Eisenhower's Drew Reyes spends a lot of time in the air, whether he's diving to catch a football in the fall or leaping over a bar in the spring.
But he's also a well-grounded student who took time out of his three-sport junior year to raise money for Children's Village through the Mr. Ike program.
"It was an awesome experience and the best part was meeting and helping those little kids," Reyes said of the Yakima School District's involvement with Youthworks at Memorial fund-raising. "We did a pageant, a can drive, sold some different things and sent out letters. It was an opportunity to be a part of something special."
Heading into his final football season this fall, Reyes is hoping to bring something special to a program in which he has already made a considerable impact.
In two all-CBBN years at wide receiver, Reyes has amassed 72 receptions and scored 15 touchdowns. Add in his efforts on special teams, which includes a kickoff return for a score last year, and he's racked up nearly 2,000 all-purpose yards.
Not only does Reyes return with all those credentials but he'll also have a third straight year with the same quarterback, Drew Kornegay.
"We were pretty good at team camp and the 7-on-7s," Reyes noted of the Cadets' summer work. "I don't know if I'll do as much special teams because I also start at cornerback and the coaches have wanted us to get a little more of a break. But I'm excited to do whatever it takes to help us win. Even if that means blocking on running plays, I'm fine with that."
Eisenhower, looking to improve on last year's three wins, plays three of its first five games at home but opens with a trip to Tacoma to play Stadium.
Chances are, even with an effort to get a bit of rest at times, Reyes won't leave the field much. But that's OK because he never seems to no matter the season.
Having turned out for wrestling and basketball during the winter months at Eisenhower, Reyes is a dedicated track and field athlete and last May he earned a sixth-place medal in the high jump at the Class 4A state meet.
The 5-foot-11 Reyes has cleared six inches over his height at 6-4 and competed in the 100 meters, 300 hurdles and long jump. He has also competed at state in two relays - the 4x400 as a junior and the 4x100 as a sophomore.
"It was a good season, but I wasn't as fast as I wanted to be on the track," he said. "I'm really looking forward to the high jump next year. I'm not going to do a winter sport so I can focus on getting stronger and more ready."
Up, up and away.