The Old High Coyotes earned the regional title for the first time in school history this year, advancing to the state tournament. But for some families, the victory was bitter sweet, as they were unsure they'd be able to continue to cheer on the miraculous season all the way to Georgetown.
Mother of senior Alex Ramirez, Paola, explains, "We were pretty much in shock at first. It was unbelievable. Like coach has said, it was unreal. And then it actually kind of hit two days later, like okay we've got to get everything ready! We have to make it possible for all of the parents that have not been able to make it to these games through the season be able to go up there. It's so important for the boys to have that support."
The founder, president, and CEO of Cantu Services, Ricardo Cantu, who is also recognized as the owner of El Mejicano, said the decision to help was a no-brainer. His daugher, Valerie, brought the idea to his attention.
"Basically, they needed some help. And it was Valerie's idea because she knows some of the families, and probably some of the kids. And I said, well, we're here for you. Whatever you need, you're going to get from us."
"Kristi, who is president of the booster club, Valerie approached her, and asked her after winning that game, she just pretty much approached her and said, 'What do y'all need from us?'"
Cantu Services funded ten Coyote families who wouldn't have been able to afford going to the state tournament otherwise - providing transportation, hotels, and food.
"My son is a senior, he's graduating this year, and we have never had anything like this happen. It was kind of a shock, but it was a blessing to have people like them in the community just to come up to you after a game and say, hey, just count us in, whatever you need, come up to us. It was amazing," adds Ramierz.
But this is only one example of the Cantu's giving back to the community. Ricardo Cantu has made it his mission to do exactly that.
"A lot of the stuff he does is not documented. He doesn't do it for a tax break, or for somebody to pat him on the back, he just does it because that's the good heart that he has," says Denise Kosse of Cantu Services.
That good heart allowed ten families to cheer on their Coyote...just another miracle in a miraculous playoff run.