Reed City girls basketball team No. 1 in Class B for academics

REED CITY — It was quite a season in girls basketball for Reed City with a 17-4 record.

But it was also quite a season in the classroom.

The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan recently recognized the Coyotes for academic all-state. In fact, Reed City was on top of the list with a team GPA of 3.893. Spring Lake was second at 3.82.

Chippewa HiIls was ninth at 3.76.

The GPAs are determined from all players on the team and their GPAs at the end of the first semester.

“It shows that No. 1 on this team, it’s academics,“ said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “We take a lot of pride in our academics.”

Players on the team include Kayla Davis, Alex Donley, Kalee Hensel, Karah Hensel, Tia Lintemuth, Emma Lockhart, Kendra Repo, Jaqueline Mullins, Mkenzie Switzer, Natalie Westhoff and Alaina Woodard.

Reed City was seventh at 3.75 last year on the all-state list.

This year’s honor was a highlight for captains Kalee Hensel and Emma Lockhart.

“We’ve worked so hard not only on the court but also in the classroom,” Hensel said. “It’s pretty tough. You have to spend a lot of time at it.”

“It’s probably more important than any other honors we’ve received,” Lockhart said. ”It tells you you have the highest GPA in the state.”

Both Lockhart and Hensel acknowledged that playing sports and keeping up on academics is a challenge. But it’s a challenge the Coyotes have met and have received high recognition for this season.”