Several Douglas County teams finished in the Academic All-State top 10 for their classification.

The Oregon School Activities Association released the top 10 academic teams for each sport and Oakland, Roseburg, South Umpqua and Elkton teams had some of the top GPAs in the state.

The Oakers’ volleyball team had the highest GPA among Class 2A schools.

“We rocked the academics,” Oakland coach Christina Walker-Clark said. “We have a strong group of girls academically.”

Walker-Clark is a guidance counselor at the high school and said she always reminds her players about the importance of academics.

“A good portion of players, when traveling, will have their books out and are working on homework,” Walker-Clark said. “I believe they’re using their time wisely, because they know they have practice.”

Roseburg boys soccer coach Jim Giraudo said, “I’m almost more excited about this than making it to the (6A) playoffs. They call them student-athletes for a reason.”

The Indians’ soccer team’s 3.47 GPA put them in fifth place in Class 6A.

Giraudo said a number of players on the team have 4.0 GPAs and those struggling with grades are encouraged to seek help from classmates and teachers.

“There are times when kids are late to practice because they had to see a teacher, or retake a test, and we’re sympathetic to that,” Giraudo said. “There’s no penalty for missing practice for academic reasons.”

Elkton coach Athera Monroe echoed the notion, saying that as long as the students and teachers communicate with her there are no repercussions when they miss practice to get extra time in the classroom.

The Elkton volleyball team was eighth among Class 1A schools with a 3.68 GPA.

“I am very proud of those girls,” Monroe said.

Oakland’s girls cross country team’s 3.67 GPA tied for 10th place with Kennedy High School of Mt. Angel in Class 3A/2A/1A.

A 3.67 GPA made South Umpqua the No. 7 team among 4A volleyball teams.

Roseburg High School’s boys cross country team was fourth with a 3.88 GPA.

Every Roseburg High School sports team had a GPA above a 3.0. The average GPA for the football team was a 3.01, the volleyball team was 3.58, the girls soccer team was 3.55 and girls cross country was 3.8.

Sports reporter Sanne Godfrey can be reached at 541-957-4203 or via email at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @sannegodfrey

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