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Fall varsity teams earn NYSPHSAA scholar-athlete status

— All of Cazenovia Central Schools’ fall varsity teams — which include football, volleyball, field hockey, boys’ and girls’ cross-country, boys’ and girls’ soccer and girls’ tennis — have achieved Scholar-Athlete status, the district announced on Dec. 17.

To qualify for the prestigious designation by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, a minimum number of each team’s players must have at least a 90-percent grade point average (GPA) during the season.

If all varsity sports achieve scholar-athlete status in a given academic year, the school earns “School of Distinction” award, said district Athletic Director Mike Byrnes.

“One of our annual goals in the athletic department is to have all varsity teams earn NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete status,” Byrnes said.

In general: boys’ soccer had 12 qualifying athletes on a 21-member roster and an average 90.99 GPA; girls’ cross country had 16 qualifying athletes on a 22-member roster and an average 95.74 GPA; girls’ tennis had 9 qualifying athletes on a 14-member roster and a 93.72 GPA; football had 12 qualifying athletes on 38-member a roster and a 93.60 GPA; girls’ soccer had 12 qualifying athletes on a 19-member roster and a 93.18 GPA; boys’ cross country has seven qualifying athletes on a 31-member roster and a 94.75 GPA; field hockey had 12 qualifying athletes on a 16-member roster and a 92.54 GPA; volleyball had eight qualifying athletes in a 14-member roster and a 92.24 GPA.

The following student-athletes earned individual NYSPHAA Scholar-Athlete status for making their team a Scholar-Athlete team:

Boys’ soccer:

12th grade: Jay Hahn, Henry Mann and Peter Burr.

11th grade: Garret Clabeaux, Evan Cornell, Teddy Dwyer, David Kempf, Eli LaGorga, Eli Mitchell and Tyler Modzeleskil.

10th grade: Derek White.

Ninth grade: Johnny Rodriguez.

Girls’ cross-country:

12th grade: Jeanette Cudney, Hayley Frost, Malone Gabor, Sophie Heath, Haley O’Brien, Rebecca Pfohl, Liz Pittman, Julia Raleigh and Victoria Wright.

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