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James, Pierrard, Theis win PC’s MVP awards

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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.

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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