Six Lady Cats honored for academics
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

June 9, 2004 -- Six players off the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats' softball team were named as Academic All-State recipients by the Texas Girls Coaches Association.

Selected from Sulphur Springs were catcher Courtney Aguilar, center fielder Kristen Cross, shortstop Savana Gibby, left fielder Whitney Gideon, pitcher/third baseman Melissa McSheffery and pitcher/ first baseman Hollie Watson. They were all nominated by head coach John McCullough.

"It's unusual, but we were very blessed with some ladies who had not only dedication on the field, but dedication in the classroom," McCullough said. "Everyone of the girls had a 95 or higher average in all classes, and this honor has to do with their academic ability and their athletic ability and the combination of those two."

To receive the honor, girls must be graduating seniors, have maintained at least a 94 average for grades 9-11, be a varsity player and be of "good moral character," according to the TGCA.

"I was very impressed with this group of young ladies. We'd go away for a tournament, and they'd have their calculus book or their physics book with them, and they would study while we were in the hotel rooms," McCullough said. "That's why every one of them is going off to college.

"Everyone of these young ladies will be very successful in whatever they choose to do because of their dedication to their studies and their athletics."

Three of the girls have received college scholarships to play softball: McSheffery from St. Edwards University, Gibby from Texarkana College, and Watson from Central Arkansas.

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