Winners of the 2019-2020 CIF Southern Section-Ford Academic Awards announced

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The winners of the 34th annual CIF Southern Section – FORD Academic Awards program were announced at the CIF-SS Office recently. Seven local high school athletics programs had upward of 75 different sports recognized academically. Great Oak paved the way as 26 of their teams got recognized, with five of those teams ranking in the top 5. They also produced a male and female “Athlete of the Year.” Vista Murrieta had 23 teams recognized while Temecula Valley and West Valley in Hemet had 13 teams each. Other area schools that received academic awards included Rancho Christian, San Jacinto Valley and Citrus Hill.

The team awards, based on a cumulative GPA, are awarded in 26 team sports. Entries from 1,788 teams were received this year. Twenty-nine different CIF-SS member schools are represented amongst the team winners. San Marcos High School led the way with seven different team winners topping the academic lists. The annual academic awards program is sponsored by the Southern California Ford dealers.

To be considered, teams must have a minimum of five student-athletes with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA average on a 4.0 scale in the first semester or first two quarters of the 2018-2019 school year. The highest team GPA in each sport category by enrollment determines the winner. Schools are divided into two enrollment categories, 1,500 and above and 1,499 and below. The team with the highest GPA in each enrollment category for each sport receives the award. The first-place teams receive a banner to commemorate their achievement.

“We are very proud to honor and recognize our Academic Awards Champions,” Rob Wigod, CIF-SS commissioner of athletics. “Their outstanding achievements in the classroom, while also devoting countless hours to their athletic teams, truly exemplify and represent the concept of the student-athlete at the highest level.”

All teams who participated and qualified receive Academic Award certificates for their student-athletes. Additionally, 141 student-athletes have each been named the individual “Student-Athlete of the Year” by their school. Each CIF-SS member school is entitled to name a male and a female “Student-Athlete of the Year” that must be a senior having maintained a minimum of a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale over the past three years, in addition to earning a letter in at least one varsity sport and participating in extracurricular activities such as music, drama, service groups, etc.

“I speak for myself and our entire organization in congratulating all of our winners on a job well done,” Wigod said.

A complete list of award winners follows can be found by clicking here.

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Great Oak pole vaulter, Kaitlyn Swenson, is named as one of the top female “Athletes of the Year” by the Southern Section offices of the CIF. Valley News/Courtesy photo Great Oak pole vaulter, Kaitlyn Swenson, is named as one of the top female “Athletes of the Year” by the Southern Section offices of the CIF. Valley News/Courtesy photo
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Great Oak’s Raymond Lee, who was also honored as the South Region Finalist for the 2020 CSF Seymour Award, was also named as a top male “Athlete of the Year” by the CIF. Valley News/Courtesy photo
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The Great Oak girls’ cross-country team had the second-best GPA for their sport with a 3.91 average. Valley News/Courtesy photo
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The boys’ soccer team from Great Oak High School had the highest overall GPA for their sport with a 3.72. Valley News/Annette Saenz photo
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The Great Oak boys’ cross-country team had the fourth best GPA for their sport with a 3.8 average. Valley News/Courtesy photo
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The Temecula Valley Golden Bears football team had the second highest overall GPA for their sport with a 3.40. Valley News/Courtesy photo
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The Temecula Valley Lady Golden Bears soccer team had the third highest overall GPA for their sport with a 3.74. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Male and Female Athlete of the Year

Citrus Hill – Elijah Robinson (male); Katy Rojas (female)

Great Oak – Kaitlyn Swenson (female); Raymond Lee (male)

San Jacinto Valley – Savannah Naasz (female)

Team Awards

Great Oak:

*Boys’ soccer – first – (3.72)

*Girls’ cross-country – second – (3.91)

*Boys’ golf – third – (3.64)

*Boys’ cross-country – fourth – (3.80)

*Traditional competitive cheer – fifth – (3.48)

