Adams, Hatton selected IBCA Academic All-State
Seventy-two Indiana high school seniors — 37 boys and 35 girls — have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State for 2021 by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced March 17.
In addition, 263 more boys and 267 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2021, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said.
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. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some students not taking the SAT or ACT and some colleges not requiring those results, the IBCA waived its previous college board requirements.
“The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities,” 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 throughout 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% of one’s class. Traditionally, the IBCA has required an SAT score of 1,100 (on the reading and math sections) or an ACT composite score of 24 on the college boards, but, as mentioned earlier, those requirements were waived this year.
Once nominations were received, an IBCA committee reviewed the information and determined awards for first team and honorable mention.
Local players selected include:
Boys’ First Team — Langdon Hatton, North Harrison; Jake Heidbreder, Floyd Central; and Kooper Jacobi and Trey Kaufman-Renn, Silver Creek.
Boys’ Honorable Mention — Mason Miller and Jacob Wernert, Lanesville; Lucas Stewart, South Central; Jake Johnson, Heritage Hills; Isaac Heim, William Schmitt and Andrew Wallace, Jasper; Jaylen Fairman, Jeffersonville; Westin Allen, Henryville; Devyn Martin, Orleans; Dalton Daniels and Treyton Owens, Scottsburg; Gavin Angel, Springs Valley; Gavin Just, Borden; and Sam Semersheim and Kaleb Wibbeler, Southridge.
Girls’ First Team — Gracie Adams, Lanesville; Katherine Benter, Brownstown Central; and Rebekah Gordon, Heritage Hills.
Girls’ Honorable Mention — Grace Erwin and Jessica Fulk, Corydon Central; Autumn Schigur, Crawford County; Grace Suer, Floyd Central; Kendall Smith, Austin; Skylar Cochran and Lenae Crowe, Charlestown; Kylie Perez, Clarksville; Shelby Casey, Shelbi Patton and Kendra Sill, Eastern (Pekin); Caron Kruse and Kamyra Miller, Gibson Southern; Riley Nunn, Henryville; Nevah Barnett and Avery Neff, Heritage Hills; Kendyl Ruhe and Hannah Schwenk, Jasper; Layne Burke, New Albany; Payton Blanton, Orleans; Lauren Umpleby, Paoli; Alyssa Hill, Perry Central; Callie Backherms, Katie Ezzell, Bailey Hypes and Karly Sweeney, Salem; Kady Clancy and Zoe Zellers, Scottsburg; Jaclyn Emly, Silver Creek; Abigail Kerkhoff and Kennedy Nalley, Southridge; Yesenia Gilmore, Mya Miller and Kaira Warren, Springs Valley; and Lexi Griffitts, West Washington.
Those selected will receive certificates from the IBCA for their honor. Certificates will be distributed to coaches or athletic directors sometime during April. The coach or athletic director then may present the certificates to the honored player or players from their school sometime before the conclusion of the 2020-21 academic year.
The IBCA has selected an Academic All-State team for boys since 1973. The program was expanded in 1980 to include a girls’ Academic All-State team.