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Plymouth’s Mercer named IBCA first team Academic All State

March 21, 2014
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33 boys, 36 girls receive top honor; 242 additional players cited as Honorable Mention

PLYMOUTH - Sixty-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.
Players honored for 2014 are listed below.

2014 BOYS ACADEMIC ALL-STATE FIRST TEAM (33)

First Name Last Name School Coach
Brent Bales Norwell Randy Hawkins
Alex Beams Fremont Ted Bookwalter
Alex Borse North Miami Clay Bolser
Will Brown Rock Creek Chris Brown
Michael Bruns Carmel Scott Heady
Jacob Foster Wapahani Matt Luce
Matt Gregory Cathedral Andy Fagan
Tyler Haas Northeast Dubois Terry Friedman
Evan Henry Columbus North Jason Speer
Tyler Jenkins Hamilton SE Brian Satterfield
William Mbongo West Lafayette David Wood
Pat McCarthy Munster Mike Hackett
Wesley McKinney Batesville Aaron Garrett
Zach McRoberts Carmel Scott Heady
Mack Mercer Plymouth Ryan Bales
Graham Ortmann Northwestern Jim Gish
Trace Oswalt Blackford Dave Marshall
Lucas Peters Greenwood Christian Jamie Satre
Kyle Platt Huntington North Rob Irwin
Whit Rapp Guerin Catholic Pete Smith
Nate Ritchie Northridge Ronnie Thomas
Sean Sellers Greensburg Stacy Meyer
Drew Shively Norwell Randy Hawkins
Grant Sims Bloomington North Andy Hodson
Matt Singleton Garrett John Bodey
Seth Somers Heritage Christian Corey Jackson
Cole Teal Chesterton Tom Peller
Tyler Thomas Franklin Jerry Bomholt
Cody Thompson Southridge Jeremy Rauch
Aaron Tincher Martinsville Kip Staggs
Brandon Tonsoni Rossville Dave Mosson
Jack Trittipo Noblesville Dave McCollough
David Vogel Norwell Randy Hawkins

2014 BOYS ACADEMIC ALL-STATE HONORABLE MENTION (135)

First Name Last name School Coach
Jacob Barrett Lafayette Central Catholic David Barrett
Eric Beadle Heritage Christian Corey Jackson
Parker Bernhold Carmel Scott Heady
Alec Bertsch Franklin Jerry Bomholt
Courtland Betz Jasper John Goebel
Timothy Billups Connersville
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