Boys’ basketball – Honorable Mention (3.5), girls’ basketball – Honorable Mention (3.5), football – Honorable Mention (3.21), girls’ golf – Honorable Mention (3.56), boys’ lacrosse – Honorable Mention (3.15), girls’ lacrosse – Honorable Mention (3.66), girls’ soccer – Honorable Mention (3.56), softball – Honorable Mention (3.5), boys’ swimming and diving – Honorable Mention (3.35), girls’ swimming and diving – Honorable Mention (3.74), boys’ tennis – Honorable Mention (3.63), girls’ tennis – Honorable Mention (3.69), boys’ track and field – Honorable Mention (3.28), girls’ track and field – Honorable Mention (3.59), boys’ volleyball – Honorable Mention (3.41), girls’ volleyball – Honorable Mention (3.68), boys’ water polo – Honorable Mention (3.51), girls’ water polo – Honorable Mention (3.63), boys’ wrestling – Honorable Mention (3.15), girls’ wrestling – Honorable Mention (3.25).

Vista Murrieta:

Baseball – Honorable Mention (3.31), boys’ basketball – Honorable Mention (3.07), girls’ basketball – Honorable Mention (3.15), boys’ cross-country – Honorable Mention – 3.63, girls’ cross-country – Honorable Mention (3.61), football – Honorable Mention (3.16), Vista Murrieta boys’ golf – Honorable Mention (3.07), girls’ golf – Honorable Mention (3.15), boys’ lacrosse – Honorable Mention (3.41), girls’ lacrosse – Honorable Mention (3.47), boys’ soccer – Honorable Mention (3.28), girls’ soccer – Honorable Mention (3.27), boys’ swimming and diving – Honorable Mention (3.60), swimming and diving – Honorable Mention (3.68), boys’ tennis – Honorable Mention (3.63), girls’ tennis – Honorable Mention (3.70), girls’ volleyball – Honorable Mention (3.27), boys’ track and field – Honorable Mention (3.37), girls’ track and field – Honorable Mention (3.38), boys’ volleyball – Honorable Mention (3.34), boys’ water polo – Honorable Mention (3.29), girls’ water polo – Honorable Mention (3.4), boys’ wrestling – Honorable Mention (3.08).

Temecula Valley:

*Football – second – (3.40)

*Girls’ soccer – third – (3.74)

Boys’ basketball – Honorable Mention (3.32), girls’ basketball – Honorable Mention (3.67), boys’ cross-country – Honorable Mention (3.76), girls’ cross-country – Honorable Mention – 3.62, girls’ golf – Honorable Mention (3.73), Temecula Valley boys’ soccer – Honorable Mention (3.45), girls’ tennis – Honorable Mention (3.61), girls’ volleyball – Honorable Mention (3.67), boys’ water polo – Honorable Mention (3.49), girls’ water polo – Honorable Mention (3.69), boys’ wrestling – Honorable Mention (3.3).

West Valley:

Baseball – Honorable Mention (3.17), girls’ cross-country – Honorable Mention (3.14), girls’ golf – Honorable Mention (3.11), girls’ soccer – Honorable Mention (3.29), girls’ softball – Honorable Mention (3.16), boys’ swimming and diving – Honorable Mention 3.35, girls’ swimming and diving – Honorable Mention (3.79), girls’ tennis – Honorable Mention (3.07), girls’ track and field – Honorable Mention (3.06), boys’ volleyball – Honorable Mention (3.31), girls’ volleyball – Honorable Mention (3.39), boys’ water polo – Honorable Mention (3.27), girls’ water polo – Honorable Mention (3.57).

Other schools: Citrus Hills girls’ tennis – Honorable Mention (3.75), San Jacinto Valley Academy – girls’ basketball – Honorable Mention (3.35), San Jacinto Valley girls’ volleyball – Honorable Mention (3.81), Rancho Christian girls’ volleyball – Honorable Mention (3.68).

*Ranked in the top 5 of their sport.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.