Menjivar, Eagles have ‘more to prove’

by Levi Gilbert

With two games remaining in the regular season, Lester Menjivar is more focused than ever. 

For Cutter Morning Star (2-6, 0-5), the season hasn’t gone the way the Eagles had wanted, but Menjivar is confident the team can finish strong. 

“I’ve learned that every play is an opportunity to change the game, and that’s what keeps me positive as I’m playing,” Menjivar said.

“Through all we have gone through this season, our team has still remained a family at the end of each game. Win or lose, we take a knee in the locker room and pray no matter what. That’s something positive I love about my team.”

Menjivar, a senior offensive/defensive lineman for the Eagles, was selected to this year’s 501 Football Team — 25 players representing all 11 counties of the 501. The team, sponsored by Conway Ortho and Sports Medicine, Conway Regional Health System and First Security Bank, boasts the best the 501 has to offer both on and off the field. Menjivar was nominated by his head coach, T.C. Shamel.

“Lester has worked himself into being one of our best linemen,” Shamel said. “He makes others better. He works well in the classroom and enjoys helping the younger players get better. He’s an all-district and all-county type player. 

“Lester is the glue that holds our team together. He’s a great kid and very respectful young man.”

The Eagles close out the regular season with Bigelow and Magnet Cove. 

“We can’t have any bad exchanges,” Menjivar said. “Every time we get the ball, we have to put points on the board. Magnet Cove will be my senior night, and that will motivate me and my team. I want to shock the conference because I know we have a lot more to prove.”

Menjivar participates in multiple sports at Cutter Morning Star. In addition to football, he’s active in track and field (shot put and discus) and baseball. Off the field, Menjivar is involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Drama Club and Future Business Leaders of America. When he’s not active in his school, he enjoys playing guitar. After graduation in May, he plans to attend Arkansas Tech University. 

Menjivar and the Eagles play host to Bigelow at 7 p.m. Friday.