Viera wins second consecutive CCC sports trophy


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Viera High Athletic Director Chris Gallagher stands next to the Barbara Caywood Cape Coast Conference All-Sports trophy. The Hawks won the title for the second year in a row and the sixth time in program history.

Carl Kotala

It was an unprecedented year for the Viera High School athletics program … and the Hawks have the hardware to prove it.

For the second year in a row, and the sixth time in Viera history, the Hawks have won the Barbara Caywood Cape Coast Conference All-Sports trophy.

“As a program, it shows our commitment to our student-athletes, the coaches and each and every program,” Viera athletic director Chris Gallagher said. “There’s multi-sport athlete participation, a commitment by athletes and coaches to improve each and every year. Because each year you win it, now you’ve got a bigger target on your back.”

Target or not, the Hawks were the team to beat in a number of different sports throughout the year.

Of the 23 varsity teams Viera fielded, six won or shared a Cape Coast Conference title and a school-record 13 teams won district championships.

The Viera girls swimming team and the boys track team each won their first CCC titles this season.

Points are awarded based on where teams place in CCC competition among the 16 public schools. Conference champions receive 16 points, for example, with the remaining points distributed in descending order.

Viera had 20 teams finish in at least the top half of the conference during their respective seasons.

The Hawks also won district titles in football; girls swimming; girls golf; boys and girls cross country; boys bowling; girls soccer; softball; girls lacrosse; boys and girls tennis, and boys and girls track.

On top of that, it was a good season in the classroom as Viera softball had a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.789 that was No. 1 among all Class 7A teams in Florida.

In fact, all 23 Viera sports programs qualified for the FHSAA Academic team championship, which requires a cumulative team GPA of at least 3.0.

All of those accomplish-ments, Gallagher said, not only show how balanced the Hawks programs are, but that their student-athletes and coaches are dedicated to putting in hard work both on and off the field to help achieve the success the program has shown this year.