SHS scores at Scholastic Cup

As good as Sequim athletes and musicians are on their respective stages, they may be even better in the classroom.

Sequim High School earned 480 points in the 2007-2008 Scholastic Cup competition, finishing 20th among the state’s 55 competing 2A schools, including two academic state titles for the school’s jazz band and boys’ track team.

The bulk of Sequim’s cup points — 340 of those 480 points — came from placing in the top 10 of the state’s academic ranks.

The Scholastic Cup is the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s way of recognizing athletics and academics, distributing points for outstanding play, top grades and sportsmanship to teams in each school classification.

Last year, a banner year for Sequim High School athletics and academics, the school finished seventh among 2A schools with 855 points.

This year, Sequim High’s Wolves earned points in two activities and six sports: band, choir, track & field (boys and girls), tennis (boys and girls), cross country (boys and girls), football, bowling and boys swimming.

Sehome (1,490 points) took top honors among 2A schools, thanks to athletic state titles in baseball, boys soccer, boys track, girls cross country, girls golf and girls swimming, plus an athletic state championship in gymnastics. Tumwater (1,155) was second and Pullman (1,065) ranked third.

Sequim was tops among the Olympic League 2A schools, outpacing 26th-place Port Townsend; the Redskins scored 345 Scholastic Cup points. Kingston was 41st with 1156 points, followed by North Mason (42nd, 105 points) and Klahowya (43rd, 100 points)

Port Angeles tied for 62nd in the 3A ranks with 50 Scholastic Cup points after taking 14th in boys cross country and eighth in the girls track & field academic ranks.

Other Washington state 2007-2008 Scholastic Cup state champions include:

• 4A, Mead High School (1,165 points). Just north of Spokane proper, the Panthers of Mead won titles on the field in boys cross country, volleyball and tied for girls tennis title, plus earned academic state championships in girls soccer and girls track & field.

• 3A, Newport High School (1,060 points). The Bellevue-based Knights took athletic titles in boys tennis, girls cross country and gymnastics, plus three championships in the classroom: orchestra, forensics and boys track.

• 1A, King’s High School (1,460 points). Seattle’s Knights had a phenomenal bunch of teams as they won state titles in boys soccer, boys track & field, girls cross country on the field and in the classroom. King’s also took home academic titles in choir, drama and girls track & field.

• 2B, St. George’s High School (1,050 points). The Spokane-based school won the 2B ranks’ boys cross country state title. The Dragons added academic titles in girls tennis and forensics.

• 1B, Odessa High School (1,005 points). The Tigers from eastern Washington won both boys track & field academic and athletic state titles, preceded by their boys basketball and boys cross country academic state titles.

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