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Clinton Prairie loses softball opener

Clinton Prairie lost its season opener in softball on Monday, falling to host Tri West, 6-1.

Katelyn Ramsey, Hadley Wilson and Shalynn Barnett each went 2 for 4 for the Gophers, with Wilson driving in Prairie’s lone run. Rebekah Stephens pitched four innings giving up two earned runs and striking out two in the loss, with six errors hindering the Gophers’ cause.

Tri West took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, with the score remaining there until the Bruins pushed across three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth. The Gophers scored in the final inning for the final score. Prairie actually outhit the host, 10 to 9, but were only able to claim the one run.

The Gophers hold their home opener tonight with a 5 p.m. game against Harrison.

Basketball

IBCA tabs 5 county athletes academic all-state

Five county student-athletes were announced on Tuesday as honorable mention academic all-state by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Rossville’s Dawson Jacoby and Bryce Oliver were recognized from county boys basketball teams, while Frankfort’s Kimee Kingma, Clinton Prairie’s Tatum Neal and Clinton Central’s Kaylea Whitcomb were honored from girls teams.

“The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities,” IBCA executive director Steve Witty said in a press release. “Rather, in many cases, a player’s success in the classroom directly contributes to his or her success on the floor.”

The IBCA recognized 39 boys and 37 girls as first-team academic all-state, while 203 boys and 179 girls from across the state were honored as honorable mention.

The release notes that academic and athletic prowess are considered in selections, with “items such as grade-point average, college board scores and academic class rank” considered along with athletic performance.

IBCA-member head coaches may nominate seniors who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher, a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one’s class and an SAT score of at least 1,100 or an ACT score of 24.

The IBCA has selected an academic all-state team for boys since 1973, expanding the program to include girls in 1980.