VIDEO: Perry softball parades for a packed PAC Tuesday

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The 2016 Perry Jayettes are, front from left: Jayden Whitney, Brooke Huntington, Maddie West, