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North Marion, Woodburn, St. Paul and Gervais earn OSAA Academic All-State honors.

COURTESY PHOTO: ANDRE PANSE - The 2021 Kennedy softball team led the 2A/1A classification with the highest GPA, and earned Academic All-State honors.With the school year and high school sports seasons officially at a close, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) released its Academic All-State awards for the 2020-21 school year. Kennedy continued its run of excellence in academia, nabbing three top spots and three more runner-up places for the students' hard work over the course of an unusual school year.

According to the OSAA website, the OnPoint Community Credit Union Academic All-State Program recognizes outstanding achievement in the classroom. Teams in OSAA-sanctioned events earn 25 points for their schools by getting a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher, with teams in the top 10 of their sports earning additional points according to an established scoring system. Those points go toward the OSAA Cup.

KENNEDY

Kennedy's baseball, softball and wrestling teams led the way at the 2A/1A with GPAs of 3.58, 3.77 and 3.08, respectively. The boys track and field team was runner-up at 2A with a 3.31 GPA, trailing only Knappa (3.47). Boys basketball (3.53) and volleyball (3.9) were also runners-up at the 2A level.

Other Kennedy teams to earn Academic All-State honors were the girls track and field team (3.27), girls basketball (3.81), girls swim team (3.78), cheerleading (3.07), football (3.15) and girls cross country (3.45).

ST. PAUL

At the 1A level, St. Paul had one team lead the pack in academics. The girls track and field team posted a collective GPA of 3.93, which tied it with St. Stephen's Academy for first in the state. The next closest school to have a GPA was Bonanza with a 3.75. The boys cross country team had the runner-up GPA with 3.6, just behind Waldport (3.96).

Other St. Paul teams that made the cut were the baseball team (3.32), softball (3.5), boys track and field (3.45), choir (3.27), boys basketball (3.62), girls basketball (3.62), football (3.35) and volleyball (3.76).

WOODBURN

The Woodburn Bulldogs had 14 teams meet the 3.0 threshold for the Academic All-State award, including the football program with a 3.08 cumulative GPA. Reaching that mark was big for head coach Ken Mace, who wants to not only get wins, but make sure his student-athletes are excelling in the classroom.

"Our kids bought into (getting good grades) and we had some kids who didn't do well academically … then they fought like heck to get their grades and GPA (up) because they all bought into that vision," Mace told the Independent. "Now we've raised the standard a little bit, so now this fall it's all about how do we get to be a top five?"

Other Woodburn programs that earned a 3.0 GPA or higher include softball (3.12), boys track and field (3.0), girls track and field (3.54), girls tennis (3.71), boys golf (3.38), girls golf (3.48), boys basketball (3.14), girls basketball (3.62), cheerleading (3.05), volleyball (3.61), girls soccer (3.62), boys cross country (3.26) and girls cross country (3.91).

NORTH MARION

The Huskies also earned 14 Academic All-State honors, led by the boys cross country team and the girls swim team, with GPAs of 3.83 and 3.82, respectively. After those two the teams that made the cut with 3.0 GPAs were girls tennis (3.77), girls soccer (3.65), boys tennis (3.52), volleyball (3.45), girls track and field (3.44), baseball (3.4), boys basketball (3.34), girls golf (3.2), boys swimming (3.18), softball (3.15), boys soccer (3.03) and boys track and field (3.01).

GERVAIS

The lone Gervais team to grab a 3.0 or better GPA was the unbeaten girls basketball team, which cumulatively produced a 3.6, good for seventh in the state at the 2A level.


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