The Athens High School boys' basketball team enjoyed a winning season the basketball court.
The Bulldogs were also winners in the classroom.
Athens was honored as part of the Ohio High School Basketball Coach's Association Academic Team.
The Bulldogs were one of 29 boys teams across the state in all divisions to be recognized. Athens had a team GPA of 3.64.
Athens, coached by Mickey Cozart, finished 17-8 during the 2019-20 season. The Bulldogs were 10-2 in the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division, sharing the league title with Alexander. It was Athens' second league title in a row.
The Bulldogs then went on to win a pair of tournament games to also repeat as Division II sectional champions. They defeated New Lexington in a sectional championship game to advance to the district tournament.
To qualify for the Academic Team, the GPA’s of the best nine players were taken into account, and all players nominated should have received a varsity letter. All players' GPAs were determined after the first semester of the current year.
Players on Athens' roster included Andrew Stephens, Isaiah Butcher, Brayden Markins, Nate Trainer, Reese Wallace, Bryan McMillan, Brayden Whiting, Trey Harris, Jack Cornwell, Joey Moore, Will Matters, Will Ginder and Jacob Sayer.
The complete list, boys and girls, is as follows:
2020 OHSBCA Boys Academic Team
West Holmes;Jordan Widder;3.94
Jackson Center;Scott Elchert;3.92
Van Wert;Ben Laudick;3.86
Dover;Bob Von Kaenel;3.84
Fremont St. Joseph;Jonathan Will;3.82
Freemont Ross;John Cahill;3.81
Fort Loramie;Corey Britton;3.79
Tuscarawas Central Catholic;Ty Miller;3.78
Western Reserve;Pasquale Daltorio;3.66
Open Door Christian;Kevan Ford;3.65
St. Francis DeSales;Pat Murphy;3.63
2020 OHSBCA Girls Academic Team
Anthony Wayne;Jami Carter;4.00
New Philadelphia;Kevin Cornell;3.97
Eastern Brown;Kevin Pickerill;3.94
Holy Name;Kim Lutham;3.94
Tinora;Kyle Tiet Je;3.92
Chagrin Falls;Brittany Anderson;3.90
Open Door Christian;Vaughn Jones;3.89
Peebles;Billie Jo Justice;3.88
Notre Dame Academy;Travis Galloway;3.87
Jackson Center;Jeff Reese;3.87
Fort Loramie;Carla Siegel;3.85
West Holmes;Lindsey Snyder;3.83