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Trojans win their fourth straight, Bucks win for first time in OSAA's most prestigious award

COURTESY PHOTO: JAMES DAY/OUR TOWN - Kennedy High School senior athletes Bruce Beyer and Sophia Carley hold up the 2018-19 OSAA Cup, bracketed by JFK Principal Dale Pedersen (left) and Athletic Director Kevin Moffatt.What has become old hat for the Kennedy Trojans is brand new for the St. Paul Buckaroos after both high schools opened the 2019-20 school year honoring last year's athletes.

Both Kennedy and St. Paul were honored with the 2018-19 OSAA Cup to start the school year — the most prestigious award given out by the Oregon State Athletic Association that recognizes high schools for their combined excellence in the classroom and the playing field.

John F. Kennedy High School is the only public school to win the award at the 2A level multiple times since the cup was created for the 1999-00 season.

Having won their fourth consecutive OSAA Cup, the Trojans matched St. Mary's for the most trophies in the 2A classification since the OSAA expanded to six classifications in 2006-07. Santiam Christian has the most trophies at the 2A level after winning it seven consecutive years from 2000 to 2006 before the OSAA reclassification bumped them to the 3A level the next year.

Kennedy's victory was the continuation of excellence over the previous four years. In 2019-20, the Trojans won its first football state championship in program history, while the baseball and softball teams each advanced to the state championship game in the spring.

The girls basketball and volleyball teams both made it to the state semifinals before placing third and fifth, respectively. The boys basketball and girls track and field team each placed fourth, and the girls cross country team placed seventh, led by individual state champion Alejandra Lopez.

But the more impressive numbers were in the classroom. Every athletic program and extracurricular activity posted a cumulative grade-point average above 3.0. Ten teams ranked in the top 10 of their classification for GPA, led by the girls basketball team that tied with Nestucca for the top spot with a 3.77.

While Kennedy was celebrating its fourth OSAA Cup, the Buckaroos were doing so for the first time after having a similarly successful academic year.

Like the Trojans, every athletic and extracurricular team for St. Paul turned in a GPA above 3.0. All but one of their programs landed in the top 10, led by the girls track and field team that posted a 3.9 GPA to lead all 1A schools in the spring.

Competitively, the Buckaroos captured two state championships in girls basketball and volleyball, while their football team and girls track teams placed second overall. The boys basketball and baseball teams made state playoff runs of their own, and the boys track team tied for eighth in the final state standings.


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