Wildcats among state's brightest
Cassville baseball team finishes 13th as an academic all-state squad
High school fans often get caught up looking at their team's stats and trying to figure out what the coach can do to make the team better.
However, for the prep athlete, what happens in the classroom is more important than what occurs on the field.
Coaches often preach, hound and drill into their kids' heads the need to take care of things in the classroom to stay eligible on the field.
For the Cassville baseball team, Coach Jade Samborski had little to worry about this season, as three of his players were named to the Class 4 Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association (MBCA) All-State Team.
Making the squad individually for the Black and Gold were: Noah Hadlow, Leigh Cox and Gilbert Medina.
As a team, the Wildcats finished 13th overall in the state with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.23.
"I'm proud of our players' work in the classroom and on the field," Samborski said. "We had three make the
all-state team and two more players just come up short. We have some smart athletes here at Cassville. Just like it takes focus and determination to succeed in baseball, it takes even more focus and determination to succeed in the classroom. These awards are a testament to our players' resolve."
MBCA recognizes both teams and individuals in its annual awards. In order to be considered for the individual academic all-state accolade, an athlete must play in 50 percent of the varsity contests and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. They must either score 24 or higher on the ACT, or be ranked in the top 25 percent of their class.
For the team award, the squad must have a GPA above 3.0.
Monett landed six players on the list in Blake Moore, Mason Swearingen, Cameron Witt, Zach Burgherr, Jonathan Hawkins and Brett Gollhofer. The Cubs finished 10th with a 3.41 team GPA.
Carl Junction finished second in the state as a team with a 3.528 GPA. East Newton was 16th with a 3.1, and Seneca 18th overall with a 3.064.