The Cypress Ranch High School coaching and athletic training staff pose following an in-service day on July 31 at the Berry Center. The athletic program won three end-of-year awards from the CFISD athletic department, including the Victory Cup, which is a measurement of competitive excellence from all of the combined sports. (Photo courtesy of CFISD)

By CFISD Communications

CYPRESS — Cypress Ranch High School won three end-of-year awards from the CFISD athletic department, including the Victory Cup for the most success during competition throughout the 2017-2018 school year. The awards were presented July 31 at the Berry Center during a coaches’ in-service day.

Cypress Ranch earned top honors in both academic achievement and community impact. Langham Creek High School earned top honors in academic improvement.

In all, nine of the district’s 12 comprehensive high schools (75 percent) finished among the top three places in the four categories.

The Victory Cup is a measurement of competitive excellence from all of the combined sports. Cypress Ranch claimed the Victory Cup for the fourth season in a row, with the Mustangs followed by runner-up Cy-Fair High School and third-place Cypress Woods High School.

: Cypress Ranch High School captured two University Interscholastic League state championships during the 2017-2018 school year. In addition to winning the Class 6A team championship in girls’ wrestling, alumna Kaitlyn Banas (front center) captured gold in the 95-pound division.
Cypress Ranch High School captured two University Interscholastic League state championships during the 2017-2018 school year. In addition to winning the Class 6A team championship in girls’ wrestling, alumna Kaitlyn Banas (front center) captured gold in the 95-pound division.

Cypress Ranch captured two state championship (girls’ wrestling and alumna Kaitlyn Banas in girls’ wrestling) during the 2017-2018 school year. In addition, two teams reached their respective state tournaments (team tennis and baseball), while representatives in tennis, boys’ wrestling and track and field also competed at the state level.

“It was an incredible feeling to win the Victory Cup,” said Gene Johnson, Cypress Ranch campus athletic coordinator and head football coach. “I have a great deal of respect for our athletes and coaches in accomplishing this feat for the fourth year in a row. I especially appreciate the award when I think of the quality of coaches and athletes that we have had to compete against the last four years in Cy-Fair ISD. I am extremely proud of our athletes and coaches.”

The academic achievement and academic improvement awards are based on the A/B honor roll percentage rates and failure/success percentage rates tracked by the department each formal grading period for each University Interscholastic League sport on each campus.

The Langham Creek High School athletic program earned an end-of-year award for academic improvement from the CFISD athletic department. The award is based on which campus exhibited the most improvement from the previous school year in the A/B honor roll percentage rates and failure/success percentage rates, which are tracked each six weeks for each University Interscholastic League sport on each campus.

Academic achievement goes to the campus which performed the best cumulatively in both categories throughout the school year.

Cypress Ranch placed first, followed by runner-up CFISD HS #12 High School and third-place Cypress Woods.

Academic improvement is based on which campus exhibited the most impovement in both categories from the previous school year.

Langham Creek placed first, followed by second-place Jersey Village High School and third-place Cypress Ridge High School.

Community impact goes to the campus athletic program which accumulates the most documented hours of community service for the school year.

Cypress Ranch placed first, followed by runner-up Cypress Park High School and third-place Cypress Lakes High School.

“We are extremely proud of all of our campus athletic programs and their commitment to our collective vision of competitive and academic excellence combined with community service,” said Ray Zepeda, CFISD athletic director. “These three pillars form the foundation of our athletic program. All campuses have done a tremendous job this year in finding creative ways of working to develop these characteristics with their athletes. Congratulations to all of the winners of this year’s department awards. They have shown a tremendous passion for our vision and for working to maximize the success of their programs.”