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Area players named Academic All-State

Southwestern junior Blake McClure was named to the IBCA Acamedic All-State First Team.

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

Eight area players were named Academic All-State this week by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. 

Southwestern junior forward Blake McClure made the IBCA First Team. 

The Spartans are also presented by seniors Noah Swift, Eirik Shackelford and Jacob and Zachary Swanson, who were named honorable mentions. 

Triton Central is represented by senior Morgan Seagrave, who was named an honorable mention, as well. 

Seventy-five players, including both boys and girls, were named Academic All-State. 

The Triton Central girls’ basketball team is represented by two players. Seniors Isabella Cooper and Haley Schneider were named honorable mentions. 

The IBCA Academic All-State team is a program where academic prowess and athletic prowess both are considered in the selections. 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 and assists per game.

“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 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 percent of one’s class, an SAT score of 1,100 (on the reading and math sections) or an ACT score of 24.

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. Those certificates will be distributed to coaches at the IBCA Spring Clinic on April 20-21 in Indianapolis. 

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.

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.