Canby Football named finalist for National Academic Excellence Award

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Although the last snap was months ago, the Canby Cougar football team continues to rack up the accolades from their impressive 2021 campaign.

Along with their best results on the pitch since 2013, it was announced on Thursday that Canby was a finalist for the NFF’s first National High School Academic Achievement Award.

The award, presented by the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame, is a new “initiative designed to inspire and foster a culture of academic excellence in high school football teams across the country,” according to NFF.

In order to be eligible for the award, teams had to maintain a minimum cumulative team GPA of 3.0 – as well as embark on a successful football season.

The Cougars finished the regular season with a 7-2 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 5A Tournament.

Academically, Canby finished an impressive 2nd place overall in the OSAA Football Academic Top 10 for the second year in a row, with an overall GPA of 3.45 among the Cougars’ 55 college players.

Cougar head coach Jimmy Joyce caught up with the Running after hearing the news.

“Nothing about school has been easy since Covid arrived,” Joyce said. “I’m so proud of the leadership our players have shown, not just on the pitch, but in the classroom.”

Of the 62 nationally chosen finalists for the award, Canby is one of five Oregon schools to qualify.

The Cougars will represent Class 5A while Summit (6A), Warrenton (3A), Monroe (2A) and Crosspoint Christian (1A) round out the rest of Oregon’s selected schools.

The winner of the prize will be selected on February 9.

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