Phoenixville earns ex­cel­lence award

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Com­ing off a sea­son where they made plenty of noise in the con­fer­ence stand­ings, the Phoenixville High School base­ball team made an even big­ger im­pact in the class­room.

Ear­lier this week, the Phan­toms were named re­cip­i­ents of the Amer­i­can Base­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion (ABCA) Team Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence Award for the spring 2017 sea­son.

The ABCA hon­ored over 200 pro­grams from ev­ery level of col­lege and high school base­ball with the award, which rec­og­niz­ers teams coached by ABCA mem­bers that posted over a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 20162017 aca­demic year. Phoenixville was the only school in Penn­syl­va­nia to earn the honor.

“This is a sig­nif­i­cant ac­com­plish­ment for the PAHS base­ball team,” said PAHS Prin­ci­pal, Dr. Craig Parkin­son. “Our stu­dent-ath­letes con­tinue to work very hard in the class­room, un­der­stand­ing and re­spect­ing that noth­ing great can hap­pen on the field with­out a strong aca­demic foun­da­tion. Coach Her­man has de­vel­oped a high level of pride and ded­i­ca­tion in his play­ers and is cre­at­ing a base­ball pro­gram that will con­tinue to grow and see many more ac­com­plish­ments in the years to come. We are for­tu­nate to have stu­dents who have a love for learn­ing, both on and off the field.”

For the year, Phoenixville fin­ished 10-6 in the Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence’s Fron­tier Divi­sion and fin­ished 11-9 over­all. The Phan­toms ruf­fled plenty of feath­ers with a marathon 12-11 win over Spring-Ford and also had im­pres­sive wins over Lib­erty Divi­sion foes Owen J. Roberts and Boy­er­town. Phoenixville’s sea­son came to a fin­ish with a 7-3 loss against Spring­field-Delco in the open­ing round of the District One Class 5A play­offs.

By sea­son’s end, Kevin Cush­ing was named to The Mer­cury’s All-Area Se­cond Team while Nick Opalkowski, Luke LeBeau, Matt O si se k-Byrne and Trip Shoe­maker al learned Hon­or­able Men­tion nods.

“In the Phan­tom Way of base­ball, we preach aca­demics and dis­ci­pline above all else and it is a great honor to re­ceive

a such a high team award in aca­demics,” said Phoenixville head coach Neil Her­man. “This award is a tes--

tament to the play­ers and their hard­work. This award is not just about the base­ball team, it is a school-wide award. The fac­ulty and administration work on a daily ba­sis to help our stu­dents reach their po­ten­tial aca­dem­i­cally.”

BARRY TAGLIEBER — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Phoenixville head coach Neil Her­man looks on from the dugout dur­ing a game a cou­ple sea­sons ago. Her­man’s Phan­toms earned na­tional recog­ni­tion, as the team was named a re­cip­i­ent of the ABCA Team Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence Award for the spring 2017sea­son.

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