Village News Reporter
The CIF state office announced the 2021-22 State Academic Team Champions for each CIF sport, and the Bonsall High School boys cross country team was among the teams recognized.
Bonsall’s boys had a cumulative 4.0 unweighted grade point average during the cross country season. The State Academic Team Champions are the teams with the highest varsity team grade point average during their season of sport, and more than one award for each sport can be given if there is a tie for the highest grade point average.
“It’s a unique recognition that we didn’t expect, and we’re very honored and excited,” said Bonsall athletic director Andrea Breuninger.
The State Academic Team Champions program was initiated in 1996 to reward teams with the highest collective unweighted grade point averages. Each of the State Academic Team Champions will receive a banner suitable for display in their school gym. The CIF consists of 10 sections, and each section office forwards its winners to the state office for consideration.
Bonsall shared the boys cross country honor with San Francisco International, whose harriers also posted a team 4.0 grade point average. Two girls cross country teams had collective 4.0 unweighted grade point averages: Crossroads in Santa Monica and Middletown.
Six of the eight teams with a 4.0 grade point average are private or charter schools. Middletown, which is in Lake County, is the only public school other than Bonsall to achieve a 4.0 unweighted grade point average for a 2021-22 team.
Bonsall was also the only CIF San Diego Section school with a team 4.0 grade point average. “Their grades were pretty good,” Breuninger said. “They’re a group of hard-working athletes who put a lot of dedication into their academics, and we’re pleased to see they have this recognition and we’re very proud of what they accomplished.”
Eight San Diego Section teams were State Academic Team Champions. The Mater Dei Catholic girls lacrosse team had a collective grade point average of 3.99; Sage Creek shared the girls track and field award with Crossroads as both had 3.96 team grade point averages; the San Dieguito Academy field hockey team had a GPA of 3.89; Our Lady of Peace and Pacific Ridge both had 3.85 team GPAs to share the girls beach volleyball honor; the Maranatha Christian boys basketball team had a 3.84 GPA to share that award with New Roads of Santa Monica, and Rancho Bernardo had the highest gymnastics team GPA at 3.82.
A total of 38 teams in 30 different sports (counting boys and girls sports separately but co-ed sports as one program) were State Academic Team Champions for 2021-22. Although skiing is an approved CIF sport, no CIF section submitted skiing grade point averages to the state office.