11 Local Athletes Selected as IBCA Academic All-State Mentions

ibca-logoSixty-nine Indiana high school seniors -- 33 boys and 36 girls -- have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, it was announced Thursday (March 20).

In addition, 135 more boys and 107 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2014, 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, assists per game and shooting percentage.

"The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities," Witty said. "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 1,500 or an ACT score of 23.

Once nominations are received, an IBCA committee reviews the information and determines awards for first team and honorable mention.

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 25-26 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. Local players honored for 2014 are listed below.

Boys Academic All-State First Team:

Pat McCarthy, Munster

Cole Teal, Chesterton

Boys Academic All-State Honorable Mention:

Luke Kizer, Portage

Matt Meneghetti, Lake Central

Chris Tuskan, Lake Central

Brandon Roeske, Chesterton

Corey Rusboldt, Chesterton

Girls Academic All-State First Team:

Katija Tarailo, Crown Point

Girls Academic All-State Honorable Mention:

Amy Bubala, Griffith

Morgan Flaharty, Hobart

Abby Kvachkoff, Crown Point