BEA teams also recognized for smarts
The Blue Earth Area Buccaneer fall sports teams not only excelled on the fields and courts, but in the classrooms as well.
And, they received statewide recognition for their efforts.
The Buc volleyball team had the highest grade point average (GPA) in the state, and were recognized by the Minnesota Volleyball Coaches Association for their remarkable efforts.
As a team, the Bucs had a 3.98 GPA, earning them a ‘Gold’ award. It was the highest average GPA among the Class AA schools in the state, which belong to the coaches association.
Across all classes, the Bucs’ impressive 3.98 GPA was a tie for the highest of any team in the state.
Four Buccaneers were recognized individually for their academic excellence. The four are Charlotte Haugh, Carly Hyland, Maddie McDonald and Ashley Olson.
To be recognized as All-State Academic, players must be seniors and have at least a 3.8 GPA. And, their coach must be a member of the coaches association, which gives out the awards.
The association takes the players listed on the post-season roster and averages the top ten GPA’s of those players.
The volleyball Bucs were not the only BEA teams earning this recognition.
The BEA girls tennis team also earned a team Gold Award by having a GPA higher than 3.75.
The Bucs have a 3.77 GPA.
Earning individual All-State Academic honors were three seniors; Julia Meyer, Emily Slama and Blaire Zierke.
The Buccaneer boys and girls cross country teams also earned the All-State Academic recognition.
The boys team had a 3.89 average GPA and received a Gold Award. The girls earned an incredible 3.954 team GPA to claim their Gold Award.
Courtney Grandgenett was the one Buccaneer selected to corss country All-State Academic honors.
Buc senior Collin Nienhaus was one of only 16 Class 3A football players in the entire state to be named to the All-State Academic football list.
Nienhaus has a 4.022 GPA.