Academic successes help further push Kennedy, St. Paul high schools as favorites to bring home 2019 OSAA Cup

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - The state champion St. Paul relay team of Rachel Vela, Taysha Veeman, Destiny Smith and Isabelle Wyss, were part of the Buckaroos girls track and field program that ranked No. 1 in GPA in the state among 1A schools last year at 3.90.The 2019 spring athletic season saw a number of exciting performances and stories emerging from high school athletes around northern Marion County, but the students throughout the region were just as apt, if not more so in the classroom.

Numerous athletic and extracurricular programs from local school districts received accolades from the Oregon School Activities Association for garnering cumulative team grade point averages above 3.0, receiving Academic All-State recognition and earning points in the annual OSAA Cup standings.

Academic All-State teams are divided between the six classifications in boys and girls athletics. Teams that rank among the top 10 of their respective classification earn additional points in the OSAA Cup ranking.

North Marion

North Marion's spring athletic programs saw all eight of its programs garner at least a 3.0 GPA, six of which ranked among the top 10 against other 4A schools in the state.

The girls tennis team had the best GPA among the school's spring athletics, ranking second overall among 4A teams with a 3.85 average.

2. Girls tennis — 3.85

5. Girls golf — 3.71

5. Baseball — 3.51

5. Boys track and field — 3.33

7. Boys tennis — 3.46

9. Boys golf — 3.18

10. Softball — 3.46

14. Girls track and field — 3.41


The three-time defending OSAA Cup champion John F. Kennedy Trojans all but clinched their fourth trophy for the 2018-19 school year after placing all four of its spring sports within the top 10 of 2A schools, as well as the school's choir program.

The baseball team had the highest ranking, placing second against other 2A teams, while the girls track and field team had the highest GPA among Trojan teams at 3.73.

Kennedy currently ranks first in the 2A OSAA Cup standings with 2,457.5 points and a commanding lead over the second-place Central Linn Cobras at 1,882.5 points.

  • 2. Baseball — 3.66

    4. Girls track and field — 3.73

    5. Softball — 3.69

    7. Boys track and field — 3.38

    9. Choir — 3.47

    St. Paul

    With all five spring athletic programs and activities ranked inside the top 10, the St. Paul Buckaroos took a commanding lead in the 1A OSAA Cup standings. Leading the way was the girls track and field team with a 3.90 GPA, leading not just all St. Paul spring teams, but every 1A track program in the state.

    The strong academic showing helped push the Bucks further ahead in the OSAA Cup rankings, where the school is ranked first with 1,960 points, well ahead of second place Crosshill Christian at 1,455. If the rankings hold, it will be the first OSAA Cup St. Paul High School has ever earned.

    1. Girls track and field — 3.90

    2. Choir — 3.80

    2. Softball — 3.76

    4. Baseball — 3.46

    8. Boys track and field — 3.51

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