Knappa High School is now home to the best academic boys cross country team in the state at the Class 2A level.

The Oregon State Athletics Association (OSAA) recently released the list of fall sports winners in the Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State awards.

The Loggers had a team GPA of 3.71, top in the state in 2A cross country.

The Knappa football team placed ninth among 2A football teams with a 3.02 GPA.

Five fall sports teams at Astoria High School received recognition for academic achievement at the Class 3A level.

The boys soccer team - gearing up for a state playoff game today at La Salle - placed 20th in the state with a 3.06 GPA.

Astoria's boys cross country team - fresh off a fourth-place finish at state - placed 16th academically with a 3.34 GPA; girls soccer was sixth in the state with a 3.56 GPA; and the Astoria volleyball team had the highest award, placing second in the state with a 3.75 GPA.

A complete listing of scores is available on the OSAA Web site, www.osaa.org.

In order to be considered for this award, each sport must have at least five GPAs submitted from its varsity team.

Gerttula a Heisman finalistKnappa cross country runner Blake Gerttula was selected as a Wendy's high school "Heisman" state finalist.

Two high school seniors from Oregon received national recognition Nov. 3, when Heidi Heller of Scappoose and Michael Nieraeth of Bonanza were named state winners for the Wendy's High School Heisman Award.

The annual award recognizes student-athletes for their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in their communities.

In addition to the two state winners, nine male and nine female student-athletes from Oregon were selected from nearly 15,000 nominees nationwide as state finalists.

The students received bronze medals for their academic excellence and athletic accomplishments.

Oregon's group of finalists included Gerttula, a senior at Knappa; and Rainier senior quarterback Nick Byrd.

Cerelli, Pogue named Players of YearSeaside soccer players Micah Cerelli and Nate Pogue were named as the Players of the Year for the 2004 season, as voted on by coaches last week.

The Fishermen and Gulls both had numerous first-team selections, although there are only three teams in Cowapa League boys soccer.

In addition to Pogue, Seaside first-team selections included seniors Perry Broderick and Jesse Hinton; and junior Max Broderick. Senior Kevin Nagle was honorable mention.

Astoria players selected all-league were seniors Phil Gaffney, Jose Cruz, Jose Garcia, Matt Gabriel and goalkeeper Henry Brause; and junior defender Reese Kauppi.

Five Scappoose players were named all-league, and Seaside's Jon Broderick was honored as Coach of the Year.

The District 1 North Division team was also named. First-team members included Pogue, along with Gaffney, Cruz, Garcia, Kauppi and Brause from Astoria.

In addition to Cerelli, Seaside girls named all-league included senior Jodi Symonds and juniors Abby Frank, Stephanie Chesnut, Allie Brady and goalkeeper Julie Nelson.

Astoria senior Alisha Niemann and juniors Maia Fastabend and Emily Kuske (keeper) were also named all-league.

Sophomore Jessica Tsao of Oregon Episcopal was selected as the District 1 girls soccer Player of the Year.

In Northwest League volleyball, Warrenton received the Sportsmanship Award, while Knappa's Meagan Harn and Nadra Evans were named second-team all-league.

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