Prairie High School Slo-Pitch Softball Team Wins State Academic 3A Title
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The Prairie High School Slo-Pitch Softball team was recently named the 2021 State Academic 3A champion after the team maintained a GPA of 3.58.
The title was awarded by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association and the Gesa Credit Union School Rewards Program for the fall.
Team coach Michelle Bergeron is proud of the girls who won the title.
âI’m lucky enough to have been fortunate enough to have such amazing daughters,â said Bergeron. âThis is a first for me in my 19 years as a coach, and I think what it takes to get this award is to have the right group of women at the right time.
Bergeron said she has high academic standards for the players on the team. Most schools require a GPA of 2.5, which can include an F grade, but for her team in particular, she needs at least a GPA of 3.0 and no fail grade. If a student falls below this threshold, they are allowed to practice, but they cannot participate in a game until they have raised their GPA.
Bergeron said that was not a problem for any of the girls on the team this year because they have stayed well above the requirement throughout the season.
This season, the team added five girls who had never played softball before. Two of the five girls are seniors
Bergeron said it made the team better by having a mix of athletes. She added that watching the team grow and learn on and off the pitch was amazing to see.
âIt was more of a family and we just got to hang out and play ball together. It was cool, âshe said.
During the season, the team won a regular game and a district game, but lost the rest.