The Marco Island Academy (MIA) boys basketball team scored on the court and in the classroom.
In the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) winter sports report, MIA scored second in Class 3A. Westminster Academy of Fort Lauderdale was first and First Baptist of Naples third.
Not only were they in the top three for their class, they were the top three for all classes in the state.
On a 4.0 grade point scale, Westminster recorded a 3.723, MIA a 3.655 and First Baptist, 3.604.
The next highest score came from Class 2A, as Covenant Christian of Palm Bay recorded a 3.546.
Gulf Coast, in Class 7A, came in second with a 3.36. In Class 6A, Barron Collier rated eighth in the class with a 3.328. Naples was 10th at 3.3 and Palmetto Ridge was 13th with 3.051.
Kelly Monnot, in her first year as MIA athletic director, reported grades for the first time. “For me it is a new avenue for MIA to recognize scholar athletes. It is an exciting way to honor their all-around talents.”
FHSAA recognizes each sport for its academic achievements. At the end of the year it will tally all points earned to recognize the overall top schools. MIA registered nine points for basketball.
Members of the team earning the score were Cole Stretton, Patrick Michel, Brian Flynn, Brian Estremera, Andrew Fowler, Tyler Gresham, Kyle Ginther and Ethan Sheehan.
Coach Roger Raymond has stressed academics at the high school and middle school levels, where he has the Marco Island Charter Middle School cross country and track teams.
“Coaches emphasize grades,” Raymond said. “Sports bring about a discipline that carries over into the classroom. They learn about becoming young adults through the two. MIA is phenomenal when it comes to academics, and coaches continue its importance.”