Wagner named first-team Academic All-State; Backus, Butler named honorable mention
BY VAL TSOUTSOURIS
Sports Editor, RTC
The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association has named Tippecanoe Valley senior Sidney Wagner first-team Academic All-State. She is one of only 35 girls players statewide to receive the honor.
In addition, the IBCA also named Valley seniors Hayley Backus and Ashley Butler to its honorable mention Academic All-State team. They were two of 267 girls players to earn honorable mention status.
“The IBCA Academic All-State program is one where academic prowess and athletic prowess both are considered in the selections,” the IBCA said in a statement. “Items such as grade-point average and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game.”
Coaches may nominate seniors who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale and a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one’s class.
“Once nominations were received, an IBCA committee reviewed the information and determined awards for first team and honorable mention,” the IBCA said.