St. Paul softball team tops academic all-state rankings
It was a banner season for St. Paul on the field this spring, but also in the classroom, as all four of the Bucks spring sports teams ranked in the top 10 of the 2A Academic All-State rankings.
That includes a first-place finish by the softball team, which was not only the top team in 2A, but also the No. 1 softball team overall with a 3.92 grade-point average, earning them the Academic All-State Award. For winning, each team member of a winning team receives a commemorative magnet and a certificate, while the school receives a plaque in honor of its team.
The St. Paul girls track and field team also placed second in 2A with a 3.81 GPA to go along with their eighth-place team finish at the state meet. The boys track and field team also made the top 10, placing fourth in 2A at 3.33 in addition to their 15th-place finish at the state meet.
Rounding out the effort was the Bucks baseball team, which finished fourth with a 3.54 GPA after advancing to the 2A/1A state playoffs for the second time in three years. The St. Paul choir also made the top-10, finishing sixth in 2A/1A at 3.65.
Veritas posted three top-10 finishes, as the boys and girls track and field teams, along with the school's choir, had strong showings. The Vanguard girls were tied for fourth among 1A track and field teams with a 3.81 GPA, while the boys were eighth at 3.51. The Veritas choir, which placed fifth at the 1A/2A state competition in April, posted a 3.69 GPA to finish fourth in the classification.
Girls golf team was the lone Newberg team to crack the top 10, placing in a tie for ninth with a 3.61 GPA, but the Tigers band program did also place sixth in 6A at 3.61.
All of Newberg's OSAA-sanctioned teams and activities did, however, post a GPA of 3.0 or higher, including girls track and field (3.6), girls tennis (3.55), boys tennis (3.52),softball (3.57), orchestra (3.41), choir (3.39), boys golf (3.34), boys track and field (3.3), baseball (3.12).
For the entire 2017-2018 school year, the Tigers placed five teams in the Academic All-State top 10, including boys basketball, which was first in 6A with a 3.68 GPA. That does not include girls water polo (3.79), boys water polo (3.36), girls lacrosse (3.50) boys lacrosse (3.23) and girls rugby (3.17), which have their own sanctioning bodies and therefore are not eligible for the award.
Sports in brief
George Fox softball player Allison Meyer was named to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III Softball Team. A sophomore, Meyer maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average as an elementary education major. She is the first GFU athlete to receive the honor. This past season, Meyer finished third in the Northwest Conference in RBIs (29), second in slugging percentage (.855) and was named an All-NWC honorable mention.
Three local players picked for all-star game
EUGENE -- Three Newberg middle school players have been selected to participate in the first ever Oregon All-State Football Games June 30 at Sheldon High School. Playing for the sixth grade Red Team will be center Ryder Jones and defensive end Tino Russo. Selected for the eighth grade Red Team was running back Isaac King. Players from more than 75 schools were selected to participate in the inaugural event, which was created to raise awareness about children in foster care.
"Sadly, in 2017 there were 11,645 Oregon children that spent at least one day in foster care," event founder Matt Williams said. "Some of these kids are sleeping in motels and office buildings because not enough adults are getting involved."
The event is free to attend, with the sixth grade contest kicking off at 9 a.m. followed by the seventh graders at noon and the eighth graders at 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.oregonallstategame.com.
George Fox women's basketball coach Michael Meek will host the Bruin Basketball Academy for all players in grades 3-12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 23-26 at Wheeler Gymnasium. Players will be instructed on dribbling, passing, scoring off the drive, scoring off the pass, getting open, defensive skills and much more. Cost is $195 per attendee and $155 for each additional sibling. Each player will receive a basketball, camp T-shirt and 22 hours of instruction. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2Imb88x.
George Fox University offering two hoops camps
George Fox men's basketball coach Maco Hamilton has announced the dates of the youth basketball camp and elite basketball camp for the summer.
The youth camp for boys entering grades 3-8 will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6-9. This camp will provide quality instruction with an emphasis on individual skill development by the George Fox coaching staff, as well as current and former collegiate players. Competitive action will include various contests such as a "Hot Shot" competition, free throw and three-point competition and three-on-three tournaments. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt, a basketball, a camp photo and a certificate with the coaches' evaluation.
The elite camp for boys entering grades 9-12 will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. It is designed to provide position-specific individual skill development and collegiate-level scheme instruction and implementation from the Bruin coaching staff. Game scenarios and situations will be taught and attendees will apply what they have learned in competitive five-on-five games. Players attending the Elite Camps should be high-level varsity athletes capable of playing at the collegiate level.
The cost of the Youth Camp is $150 per person for early registration, while the Elite Camp cost is $75 per person. For more information, including a downloadable registration form, visit www.athletics.georgefox.edu/camps/index.