Clockwise from upper left, state champion boys soccer, state champion girls basketball, state runner-up girls cross-country and state champion girls track and field. (Philomath News file photos)

On the strength of three state championships, high finishes by several other programs and an exceptional academic record, Philomath High School has won the 2021-22 OSAA Cup.

Philomath compiled 3,052.5 points with Valley Catholic second at 2,614.15 and Marist Catholic third at 2,566.25. Valley Catholic and Marist have both performed very well in the Cup standings over the years with several top trophies.

“This is a reflection of the dedication and excellence of our students as well as our coaches and teaching staff,” Athletic Director Tony Matta said.

Philomath won state titles in boys soccer, girls basketball and girls track and field. The girls cross-country team missed a state title by one point and had to settle for second. The volleyball team finished third and both the boys basketball and wrestling teams placed fourth. The baseball team reached the semifinals for a top-four finish. Various other programs also saw success in the postseason.

The OSAA Cup dates back to 1999 with its establishment as a way to recognize overall excellence by schools in academics, activities and athletics. The Oregonian sponsored the cup from 2002-17. Pacific Office Automation serves as the current sponsor.

Schools earn points based on their participation and finish in OSAA state championships and for top-10 finishes in the OSAA’s academic all-state program. Points are also rewarded for good sportsmanship, which is defined as no coach or player ejections.

“The guiding force behind these point breakdowns is that every school that has a team or individual qualify for our state championships deserves point recognition,” the OSAA on its website says about the recognition. “The amount of points is meant to be equitable across all activities with differences based on the number of teams and/or individuals participating. Teams that win a state championship will earn the same points regardless of the activity.”

On the academic end, schools that have teams participating in the OnPoint Community Credit Union Academic All-State program receive points in various ways. 

Philomath High’s first and only other OSAA Cup came in 2010-11. That year, the Warriors outdistanced runner-up Scappoose. Philomath had state championships in boys cross-country and boys track and field along with the PHS band’s third-place finish at state.

In this academic year’s final point standings, three other Oregon West Conference schools made the top 15 — Cascade at No. 6 with 2,265 points, Stayton at No. 12 with 1,830 and Sweet Home at No. 15 with 1,785.

Matta said an assembly to celebrate the OSAA Cup will be planned for this fall. Philomath High School will receive a commemorative trophy from Pacific Office Automation and the OSAA.

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