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The girls volleyball team celebrates winning the
Class A state championship on Nov. 18 in the
Glens Falls Civic Center. Photo by Daily Gazette
photographer Patrick Dodson.

November 29, 2012

All Scholar-Athlete Teams

Fall teams win two State & six Section 2 championships

The final fall interscholastic sports game has been played, and there is no doubt that this was a great season to be a Spartan.

During Thanksgiving week, BH-BL won two state championships -- in girls volleyball and football. Earlier, the Spartans also won Section 2 championships in six different sports. And to top it off, all 11 fall varsity teams were named "Scholar-Athlete Teams" due to their achievement in the classroom.

Athletic achievement summary

Both the girls and boys cross country teams were Section 2 finalists, and the girls team also finished third in the State Federation tournament.

BH-BL teams won Section 2 tournaments in girls tennis, field hockey, football, girls swimming, girls soccer, and girls volleyball.

The girls soccer and field hockey teams also made it as far as the regional game.

The girls volleyball and football teams advanced beyond the regional level and were ultimately victorious on the state level as well. On Nov. 18 the Spartans won their 5th girls volleyball state championship in 11 years, defeating Pittsford Sutherland in a hard fought four-set victory for the Class A title.

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The football team celebrates in the Carrier Dome
on Nov. 23. Photo by Times Union photographer
Cindy Schultz

Winning the school's first ever state football title on Nov. 23 in the Carrier Dome by a score of 40 to 20 was especially exciting for the Spartans because they were able to defeat Sweet Home -- the very team that had stopped them from earning a state trophy twice before in 2008 and 2009.

Each state champion team was treated to a "heroes parade" when they arrived victorious back in Burnt Hills. For the last couple miles, local fire trucks and police cars escorted the team bus back to the high school with sirens blazing.

(Note: See the district Facebook page for more photos of BOTH state championship games. You do not need to be a Facebook member to see these.)

More successes

When competing as individuals rather than teams, the Spartans also had an excellent season, says athletic director Bob McGuire. Five girls advanced to the state swimming meet at Ithaca College on Nov. 16-17, the largest number in school history.

At the state meet, Lauren Katz competed in diving. Sara Swett placed 8th in the 500 yard freestyle and 13th in the 200 yard freestyle. Shawna Weaver placed 19th in the 200 yard freestyle. The 200 yard freestyle relay team of Christy Brown, Gabriella Marchetti, Sara Swett and Shawna Weaver set a new BH-BL record of 1:40.89 and placed 10th in the state.

Significant academic achievement too

According to a system for encouraging academic achievement created by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, the Spartans have been excelling in the classroom as well. All 11 fall varsity teams achieved Scholar-Athlete status by earning team grade point averages of 90 percent or better for the fall.

To be named as a Scholar-Athlete Team, NYSPHSAA requires that a specific number of varsity athletes achieve a grade point average of 90 percent or higher. Since some sports require more participants than others, the number of student athletes used to calculate a given team's grade point average varies. For instance, the minimum number of varsity athletes whose GPA must be 90 percent or higher is 12 for the football, field hockey and track teams, but only eight for volleyball and seven for cross country.

As shown below, girls cross country had the highest team GPA this fall, but all of these teams are to be commended especially when one considers the hours of practice time that athletes of this caliber put in each week.

 Boys Varsity Cross Country: 94.941
Girls Varsity Cross Country: 97.680
Girls Varsity Field Hockey: 96.378
Boys Varsity Football: 93.594
Boys Varsity Golf: 93.051
Boys Varsity Soccer: 93.044
Girls Varsity Soccer: 93.419
Girls Varsity Swimming: 93.773
Girls Varsity Tennis: 94.871
Boys Varsity Volleyball: 92.688
Girls Varsity Volleyball: 96.042