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Several area teams, individuals earn state scholar-athlete awards

The Johnstown girls lacrosse team poses with its plaque and patches after winning the Section II Class D championship game against Holy Names at Mohonasen High School in Rotterdam on May 23. The Lady Bills also earned a scholar-athlete team award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

By PAUL WAGER

The Leader-Herald

A total of 26 area spring 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 354 local athletes earned individual scholar-athlete awards.

Broadalbin-Perth had all three of its spring varsity sports teams earn scholar-athlete team honors. The B-P baseball, boys track and field and girls track and field teams all were honored. The Patriots also had a total of 36 competitors from their baseball (8), boys track and field (18) and girls track and field (10) honored with individual scholar-athlete awards. The B-P boys track and field team also claimed a Foothills Council title and sectional title this spring.

The Fort Plain baseball celebrates after winning the Section II Class C championship game against Hoosick Falls at Joseph Bruno Stadium in Troy on June 1. The Hilltoppers also earned a scholar-athlete team award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Johnstown led the area with five of its six spring teams earning scholar-athlete team awards. The Johnstown softball, baseball, boys track and field, girls track and field and girls lacrosse teams all earned team honors.

Johnstown also led the way among area schools with 58 individuals claiming honors. The girls track and field teams had 19 athletes honored, while the boys track and field (11), softball (9), baseball (8), girls lacrosse (6) and boys lacrosse (5) had multiple individuals honored. The Johnstown girls lacrosse team also won the Section II Class D title, while the boys reached the Class D final before losing to Schuylerville.

Gloversville did not earn any scholar-athlete team awards this spring. However, a total of 17 individuals from the boys track and field (6), boys tennis (4), baseball (3), girls track and field (2) and softball (2) teams were honored.

Mayfield had its softball team honored with a scholar-athlete team award and nine Lady Panthers from the squad earned individual honors.

In addition, the combined Mayfield-Northville boys track and field, and girls track and field teams both earned scholar-athlete team awards. A total of 18 athletes from the boys team and 15 from the girls team earned individual honors.

Northville’s girls softball team earned a scholar-athlete team award and nine players from the team earned individual honors.

The Fort Plain baseball team claimed a scholar-athlete team award and seven of its players earned individual awards. The Hilltoppers also won the Section II Class C title this spring.

In addition, the combined Fort Plain-Oppenheim-Ephratah softball, boys track and field, and girls track and field teams all earned scholar-athlete team awards.

A total of 36 players from the combined teams earned individual honors.

 OESJ also had three members of its baseball team claimed individual scholar-athlete awards.

Canajoharie had all four its its spring teams earn scholar-athlete team awards as the baseball, softball, boys track and field, and girls track and field teams were honored. The Cougars also had 42 individuals from the baseball (6), softball (8), boys track and field (19) and girls track and field (9) teams honored.

Fonda-Fultonville saw its softball, boys track and field, and girls track and field recognized with scholar-athlete team awards. FFCS also had a total of 53 individuals honored. The girls track and field team had 23 athletes earn individual awards, while the boys track and field (17), softball (7) and baseball (6) also had multiple athletes earn individual honors.

Galway had its softball, boys track and field, and girls track and field teams collect scholar-athlete team awards. The Golden Eagles also had a total of 39 individuals honors from the boys track and field (13), girls track and field (12), softball (10) and baseball (4) teams honored.

Wells did not earn any team honors this spring, but it had eight softball players and four baseball players claim individual honors.

Amsterdam and Dolgeville did not have any teams or individuals from the spring season honored by the state.

This is the 27th year the NYSPHSAA has conducted the Scholar-athlete program, which is sponsored by Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc.

This spring, NYSPHSAA recognized 2,511 scholar-athlete teams and 39,909 individuals. The number of scholar-athlete teams increased by 156 (6.62 percent) compared to spring 2018. The number of individuals increased by 1,875 (4.93 percent) from the spring of 2018. A total of 578 schools across the state participated in the scholar-athlete program.

“Congratulations to our NYSPHSAA student-athletes and member schools,” NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas said in a news release. “To see the number of teams and individuals recognized as scholar-athletes increase shows how hard our student-athletes in New York state are working in the classroom. We continue to see what hard working and dedicated student-athletes we have in New York each season and this shows how much NYSPHSAA student-athletes are committed to their education.”

For the 2018-19 school year there were a total of 8,571 scholar-athlete teams awarded and 119,733 individuals. The number of teams awarded increased by 507 (6.29 percent) and the number of scholar-athlete individuals increased by 4,147 (3.59 percent) as compared to the 2017-18 school year. School of Excellence and School of Distinction honors will be awarded this summer, schools must apply to be recognized.

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