The Whitesboro Boys Varsity Basketball team had an outstanding season on the hardwood, finishing with a 16-6 record - - good enough for 2nd place in the TVL - - before falling to Christian Brothers Academy in a Class A Section III semifinal game. However, the success wasn’t limited to the basketball court. The team also had a very successful season in the classroom.
The Boys Varsity Basketball team not only was named a NYS Scholar Athlete team, but as a team, had the second highest grade point average (96.429) out of 236 qualifying teams in the state.
The criterion to be recognized by the NYSPHSAA as a NYS Scholar Athlete team is:
1. It is a varsity team award only.
2. The minimum team grade point average (GPA) to apply for the award is 90%.
3. A student must be an eligible varsity competitor.
4. The required number of student athletes needed to create a scholar athlete team in a particular sport are:
Basketball (Boys and Girls): 7 athletes
Bowling (Boys and Girls): 7 athletes
Ice Hockey: 8 athletes
Nordic Ski (Boys and Girls): 7 athletes
Volleyball: 8 athletes
Wrestling: 10 athletes
i.e., The 7/8/10 highest averages on the team are used to determine team GPA.
5. Additional varsity team members, beyond the required number, will be recognized individually provided the average of their sport season report card is 90% or higher.
There were seven scholar athletes (who combined for the 2nd highest GPA in the state) from the 2014-15 Boys Varsity Basketball team coached by Steve Heitz: Kevin Brennan, Emmett Cavanaugh, Ryan McAndrew, Luke Moore, Brian Passiatore, Brent Schultz and Jacob Scott.
The following Whitesboro winter varsity teams were also recognized as a NYS Scholar Athlete team: Girls Basketball, Girls Bowling, Girls Volleyball, Boys Bowling, Boys Ice Hockey and Boys Wrestling.
For a complete listing of the NYSPHSAA and Section III Scholar Athletes Final Winter 2014-15 Rankings and a complete listing of the Winter 2014-15 Scholar Athletes for Whitesboro, click here
Congratulations to all of Whitesboro’s NYS Scholar Athlete teams and players.