The 2016 Porter High School State Championship was back together again for the first time since their heart-stopping, nail-biting victory over Frisco Wakeland 3-2 (10-9) in penalty kicks last April.
It was a season of fate’s perfection.
The Cowboys were met with cheers from Brownsville Board members, Superintendent Dr. Esperanza Zendejas, local politicians, student body, administration, family and more. It was a surreal moment for many but most certainly a deserved one.
“It was very emotional, some of the players crying and I think it really did sink in for all of us,” Head Coach Jose Espitia said. “It was just a great feeling to see all the kids with their rings and together again. To have them all together again was just amazing, I know some of the boys are off in college playing soccer and at school and they will remember this for the rest of their lives.”
Emotion and tears were ubiquitous to many players, coaches and family members again as they received their state championship rings from Zendejas.
State Representative Filemon Vela read a letter from President Barack Obama to the Cowboys wishing them the best and to never forget the hard work and dedication it took to achieve their goal.
“Your achievement reflects the importance of joining together in a common purpose to reach a goal … I trust that you will always hold on to the dedication that has brought you this far. I know the lessons you have learned will continue to guide you both on and off the field … congratulations, I wish you the best, Barack Obama.”
This is the second state title for the Cowboys in a decade, where there first came in 2006. Alexis Anzures who fought back tears holding his fist proudly in the air said the achievement wasn’t just for them but for everyone in the community.
“We are going to be a part of history forever,” Anzures said. “This wasn’t just for the soccer team, it was for our coaches, teachers, family Brownsville and all of the Rio Grande Valley that you can accomplish anything if you work hard and believe in it.”