The 2017 Perryville Lady Pirate Softball Lady Pirates have achieved Academic All-State as a team.
The Missouri Fastpitch Coaches Association requires the team to maintain a 3.3 GPA during the season to receive the award. The Lady Pirates combined for a 3.58 GPA, which is equivalent to an A- average.
Six girls also achieved individual Academic All-State. This award requires the player to maintain a GPA of 3.6 during the season, and be in the top 25% of their class or score a 24 on their ACT. The Perryville Lady Pirates that achieved Academic All-State as individuals were senior Courtney Lohman, juniors Anna Besand, Mackenzie Laurentius and sophomores Makayla Burns, Kaylin Schuessler and Cailyne Sparkman. Freshmen are ineligible to achieve individual Academic All-State, but their GPA is counted toward the team GPA.
“This is the 4th consecutive season that the Lady Pirates have achieved Academic All-State,” said Coach Darin Deckerd. “As a coach, this award is important because it shows the girls are successful in the classroom, as well as on the field. They are representing Perryville High School as true student-athletes.”