Incredible Athletic Accomplishments at Perry High School
By: David Stewart
This school year, the Perry athletes have accomplished some incredible things in many sports ranging from the basketball court to the swimming pool. Jake Reid has won the Division IV Defensive Player of the Year award, Kyle Rowan won Pin City in the 106-lbs weight class, the swim team hosted an invitational with 20 different schools, and finally Claire Dolan hit the 1000 career points for the girls basketball game.
Junior Jake Reid was announced as the winner of the Division IV Defensive player of the Year award. The Pirates went 20-0 in the past 2 regular seasons also collecting two CVC championships. Jake Reid helped out the Pirates on both sides of the ball playing Wide Receiver on offense and Defensive Back on defense. He also jumped in at Quarterback a couple of times. On the offensive side of the ball, he had 19 receptions for 321 yards and 2 TD’s, he threw for 26 yards and a touchdown. His defense is what brought the lights to his name. He had 54 total tackles and a school record 14 interceptions. Reid still has one final season with the Pirates, trying to come back even better this upcoming season.
Sophomore Kyle Rowan has had quite a year in wrestling as he’s won the Pin City 106-lb weight class. He also has taken 1st place in a couple of the tournaments he has taken part in such as: The Westerville S. Freestyle Qualifier 2017, Central Regional Cadet/Jr FS, The North Coast Classic, Perry Pin City Invitational Tour. He placed second in Maumee Bay Classic and in the 2018 Wadsworth GIT. In July, Kyle earned the All-American status as he finished fourth in the U.S. Marine Corps Cadet and Junior Nationals. His dad and the head wrestling coach, Mr. Rowan stated, “He’s worked hard to get where he is at right now.” Kyle has a bright future as he still has a lot of time left in his high school wrestling career.
In the CVC swim meet that took place on the 13th of January, girls took third place as the guys took third as well. The Perry Swim teams were a part of a invitational swim meet. The girls team took 3rd place again. The invitational meet had 20 different schools competing, but nothing could stop the boys as they were the ones holding up the 1st place trophy at the end of the meet. Jaren Hodgson said, “It’s always a great feeling when we win, but winning over 19 other schools feels even better.”
The 5-foot-6 guard Claire Dolan, put her name in the history books as she became the seventh girl in the Perry program to reach the 1000 point mark in basketball. There have only been 9 total Perry athletes who have hit this historic mark and 7 of the 9 are girls. She scored her 1000th point with a rebound and putback. When asked how she felt in the moment, she said, “I just stood there and was like ‘Wow, I did it. I can’t believe I did something like this. It felt great doing something I have always wanted to do.” The last player to achieve this incredible milestone was Jackson Burdyshaw in 2015. Claire continues her dominance on her opponents as she looks to get that Chagrin Valley Conference Championship.