Five local players were honored by the Texas Associated Press Editors this week with places on the AP All-State football teams, with two Palestine Wildcats earning first team honors.
Brian Thlang and Ivory Brown were both named Class 3A first-team players by voters, which consists of sports writers from around the state.
Thlang, a junior left tackle for the Wildcats, anchored the Palestine offensive line in 2012, a season that saw Palestine run for more than 2,700 yards and average more than 6.8 yards per carry. On the year, he graded out at 95 percent.
Brown was the team's best defensive back, intercepting six passes on the season and returning two of them for touchdowns. He also tallied 68 tackles and broke up six passes.
Elkhart running back Jeffrey Wilson earned second-team honors in Class 2A after running for more than 2,700 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season.
Palestine defensive lineman earned honorable mention honors in Class 3A, while Cayuga linebacker Don Holly III earned an honorable mention nod in Class 1A.
Four local players were also honored with spots on various academic all-state teams.
Cayuga's Shawnta Knox and Reann Richards were both honored with spots on the Texas Girls' Coaches Association academic all-state volleyball team.
Meanwhile, Palestine's Timothy Klauser and Westwood's Brandon Wagner were both named to their respective second teams by the Texas High School Coaches Association.