Six Stephenville High School baseball players have been named to the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 4A Academic All-State Team, released by the organization on Tuesday.
Garrett Autrey, who was named first-team all-state by the THSBCA last week, is also on the academic team. Autrey was honored on the all-state team as an outfielder, but also pitched and played short stop for Stephenville.
Other Yellow Jackets honored for their performance in the classroom include utility player Matt Mabry, catcher Chris Malone, outfielder Daniel Noland, pitcher and short stop Brad Picha and outfielder Clint Warren.
“This is something you have to work for your entire high school career. Academic all-state is only for seniors who have had four good years in the classroom,” said Stephenville head coach Steve Carroll. “You want your kids to be low maintenance academic students who you know will always take care of business in the classroom, and this team was full of guys like that. Any time your recognized on a statewide level it’s something special.
“This team raised the bar in several areas,” Carroll continued. “This is something we want to put in front of kids who are coming up all the way down the line to show them the other side of what we expect of them. We want them to know there’s more to it than just showing up and playing ball.”
Stephenville finished the 2009 season with a 22-10 mark after capturing the first area championship in school history. The Jackets were also District 8-4A co-champs, their first district title since 1949 when Stephenville was a 2A member. They made their first playoff appearance since reaching the 3A post season in 1980.
All six honorees were seniors who graduated in May.