The Perry seniors began declaring “themes” for the football games this year, with many in the Bluejay cheering section showing up in patriotic garb, in tie-dyed shirts and Hawaiian outfits among others.
Apparently the students have taken it upon themselves to continue the fun through the basketball season, or at least that was the case Friday, as many “Ugly Christmas sweaters” made public appearances at the PHS gym.
The Bluejay basketball team was resplendent in a garish menagerie only a true clothes horse would bray at. While only a few of the Jayettes followed suit — seniors Victoria Hegstrom and Mariah Duffy the sartorial exceptions — many in the Perry student section played along, with any number of eloquent fashion statements made.
The Perry Pep Band was apparently exempt, as the band’s own sweaters (hockey jerseys the uninformed might call them) were the cloth of choice.
Bluejay senior Shammond Ivory was able to make his haberdashers statement at half court during the girls contest, when he was honored for becoming Perry’s new all-time career scoring leader.
Ivory, who would go on to score 21 points later Friday to raise his current total to 1,331 points, snapped Mark Einck’s 37-year record of 1,306 points set at the conclusion of the 1978 season. The prolific guard was presented a plaque acknowledging his accomplishment by Perry Activities Director Tom Lipovac, Bluejay head coach Ned Menke and assistant coach Jim Richmond, none of whom were outlandishly attired.