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Varsity vs. Hoban- Malone Classic

DSC_0624Varsity fought hard, but came up two points short against Akron Hoban, Saturday during the Malone Classic. Good luck Ladies  this Saturday (2:30), in your first Federal League game against McKinley.  Come out to support our girl’s run for the Federal League Title.



Hall of Fame Huddle- Talking Perry Basketball!!!!

Kelsey Cobb , SR, Perry Panthers

Kelsey doesn’t do anything extremely spectacular, but does everything pretty well. She defends well, and has great size and athleticism, which allows her to defend bigger or smaller. She’s reliable with the basketball and understands ball security. Kelsey’s shot is acceptable and is one of the better players I’ve seen at pulling up midrange off the dribble. She’s an extremely hard worker and always invested in team.

Brittany Miner, SR, Perry Panthers

As a serious volleyball player Brit isn’t a player you see all year long. She will be a player you see all season long though! A great on ball defender who is a leader for the really young Panthers. This senior has improved consistently during her career and last year showed she was a reliable option on the offensive end. I fully expect Miner to show even more this season and standout on a very good Perry team.

Tori St. Jean, Sophomore, Perry Panthers 

Tori has certainly made a name for herself and turned some heads as of late. She has risen her game to the point that she is always a force when she’s on the floor. She has great length and she has used that to her advantage. Her scoring has taken off this spring as she has showcased a reliable jumpshot and started attacking the basket. She has really picked up the intensity on the boards and consistently creates easy points by making great defensive plays.

Karlee Pireu, Sophomore, Perry Panthers 

Karlee is bigger, stronger, faster, and badder than what she was last year. That’s the easiest way to explain her transformation. She has grown into a serious force. She can legitimately do it all with a decent degree of success. She can hit the jumper, she can get to the basket. She has rounded her game so well that she will create matchup problems everywhere. She is fast enough to guard a smaller player, as well as big and strong enough to guard any big. On the other end she’s skilled enough to exploit a bigger defender and big and strong enough to punish a smaller one.


Federal League Preview

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The Federal League has to be one of the toughest in the state, with the exception of Lake every team has a chance to win the league. It’s so close that it couldn’t possibly be predicted. As far-fetched as it sounds there are 5 teams that can split the season series with 4 other teams and force a 5-way tie. I know it sounds crazy but that’s how tight this race is going to be.Perry brings a really solid mixture of veteran leadership and young talent. Kelsey Cobb and Brittany Miner are two of the most underrated seniors in the area, both are very big pieces to the success of the Panthers. The combo of Karlee Pireu and Kimmie Borck is one of the best in Ohio in the 2017 class, add in Tori St. Jean and you have a spectacular sophomore trio. The biggest concern for the Panthers is their depth, after the starters it gets a little thin.


Karlee Pireu~ Making the News!!!!

Karlee Pireu

New blood

Perry has the youngest post player of the group and maybe the one with the most long-term potential in Pireu, a sophomore. The 5-10 Pireu is attracting interest from Minnesota and Memphis among others.

It’s easy to see why. Pireu averaged 7.6 rebounds as a freshman last year. She will also have a new coach this season in Jeff Couto, who couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of having Pireu for the next three seasons.

“She’s going to be a tough matchup,” Couto said. “She can handle the rock and she has great vision. She understands the offense well and has great ability. Defensively, she is relentless on the boards. She’s also been working on her perimeter shot.”

Read more: http://www.indeonline.com/article/20141126/Sports/141129371#ixzz3KTnUGcuv

Coach Couto- Excited for the Season

  • Perry Coach Recharged,
  • Ready to Lead Panthers to New Heights 
  • Jeff Couto returns to coaching high school basketball for the first time in six years, and is ready to take the reigns and lead Perry.
  • Kimmie Borck drives in for a layup at a recent Perry practice.Glenn B. Dettman, Independent Kimmie Borck drives in for a layup at a recent Perry practice.
  • David Harpster
    IndeOnline.com sports writer
    Posted Nov. 25, 2014 @ 11:32 pm

    When Jeff Couto walked off a high school basketball court in 2008 after stepping down as the Louisville girls coach, he wasn’t sure when, or if, he ever would return.

    “When I left in 2008, I was just flat-out burned out,” said Couto, who compiled a 127-74 record from 1999-2008 at Louisville and won three straight Northeastern Buckeye Conference titles his final three years at the school. “I was fried.”

