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Several area teams, individuals earn state awards

The Johnstown field hockey team, which won the Section II Class C title, was one of several area teams honored by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association as a fall 2019 scholar-athlete team. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

LATHAM — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced its fall 2019 Scholar-Athlete teams and individuals. This is the 28th year the NYSPHSAA has conducted the Scholar-Athlete program, which is sponsored by Pupil Benefits Plan, Inc.

Several area teams and individuals were among those honored by the state.

A total of 51 area teams were among those honored.

Broadalbin-Perth had eight of its fall sports teams earn scholar-athlete team awards as the volleyball, boys cross country, girls cross country, golf, boys soccer, girls soccer, football and game-day cheerleading teams were honored.

The B-P volleyball team also won the Section II Class B title and advanced to the state Class B semifinals.

Broadalbin-Perth also had 84 members of its fall sports teams earn individual scholar-athlete awards.

Gloversville had its volleyball and boys soccer teams earn scholar-athlete team awards. Gloversville also had a total of 38 athletes from its golf, boys soccer, competitive cheerleading, field hockey, football, girls soccer, girls swim and volleyball teams earn individual scholar-athlete awards.

Fonda-Fultonville’s girls soccer, volleyball, boys cross country, boys soccer, football and girls cross country teams all earned scholar-athlete team awards.

A total of 55 athletes from the boys cross country, boys soccer, football, girls cross country, girls soccer and volleyball teams earned individual scholar-athlete awards, along with 12 competitors from the Fo-Jo girls swim team.

Johnstown had its field hockey, girls cross country, golf, girls soccer, boys soccer and volleyball teams earn scholar-athlete team awards. Johnstown also had 39 members of its boys cross country, golf, boys soccer, field hockey, football, girls cross country, girls soccer and volleyball teams earn individual scholar-athlete awards. The field hockey team, which won the Section II Class C title game and reached the state title game, had 10 of its players honored.

Northville’s girls soccer team earned a scholar-athlete team award, while 17 players from the boys and girls soccer teams earned individual scholar-athlete honors. The combined Northville-Mayfield golf team also earned a scholar-athlete team award and four players from the team earned individual scholar-athlete honors.

The Northville girls soccer team won the Section II Class D title and reached the state semifinals.

Mayfield had its girls cross country, girls soccer, boys soccer, boys cross country and volleyball teams earn scholar-athlete team awards, while a total of 47 athletes from those teams earned individual scholar-athlete awards.

The Canajoharie boys soccer, girls soccer and golf teams earned scholar-athlete team awards, while the combined Canajoharie-Fort Plain football, volleyball, boys cross country and girls cross country teams also were honored.

Fort Plain had its golf, boys soccer and girls soccer teams earn scholar-athlete team awards.

A total of 22 participants from the Canajoharie golf, boys soccer and girls soccer teams earned individual scholar-athlete honors, while a total of 34 football members of the C-FP volleyball, football, boys cross country and girls cross country teams were honored.

Fort Plain had a total of 22 participants from its golf, boys soccer and girls soccer teams earn individual scholar-athlete honors.

The Amsterdam girls soccer team earned a scholar-athlete team award, while a total of 55 participants from the boys cross country, golf, boys soccer, football, volleyball, girls cross country, girls soccer, girls swim and girls tennis teams were honored as individual scholar-athlete honors.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville had its golf and girls soccer teams earn scholar-athlete team awards. OESJ also had 24 members of the golf, boys soccer, girls cross country, girls soccer and volleyball teams earn individual scholar-athlete honors.

Galway had its girls soccer, volleyball, boys soccer, boys cross country and girls cross country teams earn scholar-athlete team awards from the NYSPHSAA, while a total of 45 athletes from the boys cross country, girls soccer, boys soccer, girls cross country and volleyball teams earned individual scholar-athlete honors.

The Wells boys soccer and girls soccer teams earned a scholar-athlete team award, while 17 members from those teams earned individual scholar-athlete team awards.

Dolgeville had its boys cross country, girls cross country and girls soccer teams claim scholar-athlete team awards. A total of 48 participants from the boys cross country, boys soccer, competitive cheerleading, football, girls cross country and girls soccer teams earned individual scholar-athlete awards.

This fall, NYSPHSAA recognized 3,631 Scholar-Athlete teams and 47,781 individuals. The number of Scholar-Athlete teams increased by 187 (5.43%) compared to fall 2019. The number of individuals increased by 1,232 (2.66%) from the fall of 2019. A total of 632 schools across the state participated in the Scholar-Athlete program.

To qualify as a scholar-athlete team, 75 percent of a team’s roster must have an average GPA of 90 or above. All student-athletes on the team who earned an individual GPA of 90 or above are considered scholar-athlete individuals.

If a team did not qualify for the award, student-athletes who earned an individual GPA of 90 or above are still recognized as scholar-athlete individuals.

“Congratulations to our NYSPHSAA student-athletes and member schools,” NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas said in a news release. “The Scholar-Athlete program continues to be one of the most rewarding endeavors we encourage here at the Association. To see the number of Scholar-Athletes increase again this season is a true testament to the amazing work our young men and women are doing in the classroom each and every day.”

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