Viera takes back all-sports trophy, places third in team academic standings


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Viera High student-athletes, along with athletic director Chris Gallagher (far right), surround the All-Sports trophy. The Hawks have now won it four out of the past six years.

Photo by Carl Kotala

The Viera High sports program has done it again, both on the field and in the classroom.

The Hawks were awarded the Barbara Caywood Cape Coast Conference All-Sports Trophy for the fourth time in the past six years after edging out defending champ Merritt Island by just 1.5 points.

“It’s something we always set a goal for at the beginning of the year, as something we want to accomplish,” Viera athletic director Chris Gallagher said. “But it’s not an easy task because there are so many talented athletic programs that we’re surrounded by.

“Merritt Island won it last year. Cocoa Beach has won it in past years. Satellite had a run of 10 years in a row. Astronaut and Melbourne have got one in there. Rockledge is always in the top five.”

Points are awarded based on where teams place in CCC competition among the 14 public schools. Conference champions receive 14 points, for example, with the remaining points distributed in descending order.

The Hawks won three conference titles — boys and girls golf and boys soccer (shared) — and had five runner-up finishes.

Viera would also win district titles in girls golf, girls soccer, football, boys cross country, girls swimming and boys track.

The girls golf team and the girls soccer team both won state championships.

“Bringing it back here, it’s important for us because of all the hard work the coaches put in in the offseason and during the season, and the players, the extra time they put into it and the sacrifice,” Gallagher said. “It shows we’re not just one program strong. We’re all the way across the board. That’s why it’s important to us, to show that balance.”

Viera athletes also had a banner year in the classroom.

The Hawks finished third in the Academic Team Champions standings for Class 7A, just one point behind second-place Fort Myers.

Viera’s boys track team (3.405 GPA) and boys swimming and diving (3.708) both finished first in their respective classes, while boys cross country (3.688) and football (3.153) were second. Boys tennis (3.71) and the wrestling team (3.1630) came in third.