|Levi Moore makes Academic All-State Elite Team|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
Jan. 18, 2007 - Levi Moore worked his way into the starting lineup for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats' football team this past season.
The senior also did his work in the classroom.
Moore, a starting offensive lineman for the Wildcats, was the team's top honoree - and one of the top in the state - on the Academic All-State team named by the Texas High School Coaches Association.
Moore was selected to the Elite squad, one of only 20 players in Class 4A.
Six of his teammates also were recognized as Academic All-State. Chad Rocker, Jacob Jenkins and K.C. Smith were all named Second Team, and B.J. Rogers, Christian Person and Colby Mills were Honorable Mention.
The teams are selected by a point system that awards points for GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT score. The student-athletes are then placed on teams according to the number of points they have earned. The Elite team represents the highest point total that can be achieved.
Criteria required to be nominated is overall GPA of 92 or above, including grades 9-12 and the first six weeks of grade 12; a member of the team in good standing at the time of nomination; and good moral character.
"These are well-rounded kids," said SSHS head football coach and athletic director Greg Owens. "These are kids who have it all together. They've learned to balance the athletics with the academics. You've got to be pretty organized and smart to do this.
"It's a great honor for Levi Moore to make the Elite. That's a huge honor and something to be proud of. "
All of the nominees are seniors and they each contributed on the field as well as keeping their grades up. Rocker was a part-time starter at defensive back, Jenkins was the starting center and Smith was starter at inside linebacker. Rogers, at wide receiver, and Person, at running back, each started one game and played throughout the year, and Mills was the starting safety before being sidelined for the year with an ankle injury.
"It says a lot about them to take care of their business in the classroom and the field, and it shows they're well-rounded," Owens said. "It's a huge honor, and it's something they should be proud of, and I know moms and dads are proud of it, too."
The UIL will send certificate to the school and they will be awarded at the All-Sports Banquet in May.