Romans finds room for another patch
Cumby Trojan named to first team Academic All-State football team

Tyler Clifton | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Feb. 6, 2004 -- CUMBY - It's a good thing Chris Romans is graduating soon, because his letter jacket is so full of patches that there's not much more room to place any of his accomplishments.

Romans is certainly a one-of-a-kind individual, particularly when it pertains to Cumby High School. He recently achieved one of the biggest honors for a high school student, as he was named to the Academic All-State football team by the Texas High School Coaches Association.

Romans is the first known athlete at CHS to receive such an award and was given a certificate to commemorate the occasion. He was the lone area student to be named to the first team. He was nominated by head football coach and athletic director Kent Hawthorne.

"I didn't even know about it until Coach Hawthorne told me he had nominated me," Romans said. "I'm thankful to him for what he did, because I wouldn't have gotten the award if he hadn't done that."

Romans has a 4.9 grade-point average, is the top-ranked student in his class and will most likely be the valedictorian at graduation. Hawthorne said it was a no-brainer when it came to nominating Romans.

"When you have a kid with that high of a GPA and who's done so well for his school, you've got to send his stuff off," Hawthorne said. "It's nice to know when you're on the field or the court that you've got kids who are not only good at what they do out of class but are smart and get the job done inside the classroom."

Romans has done that and much more, being a member of the Trojan football and baseball teams, as well as the Robotics Team, BETA club and the National Ocean Science Bowl, where he is captain and will travel to Corpus Christi at the end of February to compete for the third straight year.

"I've always tried to keep my grades up," Romans said. "There have been many nights I've had to stay up pretty late studying."

Romans is currently taking dual-credit classes at Paris Junior College and plans to attend Texas A&M-Commerce, where he wants to be either a civil engineer or a physical therapist.

Cumby is still in the infant stages of trying to bring the sport back to a high level of success, but Hawthorne said Romans and similar stories like his will help the program grow.

"He's not real verbal, but he brought his leadership from school to the football field everyday at practice," Hawthorne said. "He was always the first one to arrive and the last one to leave, and he always tried to do what it took to help us win a game."

Romans has one last thing to accomplish, as he prepares for his final baseball season, and it would come as no surprise if the Trojans did well, so well in fact that Romans had to purchase another letter jacket.

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