Baseball team receives award for academic excellence

With a cumulative GPA above 3.0, the Panthers are only one of two Bucks County teams to be honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Posted on 08/17/2021
Pitcher Anthony Rostick, right, and Brandon Pierce, 21, during a game.By Gary Weckselblatt

The Quakertown Community High School baseball team is again receiving national recognition for its success in the classroom.

The Panthers received the American Baseball Coaches Association’s 2020-21 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, which recognizes college and high school programs from across the country that posted a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for the entire 2020-21 academic year. More than 200 high school programs and 380 collegiate programs were recognized with this year’s award.

In Bucks County, only Quakertown and Central Bucks West qualified for the award.

“This was a difficult year for the guys, but we were excited to be able to play baseball again,” QCSD baseball coach Jonathan Pallone said. “Each year we make it a goal to earn this award and we emphasize that ‘student’ comes first in ‘student-athlete’. Our guys are not perfect, but watching their improvement in the classroom is as fulfilling as it is on the field.”

Superintendent “Dr. (Bill) Harner has always preached the ‘3 As’ (Academics, Arts, and Athletics) since coming to Quakertown and we embrace two of those,” he said.

Mr. Pallone’s squad also qualified for the award for their academic success during the 2018-19 school year.

Dr. Harner said he’s “thrilled” that the district’s coaches “emphasize academics as part of their work with students.” He also noted that students participating in sports and other extracurricular activities more often than not have higher grades in season than not.

Gary Weckselblatt, QCSD Director of Communications, writes about the people and the programs that impact the Quakertown Community School District. He can be reached at 215-529-2028 or gweckselblatt@qcsd.org.
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