athletes selected to IBCA Academic All-Star status
Gary Franklin, Sports Writer
The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association
(IBCA) announced their slate of 242 Indiana senior boys and
girls from the 2010-11 basketball teams who had earned at
the minimum IBCA Academic All-State honorable mention status.
Criteria to be eligible for consideration for recognition
is selective. The IBCA Academic All-State program agenda slate
requires academic prowess and athletic prowess both be considered.
Items such as grade point average, college board scores and
academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance
in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game, assists
per game and shooting percentages.
As stated by IBCA executive director Steve Witty, "The
quality of these student-athletes are not separate entities.
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 seniors who meet criteria that include a 3.5
GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, a class rank in the upper 25%
of one's class, an SAT score of 1500 or an ACT score of 23.
Nominees also are to have been starting players in at least
90% of their team's games when physically able.
Once nominations are received, an IBCA committee reviews the
information and determines awards for first team and honorable
Those selected will receive certificates from the IBCA for
their honor. Those certificates will be distributed to coaches
at the IBCA Spring Clinic on April 29-30, in Indianapolis.
The coaches then present the certificates to the honored players
The IBCA has selected an Academic All-State team for boys
since 1973. The program was expanded to include a girls' Academic
All-State team in 1980.
61 players selected
30 boys & 31 girls with an additional 76 boys and 105
girls recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State.
All four Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagle senior team members: Becca
Wagner, Brooke Gilland, Alyssa Hammond and Hailee Sizemore
coached by Scott Smith, earned recognition as IBCA Academic
All-State honorable mention members.
Other area girls on the list were: Batesville Lady Bulldog
Caroline (Carly) Paul coached by Matt Maple, Oldenburg Lady
Twister Rebecca Horan coached by Dan Kerker, East Central
Lady Trojans Nicole Erhart and Emily Lehman coached by Kevin
Moore and Madison Shawe Memorial Lady Hilltopper Hana Roberts
coached by Rachel Baudendistal.
Local area girls named IBCA First-Team Girls' Academic All-State
included: East Central Lady Trojan Beth Moorman coached by
Kevin Moore and Southwestern Hanover Lady Rebel Kelsey Jones
coached by Rhonda Smith.
Batesville Bulldog Chris Giesting, coached by Aaron Garrett,
was the only local area male to be selected as IBCA First
Team Boys' Academic All-State.
Local area male athletes earning recognition as IBCA Academic
All-State honorable mention members included: Batesville Bulldog
Cameron Fledderman coached by Aaron Garrett, Oldenburg Academy
Twisters Woodie Perkins and Andrew Newton coached by Gary
Moorman, East Central Trojan Brady Collins coached by David
Disbro, South Dearborn Knight Matt McLaughlin coached by Toby
Carrigan and Madison Shawe Memorial Hilltopper Michael Kring
coached by Jerry Bomholt in his last season as boys head coach
Our congratulations and a hats off to all who held academics
high in importance while acquiring high marks in sports action
for their respective schools and communities!