E-T Staff Report

Hico senior Cara Finstad has been named a state finalist for the prestigious Wendy’s High School Heisman honor.

Finstad, who has earned an array of honors ranging from all-district to all-state as a four-year starter in both volleyball and basketball, is one of 10 female finalists from Texas. The male and female winners at the state level will be announced on Saturday and will advance to a national finalist ceremony in New York City where they will receive gold medals and $2,000 for their schools on Dec. 11.

Finstad, who is ranked No. 1 in her class academically, helped Hico to its deepest Class 2A basketball run in school history when the Lady Tigers reached the regional semifinals this spring. She leads the Hico volleyball team into a Region II area championship match against Quitman on Saturday.

The Lady Tiger standout is one of two area student-athletes up for the award. Stephenville football and soccer standout German Chavarria is one of 10 male state finalists.