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By LARRY GOFFINET Sports Editor LEOPOLD—Grace James, Aaron Pierrard and Jillian Theis received Most Valuable Player awards at Perry Central’s volleyball and cross country awards program Thursday.
James received the award in volleyball after setting a school record for assists in a season and finishing second on the team in blocks and third in digs. Pierrard received the award in boys cross country and Theis, a freshman, won it in girls cross country. Three Commodores received honorable mention on academic all-state teams: Callie Poehlein and Marie Schwartz in girls cross country an Sydney Goffinet in volleyball. The school’s football awards program will be held later. The complete list of awards presented Thursday: Boys Cross Country Most valuable runner: Aaron Pierrard All-PLAC: Pierrard, Bryce Lain, Michael Schwartz, Nathan Schwartz Semistate qualifiers: Newton, Lain Most improved: Ben Hauser Mental attitude: Michael Schwartz and Nathan Schwartz Leadership award: Lain Best freshman runner: Dakota Brewster Girls Cross Country Most valuable runner: Jillian Theis All-PLAC: Theis, Megan Thomas, Marie Schwartz, Rosa Schwartz, Sarah Schlachter, Verna Schwartz Semistate qualifiers: Theis, Thomas Most improved: Schlachter Mental attitude: Thomas Leadership award: Rosa Schwartz Best freshman runner: Theis Academic all-state honorable mention: Callie Poehlein and Marie Schwartz Volleyball Most Valuable Player: Grace James All-PLAC: Grace James, Sydney Goffinet, Hannah Harpenau, Jordan Sprinkle All-state, first team: Goffinet and Grace James All-state, second team: Brittany Parker Most digs: Parker Most blocks: Sprinkle Most valuable passer: Parker Most valuable setter: Grace James Best serving percentage: Harpenau Most ace serves: Goffinet Most kills: Harpenau Best hitting percentage: Goffinet Most improved defensive specialists: Hannah Edwards and Casey James Most improved all-around: Maddie Hubert Academic all-state honorable mention: Goffinet