Several area teams, individuals earn state scholar-athlete awards

Mayfield's girls nordic ski team raise the plaque in celebration of their Section II championship on Feb. 14 at North Creek Ski Bowl. Pictured, from left, are Kira Williams, Delaney LaFontaine, Madison Relyea, Tatjana Bjelica, Fianna Halloran and Maggy Lambo. Mayfield also was one of several area teams to earn a New York State Public High School Athletic Association scholar-athlete team award. (Photo submitted)

A total of 34 winter sports teams were among those earning New York State Public High School Athletic Association scholar-athlete team awards.

In addition to the team winners, a total of 380 local athletes earned individual scholar-athlete awards.

Broadalbin-Perth had six of its winter sports teams earn scholar-athlete team honors. The B-P boys basketball, boys bowling, boys indoor track and field, girls basketball, girls indoor track and field and competitive cheerleading teams all were honored. The Patriots also had a total of 51 competitors from their boys basketball (6), boys bowling (7), boys indoor track (14), competitive cheerleading (5), girls basketball (8) and girls indoor track (7) honored with individual scholar-athlete awards.

Fonda-Fultonville had five of its winter teams honored by the state. The boys basketball, girls basketball, boys indoor track and field, girls indoor track and field, and competitive cheerleading teams all earned scholar-athlete team awards.

FFCS also had 57 members of its boys basketball (6), boys bowling (4), boys indoor track and field (13), competitive cheerleading (7), girls basketball (7), girls bowling (2) and girls indoor track and field (17) teams earn individual scholar-athlete awards.

The combined Fonda-Johnstown wrestling team had six wrestlers earn individual scholar-athlete awards, while the Fo-Jo boys swim team had three competitors honored.

Johnstown had its boys skiing, girls skiing, girls basketball and game-day cheerleading teams earn scholar-athlete team awards. A total of 38 competitors from the boys basketball (5), boys bowling (3), boys skiing (8), game-day cheerleading (2), girls basketball (7) and girls skiing (13) teams earned individual scholar-athlete awards.

The Gloversville competitive cheerleading team earned a scholar-athlete team award, along with the Gloversville-Mayfield boys swim team.

Gloversville also had 28 members of its boys basketball (2), boys bowling (4), boys indoor track and field (5), competitive cheerleading (12), girls basketball (4) and girls indoor track (1) teams earn individual scholar-athlete team awards. A total of six competitors from the Gloversville-Mayfield boys swim team also earned individual scholar-athlete awards.

Mayfield had its boys skiing, girls skiing and girls basketball teams earn scholar-athlete team awards, while five boys skiers, seven girls basketball players and seven girls skiers earned individual scholar-athlete awards.

Northville’s girls basketball team earned a scholar-athlete team award, while three boys basketball players, one competitive cheerleader and 10 girls basketball players earned individual scholar-athlete awards.

Canajoharie had its boys basketball, girls basketball, boys bowling and competitive cheerleading teams honored with scholar-athlete team awards. Canajoharie had 10 boys basketball players, two boys bowling team members, three cheerleaders, seven girls basketball players and three girls bowling team members earn individual scholar-athlete honors. The combined Canajoharie-Fort Plain wrestling and boys swimming teams also were honored, with seven swimmers and 10 wrestlers earning individual scholar-athlete honors.

Fort Plain had its boys basketball, girls bowling and boys bowling team earn scholar-athlete team awards, while six boys basketball players, three boys bowling team members, four girls bowling team members and two competitive cheerleaders earned individual scholar-athlete honors.

Galway had its boys basketball, girls basketball and competitive cheerleading teams earn scholar-athlete team awards. A total of 27 competitors from the boys basketball (9), girls basketball (10) and competitive cheerleading (8) teams earned individual scholar-athlete awards.

Amsterdam had its boys bowling team earn a scholar-athlete team award. A total of 51 competitors from the boys basketball (3), boys bowling (8), boys indoor track and field (11), boys swimming (6), girls basketball (6), girls indoor track and field (11) and wrestling (6) teams earn individual scholar-athlete awards.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville and Wells did not have any teams honored. OESJ had a total of 11 competitors from its boys basketball (1), boys bowling (1), competitive cheerleading (5) and girls basketball (4) teams earn individual honors. Wells had eight boys basketball players and eight girls basketball players earn individual scholar-athlete awards.

Dolgeville did not have any individuals or teams honored this winter.

A total of 633 NYSPHSAA member schools submitted scholar-athlete information this season. To qualify as a scholar-athlete team, 75 percent of the team roster’s averaged GPA must be 90.0 or above. This winter, 2,616 teams earned the scholar-athlete team award. The number of scholar-athlete teams increased by 10.1 percent compared to the winter of 2018.

To be named a scholar-athlete individual, a student must earn an individual GPA of 90.0 or above regardless of their team earning Scholar-Athlete team status. A record-high 33,275 students achieved this milestone in the winter. This year, the number of scholar-athlete individual winners increased by 7.09 percent compared to the winter 2018 season.

“The scholar-athlete program is our most successful student program,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, NYSPHSAA Executive Director in a news release “The continued increase shows the dedication schools, athletic departments, teams, coaches, and most importantly, student-athletes have towards academics. We could not be more proud to recognize these hard-working teams and individuals that are committed to their education.”

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