PHS Winter Athletic Teams Finish The Year Strong

Perry Pride 200Several athletic teams from Perry High School (PHS) recently participated in competitive tournaments at both the district and state levels to finish out their winter seasons. Perry High School’s boys’ basketball team competed in the Ohio High School Athletic Association’s (OHSAA) Division I Boys High School Basketball District Semifinals. Held at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, Perry’s team lost in the district semi-final game to Jackson High School, concluding their season. “The boys’ basketball team and Coach Chad Spurgeon continue to improve each year,” said Scott Campbell, PHS athletic director. “This was the first time since 2008 that the team made it to the district tournament, so we are very excited about the team’s future and where this program is heading.” Also for the first time since 2008, both the boys’ and girls’ bowling teams traveled to Columbus to compete in the OHSAA Bowling State Tournament at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl on March 10. Coached by Joe Altimore, who was named the Federal League Coach of the Year, the girls’ team placed sixth overall in the state tournament. Sarah Benedict finished fifteenth place overall in the individuals’ event and was named All-Ohio Honorable Mention. The PHS girls’ bowling team finished with a record of 15-1 for the season. “This was the girls’ bowling team’s third state appearance in four years,” said Campbell. “Coach Altimore, who is one of our best coaches, has really raised the expectations for the team, and we want to continue to make the Columbus trip and climb the state rankings.” The PHS boys’ bowling team also has reason to celebrate, placing twelfth at the state tournament and finishing with a record of 14-2. Coached by Coach of the Year Nominee Alex Lincoln, the team accomplished many feats this season, including a Federal League championship, sectional championship and qualifying for states. In addition, two wrestlers from Perry High School’s wrestling team competed in the 2019 OHSAA Individual Wrestling State Tournament at The Ohio State University’s Jerome Schottenstein Center on March 7-9. Wrestler Max Millin took third place in state, losing in the semi-finals to the eventual state champion, while Darese Sparkman lost both of his opening matches. “[Wrestling coach] Coach McBurney did an excellent job winning the Federal League championship and getting nine wrestlers to districts with a very young group,” said Campbell. “We have high expectations for the future of Perry wrestling.” Finally, Perry High School’s competition cheerleading team placed ninth in the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrator’s (OASSA) State Cheer Championship in Division I Non- building. This marks the best state finish by any Perry competition cheer team in the high school’s history. “We are extremely proud of all of our athletic teams for finishing out their winter seasons at these competitive district and state-level tournaments,” said Superintendent Scott Beatty. “Congratulations to all of the athletes for their hard work and dedication. The strength of Perry’s athletic programs continues to grow year after year, and we are looking forward to the development and achievements of each of these teams in the future.”