The smart and talented young women of the Pagosa Springs High School girls’ basketball team received honors last week when star players and the team overall were recognized for both athletic and academic excellence.
As a team, the Pirates were recognized by the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) for their academic excellence during the school year. Known as “Academic Team Champions,” the girls were recognized for their team’s cumulative grade point average of 3.82 out of a possible 4.0 maximum, on a non-weighted grading scale.
The Pirates tied with Middle Park High School of Granby, Colo. for the 3A district Academic Team Champions.
“This is a heck of an accomplishment,” said Coach Wes Lewis. “It shows their dedication in the classroom as well as on the court.”
“I’m proud of them,” said PSHS Athletic Director Jim Shaffer. “The girls were outstanding all year long, not just at sports but in the classroom as well.”
For excellence on the court, senior Allison Hart was invited to play on the Colorado Coaches of Girl’s Sports All-State team (the game was played March 22). Hart also received all-conference honorable mention for the Intermountain League, while teammates sophomores Mary Brinton and Breezy Bryant were selected as IML all-conference players of the year.
“I couldn’t be prouder of them,” Lewis said, “These girls really deserved it.”