SAN TAN VALLEY — While Poston Butte didn’t get to play much baseball this year, the Broncos baseball team has been honored for its work in the classroom.

Poston Butte is one of seven Arizona high school baseball teams to receive the Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association, the ABCA announced Tuesday.

The award is handed out to high school and college programs of all levels. GateWay Community College in Phoenix, Glendale Community College and Paradise Valley Community College also received the award.

The head coach of the team must be an ABCA member, and the baseball teams must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the entire 2019-20 academic year.

Coaches must nominate their teams for consideration, and July 17 was the deadline to submit nominations.

Across the country, 143 high schools were honored with the academic award.

“In light of the challenges faced by so many programs across the country, we are humbled to be able to honor a record number of teams for their outstanding academic achievements,” ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz said in a statement. “It is a testament to the leadership of our member coaches and the commitment of their student-athletes who persevered during an unprecedented academic year.”

The other six Arizona high schools that received the award are Phoenix Brophy College Prep, Tempe Corona del Sol, Phoenix Desert Vista, Tempe Marcos de Niza, Gilbert Perry and Mesa Westwood.

The Poston Butte baseball team is coached by Chris Holcombe, who has coached the team since 2015.

On the field, the Broncos were off to a blistering 9-0 start, outscoring opponents 86-20 before all spring sports were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Their last game of the season was a 4-2 win over Gilbert High on March 9.

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