Continuing what has become an annual tradition, six seniors members of the Granbury Pirates football team have been named academic all-state by the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Kyle Koiner was named to the second team. Receiving honorable mention were Barry Beadle, Ashton Guerra, Cameron Hatfield, Brandon Lane and Brady Retz.
Players are selected by a system that awards points for grade point average, class rank, and SAT or ACT score.
Criteria for nomination includes being a senior with a GPA of 92 or above for grades 9-11 and the first six weeks of grade 12, be a team member in good standing at the time of nomination, and be of good moral character.
Granbury players accounted for nearly a third of the 21 players honored from District 7-4A. District champion Aledo had the most with 13, while runner-up Fort Worth Southwest had one and Fort Worth Arlington Heights had one.
The Pirates were third in district, finishing 7-4 and advancing to bidistrict for a third straight season. Only the 1965-68 squads reached the playoffs in more consecutive seasons.
The seven victories are also the most for a Pirate team since 1998. It’s only the second time they’ve accomplished that feat since 1981.
The THSCA Academic All-State program is in its 12th year and has steadily grown to over two thousand applicants. The Pirates have been well-represented over the years.
The team had a program-record 18 selected in 2010.
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