Superintendent of Perry Township Schools
We’re fortunate to have two great high schools in Perry Township; Perry Meridian and Southport provide excellent educational experiences for students. At every school board meeting we are extended the good fortune to celebrate an accomplishment of our students or teachers.
Our students and teachers at both schools excel in so many ways, and our athletic programs are no different. For decades Perry Meridian has been known for its outstanding wrestling program. In recent years Southport has fielded outstanding football teams.
This year the Southport boys basketball team accomplished one of those once-in-20-year benchmarks. The team made it to the Final 4 in the state tournament. Reaching this level of play takes a great deal of dedication and hard work.
During our April board meeting we recognized the team and its coaches. There is some background about the team that you may find interesting. This team over the past three seasons has a record of 60-18 with back-to-back 20-win seasons. In addition, they are three-year Conference Indiana champions, Hall of Fame champions and sectional and regional champions.
Individual accomplishments are almost too numerous to mention, but there are few that I wish to highlight. Joey Brunk and Paul Scruggs were named All-State, and Joey was named Academic All-State. That’s one we’re especially proud of Paul is an Indiana Junior All-Star core team member, and Joey – one of three finalists for Indiana’s Mr. Basketball – was named an Indiana All-Star last week.
The exciting news is that all of our seniors have been accepted to college. Joey will attend my alma matter, Butler University. Luke Johnston and Evan Higgs will attend Marian, where they will play, not basketball, but football.
Elijah Walton is hoping to be involved in sports as he works on his degree, and David Reyes is planning to attend college and be involved in athletics.
Congratulations to this great team, coach Kyle Simpson and his staff, athletic director Pete Hubert and all of those involved.
We wish all of our student-athletes and coaches a great spring season. We hope you’ll support our players and schools by attending a game, meet or match.
While we always keep our focus on academic achievements, we all understand that athletics plays a key role in building school spirit and a sense of pride within the student body. Our goal is to develop students who value the community in which they reside while stressing the importance of being active members of the area.