Truckee has ‘A’ teams |

Truckee has ‘A’ teams

Alex Close/Sierra SunTruckee High boys soccer players pass around the Academic State Championship plaque awarded to the team before the 3A state tournament semifinals Friday in Las Vegas. Truckee's girls soccer team and football team won the same award.

Once again, Truckee High athletes have proven they have the brains to match the brawn.

For the second consecutive year Truckee’s boys and girls soccer teams earned the Academic State Championship Award for achieving the highest collective grade point averages among 3A programs in greater Nevada.

“It’s a great thing,” said coach Amy Valdivia, whose girls soccer team received the honor for its 3.83 GPA. “We do well athletically and we also do great in the classroom. So I’m proud of (the players).”

The boys soccer team won with a 3.43 GPA, Valdivia said.

In addition to the soccer teams ” both of which finished runner up in the Nevada 3A State Championship in Las Vegas on Nov. 10-11 ” the Wolverines’ football squad also earned the academic honors.

“For any of our teams to achieve that goal, I think it’s a real accomplishment,” said Bob Shaffer, Truckee’s athletic director and head football coach. “It’s a hard award to win.”

Shaffer said the Truckee football team has won the Academic State Championship a couple times in recent years. This time, the 40-plus players on the roster pulled it off with a 3.25 GPA.

“It’s kind of a prestigious award in itself,” Shaffer said. “There’s a lot of individuals getting acknowledged for this.”

And the awards are nothing new to Truckee High athletics.

Last year the boys tennis and track teams also won. Add those to the pair from boys and girls soccer, and that’s four Academic State Championships from Truckee. This year, who knows, as the winter and spring prep seasons have yet to begin.

“The kids here are amazing,” said Jay Cunningham, Truckee’s principal. “Our athletes really put high priority on academics, and I’m very pleased with that.

“I think that our athletes are held to a higher degree of performance, and they deliver,” the principal continued. “It displays the commitment and dedication you have to have to be an athlete.”

While the student athletes pulled the grades, there are other factors behind the results, Shaffer said.

“I think it reflects favorably on a couple of things: One is the teaching staff and the other is the coaching staff that puts a lot of emphasis on academics,” he said.

Shaffer also thinks Truckee’s block system, which includes hour-and-a-half class periods as opposed to the 50-minute classes used at some schools, also has contributed.

“They get more out of each class,” Shaffer said.

Whatever the reason, Truckee continues to pump out intelligent athletes.

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