September 22, 2015
Cypress Springs High School teammates congratulate quarterback Taye Barber after he is named Root Sports / Memorial Hermann Athlete of the Week on Sept. 21 in the Panthers’ weight room. Root Sports reporter Brendan Agans, left, announced the award, which will be televised at halftime of Root Sports’ live high school broadcast on Sept. 24.
Sept. 21, 2015—Cypress Springs High School sophomore quarterback Taye Barber earned two major accolades for his outstanding performance in the District 17-6A opener against Jersey Village High School on Sept. 12.
Barber, who threw for 396 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another touchdown in the Panthers’ 48-24 win over Jersey Village High School, was named both the KPRC Star Furniture Star Athlete of the Week and the Root Sports/Memorial Hermann Athlete of the Week.
KPRC sports reporter James Starks visited Panthers’ practice on Sept. 17 to present Barber with the Star Athlete of the Week award. On Sept. 21, Root Sports Southwest reporter Brendan Agans and Memorial Hermann outreach athletic trainer Dr. Robert Maniscalco presented Barber with his second Athlete of the Week honor.
Dr. Robert Maniscalco, outreach athletic trainer for Memorial Hermann Hospital, presents the Root Sports/Memorial Hermann Athlete of the Week plaque to Cypress Springs sophomore Taye Barber.
“I didn’t expect it at all,” Barber said. “I can’t do it by myself; I have to thank everybody—my coaching staff, my teammates. We have a lot of good linemen and my receivers catch everything. I love my coaches because they have taught me everything. I wasn’t that good of a passer, but I worked with Coach K [assistant coach Cole Kristynik] every day on my throwing until I got better.”
Cypress Springs head coach Rick Cobia said that type of work ethic and determination are part of what make Barber a unique student athlete.
KPRC Channel 2 reporter James Starks presents Cypress Springs sophomore Taye Barber with the Star Furniture Star Athlete of the Week award at the Panthers’ practice on Sept. 17.
“He’s mature beyond his age. He’s a K-level AP student,” Cobia said. “The way he works is what the rest of these kids have bought into. He’s calm, respectful and a hard worker. He’s just that kind of guy. We’re all really proud of him.”
Barber’s Root Sports Athlete of the Week segment will air during halftime of the station’s broadcast of Fort Bend Travis vs. Fort Bend Hightower, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sept. 24.
KPRC’s James Starks and Cypress Springs head football coach Rick Cobia pose with the Local 2 Star Athlete plaque at the Panthers’ practice.
Cypress Springs sophomore quarterback Taye Barber (1) threw for 396 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for another score during the Panthers’ 48-24 victory over Jersey Village High School on Sept. 12 at Pridgeon Stadium.