Five county players recognized as TABC Academic All-State
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

May 30, 2006 - Five Hopkins County players - including two who were valedictorians of their senior classes - were honored recently for their brain power by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches.

The five graduating seniors were named Academic All-State by the TABC. They are Mary Ugalde of Cumby, James Weaver of Miller Grove, and Katy Williams, Elizabeth McPherson and Jake Cockrum, all of North Hopkins.

Weaver and Williams were both the top honor graduates at their schools, while Ugalde was the salutatorian at Cumby.

For North Hopkins' Williams, this was the fourth different sport in which she has been named Academic All-State. In addition to basketball, she was honored by the Texas Girls Coaches Association for her grades during cross country, volleyball and track.

She was named All-State in both basketball and volleyball, and was invited to play in the TGCA All-Star Basketball Game in Fort Worth on July 13.

To be nominated for Academic All-State by the TABC, players must have a grade point average of 90 or better for seven semesters, be voted All-District (honorable mention not included), and either score 1000 on the SAT, 20 on the ACT or be in the top 10 percent of their graduating class.

The TGCA guidelines are a little different for Academic All-State. Players must have a GPA of 94 or better for their freshmen through junior years and be of "good moral character," to which an administrator and coach must attest.

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