2017-03-15 / Sports

DCHS, RHS players selected Academic All-State

Seventy-nine Indiana high school seniors — 40 boys and 39 girls — have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced Thursday (March 9).

Of the 39 girls, two are from Coach Rainey Jones’s Delphi Oracles team – Bailey Gasser and Rylee Lane. Blake Miller, a player with the Rossville varsity boys’ squad coached by Cortney Dunn, is among the 40 boys.

In addition, 154 more boys and 161 more girls, including Delphi’s Kayla Fogarasi, were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2017, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said.

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.

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.

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.

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