Athletes at Summit High School performed very well during the 2018-2019 school year -- not only on the playing field, but in the classroom as well.
The SkyHawks achieved seven league championships over the past 10 months, in addition to the Summit cheerleaders winning the CIF championship and taking third place in the national competition in Florida.
"It was a great year," said Robert Peterson, the athletic director at Summit. "Almost every single one of our teams made the CIF playoffs or had athletes go to CIF in individual events."
But Peterson was even more proud of how the competitors maintained their high academic levels.
"Seventeen of our 19 varsity sports had average team GPAs of 3.0 or higher," he said.
Summit took first place in the league standings in girls' tennis, volleyball, boys' water polo, girls' basketball, boys' soccer, boys' swimming, and baseball.
Austin Sparks exemplified the SkyHawks' success in both athletics and academics. In water polo, the senior star led the league in scoring, and in swimming, he advanced to the CIF state meet in two events. He has also compiled a 3.94 grade point average and has earned straight A's in his junior and senior years.
"As players, we need to be just as diligent in the classroom as we are in the pool or on the field," he said.
Leading the way in team GPAs for the SkyHawks were the girls' soccer team (3.479), boys' tennis squad (3.476), and girls' water polo team (3.456).
"We have great coaches here," Peterson said. "They all work together and value academics above athletics, and it's showing."
Diana Ruiz, an 11th-grade softball player who has a high GPA, praised the staff members at Summit. "I think the teachers do a really good job," she said.
Many underclassmen have been among the biggest contributors to Summit's outstanding 2018-2019 year, which means that the SkyHawks are looking forward to even more top honors in 2019-20.