prospect and as the No.419 player in Texas per the 247Sports composite. Prior to Mass signing with UT, his interests were either joining the Air Force or the Army. Due to Mass signing with his ideal school, he is even more motivated to work with more proficiency.
“It has humbled me; signing to my dream school and being able to be around such a great program leaves me in awe,” said Mass. “Knowing that I’m going to the University of Texas makes me want to work harder as an athlete as well as a student.”
Gonzalez, now being signed with TSU, stated that due to his experience witnessing former Cy Springs athletes signing with schools, he feels “amazing”. His record of having a recurring appearance at 6A boy’s division cross country state and him finishing 36th overall has made him feel a sense of achievement.
“I consider being apart of signing day an accomplishment because of how hard I worked to be there,” said Gonzalez. “It feels amazing to actually be a part of this after seeing other teammates last year be a part of it.”
In the 6A boys division cross country state , Gonzalez finished 36th overall. It was the third consecutive appearance for Gonzalez, who became the school’s first qualifier in 10 years when he reached state as a sophomore and set a school record as a junior.
“Allen is one of a kind”, said coach Ruqayya Gibson to cfisd.net. “He has come so far in his career. I’ve never had an athlete who completely latches onto everything you ask for with laser focus like Allen. We are so proud of his commitment to excellence and his love for Cy Springs. He has helped those that come behind him understand that they too can accomplish whatever they are willing to they work for.”
At the UIL 6A district 18 Championship, Moon-Puente had a record of 23.61 for 50 yards free, which had accumulated 96 points for Cy Springs. Moon-Puente is really excited about the next year and being part of the first competitive swim team for Montevalo.
“It’s pretty exciting knowing that next year I’ll be off to a college on my own, no parents; I’ll be free from them,” said Moon-Puente. “It’s exciting to know that next year I’ll be off at a college and going from one team to another team. ...I’m hoping to have a lot of fun.”