The North Carolina High School Athletic Association recognized its top teams in the “Click It or Ticket” Scholar Athlete Team Competition last Wednesday, May 6.

Teams that competed in the Spring 2019 season and the Fall 2019 and Winter 2019-20 seasons were recognized.

Mountain Valley Athletic Conference programs were well represented on the list of top teams, headlined by the West Wilkes boys golf team.

The Blackhawks were very impressive in the classroom as they had a cumulative 3.95 grade point average.

The GPA was best among all boys golf programs in the state and was also the best among all spring sports teams for 2019.

“This team worked hard on and off the course. Gavin Blankenship, Cameron Roten and Trenton Teague all are finishing up their freshman year of college. Payton Paisley and Ethan Greer were underclassmen who continue to do well at West Wilkes High School,” said West Wilkes Head Golf Coach Andy Teague. “Nothing can make a coach happier than to see their players be successful on the course, in the classroom, and in life.”

West Wilkes finished tied for second among all spring, fall and winter sports teams with Starmount’s girls cross country team and the Central Academy of Technology and Arts girl tennis teams. Starmount had the highest among fall sports teams.

The Triangle Math and Science girls swimming team had the highest GPA with a perfect 4.0 average.

In addition to the Blackhawks and Rams, Ashe County finished second among all girls basketball programs with a 3.833 GPA.

Starmount also finished third among boys golf teams with a 3.697.

The NCHSAA Scholar Athlete Program is sponsored by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s “Click It or Ticket” initiative and provides certificates of recognition to individual students as well as teams that meet the qualification standards.

For individuals to qualify, they must have a 3.5 weighted GPA or higher during the semester under consideration; or a team to qualify for recognition, they must have a combined unweighted GPA of 3.1 or higher during their semester of competition.

The Scholar Athlete Program is the association’s largest voluntary program. This year, the NCHSAA awarded over 20,000 certificates for the year and recognized 890 qualifying teams across the state.

The NCHSAA will present a plaque and a cash award to the top team in each sport, based on an unweighted team GPA. The Association also provides a cash award to second and third place teams. The cash awards are $250 for a first-place finishing team, $150 for second and $100 for third.

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