Student-Athlete Spotlight

Wings Over Broadway Student-Athlete Spotlight: Cienega’s Standout Senior C.J. Flores is running a series of brief stories about Southern Arizona high school senior student-athletes entering this school year. The series, first-person accounts from the student-athletes, continues with a profile on Cienega running back/strong safety C.J. Flores.

C.J. Flores

School: Cienega

College scholarship offers:

  • Arizona Christian
  • Carleton
  • Concordia (Chicago)
  • Culver-Stockton
  • Monmouth
  • Nebraska-Wesleyan
  • Rose-Hulman
  • Sewanee
  • Simpson
  • St. Francis (Ill.)
  • St. Olaf
  • Trine
  • Trinity International
  • Whittier

Honors/background: Honor student with a 4.0 GPA. Registered 42 tackles, three for loss, in his first varsity season last year.

C.J. Flores has made a successful switch from linebacker to strong safety (Cienega photo)

Since the first time I stepped on the field at the age of 5, I have had a love for the game. Over the years that I have played, my technique for the game has grown immensely.

I have grown in many ways. I’m bigger, faster, stronger and smarter in various aspects of the game. I’ve wrestled from a young age which has contributed to my success on the field and my tackling ability.

Cienega senior C.J. Flores (Flores photo)

When I started high school, I had made the transition to safety from the linebacker position and have worked harder every year to be successful and attain my goals.

My greatest hope for the year is to have an undefeated season with my team along with being conference champs. I want us to grow together to achieve our team and individual goals.

I personally would like to have a successful and strong year both athletically and academically by keeping my 4.0 GPA. I want to record better stats then I have had in previous years and ultimately help out my team as much as possible.

I think the best aspect about our team this year is our brotherhood and hard work. We have all been together for four or more years and we know each other very well. We love to constantly push each other every day to get better and I think that shows on and off the field as student athletes and young men.

My future goals are to further my education and athletic career at the college level somewhere that I enjoy and can get my engineering degree.

I want to become an engineer somewhere or ultimately start my own company. I was truly hoping to stay close to Arizona, but have not made any final decisions as of yet. 

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