It isn't all state - it is a paper that covers the area of the state we live in.
So it is a good thing to let college coaches know she was named as. (in other words there is stuff that is fluff and stuff that makes you stand out).
I have seen some of the players in the past - she got honorable mention last year so her name was there, but no picture or write up like she will have this year. Her teammate has been on it the past couple of years and she is playing college ball next year. But another player was on it last year that was a year older and didn't have as good stats on the field so I figure there has to be more than just straight sports stats to determine this.
Overall though all those mentioned are good athletes. Not sure completely about the academics as other than one I am not familiar with their grades. I will look at the write-ups to see what they say about their academics, but now that I remember they also ask about other things you do outside of school - so they must look at someone well-rounded.
Oh and thanks - she was very excited about it - I just know that sometimes there is too much fluff stuff. Of course being her mom, I think she deserves it, but I am biased.