Three boys and five girls from Tomah High School have been selected as Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin Academic All-State honorees for the 2017 season.

Senior Ray Peterson, junior Trey Gnewikow and sophomore Nolan Stees all won High Honors awards for their efforts in the classroom after competing for the boys team last spring.

For the girls, sSenior Angie Bauman and sophomores Sarah Peterson and Josie Mathison won High Honors distinction, while seniors Grace Pokela and Molly Larsen earned Honors during the fall season that ended last month.

Student-athletes are nominated by GCAW member coaches if they meet the following criteria:

A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25.

Participation in at least 75 percent of their team’s varsity matches.

Are at least a sophomore in high school.

GCAW Academic All-State chair Bob Sullivan said the honorees are “a great example to others, proving that academic and athletic successes are not mutually exclusive.” The association recognized 305 girls from 97 high schools for maintaining high academic standards in the classroom while competing in varsity golf.

The average cumulative GPA of this year’s honorees is 3.785.

GCAW was formed by high school golf coaches in 1986 to build Wisconsin’s reputation for developing quality junior players by promoting golf in schools and communities.

Besides honoring both boys and girls who succeed as student athletes, the association also selects an annual all-state team for boys and girls based on their playing ability. An academic team award honoring high school programs with the highest cumulative GPA is also acknowledged. The girls team award will be announced in February 2018.

The Tomah boys are coached by Randy Neumann, while the girls are coached by Tonya Gnewikow.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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