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Area teams, players earn Academic All-Ohio honors

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Dec 13, 2018 at 7:23 PM

COLUMBUS — Three southern Huron County football programs, including two nearby Firelands Conference rivals, earned team recognition to the Academic All-Ohio list on Tuesday.

Plymouth and South Central both earned team recognition, while a pair of individual players from Plymouth and Willard also earned the honors.

Recognized annually by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association, the award is based on the team's overall grade-point average. The top 22 players on the varsity roster who received a varsity letter were used to calculate each team’s GPA. Grades were used from the first quarter of the current school year.

A total of 73 teams were chosen throughout Ohio. The individuals recognized were also first-team all-league players.

Along with the team honor, Plymouth's Kade Collins and Avery Horne were recognized for their efforts in the classroom.

"Our number one goal every year is to be solid students and make this list," Plymouth coach Mark Genders said. "Avery is going on to become a doctor we hope, and Kade is moving on, though currently undecided, to play football in college. Both are great kids, team captains and outstanding students."

Also individually, Willard's Jerett Sowers and Zach Mahl earned recognition.

"We preach how important academics are to our kids every day," South Central coach Corey Fickiesen said. The Trojans had a 3.76 team GPA. "We also talk about no matter what you are doing, you need to try and be great at that. It becomes a mindset. So in school we are trying to be great as individuals as well as a team. We take academics very seriously and are proud to be recognized."

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