Area teams earn accolades for work in the classroom
The Veritas boys and girls cross-country teams led a group of five Newberg area teams to make the OSAA Academic All-State top ten in their respective sport and classification.
The Vanguard boys finished in a tie for third in 3A/2A/1A cross-country with a 3.83 grade-point average, while the girls placed fourth at 3.93.
The C.S. Lewis Academy boys soccer team also made the cut, finishing in a tie for 10th in 3A/2A/1A with a 3.52 cumulative GPA.
St. Paul was the lone team in the area to make the list in volleyball after tying for fourth in 2A at 3.78.
The Bucks were also the lone area football team to earn the honor after their 3.19 GPA was good enough for a tie for fourth.
Newberg did not feature any top-10 teams in the fall sports season, but did qualify for Academic All-State honors in five sports by finishing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Leading the way for the Tigers was the girls cross-country team, which posted a 3.71 GPA. Also qualifying were volleyball (3.55), girls soccer (3.53), boys cross-country (3.44) and boys soccer (3.2).
The St. Paul girls cross-country team also qualified for Academic All-State status after posting a 3.55 GPA.
Teams that earn a 3.0 GPA or higher also receive 25 points for their school in The Oregonian Cup, which measures overall excellence in academics, activities and athletics.
St. Paul leads all 2A schools in that competition with 930.5 points, more than 250 points ahead of second-place Kennedy. Veritas ranks eighth in 1A at 400 points, with C.S. Lewis Academy 34nd (235). Newberg has 297.5 points to rank 32nd in 6A.