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TDW, Sherman high on academic state list

The Oregon School Activities Association and the Dairy Farmers of Oregon have teamed up for the 16th year to sponsor the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State Award.

This spring, there were several local schools, who not only excelled on the court, track, field and links, but in the classroom as well.

“This awards program continues our tradition of celebrating Oregon’s student athletes,” said Pete Kent, executive director of the Oregon Dairy Products Commission. “Their efforts are impressive, and we’re proud of their recognition.”

For The Dalles Wahtonka High School, the girl’s golf team had the best turnout of the school, a 10th-place mark with a cumulative grade point average of 3.53.

Head coach Steve Garrett’s softball squad ended up 14th of the schools entered with a GPA of 3.45, just behind fellow Columbia River Conference schools, Hood River Valley, Hermiston and Pendleton, who each had a GPA of 3.52 for a 10th place tie.

The No. 3-ranked baseball team with Clay Copper, Connor Mathisen and Nolan McCall and coached by J.R. Runyon, amassed a GPA of 3.09 to round out the qualified spring programs.

“The Dalles Wahtonka prides itself on student athletes who excel beyond the field and classroom,” said TDW athletic director Kyle Rosselle.

The Tribe AD added that the students must meet local and state academic criteria as defined by district and OSAA policy in order to be eligible and compete in high school athletics.

“We have many students who continue to hold the highest standards for themselves and their team and are recognized for their efforts under the Oregon Dairy Farmers Athletic and Academic Achievement program,” Rosselle continued. “These scholar athletes epitomize what we look for in our athletic programs.”

Also locally, Sherman had three programs earn recognition for their scholastic exploits, with the track and field team enjoying the best GPA of 3.67.

The boy’s track and field crew had a 3.22 mark for 17th in the state and the girl’s tennis team finished 27th in the state with a combined 3.38

The winning group in each spring activity will be presented a plaque in honor of outstanding scholastic achievement and team members will receive a “got milk?” sweatshirt and a certificate.

Additionally, the Dairy Farmers of Oregon help recognize the achievement of all Top Ten teams in each classification by providing each student a lapel pin.

Over 9,500 lapel pins will be distributed to spring activities teams throughout the state in the coming weeks.

“As an organization we are very proud of this award because it reveals all the hard work and commitment the student athletes around the state show in the classroom,” said Tom Welter, OSAA Executive Director.

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