    It has taken about six months, or about the time since he was

    named Perry’s new girls basketball coach, for those feelings to leave Couto. In their place are ones of hope and optimism.

    “It was six years that I was gone. This has energized me in such a way that it’s like Christmas every day,” Couto said. “I feel like a 4-year-old kid being able to go back and enjoy something that’s always been so pleasurable.

    “Being away from it as long as I have, and with the assistants I have in Beth Sternberg and Bob Pireu, it’s been a true blessing to be back doing this.”

    Couto’s state of mind of is also helped by the fact he’s taken over Perry program that seems primed for a revival, even in the super-competitive Federal League.

    Perry finished 14-11 last season, but was only 3-9 in league play. Some of those struggles can be chalked up to the Panthers fielding a lineup that often included three freshmen and a sophomore.

    Those players are all a year older now and Couto has seen more than passing evidence during the preseason of their growth in that time.

    “Every indication is that the program is ready to turn the corner and do some positive things,” he said. “The execution in practice and just the skill level they’re exhibiting, the fact they continue to grow and get better at what they’re doing, is a great sign.

    “The team chemistry is just off-the-charts good. When you start adding those things together, when you have those kinds of skills and chemistry, then good things should happen.”

    Sophomores Kimmie Borck, Karlee Pireu and Tori St. Jean all saw extensive action last season, as did junior Jesse Morosko. Borck should be a backcourt mainstay this season, while Pireu and St. Jean, at 5-foot-10 and 5-11, respectively, add length a Perry lineup that doesn’t have much. Morosko, a 5-7 forward, will also see time in the frontcourt.

    Senior guards Brittany Miner and Kelsey Cobb will add experience and shooting to the lineup, while 5-10 senior Mickey Kopriver should factor into the frontcourt rotation. Freshmen guards Natalie Wilson and Jamee Cauthon, as well as sophomores Makaily Parks, Erin Kennedy and Alexa Carpenter, will all vie for playing time during the season.

    Couto likes the Panthers’ ability to mix-and-match lineups and either go big or small given the opponent.

    “We really do have a lot of interchangeable pieces on the roster, and that should help us create some matchup problems for some teams,” Couto said. “We’ve got some bigger girls who not only can go inside and post up strong, but they can also go outside and handle the ball and do some positive things on the perimeter.”

    While the Panthers’ skill level has taken a step forward since last season, Couto and his staff have worked just as hard on the Panthers’ confidence and mental well being. For it to pay off, though, Perry will need translate that talk into results on the floor in the form of a win over one of the league’s perennial powers. Couto feels that time is coming soon for the Panthers, who haven’t captured a league title since 1985.

    “We understand the Federal League is one of the finest leagues in the state and it’s so, so strong. We’re starting to believe, though, that we belong in the Federal League and we can compete on a nightly basis.

    “Every once in a while, in order to get to that point, you’re going to have to have a signature win. I really think the Perry girls are going to get a signature win, or more, this season to help turn the corner.”

    Reach David at 330-775-1129 or david.harpster@indeonline.com.

Read more: http://www.indeonline.com/article/20141125/Sports/141129475#ixzz3KTmPC8ca

Canton Repository Basketball Preview

Area girls basketball preview- Canton Rep November 27,2014


Head coach: Jeff Couto

Last season: 14-11, 3-9

Returning letterwinners: Kelsey Cobb, sr.; Mickey Kopriver, sr.; Brittany Miner, sr.; Jessica Morosko, jr.; Kimmie Borck, soph.; Karlee Pireu, soph.; Tori St. Jean, soph.

Outlook: The 5-10 Karlee Pireu gives the Panthers a nice building block in Jeff Couto’s first year, as he has an interesting mix of experience with three seniors, three sophomores and a junior..

Meet the Team Night is FRIDAY December 5th at 7:30!!! Doors open at 7:00

Revised Meet the Team Night

Click the link above for more information!!!!

Perry Varsity Wins at the Stark County Preview

Congratulations to the Varsity Team for getting a Win tonight against Louisville. The Varsity will be back at it Saturday at Malone University against Hoban HS at 4:45!!!IMG


The girls basketball program took time out of their busy schedule to give back to a family in need. The girls volunteered an entire Saturday to help clean up a house in partnership with Hammer and Nails of Canton. With the time and work the girls put in, the family of 8 moving into the home will now be able to do so for the upcoming holiday season. Way to go girls!






