Bishop Lynch always shines in competition, but their work in the classroom is not to be overlooked. Eleven student-athletes from BL recently received Academic All-State recognition. These awards are for those competing in winter sports for the 2017-2018 season.
Girls soccer stood out the most, putting three on the list including seniors Chase Malone and Anna Schrader, as well as junior Alexis Sanders. Malone was also an All-State and All-District Team selection, receiving Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Boys soccer was represented by junior Johnny Bruce and senior Ryan Sheaffer. Bruce was the Most Valuable Player in the district as well as 1st Team All-State and All-District.
Swimmers George Smith and Ailish Tierney also made the cut. Tierney finished third at state in both the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, accounting for 20 of the Lady Friars' 52 points. Smith earned nine points at state with a sixth-place finish in the 500 free and ninth in the 200 IM.
Seniors Sean Coman and Zach Rouseau added to their impressive careers with the boy's basketball teams with academic selections. Rouseau was recently named Defensive Player of the Year in the district. Both were 1st Team All-District picks with Coman getting his name on the 2nd Team All-State list. Rouseau received All-State honorable mention.
Senior wrestler Max Mills was the lone member of the BL Wrestling program to make the cut. Mills selected as 1st Team All-State after winning the state championship in his weight class.
Lastly, senior Kristen Phoenix and junior Endyia Rogers represent the Lady Friar basketball program with their classroom excellence. Rogers is also Offensive Player of the Year in the district and All-State for a third time in as many years.
To be considered for Academic All-State, student-athletes must be a junior or senior with a grade point average of 90 or better. They must also receive 1st or 2nd Team All-District recognition by the coaches in their district. Swimmers must qualify for state as an individual or member of a relay team.
Bishop Lynch High School would like to congratulate each of these student-athletes for their work on the playing field, but most importantly, for shining as students in the classroom.