Soza’s message was direct, it boiled down to do your best all the time in all endeavors. Don’t be the “weak link” on your team in sports or in life. He went on to explain that the competition he has experienced on the gridiron will be the same, tough competition he can expect to experience in life.
Soza extolled those at the gathering to do their best and finish the job right, no matter what the task.
“If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?” Soza asked.
“Finding time to study, practice, attend class and maintain a high grade point average rely on your ability to manage time, self-discipline and focus.”
Soza challenged all the graduating athletes and those returning to become men or women who will fight for their dreams, and achieve them.
The banquet also had each sport present its honorees, and the highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Bobcat and Lady Cat Athletes of the Year awards.
Senior Amber Hughlett was awarded the Lady Cat honor. Hughlett starred in volleyball and basketball. Head basketball coach Joseph Grimes III presented the award and mentioned that Hughlett was the state’s best 2A rebounder at more than 15 rebounds per game and was also the state’s best 2A player in blocked shots. Hughlett’s hard work and leadership were also contributing factors in her receiving the prestigious honor.
The Bobcat of the Year was awarded to the multi-sport star, Brandon East. No matter what the season, East was a starter and a star on the team. Whether it was football, basketball, baseball and track, East was outstanding year ’round.
Chris Soza, athletic director and head football coach at Alice ISD, was on hand to support his son Eric and to introduce to the students, their families and S-T supporters to the new Bobcat athletic director and head football coach John Livas, a former assistant of Soza’s.
Livas talked briefly to those in attendance about the enthusiasm and energy he and his staff will bring to the Bobcats. His emphasis will always be on the student as academics come first with him.
“I am excited and truly grateful to Dr. Brett Belmarez and the trustees in giving me the opportunity to become a Bobcat,” Livas said.
Dr. Belmarez presided over the evening along with S-T Principal Justin Crittenden.