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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL | Sabine trio earns academic all-state distinction

Source: Kilgore News Herald

Three Sabine High School students have gotten academic recognition after having the best season on the football field in the program’s history.

Student trainers Kennedy Neighbors and Shelby Henson, as well as player L.J. Mitchell, have been honored as a part of the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Academic All-State team. Henson and Neighbors both earned second-team THSCA Academic All-State, and Mitchell was named an honorable mention.


According to the THSCA’s own description:  “The Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) and the Texas Army National Guard proudly congratulate the THSCA Academic All-State Football Teams for 2019-20.  The teams are selected by a point system that awards points for GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT score. The student/athletes or managers are then placed on teams according to the number of points they have earned. 

“The Elite team represents the highest point total that can be achieved. Criteria required to be nominated is 1) must be a senior with an overall GPA of 92 or above, including grades 9-11 and the first six weeks of grade 12; 2) Be a member of the team in good standing at the time of nomination; 3) Be of good moral character.”


On the field, Sabine finished the season 10-2, beat Mount Vernon in the first round of the UIL Class 3A playoffs, and wound up the season in a close loss to eventual state finalist Pottsboro. The 10 wins were the most for Sabine in a single season in program history, and the playoff win over Mount Vernon was the football program’s first ever playoff victory.