Kennedy, St. Paul athletes rank among state's best 2A students
It was a banner season for both Kennedy and St. Paul high schools on the field this spring, but also in the classroom, as all four of the Bucks and Trojans spring sports teams ranked in the top 10 of the 2A Academic All-State rankings.
That includes a first-place finish by the St. Paul 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 state champion Kennedy softball team followed just behind with a 3.83 average.
In girls track and field, St. Paul placed second in 2A with a 3.81 GPA to go along with their eighth-place team finish at the state meet. The Kennedy girls followed close behind with a 3.62 GPA for sixth place to pair along with their fourth-place trophy at the state meet.
On the boys side, the Trojans and Bucks finished neck-and-neck at the state meet, with St. Paul placing 15th and Kennedy placing 18th. Academically, the two programs were even closer, finishing tied for the third-best GPA in the state at 3.33 overall.
Rounding out the effort were the baseball teams. The Kennedy boys finished second in the state at 3.61 after advancing to the state semifinals for the first time since 2012. The Bucks nearly matched, placing fourth in the state 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, while Kennedy's band program placed fourth among 2A programs with a 3.05 GPA.
— Phil Hawkins contributed to this story.
2018 Spring All-Academic teams
The St. Paul and Kennedy High School athletic programs continue to rank among the top 2A/1A academic programs in the state in terms of overall GPA.
1. St. Paul — 3.92
2. Kennedy — 3.83
2. Kennedy — 3.61
4. St. Paul — 3.54
2. St. Paul — 3.81
6. Kennedy — 3.62
3. Kennedy — 3.33
3. St. Paul — 3.33
6. St. Paul — 3.65
4. Kennedy — 3.05