Marshalltown High School baseball players in grades 9-12 were recently awarded distinguished academic status by the Iowa High School Athletic Association. When grade point averages for all high school players in the MHS program were averaged the Bobcats earned a collective 3.49 out of 4.00.
The distinguished honor is the highest awarded by the IHSAA and was also earned by the Bobcat Baseball team in 2017. Head Coach Steve Hanson said he was very pleased to see players perform at the highest academic level.
“That’s a fantastic accomplishment for our guys,” Hanson said. “Participating in a high school sport is tough enough and when you add in classroom demands it’s easy for students to get overwhelmed. Success in the classroom has always been a priority for our program and it’s great to see these guys rewarded for their hard work.”
Annual sportsmanship ratings were recently released by the IHSAA for the 2018 varsity
baseball season. Following each playing date, 57 umpires graded MHS on the sportsmanship shown by players, coaches and adult spectators. All of those scores were
tabulated and averaged to create the school’s final marks. On a five point scale with 1.0 being a perfect score, Bobcat players earned a 1.07 rating which was better than the Class 4A average of 1.27 and also better than the state average of 1.19.
On the same scale, Bobcat coaches earned a 1.09 rating which was better than the
Class 4A average of 1.28 and also better than the state average of 1.22. Adult spectators
earned a score of 1.16 which was better than the Class 4A average of 1.37 and
better than the state average of 1.28.
“We hope our players, coaches and fans conduct themselves in an acceptable manner
and scores from this past summer indicate that each of the groups did a nice job,” Hanson concluded.