Four Bluejays earn All-RRC recognition

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The Perry players receive a State Participation plaque and medals after their quarterfinal loss Mar. 8.

The Perry boys basketball team had four players recently selected for All-Raccoon River Conference honors.

Perry's Shammond Ivory hammered this dunk just before the first quarter horn sounded in Tuesday's Class 3A Quarterfinal against Pella. Ivory had 18 points in the game and leaves as Perry's all-time leading scorer with 1,708 points.
Perry’s Shammond Ivory hammered this dunk just before the first quarter horn sounded in Tuesday’s Class 3A Quarterfinal against Pella. Ivory had 18 points in the game and leaves as Perry’s all-time leading scorer with 1,708 points.

Senior Shammond Ivory was an unanimous pick for the First Team, with junior Kyle Nevitt also chosen for the First Team.

No Jays were chosen for the Second Team, but senior Ryan Rathje and junior Janier Puente were selected for Honorable Mention status.

In statistics from RRC play only, Ivory led the league in both total points (308) and points per game (23.7). He had 46 assists, grabbed 42 rebounds and made 20 steals.

Nevitt had 211 points for a 15.1 ppg clip, both eighth in the RRC. He cleared 72 boards, had 30 assists and made 17 steals.

Rathje led the RRC in blocked shots with 20 and was fourth in total 3-pointers with 31. He scored 156 points (11.1 ppg) and distributed 29 assists while pulling down 78 rebounds.

Perry junior Kyle Nevitt scores over Pella's Tyson Wassenaar.
Perry junior Kyle Nevitt scores over Pella’s Tyson Wassenaar.

Puente was third in both total rebounds (116) and rebounds per game (18.3) but was far and away the dominant offensive rebound machine in the RRC after collecting 59, more than 20 more than the second-place player on the list. He scored 151 points (10.8 ppg) and had 20 thefts.

Perry was 15-10 overall and 8-6 in RRC play. They were the lone conference team to qualify for the state tournament.

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ALL-RACCOON RIVER CONFERENCE
First Team
Shammond Ivory*         PRY            Sr.
Max Evans*                   CRL            Jr.
Kolby Molinsky*             CAR           Jr.
Jaden Moody*                BAL           Sr.
Dylon Storey*                B-F           Sr.
Kyle Nevitt                     PRY           Jr.
Tajen Ross                     ADM          Jr.
* — Unanimous
Coach of the Year — Chris Deason, BAL

Second Team
Payton Conrad              ADM           Jr.
Payton Duit                   B-F            Sr.
Justin Henry                 WNT           So.
Kolby Jensen                BAL            Sr.
Ethan Lewis                  BNE            Jr.
Dayton Ross                 CAR            Jr.
Noah Schmitt               CRL             Sr.

Third Team
Ryan Rathje                PRY             Sr.
Janier Puente              PRY             Jr.
Matt Baur                   WNT            Sr.
Nick Nelson                WNT            Sr.
Max Stoltz                  BAL             Jr.
Tyler Ihle                    BAL             Jr.
Jacob Hardy                ADM           Sr.
Matt Larson                ADM            Jr.
Tanner Schminke        BNE             Jr.
Tommy Donovan        CRL             So.
Tanner White              CAR             Sr.
Casey Zarr                  B-F             Jr.

Janier Puente scores from inside the paint.
Janier Puente scores from inside the paint.
Senior forward Ryan Rathje splashed this 3-pointer for the Bluejays.
Senior forward Ryan Rathje splashed this 3-pointer for the Bluejays.

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