Winners on and off the court


For the ninth time in 10 years, the Granbury Lady Pirates volleyball team has been recognized among the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Awards. The award was granted to the 2012 squad that also advanced to the Class 4A Region I quarterfinals (third round). It honors college and high school teams that displayed at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 on a 5.0 scale. Only 253 high school teams across the nation were honored. The 2012 Lady Pirates pictured are (front row, from left) Amy Mendoza, Breanna Crain, Shelby Shade, (middle row) Aubrey Ezell, Blair Cowden, Alexis Carpenter, Sydney Carpenter, Hannah Hiler, Karis Beasley, (back row) assistant coach Mallory Smith, manager Tori Townsend, Shelby Cline, Jenna Underwood, Shannon Helm, Paige Holt, and head coach Tammy Clark. Not pictured is assistant coach A.J. Watlington.