by Micahel Patrick
Colmesneil Lady Dog Kara Standley was named Academic All-State in both volleyball and track and field by the Texas Girls Coaches åAssociation. This is a prestigious honor for a student-athlete. In ordeår to be eligible for this recognition, the student-athlete must be a senior and they must have a 94% or higher average for their 9-11 grade years.
What makes this award so prestigious is the fact that not very many athletes are named to the Academic All-State teams. In fact, in volleyball Standley was one of 106 student-athletes in the state of Texas in 1A to make the team. And in track and field she was one of only 34 to make the team.
Standley had an outstanding career at Colmesneil on the court/field/track and in the classroom. She had a stellar senior year and went out with a bang. She helped the volleyball team to 26 wins and a Bi-District championship while garnering second team All-District accolades. She then went to the mound in softball and led her team to another great season with a Bi-District championship and first team All-District honors as a pitcher. And she capped it all off with a district championship in track and a trip to the regional meet as the third leg of the 4x100 sprint relay team.
She participated in these sports for four years and while she was putting everything she had into her athletics she did not let her classwork slide. She held a high "A" average overall for four years. That is a tremendous accomplishment whether you are a student-athlete or not. But, with her being a student-athlete it makes the accomplishment even more impressive. She will now be leaving Colmesneil and heading to Stephen F. Austin in the fall to start the next chapter of her life.
It is a guarantee that based on what she accomplished while in school at Colmesneil that whatever endeavors she takes on in her next chapter she will be highly successful as well. "Kara is definitely one of the best athletes I have had the pleasure of coaching. She gave you everything she had and you could count on her to get the job done. And it was so nice not having to ever wonder if she was going to be eligible or not, because you knew she was taking care of business in the classroom too," Coach Patrick Sluga said about Standley. It goes without question that Standley has added her name to the list of greats that have worn the old red and white for the Lady Dogs of Colmesneil.