RAHWAY — Rahway High School’s Track and Field team is more than about winning championships; it’s about changing lives and creating opportunities. So when seniors Al-Raji Winbush, Brian Pyrus and Cary Jones signed National Letters of Intent on Monday, April 25, it was a proud day at the high school.
“As custodians of this program, we strive to develop the entire student-athlete,” said head coach Gary Mobley. “Our goal is not to simply win championship titles, but to build young men and women who can be productive members of society. We focus on building character and developing each team member’s true potential as a student-athlete. We use athletic talent to create post-secondary educational opportunities at a reduced-cost to the parents.”
Winbush and Pyrus, both All-Union County athletes, signed full-tuition scholarships to Neosho College in Kansas. Jones, one of the state’s top throwers, signed a full-tuition scholarship to Iowa Western. They are the second, third and fourth athletes to sign athletic scholarships this year. Senior Jeremy Antivo signed a full-athletic scholarship with American International College in February.
“All of the hard work has paid off, thanks to my coaches and teammates that have pushed me the whole way. Our coaches have taught us that our primary focus isn’t just winning rings. Our focus is to develop as student-athletes and use our athletic gifts to reach our fullest potential. Getting this scholarship is a testament that hard work really works,” said Pyrus.
“We’ve been pretty successful at what we do. In the last six years alone, our girls have won three state titles and three county titles. Our boys have won three county titles and six state titles. In addition, we’ve had eighteen athletes receive scholarships to colleges ranging from Southwest Mississippi to the University of Connecticut,” said assistant coach Leon Bunion. “It’s a tough job, but it is very rewarding to see our athletes use their gifts to further their education.”
Rahway High School Interim Principal John Farinella says, “I want to wish our athletic scholarship recipients continued success in their academic and career pursuits! I am confident that they will maintain the solid work ethic in their college years and beyond. Congratulations to Coach Bunion and to Coach Mobley for inspiring excellence on the field and in the classroom.”
Rahway High School track athletes Al-Raji Winbush, Brian Pyrus and Cary Jones sign national letters of intent on Monday, April 25. (Photo courtesy of Rahway High School)
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