Orange teams win scholar-athlete award

INDIAN LAKE A scholar athlete award is presented to teams who collectively have an average of 90 percent or higher in an individual sport. In addition to the 2007- 2008 school year providing many championships and athletic accomplishments for Indian Lake and Long Lake schools, it was also a year for academic excellence. The Indian Lake/Long Lake Orange sports teams have recently been named as 2007-2008 Scholar/Athlete Team Schools of Distinction by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. This year 100 percent of our varsity teams and 39 students qualified for this NYSPHSAA award. This means that the Indian Lake/Long Lake Orange qualified for the scholar athlete award in girls and boys varsity soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball. For the school year the Orange varsity sports team had an overall grade point average of 92.096. Both Indian Lake and Long Lake will be presented with this award at the September 2008 Section VII Athletic Council meeting. Through the successes these student-athletes have obtained this year on the courts, fields and classrooms, it is evident that small schools do offer great opportunities. Of course, not only the schools deserve the credit here. The biggest contributor to the success of these students is the parent. It is evident by the successes of these student athletes that a strong work ethic was instilled in them at a young age. Not only have the parents done an outstanding job of raising fine young men and women, they have made many sacrifices so the students could participate in athletics. Congratulations to all the athletes on this tremendous accomplishment.

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