Area athletes academic all-state

May 11, 2013

When it comes to smart athletes, there is no shortage in Hood County.

As evidence, 21 senior athletes from Granbury and Tolar were recently named academic all-state by coaching organizations across the state.

One, in fact, was honored twice. Shelby Cline of the Granbury Lady Pirates was named to the basketball and volleyball academic teams.

Also honored from Granbury were:

Lady Pirate basketball – Ashley Bonugli, Mikayla Carpenter, Kali Jones, and Lilley Vander Zee.

Lady Pirate soccer – Kim Bantz, Mallory Bersi, Aubrey Caudle, and Kaitlin Winkleman.

Lady Pirate volleyball – Alexis Carpenter, Blair Cowden, Shannon Helm, Paige Holt, Amy Mendoza and Jenna Underwood.

Tolar had three Lady Rattler basketball players honored, Logan Chandler, Kacey Frazier, and Breanna Rogers.

Two Tolar boys basketball players were selected, Jacob Phillips and Zach Hasegawa.

“That’s a direct reflection of the kind of teachers, adminstrators and schools we have in our district,” said Granbury athletic director Dwight Butler. “It says great things about their families and the support they get.

“But first, and most, it’s these young ladies and the dedication and willingness they have to do whatever it takes to be successful in the classroom in the athletic arena. These are our leaders of tomorrow.”

Tolar girls basketball coach Benita Carlton added, “Being a part of athletics in high school consumes a lot of time,” and noted the “great character” it takes to be able to be team leaders and keep up with academics.

Along with their classroom success, the players enjoyed tremendous success on the court during their high school careers.

Both the Lady Pirate basketball and volleyball teams advanced three rounds deep in their respective playoffs this season. For the volleyball team, it was their third consecutive season to get that far, while the Lady Pirates reached the regional semifinals in basketball in 2012.

The Granbury girls soccer team reached the fourth round of the playoffs in 2011 and the third round in 2012.

Also, the Tolar boys qualified for bidistrict basketball this season.

The players were selected according to a list of criteria that included grade point average, class ranks, SAT or ACT scores, and citizenship.

The selecting organizations include the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, Texas Girls Coaches Association and Texas High School Coaches Association.

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