Jaron Cape

Photo by Ryan Squanda

Edgerton senior Jaron Cape drives to the basket during a Division IV district semifinal basketball game against Antwerp on March 3 in Defiance.

Edgerton senior Jaron Cape has been named to the Division IV Academic All-Ohio boys basketball team, according to a release by the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association on Wednesday.

In the classroom, Cape carried a 3.898 grade point average, while on the court he averaged 9.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and helped lead Edgerton to a 13-12 overall record in the 2019-20 season.

Cape said he wasn’t expecting to earn the recognition when he originally sent in the application materials, but was thrilled when he learned the news from his coach on Wednesday morning.

“I didn’t expect to get it at all,” Cape said. “But it’s cool, and it’s something I can hang my hat on. And it just shows that academics can be recognized as well.

“All the coaches heavily imply that we’re students before we’re athletes, and the teachers do a great job putting out information for us to obtain. And as a whole, Edgerton has been very successful academically throughout the years.”

Cape’s accomplishment also drew some praise from Edgerton coach Matt Ripke.

“I’m extremely proud of Jaron for the work he’s done over the last four years, not only on the basketball court, but also in the classroom,” Ripke said. “To be on the Division IV Academic All-Ohio team, I think it’s a credit to the work ethic Jaron has. ... I think it’s a tremendous credit to all the teachers at Edgerton and what they’ve done for Jaron and helping him along this path.

“And it’s also a credit to his mom and dad. I was texting all of them this morning, and the messages I got back from his mom and dad were tremendous and evident of the support system he has and the amount of pride they have in what he’s been able to accomplish.”

Upon graduation, Cape plans on studying civil engineering at Trine University in Angola, Indiana.

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