On the eve of post-season play, the playoff-bound Friday Harbor High School boys and girls soccer teams have already been crowned state champs, for prowess in the classroom, that is.
Both of the Wolverines soccer squads were recognized as academic state champions in the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Division 2B classification.
According to the WIAA website, any team or group with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher qualifies for a state award. A team with an average of 3.00 – 3.49 qualifies for the Distinguished Team Award, and a team with an average of 3.50-4.00 qualifies for the Outstanding Team Award.
In addition, the team or group with the highest average GPA for its activities and classification level is recognized as “Academic State Champion.”
The 14 members of the Friday Harbor’s boys soccer team had a collective 3.38 GPA and the 13-member girls soccer team together averaged 3.74 for the fall quarter.
“I think it is fantastic the way our students are able to balance academics with athletic participation,” high school athletic director Rod Turnbull said. “Go Wolverines.”
Champion of the Northwest 1B/2B League, at 11-1, 12-4 overall, the girls soccer squad will open post-season play riding an eight-game win-streak and face runner-up of the Sea-Tac League in the opening round of the 2B Bi-District playoffs, Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. The winner advances to the 2B state tournament; the loser hangs up its cleats for the year.
The boys team, at 11-5, finished fourth in the hotly contested Northwest 1B/2B League, and will open post-season play against Evergreen Lutheran, Saturday, Nov. 1, at noon, at Franklin Pierce High School.
For more information about WIAA academic awards, go to www.wiaa.com.