For the sixth-straight year, the softball team at Byron Nelson earned the top weighted GPA in the nation for 2017-18 courtesy of the National Fast-pitch Coaches Association.
SIXTH. STRAIGHT. YEAR.
The Bobcats finished with a team GPA of 4.518; 0.008 points higher than second-place Flower Mound.
Coaches submit any athlete that played on varsity at any point of the season. Byron Nelson head coach Kathy Schoettle submitted 15 players and 14 picked up individual honors.
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“I don’t know if we have a special formula, but our kids just pay attention,” she said.
The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across the Association’s membership categories.
“Our kids do a good job getting to class. We always tell them, you can’t lead if you’re not present,” Schoettle said. “We tell them to be in front of the classroom and in a position where they can lead.”
Players included Gwyn Miller, Abby Smith, Gigi Rasmussen, Hannah Rutherford, Brooke Greer, Savvy Hornbaker, Bella Weaver, Zoe Jeffiers, Abby Walker, Madison Hudson, Aubrey Bunger, Maddie Flores, Mona Cibulka, Sarah Diessner and Katherine Raper.
“Their playing careers will be over, but no one can take away their education,” Schoettle. “They take full responsibility and do the little things like taking notes, doing their homework and studying.”
Eaton came in fourth with a 4.370; up from last year’s fifth-place finish.
“It speaks volumes to our school district,” Schoettle said. “We have tremendous teachers and I know a lot of them. We want our kids to be successful.”
Grapevine rounded out the Top-5.
1. Byron Nelson: 4.518
2. Flower Mound: 4.510
3. Holly Hill Academy (S.C.): 4.380
4. Eaton: 4.370
5. Grapevine: 4.300
6. James F. Byrnes (S.C.): 4.242
7. River Hill (Md.): 4.230
8. Lincoln Southwest (Neb.): 4.209
9. Cambridge Christian (Fla.): 4.129
10. Olathe North (Kan.)- 4.120