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Johnson named IBCA Academic All-State

LAYUP: Huntington North’s Rileigh Johnson shoots a layup during a game earlier this season for the Vikings.

- Staff reports

Four Huntington North basketball athletes earned Academic All-State honors for the 2017-18 season led by senior Rileigh Johnson.

Johnson was one of 39 girls’ seniors to have been chosen for the First-Team Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA).

Seventy-five Indiana high school seniors -- 36 boys and 39 girls -- have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State by the IBCA.

In addition, 181 more boys and 174 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2018, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said.

The IBCA Academic All-State team is a program where academic prowess and athletic prowess both are considered in the selections. Items such as grade-point average, college board scores and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game.

IBCA-member head coaches from schools across the state may nominate their seniors who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one's class and an SAT score of 1,100 on the reading and math sections or an ACT score of 24.

Once nominations are received, an IBCA committee reviews the information and determines awards for first team and honorable mention.

Those selected will receive certificates from the IBCA for their honor. Those certificates will be distributed to coaches at the IBCA Spring Clinic on April 20-21 in Indianapolis. The coaches then present the certificates to the honored players after they return from the clinic.

Along with Johnson, teammates Karmen Koch and Hollyn Anderson were named Honorable Mentions for the girls’ Academic All-State team.

For the boys’, senior Mitchell Geller was named Honorable Mention for the boys’ Academic All-State team.