Teams make the grade

Five Steamboat squads earn academic awards

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— Five Steamboat Springs athletic teams were recently honored for their off-field or off-court accomplishments.

The volleyball, soccer, golf and girls and boys cross country teams all recently received academic recognition by the Colorado High School Activities Association by meeting the Team Academic Champions criteria of maintaining a group grade point average of at least 3.20.

The girls cross country team had a GPA of 3.55, while the boys cross country team had a cumulative GPA of 3.39. The golf team maintained a 3.38 GPA. The volleyball team had a 3.37 GPA, while the boys soccer team had a cumulative GPA of 3.34.

The student council was also honored with a cumulative GPA of 3.30 this fall.

As part of the Academic All-State program, the Team Academic Champions program is designed to provide recognition for those teams or groups that maintain a minimum grade point average, regardless of their win-loss record.

Each team or group that meets the standards will be presented with certificates to be awarded to the individuals on the respective teams.

The team or group in each classification of each activity that posts the highest GPA will receive a state championship plaque. Academic State Champions are named during the fall, winter and spring and are honored at designated state championships.

Steamboat volleyball coach Wendy Hall said this honor is more important than on-field or court accomplishments, considering academics is the first priority of high school students and because those athletes can't participate if they don't take care of their grades.

What is impressive about all these teams is their ability to maintain a level of excellence in academics and athletics.

Both the girls and boys cross country teams competed at the state meet in Denver. The girls team finished 10th overall, while the boys team placed 15th.

The golf team finished second at the Class 4A state golf meet in Greeley. Most recently, the volleyball team came home with a second-place finish at the state tournament in Denver.

The boys soccer team advanced to the second round of the playoffs before falling to Greeley Central.

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