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Saturday, June 16th  2016                         
Kevin Pakos - S&E News / ASPN Radio Special for the AzFL.

    Cristo Tabares Takes Leading by Example to New Level!

In Flagstaff, Arizona Cristo Tabares has always fought for every thing on the field and off. He played quarterback as well as starred on the baseball team. Add to that his stint as student body president and being a links leader.  (scroll down for radio interview)  

Now, Cristo is getting ready for another challenge as he prepares to start his academic and athletic career at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. It is a Division III school and is an associate member in the UMAC conference. Distance by car is only 1,305 miles. The former Panther will now be a Blue Jay.

Cristo spoke of his mom, Vicky Melendez, she raised he and his sister Celeste Tabares on her own. His sister is nearly finished at Northern Arizona University and well on her way to a career in law.

He spoke of his high school football coach, Jeremiah Smith and how their relationship developed into one of trust and respect. Coach says that Cristo did the hard work needed to make his college dreams come true. He tells of his faith and that he was in Coconino's FCA Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Cristo Tabares
Jeremiah Smith Cristo earned his spot on the squad and could have chosen baseball. He believes he can make it as a football player. To take some of the burden off his mom he will also be working to get other grants and aid.

You can hear it from the man himself, I recorded our interview. It is important for the other young athletes playing high school sports to learn that if the first opportunities don't arrive, the ladies and men can find them at another level.

I am impressed with Cristo, how hard he has worked and that he has an in depth plan for the future. Kudos to his mom and sister and all at CHS that helped him.

Flagstaff is a unique city. It is home to the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona University. It has only two high schools playing football, the Coconino Panthers and the Flagstaff Eagles. Opportunities for college scholarships are harder to come by for these schools. What Cristo Tabares has done is remarkable. Links on him Max Prep 1, MP 2, to see him on Panther TV press PLAY

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