Success in sports is not always confined to the court or the field and Robinson High School’s girls’ basketball team is a testament to that.
While the Lady Maroons continue to make strides on the court, they are getting the job done in the classroom as well, as they were recently one of several schools in the state to be recognized by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association as an All-State Academic Team selection.
The IBCA recognized the top academic boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams in the state. There were a total of 184 qualified teams, with 69 boys and 115 girls teams submitting forms based on non-weighted cumulative grade point averages representing their schools.
The IBCA awards are a competition among schools within each of their Illinois High School Association Legislative Districts. The state of Illinois has seven legislative districts and the Lady Maroons were one of 23 girls’ teams to represent District 5, as they landed on the Honorable Mention list for carrying a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative team GPA. There were also 12 boys’ teams from District 5 that made the cut.
The basketball team with the highest GPA in each of the seven districts will be announced at the IBCA Hall of Fame banquet and a plaque will be presented at the Coaches Clinic in September. The second and third place teams will be announced at the banquet and will receive a certificate in the mail from the IBCA in recognition of the team accomplishment, while all schools meeting the standards will be listed on the IBCA website.
This is the first year for these awards, which were established because the IBCA felt that the inception of the award would send a clear message that they wanted to go beyond athletic accomplishments in recognizing the abilities of student-athletes in the state.
“The IBCA believes the Academic All-State Team Award is a proper recognition of the pursuits of educational success ingrained in the schools and students of Illinois,” a press release on their website stated. “The IBCA wants all to know how much we value the efforts in the classroom above the efforts on the hardwood.”