IN Phoenixville Area Fall 2017 - Page 43

Scholar Athletes Rise to the Top! Phantom student-athletes are not only making an impact on the field and in the pool, but also in the classroom. During the 2016-2017 school year, three athletic teams were cited by their national coaching organizations for excellence in the classroom. Swimming and Diving ranked among the best in the state and the country with their high marks, and were recognized by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA). The Phantoms boys’ team earned the highest GPA in the state of Pennsylvania (3.838), while the girls’ team (3.858) ranked second in PA. (photo of swimmers) The baseball team was the only High School in Pennsylvania honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association for their prowess in the classroom. The ABCA recognized 70 high school teams in the nation, in addition to over 150 college programs. (baseball photo) Girls Soccer once again has been noted by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American. The girls posted a 3.94 GPA for the 2016-2017 school year. The team was also r ecognized by the NSCAA for fair play and sportsmanship by receiving the Team Ethics Award of Merit for the fourth consecutive season. (Girls Soccer photo) A number of individual students were recognized during the year by state and national organizations for their academic accomplishments. The National Field Hockey Coaches Association of America honored Sarah Baker ’18, Sophia Bierly ’18, Erica Sposato ’17 and Lindsay White ’18. Tanner Romance ’17 and Bryce Thompson ’18 were named to the All-State Academic Team for Wrestling this past spring. Twenty-five student-athletes were named to the All-Pioneer Athletic Conference All-Academic team in 2016-2017. “Phoenixville continues to be very proud of our student-athletes for their achievements on the field as well as the classroom,” PAHS Principal, Dr. Craig Parkinson stated. “We are fortunate to have coaches who understand the importance of academics, as well as building character and sportsmanship in student-athletes. Dan Weinstein (Swimming/Diving), Tim Raub (Girl Soccer) and Neil Herman (Baseball) have done a wonderful job in creating team cultures that allow our students to shine in competition and in the classroom.” For more information on the PASD Athletic program and to see our student-athletes in action, please visit Phoenixville Area | Fall 2017 | 41