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Area athletes earn IBCA Academic All-State honors

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association has released its 2022 Academic All-State selections with a total of 40 boys and 42 girls being named to the first team while an additional 378 boys and 452 more girls receiving honorable mention All-State.

The IBCA Academic All-State program is one where academic prowess and athletic prowess both are considered in the selections. Items such as grade-point average and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game. In most years, college board scores also are considered.

“The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities,” IBCA Director Steve Witty said. “Rather, in many cases, a player’s success in the classroom directly contributes to his or her success on the floor.”

IBCA-member head coaches from schools across the state may nominate their senior student-athletes who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale and a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one’s class.

On the girls side a total of seven area athletes received honorable mentions. Belle Miller and Hanna Nichols from Southmont, Jerzi Hershberger and Larissa Bowers from Fountain Central, and Hadley Broadwater, Katie Rice and Madi Welch from North Montgomery all received honorable mention for their work in the classroom and on the court.

On the boys side, nine student-athletes were awarded for the success. Athenians Ian Hensley, Alex Kellerman and Gavin Kenny were named to the honorable mention team. Also included on the honorable mention team are Seth Martin, Jared McCarthy and Carter Merryman for Fountain Central and Benjamin Pietsch and Treyce Pittman from North Montgomery. Rounding out the list on the honorable mention team was Southmont’s Logan Oppy.

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