SALYERSVILLE - The Magoffin County High School softball program continued to perform at a high level in the classroom during the 2015-16 schoolyear. Magoffin County softball players ranked as some of the nation's best and brightest in the 2015-16 schoolyear and it shows in the national rankings released recently. The Tony Skaggs-coached Lady Hornets compiled the best weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) in the state and finished fourth nationally.
"I'm proud of the team's success in the classroom," Skaggs said. "The team was able to achieve nationwide academic success and that says so much about our players."
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) recognized teams from across the nation in October. As a team, Magoffin County compiled a 4.429 Weighted GPA. The Lady Hornets placed behind James F. Brynes (S.C.) - 4.498; Bay City (Texas) - 4.729 and top-ranked Byron Nelson (Texas) - 4.916. Magoffin County finished ahead of High Point Christian Academy (N.C.) - 4.290; Holly Hill Academy (S.C.) - 4.232; Northern Guilford (N.C.) - 4.160; Cambridge Christian School (Fla.) - 4.115; Deerfield (Ill.) – 4.041 and Olathe North (Kan.) - 4.040 in the Top 10.
Newbury College (NCAA DIII) garnered the overall college GPA with a 3.770, while Byron Nelson (Texas) High School (4.916), for the third consecutive year, and Champion (Ohio) High School (3.858) led the high school weighted and unweighted categories, respectively, in the Easton / NFCA Top 10 Academic Team rankings for the 2015-16 schoolyear. Individually, 5,152 softball players earned Easton / NFCA Scholar-Athlete honors.
The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across seven membership divisions. NCAA Division I, with 1,240 honorees, had the most student-athletes with a 3.5 grade-point average or higher, while 1,124 in Division III earned recognition, followed by 963 Division II student-athletes. High School weighted and High School unweighted posted 618 and 512 honorees apiece. NAIA amassed 384 recipients and Junior College totaled 311.
Grand Canyon University (3.670) and Upper Iowa University led NCAA Division I & II, while Siena Heights University (3.720) posted the top NAIA mark and Allen Community College set the junior college standard with a 3.660 GPA.
Magoffin County softball players continue to excel academically. Multiple members of Magoffin County's 2016 softball team are also thriving in college classrooms now.
Independent Photo || JIM ARNETT
The Magoffin County County High School softball team excelled as one of the nation's best performers in the classroom during the 2015-16 school year, finishing number one in Kentucky and fourth nationally in Weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) rankings.
The Magoffin County softball team is pictured from left to right: McKenzie Wireman, Jordyn Blair, Reagan Crase, Samantha Black, Kennedi Stacy, Elivia Gibson, Kaelyn Greene, Alexis Montgomery, Kristen Gamble, Laylee Burchell, Hannah Skaggs, Mandee Risner, Erin Bolen, Jassmine Howard, Brooklyn Poe, Kallee Hale, Morgan Wilson, Leslee Howard, Mahallie Ratliff and Bethany Joseph. Head coach Tony Skaggs (not pictured) guided Magoffin County to a 25-5 record on the field during the 2016 season. The Lady Hornets finished runner-up in both the 57th District and the 15th Region.