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Coaches honor local basketball standouts with academic awards

Not only are they good on the court, but they’re even better off the court.

The Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association honors its nominated student/athletes each year not only for their performances in games but also for their achievements in the classroom.

The coaches’ association gives academic honors to those players who excel in both areas on a district and state basis.

Four local girls and two boys were named to the OHSBCA Academic All-Ohio list.

In girls’ Division III, Chesapeake’s Sarah Rucker, Coal Grove’s Samantha Hall and Fairland’s Shea Berry earned Academic All-Ohio while Symmes Valley’s Kayla Saunders was honored in Division IV.

Rucker had a 3.70 GPA while averaging 28 points a game. Hall had a 3.6 GPA and 15 ppg, Berry a 4.0 GPA and 10.4 points per game, and Saunders a 4.0 grade average and 7.0 ppg.

South Point’s Chase McWhorter was Academic All-Ohio in Division III with a 3.81 GPA and 19 points per game. Symmes Valley’s Kirt Shipley was honored in Division IV on the All-Ohio list with a 4.0 GPA and 11.9 points an outing.

The Coal Grove Hornets basketball team had four players receive a Gold and Silver Scholarship Certificate Award from the coaches association.

Juniors and seniors earning a 3.2 accumulative average and who have exemplified the highest type of citizenship and sportsmanship are honored with the certificates.

The Hornets had two seniors, Tyler Branch and Adam Bare, and two juniors, Zach Murphy and Jacob Browning, among more than 1,400 student-athletes among those honored.