The Texas Army National Guard and the Texas High School Coaches Association released the 2019-20 Academic All-State Recipients for tennis, golf, track, softball and baseball on May 1 and 14 student-athletes from Austin County cracked the lists.
Six Bellville Brahmas, five Sealy Tigers and three Brazos Cougars got it done on the field and in the classroom to a high level.
“We understand that students’ performance in the classroom can sometimes be difficult to manage while participating in athletics, but their hard work has not gone unnoticed,” it says on the THSCA website. “The THSCA Academic All-State Teams recognize high school athletes who excel in GPA, class rank and ACT/SAT score. The students are being recognized as a team member based on their scores in these categories.”
The website said that head coaches of respective sports could nominate a senior athlete, trainer or manager that is in good standing with the team, of good moral character and has an overall GPA of 92 or above.
The academic all-state teams were split up in four levels; Elite, first team, second team and honorable mention. Both Sealy and Bellville had three on the second team in addition to honorable mentions but Brazos’ trio included two second teamers and a first-team baseball player.
Kolton Marek represented the Cougar baseball squad on the academic all-state first team and was joined by teammate Kody Ressler who earned second-team honors. On the softball diamond, Allie Gonzalez, the lone Brazos senior on this year’s team, finished her career with academic all-state second-team distinction.
Bellville had three girls’ tennis players crack the second team and two boys’ track and a boys’ tennis player earn honorable mention.
Yareth Franco, Allison Wehring and Emily Zarzour closed their Brahmanette tennis careers with academic all-state second-team distinction although the season wasn’t able to be completed due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Also from the tennis court, Joseph Barnett made the boys’ tennis honorable mention list for Bellville.
Hayden Evans and Brandon Whetzel both ran distance events for the Brahma track team and earned academic all-state honorable mention in their final go-around.
Of the four sports included in the release, Sealy had at least one representative from each sport on the list where three of the five landed on the second team.
Golfer Maddie Goad and tennis player Macey Feland earned spots on the academic all-state second team for their respective sports. From the boys’ track team, Matthew Lord made the second team as a sprinter and Luke Thielemann garnered honorable mention as a thrower. On the softball diamond, infielder Reagan Hoffpauir rounded out the Sealy selections with academic all-state honorable mention.
The THSCA release closed by saying “We applaud (the student-athletes) for their commitment and dedication to perform with the highest of excellence academically and on the field or court.”