For a second year in a row, San Elizario High School (SEHS) coach Cesar Morales, received the ‘State Coach of the Year for Boys Cross Country’ award.
The honor is awarded on behalf of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
“It is truly an honor to receive this award once again for what WE have achieved,” Morales said.
“I say ‘WE’ because this is a group accomplishment— my assistant coach, Jorge Maese, and the Boys Cross Country team, also play an essential role and together we contribute to the success of the team.”
The NFHS bestows this prestigious award to one coach in each sport for each state association.
Recipients of this award reflect excellent coaching abilities on and off the athletic arena.
Morales will be recognized November 3rd during the 4A Boys awards ceremony in Round Rock, Texas.
Students from San Elizario High School’s (SEHS) Class of 2020 collaborated with a group of students in need of credit hours on various murals that show school spirit, including one called “The Talon.”
“The Talon” mural is known as an eagle’s large, hooked claw and it is painted on one of the walls of the Vicente Delgadillo Jr. Field House, right in front of the football team’s locker room.
“This mural is special because its purpose is to serve as a symbol of motivation for the football team,” said Karla Ruiz, Art teacher at SEHS.
“As they exit the locker room, it is the first thing they see and the intention is for each player to get pumped before their game.”
The football coaches and players were amazed when they saw the mural that was made for them and appreciate the gesture.
“Our school definitely has some of the most talented students,” said Albert Lopez, SEHS football linebacker.
“Every piece of art that they do is awesome but my favorite is “The Talon” because it best represents us as a team and as a high school.”
There is a new kind of energy in the air in San Elizario. This time it comes in the form of high school football, something the San Elizario High School (SEHS) Eagles have not had an opportunity to be excited about in a long time.
The Eagles, who finished with a 0-10 record in 2017, are surprisingly optimistic for the 2018 season.
It starts with the hiring of a new head football coach, Ray Aguilar Jr. Coach Aguilar has instilled a set of core values that are posted just about everywhere you look in the hallways of the new Vicente Delgadillo, Jr. Field House.
“When my kids or coaches are asked about SEHS Football, they will tell you about the core values. It is the backbone of this program— it is who we are,” said Aguilar. The core values are Energy, Accountability, Grit, Love & Family, and Effort.
Since Aguilar’s arrival in May 2018, the Eagles have seen some major changes including record numbers in student participation, a new culture of positivity amongst athletes and coaches, the development of a freshman football team, the hiring of a well experienced coaching staff, success in the 7 on 7 passing league, and even a new logo.
The change in culture combined with the return of several starters could lead to a winning season for the Eagles.
The defense will be led by their talented senior safety Nathan Guerrero. The offense returns some serious fire power in running back Ray Acevedo who will line up behind a young but powerful offensive line. Senior Quarterbacks Jacob Lopez and Chris Olvera will compete for the starting job.
“We’ve been working really hard this offseason to win a district championship,” said Acevedo. “The talent and energy is here we just need to give our best effort. Our coaches are helping us get 1% better every day and when the season is here we will turn it around.”
It is evident that Coach Aguilar has the Eagles believing in change. With all the effort, excitement, and change that is evident in San Elizario, it would no surprise to see the Eagles win their first district championship since 1999.
The Eagles will kick-off their season at home versus Riverside High School on August 31st at 7:00 PM.
Story courtesy SEISD Website
This weekend, the San Elizario Eagles traveled to the Metroplex to take on Oak Cliff (blue on blue uniform), then the Bridgeport Bulls (white with maroon numbers) in the State 4A Soccer Playoffs.
The Eagles-Bulls match up in DFW did not disappoint, as it took two overtime periods to decide the victor.
Special Photographer to the Herald-Post, David Lord, was at the game and brings you all the excitement in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’