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IBCA selects first-team Academic All-State

IBCA selects first-team Academic All-State IBCA selects first-team Academic All-State

Eighty-two Indiana high school seniors — 40 boys and 42 girls — have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State for 2022 by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. In addition, 378 more boys and 452 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2022, said Steve Witty, IBCA executive director.

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. For the second consecutive year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some students are not taking the SAT or ACT and some colleges are not requiring those results, so 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 are received, an IBCA committee reviews the information and determines awards for first team and honorable mention.

Those selected will receive certificates from the IBCA for their honor.

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.

North Harrison’s Diana Burgher was selected first-team Academic All-State for 2022.

Girls’ honorable mentions include Emma Campbell and Kennedy Gordon, both of Lanesville; Molly Coomer of North Harrison; Keegan Kaiser of Floyd Central; Addison Sailor of Corydon Central; and Sarah Stutzman of Crawford County.

No local boys made the first-team Academic All-State this year; however, there were several honorable mentions: Nolan Ables, Owen Shireman and Bryce Weber, all of Corydon Central; Keith Brooks and Josh Talley, both of Crawford County; Wesley Celichowski and Max Tripure, both of Floyd Central; and John Morgan of Lanesville.