Montrose High School guard Kennadie Minerich high fives teammates

Montrose High School guard Kennadie Minerich high fives teammates as she’s introduced before a basketball game in December. Minerich and her teammates Brenna Moss Caraline Burwell, Josie Eccher, Hadley Greiner, Ally Nichols, Lexi Petranovich and Michaela Ladage recently earned All-State Academics honors. 

•8 hoopsters earn All-State Academics honors

•Selection based on work on court and in classroom

•Team finished with 20-6 record

By Andrew Kiser

The Montrose High School girls basketball season is over and yet the Lady Indians are still racking up postseason accolades.

Announced earlier this week, seven MHS athletes made the CHSAA All-State Academics first team while one player earned an honorable mention award.

Senior Brenna Moss and juniors Caraline Burwell, Josie Eccher, Hadley Greiner, Kennadie Minerich, Ally Nichols and Lexi Petranovich were named to the first team while senior Michaela Ladage was tapped for the honorable mention.

“This program is one of just a few that honors those special individuals who have succeeded in the classroom, as well as, in their chosen activities,” CHSAA Commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green said in a press release.

To get All-State Academic consideration, student-athletes must be a “significant contributor” to their team, a letter recipient in their sport, a participant in one or more CHSAA-sanctioned activity and a junior or senior in academic standing, according to the press release.

First team honors are given to the student with a 3.60 GPA or higher. An honorable mention recipient is given to students with a 3.30-3.59 GPA.

“We know through a myriad of research that those students who participate in high school activities are more likely to remain in school, miss fewer days and enjoy greater success in life,” Blanford-Green said. “A Colorado study shows that the average participant in our state holds a 3.06-grade point average. Interscholastic activities are a critical ingredient in the education of our young people.”

This hasn’t been the first time the Lady Indians have earned the honor.

Minerich and Nichols received All-State honorable mention nods in Class 4A for the 2018-19 season, CHSAA announced last month.

Minerich and Nichols both earned All-Southwestern League first team nods while Moss was selected to the second team. Additionally, coach Steve Skiff was named SWL Coach of the Year.

The Lady Indians finished with a 20-6 overall record, advancing to the Elite Eight.

Andrew Kiser is the Montrose Daily Press’ sports/business writer. Follow him on Twitter @andrew_kpress.

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