Cristian Ontiveros receives academic all state honors 

Marfa High School Senior Cristian Ontiveros recently received All State Academic Honors. Photo by Blanca Jennings.

MARFA — Senior at Marfa High School and football player Cristian Ontiveros was recently awarded a spot on the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Academic All State Team. The designation is granted to student athletes that were able to maintain a grade point average of 92 percent or above during the sporting season. 

“When it comes down to academics and sports, I always tell players that they’re student athletes — they’re students before they’re athletes,” said Coach Arturo Alferez. 

Alferez said it can be a challenge for the team to balance game preparation with their studies during the busy football season, but Ontiveros successfully juggled dual credit courses and frequently learned new plays in his role as quarterback. 

“Congratulations to him, to his family, to everybody that supported him. It just proves to me that great things are going to come to him later in life,” said Alferez.