South Shore teams win state academic titles |

South Shore teams win state academic titles

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Steve Yingling / Tahoe Daily TribuneWhittell HIgh School student athletes, from left, Sammy Rupp, Morgan King and Megan Miller accept the girls' cross country state academic trophy recently in Reno.

Although South Tahoe and Whittell high schools were stopped short of winning state team championships on the field and court this fall, they combined to win three Nevada titles in the classroom.

South Tahoe’s boys’ soccer team earned a state academic championship, as did Whittell’s boys’ and girls’ cross country teams.

The schools were presented with the championship plaques by NIAA officials during state tournament action last week.

“This is something I’m very proud of,” said STHS boys’ soccer coach Chris DeLeon. “This is something that will take the boys further than soccer ever could.”

Team scores were figured by taking the spring grade-point averages from returning players and adding them together.

DeLeon’s team compiled a combined 3.36 grade-point average, which included the straight-A classroom performances of Griffen Boles, Kory DiGrande and Nick Brower.

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“This is a very well-disciplined team. A lot of credit goes to their parents and teachers,” DeLeon said. “We are all working together and trying to instill these life skills.

“They are good role models for South Tahoe kids.”

The Warriors completed an academic team championship sweep in cross country with their runners staying on course in meets and in the classroom.

Lindsay Wines, who has coached basketball and softball squads at the school, too, says her teams have only won state academic titles in cross country.

“Cross country runners are uniquely individual and disciplined anyways,” she said. “They have that extra focus factor, and it takes a unique breed to go out there and run.”

Led by the straight-A report cards by Morgan King and Shannon Marshall, the Whittell girls produced a 3.52 GPA, while the boys scored even higher marks at 3.67. Mikey George led the way with his 4.0 GPA.

South Tahoe’s other teams also had strong academic showings with the girls’ tennis team sporting a 3.64 GPA, boys’ cross country 3.50, girls’ cross country 3.50, volleyball 3.40, boys’ tennis 3.46, girls’ soccer 3.26, girls’ golf 3.10 and football 3.00.

The volleyball team’s 3.50 GPA topped Whittell’s other fall teams. In addition, girls’ golf scored 3.38, boys’ soccer 3.24 and girls’ soccer 3.24.