BETHANY SMITH EARNS STATE TITLE
Local gymnast Bethany Smith earned a state championship during the state meet held at Western High School on March 4. Participating in Level 2, the 11-year-old Smith scored a 9.5 on the beam to earn her state title while tumbling for Kokomotion Gymnastics. She also finished second on the floor (9.4), third in all-around (37.25) and eighth on the bars (9.1).
Also in Level 2, Amirah Marciniak was fifth on the beam (9.05), Alexcia Caldwell placed sixth on the floor (9.325) and Emily Maruszewski was sixth on the floor (9.175).
In Level 3, Katelyn Devine was third on the floor (9.475), fifth in all-around (36.625), eighth on the beam (8.975) and ninth on the bars (9.025); 
Emily Scott  was second on the vault (9.475), second in all-around (36.3) and fifth on the floor (9.175); Brinn Salyers was ninth on the vault (9.4); and Emma Hawkins was sixth on the floor (9.1).

INDIANA GIRLS ALL-STAR TEAM NAMED
Thirteen players have been selected for the 2017 IndyStar Indiana Girls All-Stars. Those chosen to the team will play four games in June – two exhibition games against the Indiana Junior All-Stars as well as home-and-home contests against the Kentucky All-Stars.
The 2017 Indiana Girls All-Stars, listed alphabetically, are: Chyna Anthony of New Albany, Riley Blackwell of Plainfield, Dana Evans of Gary West, Maliah Howard-Bass of Columbus North, Nicole Konieczny of South Bend St. Joseph, Karissa McLaughlin of Homestead, Rachel McLimore of Zionsville, Madisen Parker of Homestead, Destiny Perkins of Lawrence North, Zion Sanders of Evansville Central, Ajanae’ Thomas of North Central, Macee Williams of Fountain Central and Madison Wise of Greenfield-Central.
The head coach for the 2017 Girls All-Stars will be Curt Benge of Plainfield. He will be assisted by Vince Cerbone of Martinsville and Michelle Harter of Warsaw.
The 2017 IndyStar Indiana Miss Basketball will be announced from within the group of All-Stars listed above at The Star’s Indiana Sports Awards Dinner on April 27 at Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis.  

ACADEMIC ALL-STATE NAMED
Seventy-nine Indiana high school seniors -- 40 boys and 39 girls -- have been chosen as first-team Academic All-State by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. In addition, 154 more boys and 161 more girls were recognized as honorable mention Academic All-State for 2017, IBCA executive director Steve Witty said.
Local student-athletes earning recognition include:
Boys Academic All-State First Team: (Lewis Cass) Alec Eurit.
Girls Academic All-State First Team: (Lewis Cass) Savanna Thompson.
Boys Academic All-State honorable mention: (Eastern) Conner Buck and Scott Mullenix.
The IBCA Academic All-State team is a program where academic prowess and athletic prowess both are considered in the selections. Items such as grade-point average, college board scores and academic class rank are considered along with athletic performance in areas such as points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game.
“The quality of these student-athletes shows that success in academics and success in athletics are not separate entities,” Witty said. “Rather, in many cases, a player’s success in the classroom directly contributes to his or her success on the floor.”
IBCA-member head coaches from schools across the state may nominate their seniors who meet criteria that include a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, a class rank in the upper 25 percent of one’s class, an SAT score of 1,100 (on the reading and math sections) or an ACT score of 24. Once nominations are received, an IBCA committee reviews the information and determines awards for first team and honorable mention.

PAL SOCCER REGISTRATIONS
The Kokomo Police Athletic League will hold registrations for its upcoming soccer league. In March, registrations will be accepted on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sundays from 2-4 p.m. and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $55 per child and the season will start on April 15 and end on June 25. For more information, contact PAL Director Mark Snodgrass at palsports3520@yahoo.com.

KPRD SOFTBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATION
The Kokomo Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting team registrations for the men’s, women’s and co-ed slowpitch summer softball leagues. The deadline to register a team is Friday, March 10.  
The fee for the men’s and women’s leagues is $478 per team. The fee for the co-ed league is $490 per team. The entry fee includes softballs. Men’s and women’s leagues will play a 14-game schedule while co-ed league will play a 12-game schedule. All leagues will end with a single-elimination tournament within their respective divisions.  Rosters must have a minimum of 12 players and a maximum of 20 players and must be turned in with the entry fee to the KPRD office to register a team.  
The league organization meeting for men’s league will be held on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rodgers Pavilion in Highland Park. The league organization meeting for the women’s and co-ed leagues will be held on March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rodgers Pavilion.
League play will begin on May 1 and is open to players age 18 and older. For more information, call the KPRD office at (765) 456-7275.