Blood Drive- Sunday to Support the Lady Panther’s

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Come to PHS this Sunday to donate blood to Aultman Hospital and to help support our Lady Panthers from 12-4.  Donations will be taken on Sunday and for two weeks after at Aultman locations. Please just mention Perry Girls Basketball.

Perry Girls Basketball News

  • H.S. girls basketball: Fire still burns for Perry’s Couto

  • Jeff Couto took some time off after his coaching stint at Louisville to help out at Malone University. But he realized that he needed to have his own team again, and Perry came calling.
  • New Perry High School girls basketball coach Jeff Couto (center) talks to his players during a summer workout session.IndeOnline.com/Kevin WhitlockNew Perry High School girls basketball coach Jeff Couto (center) talks to his players during a summer workout session.
  • David Harpster
    IndeOnline.com sports writer
    Posted Jul. 3, 2014 @ 7:29 am

    When Jeff Couto heard Perry High School was seeking a new girls basketball coach this spring, he was certainly intrigued.

    Couto, though, didn’t immediately apply because he felt the job wouldn’t be a fit for his schedule. A teacher at Louisville High School, Couto wasn’t sure he could make the commute in time for the Panthers’ after-school practices.

    One conversation in late May with Perry athletic director Scott Campbell changed all that.

    “I didn’t apply until they almost closed it out. I was at home one night and Scott Campbell called me and shared with me that the job was open. I had known that, but the issue I had was that, since I still teach at Louisville, I don’t get out of school until 3 o’clock. Perry gets out around 2, so I shared with Scott that it wasn’t a good fit logistically.

    “Scott then shared with me that the girls don’t practice until later in the evening, until 5 o’clock. When he shared that with me, it was like Christmas in May. If I felt that the schedule was going to work out, then I was definitely going to throw my hat into the ring and see what would become of it.”

    It didn’t take Campbell and other Perry administrators long to get back to Couto, as he accepted an offer to become the Panthers’ next coach in early June.

    He officially was approved at the Perry Local Board of Education meeting June 24.

    Couto spent most of the last month getting back into the swing of things as a head basketball coach. While his last coaching stint was an assistant for the Malone University women’s team during the 2010-11 season, Couto led Louisville to a 127-74 record from 1999 through 2008.

    It was during that one season at Malone when Couto realized he missed leading a team of his own.

    “That seed was planted, and having been out of it for a couple years and talking with my wife, Victoria, the bottom line is, I felt I’d rather wear out than rust out,” Couto said. “It was time to get back in the gym and do something that, in many ways, I’ve been blessed to do.

    “The fire started to burn a little more within me to coach again during that time at Malone.”

    While Couto was thrilled to be back on a high school court, being hired at the start of June — which is normally the busiest of all the offseason months for prep basketball players — isn’t always a best-case scenario.

Couto, though, was able to hit the ground running by being as proactive as possible when it came to communicating with assistants Beth Sternberg and Bob Pireu.

“I needed to know that Beth and Bob were going to be on board and be there, because coming into a new school district I needed people who had their fingers on the pulse of the community and the program,” Couto said. “Bob and Beth had everything, I mean everything, set up for the summer for us.

“One of the concerns about being such a late hire was making sure that the summer activities were all lined up and we weren’t going to be scrambling. That was so reassuring to find out that everything was in good shape.”

Couto was able to see the Panthers in a variety of settings during a very busy month of June. In addition to playing in summer leagues at GlenOak and Jackson, the Panthers traveled to shootouts at Mount Union and Ashland, where they compiled a combined 9-0 record.

While Couto’s first exposure to the Panthers as a coach came last month, he saw them play Louisville last winter. The game left a positive impression on the veteran coach, something Couto wasn’t afraid to share with the young Panthers when they embarked on their offseason work.

“One of the first things I noticed when I saw that (Louisville) game was that Perry girls are not allergic to hard work. They were willing to get after it, they were tough and hard-nosed and knowledgeable of the game,” Couto said. “When we first met this summer, I wanted to let them know that I recognized that. I recognized their hunger and passion and desire. Whatever they decided this next season was going to be, that it was within their grasp.

“Just by sharing that, the chemistry has been phenomenal ever since among the players, the staff and everyone else. Everything we’ve talked about — about being able to compete and scrap and just show up and get after it — they’ve embraced all of that.”

Reach David at 330-775-1129 or david.harpster@indeonline.com.