Ticonderoga Ticonderoga High School athletes enjoyed a successful fall season on the field and in the classroom.
For the first time in school history, the Sentinel soccer, football and boys cross country teams have earned state scholar-athlete awards in the same season.
The girls cross country team had an overall average high enough to gain the honor, but not enough runners.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association gives scholar-athletes awards to teams statewide whose members manage a 90 or better academic average during the season.
“This is a really good group of kids,” Bob Stuphen, Ticonderoga athletic director, said. “They had great seasons on the field and they took care of business in the classroom.
“Sports are important to our students,” he added, “but so are academics. When people see the scores in the newspaper they probably don’t realize that these are also excellent students.”
Kathy Tubbs coached the soccer team, Brian Kiely the cross country teams and Stuphen the football team.
This fall’s Sentinel football team won the Section VII Class D championship and advanced to the state tournament. The cross country teams qualified seven runners for the state championship meet. The soccer team gave eventual state champion Chazy it’s toughest game of the season, dropping a 1-0 decision.
Stuphen pointed out the academic success of Ticonderoga athletes is no fluke.
“I think we’re going to see this again during the winter sports season,” the athletic director said. “Our indoor track team, our basketball teams, our bowling team — we a lot of very good students on those teams.”
Ticonderoga’s scholar-athletes include:
Football - Steve Bussey, Joe Gonyeau, Jay Hebert, Miles Austin, Corey King, Will Lawrie, Nate Lenhart, Anthony DuShane, Sean Smith, Hayden Bazan, Jacob Demarais, Dennis Towne and Tanner Wright;
Soccer - Kylie Austin, Meg Campney, Paige Hughes, Logan Mars, Lexi Moore, Autumn Olcott, Katie Palandrani, Carly Pinkowski, Nicole Trudeau, Maura Jebb, Andrea Rich and Jaelyn Granger; and
Cross country - Martin Glazer, Ethan Bain, John Cook, Ben Karkoski, Micheal LaFountain, Cody O’Hara, Ryan Price, Kody Quigley and Jacob Young.
The girls cross country that lacked enough runners to officially qualify included Becky Barber, Alaina Bevilacqua, Hannah Herbst and Markie teRiele.