February 16, 2018
Cypress Falls High School senior Nigel Hawkins (left) is joined by the Golden Eagles’ Head Basketball Coach Richard Flores at the inaugural Houston Sports Awards banquet, held Feb. 8 at the Hilton Americas. The two were both finalists, with Hawkins a finalist for High School Athlete of the Year and Flores a finalist for Coach of the Year.
Feb. 16, 2018—Two CFISD head coaches who led their respective teams to state championships, as well as Cypress Falls High School senior Nigel Hawkins were among the finalists honored at the inaugural Houston Sports Awards banquet, held Feb. 8 at the Hilton Americas.
Joining Hawkins, who was a finalist for High School Athlete of the Year, was his head coach, Cypress Falls High School’s Richard Flores, and Cy-Fair High School Football Coach Ed Pustejovsky. Flores and Pustejovsky were finalists for Coach of the Year.
Cypress Falls High School Head Basketball Coach Richard Flores (left) and Cy-Fair High School Head Football Coach Ed Pustejovsky (right) were joined by their wives, Virginia Flores, Cypress Woods High School assistant principal, and Marianne Pustejovsky, Cy-Fair biology teacher, at the inaugural Houston Sports Awards banquet, held Feb. 8 at the Hilton Americas.
“It was a big honor but I was just there representing our coaching staff and our players,” said Pustejovsky who led the Bobcats to the Class 6A Division I state championship over Waco Midway in December, capturing both the program’s first title and first football state championship in CFISD history. “It was a nice honor.”
Said Flores, who led Cypress Falls to the Class 6A basketball title in March: “Cy-Fair is where my wife and I both started coaching. Their staff taught us a lot about being humble, being a professional and getting the most out of your players.”
The trio and supporters in attendance enjoyed a star-filled night among a who’s who in Houston sports both past and present. The Houston Astros won most of the awards, as the banquet came just three months after they won the World Series for the first time and won the city’s first major championship since the Houston Rockets won the second of consecutive NBA titles in 1995.
Cypress Falls High School Head Basketball Coach Richard Flores (right) poses with Basketball Hall of Famer, Clyde Drexler, who was among the who’s who of Houston sports in attendance at the inaugural Houston Sports Awards banquet. Drexler starred at Houston Sterling High School and the University of Houston before enjoying a 16-year NBA career.
Even so, CFISD had the most representation among the honorees connected to high schools.
“It was a special night for Houston and as a fellow Houstonian, I was honored to be there with those that I admired and tried to emulate when I was playing,” Flores said. “From the high-knee kick of Nolan Ryan to the ‘Dream Shake’ of Hakeem Olajuwon, these were my heroes when I was younger. Nigel's nomination made the night extra special because I know how hard he has worked and is still working to be the best player he can be.”