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2019 TISAC Championship Baseball Team Wins Academic Excellence Award
2019 TISAC Championship Baseball Team Wins Academic Excellence Award

Ravenscroft's 2018-19 TISAC Championship baseball team has added another win to their season: the Team Academic Excellence Award.

The award, bestowed by the American Baseball Coaches Association, honors high school and college programs coached by ABCA members that post a combined cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher, on a 4.0 scale, for the academic year. The Ravens varsity baseball team was one of just 310 programs recognized for this achievement.

During the season, the team had five members on the Spring 2019 Ravenscroft Head of School List (meaning they earned all A's or a semester GPA of at least 4.25 with all A's and B's and no incompletes), and another eight were named to the Head of Upper School List (all A's and B's, with at least three A's; or a semester GPA of at least 3.90, with no grade below a C- and no incompletes).

Led by a strong group of seniors, the team won their first TISAC Championship in nine years in May. The team also upset the No. 1 team in 4A NCISAA baseball, Wesleyan Christian Academy.

"I'm very proud of our players for receiving this recognition," head varsity baseball coach Jim Gibbons said. "This award demonstrates a total team commitment to being a complete student-athlete. For these young men to put the hours into their sport and still maintain such a high GPA is a tribute to the players, their parents and their teachers."

The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. More than 11,000 members represent all 50 states and 25 countries. Association membership includes eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III; NAIA; NJCAA; Pacific Association Division; High School; and Youth.

ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz noted in a congratulatory letter to Gibbons, "You and your staff have shown great commitment to developing successful individuals, both on and off the field, and the ABCA has a long tradition of recognizing the achievements of baseball coaches and student-athletes."

At top: Interim Head of Supper School Aaron Sundstrom, center, congratulates Tommy Reynolds '20, Matthew Badger '21, Jacob Zucker '21, Jake Smith '20, Charlie Everhard '20, Thomas Hudson '20 and Sam Rappaport '20 for their academic achievement award; at bottom, 2019 varsity baseball seniors Derek Hughes '19, Christian Lee '19, Jackson Corigliano '19, Abbott Timmons '19, Will Tierney '19 and Justin Zachery '19, with head coach Jim Gibbons and assistant coach Matt Zeblo after winning the TISAC Championship.