Bears win 4A Academic State Championship |

Bears win 4A Academic State Championship

Staff Report

The Rifle High School varsity baseball team has won its third consecutive Les Schwaab 4A Academic State Championship, Tuesday, for this past spring season with an overall team GPA of 3.69, highest among all 4A baseball schools in the state.

Cumulative grade point averages of varsity players who were eligible to participate in at least 75 percent of the season were used to determine the team overall GPA, according to the Rifle High School sports webpage, which announced the award.

Those players include senior Wyatt Carter, senior Ty Leyba, junior Jordan Wright, junior Alan Munoz, junior Gabe Marbas, junior Drake Montgomery, junior Blaine Vance, junior James Magnuson, junior Takoda Chaney, senior Ivan Quezada, senior Riley Gray, junior Bryer Rew and senior Morgan Robinson.

“It’s a real tribute to the kind of players we have had in our baseball program,” Rifle baseball head coach Troy Phillips said. “Many of our players work hard in the classroom as well as other areas of their lives.

“I think that is part of the reason for our team’s success on the field. That work ethic leads to success in all areas of their lives.”

The Bears went 14-6 overall (10-4 4A Western Slope League) on the year before falling in the first round of the state playoffs to the Thompson Valley Eagles, 6-3.

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