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Several area teams, individuals earn state awards

The Mayfield girls nordic ski team, from left, Fianna Halloran, Tatjana Bjelica, Madison Relyea and Delaney LaFontaine, celebrate after winning the Section II championship Feb. 12 at Lapland Lake Nordic Ski Center in Benson. The team was one of 29 area teams to earn winter Scholar-Athlete Awards from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

LATHAM — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced its winter 2019-20 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. and the American Dairy Association North East.

Several area teams and individuals were among those honored by the state as a total of 29 area teams were among those honored.

In addition to the team winners, a total of 265 local athletes earned individual scholar-athlete awards.

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

FFCS also had 67 members of its boys basketball (9), boys indoor track and field (19), competitive cheerleading (7), girls basketball (7), girls bowling (3) and girls indoor track and field (22) teams earn individual scholar-athlete awards.

The combined Fonda-Johnstown boys swim team had two competitors honored.

Johnstown had its boys skiing, girls skiing and girls basketball teams earn scholar-athlete team awards. A total of 35 competitors from the boys basketball (3), boys bowling (2), boys skiing (10), 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 15 members of its boys basketball (3), boys bowling (4), boys indoor track and field (1), competitive cheerleading (4) and girls indoor track (3) teams earn individual scholar-athlete team awards. A total of eight competitors from the Gloversville-Mayfield boys swim team also earned individual scholar-athlete awards.

Mayfield had its boys skiing, girls skiing, boys basketball, competitive cheerleading and girls basketball teams earn scholar-athlete team awards, while four boys skiers, eight boys basketball players, seven competitive cheerleaders, 10 girls basketball players and four girls skiers earned individual scholar-athlete awards. The Mayfield girls nordic ski team won the Section II title this winter.

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

Canajoharie had its girls basketball team honored with a scholar-athlete team awards. Canajoharie had two boys basketball players, five boys bowlers, six competitive cheerleaders, six girls basketball players and five girls bowling team members earn individual scholar-athlete honors. The combined Canajoharie-Fort Plain wrestling and boys swimming teams had 16 individuals honored, with 11 swimmers and six wrestlers earning individual scholar-athlete honors.

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

Galway had its boys basketball, girls basketball and competitive cheerleading teams earn scholar-athlete team awards. A total of 17 competitors from the boys basketball (5), girls basketball (8) and competitive cheerleading (4) teams earned individual scholar-athlete awards.

Wells had its girls basketball team earn a team award and seven of its players earn individual honors.

Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville did not have any teams honored. OESJ had a total of nine competitors from its boys bowling (5), competitive cheerleading (1) and girls basketball (3) teams earn individual honors.

Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth, Dolgeville did not have any individuals or teams honored this winter.

This winter, NYSPHSAA recognized 2,475 Scholar-Athlete teams and 30,497 individuals. A total of 569 schools across the state participated in the Scholar-Athlete program. Inc.

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 the Scholar-Athlete teams and individuals from the winter 2020 season,” 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. The winter season was extremely challenging this year, so to see this many student-athletes honored for their work in the classroom is truly rewarding.”

Due to the cancellation of the spring sports season and the closing of schools for the rest of the academic year, the spring 2020 scholar-athlete program has been cancelled.

The NYSPHSAA is hopeful that the program will return in the fall of 2020.

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