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Seven Columbus North seniors – two boys and five girls – have received honorable mention Academic All-State accolades from the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced Wednesday (March 7).
Ross Gill and Drew Wilson were cited from the CN boys’ basketball team.
Jenna Borger, Kat Norman, Kelsey Patberg, Kenzie Patberg and Liz Tynan were recognized from the Bull Dogs’ girls basketball team.
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.
Only seniors are eligible for IBCA Academic All-State.
"The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities," IBCA executive director Steve Witty said in a news release. "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. In total, 36 boys and 39 girls were selected IBCA first-team Academic All-State for 2018. In addition, 181 boys and 174 girls were named IBCA honorable mention Academic All-State.
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 coaches then present the certificates to the honored players after they return from the clinic.
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.
The five girls previously were recognized as Academic All-State by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association. Kelsey Patberg was chosen ICGSA first-team Academic All-State. Borger, Norman, Kenzie Patberg and Tynan were selected ICGSA honorable mention Academic All-State.