And The Athletes Of The Year Are....

And The Athletes Of The Year Are....

Jailik Lynch

And The Athletes Of The Year Are....

Chloe Perssinger

And The Athletes Of The Year Are....

Dylan May

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Graceon Armstrong

RC, PM Name Athletes of the Year

Parry McCluer High School and Rockbridge County High School named their male and female athletes of the year ast week.

All of the honors went to seniors. PM named Dylan May as its male athlete of the year and Chloe Persinger as its female athlete of the year. The Wildcats selected Jailik Lynch as their male athlete of the year and Graceon Armstrong as their female athlete of the year.

May won the Class 1 state cross country meet last fall and led the PM boys to the program’s first state title since 1980. He followed up with a superb indoor track and field season, earning a state title in the 1600-meter run and helping the team win its first state title in 40 years. May will continue his running career at the College of Southern Idaho in the fall.

Persinger played softball and volleyball for the Blues. She was primarily a pitcher for the softball team and also played third base and other positions in the infield. As a junior, she was the Pioneer District player of the year and made the all-district, all-region and allstate first teams. On the mound, she went 8-5, pitching 81 innings with one save, 92 strikeouts, 25 walks and a 2.42 earned runs average. Her batting average was .540 with 44 RBIs and eight home runs.

The Blues made it to the regional finals and the state quarterfinals the last two years, going 20-6 last year and 12-6 the year before. She was named Pioneer District player of the year as a sophomore, going 5-3, with three saves and 83 strikeouts.

In volleyball, Persinger earned all-district and all-region honors as an outside hitter for the Blues.

Persinger will play Division III softball at Randolph College in Lynchburg next year, and she plans to study biology to prepare to be a veterinary technician. Lynch played football and basketball for RC. For the football team, Lynch earned all-district first team honors as a wide receiver and defensive back last fall, and he was selected to the all-region second team. Lynch finished the year with 1,237 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. He helped the Wildcats go 9-3 last fall, matching their school record for wins in a season and earning their first playoff win in seven years. With Lynch as a consistent contributor, the Wildcats had winning records and made the playoffs for the last three years.

As a guard for the basketball team, Lynch was named to the all-district and all-region first teams. Last winter, he led the Wildcats to a 9-14 record and a berth in the Region 3C tournament. He scored over 1,000 points during his career and was an effective defender and passer.

Lynch plans to go to college next year but hasn’t decided where yet.

Armstrong was a dominant middle and outside hitter for the RC volleyball team, racking up 361 kills, 41 solo blocks, 54 block assists and 32 aces last fall. She was named Region 3C player of the year after her junior season and was selected to the all-district team three times, the all-region first team twice, the all-region second team once, the all-state first team once, and the all-state second team once.

She helped the Wildcats win the last three Valley District championships, along with two Region 3C titles and two Class 3 state quarterfinal appearances, all firsts for the Wildcats. She played volleyball all four years and was a starter for the last three years and co-captain her junior and senior year. Last fall, the Wildcats went 24-5, ending their season with a five-set loss to Western Albemarle in the Region 3C quarterfinals.

As a forward for the basketball team last winter, Armstrong was named to the all-district first team. She was a strong inside scorer, rebounder and defender for the Wildcats, who went 7-15.

Armstrong will attend Bridgewater College in the fall, where she’ll play Division III volleyball and plans to study in the medical field.

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