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Local HS baseball team earns Academic Excellent award

8/10/2020, 6:30 p.m.
The 2019-20 Plainfield East High School Varsity Baseball Team is one of four teams statewide to earn the American Baseball ...
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The 2019-20 Plainfield East High School Varsity Baseball Team is one of four teams statewide to earn the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Excellence Award.

The award is given to high school and college baseball programs across the nation that maintain a team cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The 2019-20 PEHS Varsity Baseball Team maintained a 4.2 GPA on a 5.0 scale.

Plainfield East High School Varsity Head Baseball Coach Adam O’Reel is proud of his player’s academic commitment.

“Our program prides itself on our athletes prioritizing academics,” O’Reel said. “They did an amazing job this year of overcoming the adversities that they were faced with,” he added.

PEHS baseball players participate in a study period after school and before practices. “We believe his helps our student-athletes create positive study habits,” O’Reel added.

Coaches also do regular eligibility checks and monitor grades. Illinois High School Association guidelines do not allow players to compete if they have two “F’s”, but PEHS baseball players are not allowed to compete if they have one “F” O’Reel said.

The award recognizes the entire team, however O’Reel noted that each player worked hard to earn this academic achievement.

“This award is about them, they did the work, they put in the time, and they succeeded,” he added.