Parker County has some smart basketball players.
A total of 19 players (13 girls, six boys) from five teams were honored by various organizations - the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches, Texas Girls Coaches Association and Texas High School Coaches Association.
Leading the way was Aledo with nine athletes honored (five girls, four boys), followed by Brock with six (four girls, two boys). Peaster had two girls, while Poolville and Millsap each had one.
To be among those lauded, an athlete has to be a senior in good standing with “good moral character.”
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Four members of the Ladycats were honored by all three organizations, Sara Reinert, Hannah Hauessier, Rhylie Makawe and Treva Davis. Hanna Berkovsky made the list for the TABC and THSCA.
The four Brock Lady Eagles were honored by both the TABC and TGCA, Bailey Ivey, Rachel Williams, Cydnie Bynum and Madi Mayfield. So was Peaster's Olivia Seli, while teammate Kylie Van Cleave is on the TABC list.
"We think it’s critically important for our student-athletes to be good students in the classroom first," said Brock athletic director Scott Drillette. "We realize first and foremost that almost all of our students are going to one day make their living because of their education and not through their athletic abilities. Students who work hard in the classroom are usually the same ones who work the hardest in athletics."
Brock boys honored by the TABC are Dylan Lockey and Hayden James. Making the THSCA list from the Aledo boys, who were just shy of the postseason, are Hunter Cox, Dawson Gates, Nicholas Losos and Braxton McCoy.
Monica Naron of Poolville and Jolee Carswell or Millsap, whose teams narrowly missed the playoffs, were honored by the TABC and TGCA, respectively.
Brock's boys won the Class 3A state championship this season and have been in the finals three of the past four seasons. The Lady Eagles reached the third round of the playoffs this season, were state runners-up in 2014, and won state titles from 2009-20013.
Also, the Peaster Lady Greyhounds and Aledo Ladycats reached the bidistrict playoffs this season.
"It’s also a win-win for our coaches when their athletes do well in the classroom," Drillette said. "When coaches don’t have to worry about ensuring their kids are academically eligible, it gives them more time to work with kids to build successful programs.
"We are very proud of our students who were recognized for academic all-state honors and they are all well-deserving of the recognition. Knowing that each one is successful both academically and athletically speaks volumes of the students themselves, but also of their parents and our teachers and coaches."