By Sam Wilson

Six different teams from Springville-Griffith Institute High School earned recognition as NYSPHSAA Spring 2019 Scholar-Athlete Teams.
SGI’s baseball, boys track and field, girls track and field, boys tennis, girls lacrosse and softball varsity teams all earned scholar-athlete status at the state level.
The baseball team had eight individual scholar-athletes, boys track had 21, boys tennis had nine, girls lacrosse 10, girls track 28 and softball 12.
This is the 27th year the NYSPHSAA has conducted its Scholar-Athlete program.
In total the NYSPHSAA recognized 2,511 Scholar-Athlete teams and 39,909 individuals in the spring. The number of Scholar-Athlete teams increased by 156 (6.62%) compared to spring 2018. The number of individuals increased by 1,875 (4.93%) from the spring of 2018. A total of 578 schools across the state participated in the Scholar-Athlete program.
“Congratulations to our NYSPHSAA student-athletes and member schools,” said Dr. Robert Zayas, executive director at the NYSPHSAA. “To see the number of teams and individuals recognized as scholar-athletes increase shows how hard our student-athletes in New York state are working in the classroom. We continue to see what hard working and dedicated student-athletes we have in New York each season and this shows how much NYSPHSAA student-athletes are committed to their education.”
For the 2018-19 school year there were a total of 8,571 scholar-athlete teams awarded and 119,733 individuals. The number of teams awarded increased by 507 (6.29%) and the number of scholar-athlete individuals increased by 4,147 (3.59%) as compared to the 2017-18 school year.
The NYSPHSAA will also recognize schools of excellence and schools of distinction this summer, after required applications. The deadline to apply is June 30.