Champions, on and off the field

Girls cross country team wins new award for Venture Academy sports teams with highest average GPA

This year the Venture Academy Family of Schools girls cross country team maintained an average 3.40 GPA during its season, earning them the honor of being the first Venture team to receive a new school award recognizing the academic achievement of its sports teams.

It's a new award reflecting existing values of Venture athletics.

"Because we would like to continue to put an emphasis on academics, the Athletic Department will be highlighting this component of high school athletics here at Venture Academy," Athletic Director Jim Sells said.

On the ground floor of this new tradition, the girls cross country team is now engraved on a new plaque hanging in the lobby of the Venture Main Gym. The team will stand alone on the plaque until joined by next year's winner.

Collectively, the girls and boys cross country teams earned a 3.40 GPA while winning Central California Athletic Alliance (CCAA) League championship titles. The teams are coached by Tim Welsh and Lia Kueck.

Close behind the cross country teams in average GPA were the girls volleyball and girls soccer teams, both earning a 3.35 GPA.

Across the school this year, Venture Academy recognized 67 scholar athletes. Students who maintain at least a 3.50 GPA and letter in at least one varsity sport earn this recognition.

It caps an athletic year in which Venture teams won five CCAA League championships, leading the league in championships for the third year running. Two teams were runners-up. Five out of eight playoff-eligible teams qualified for the Sac-San Joaquin Section playoffs.

"In all, we had another very exciting and banner year from all of our student-athletes, teams, coaches, and parents who supported them from beginning to end," Sells said.

Posted: 6/4/2018