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By LARRY GOFFINET
INDIANAPOLIS—For the second consecutive year and fourth time ever, Perry Central has a member of the Indianapolis Colts’ High School Academic All-Star Team.
Perry Central senior running back/defensive back/punter/kicker Austin LeClere was named this year to the team, which honors the top 30 high school football academic all-stars in the state.
This is the 15th year the Colts have sponsored the team, which formerly had 24 players on it.
LeClere and the other academic stars were honored on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium before the Colts’ game with the Tennessee Titans’ Dec. 1.
They also got to help hold the American flag during the national anthem before the game.
Each all-star receive four complimentary tickets to the game.
Colts’ academic all-stars must rank in the top 5 percent of their class and must be nominated by their coaches.
LeClere is tied for first in Perry Central’s senior class with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.
He plans to become a pharmacist and said he does not plan to play college football because of the great amount of time his studies will take.
Only five colleges in Indiana have pharmacy schools. LeClere has already been accepted by three of them and expects to hear from the other two within the next week.
Perry Central’s Levi Hilgenhold made the Colts’ academic all-stars last year. Morgan Labhart did so in 2002 and Isaac Schroeder made it in 2007.
Other area players on this year’s team were Jacob Mundy and Cody Thompson of Southridge, Jordan Cadle of Paoli, and Brett McCullough and Andy Brown from Reitz.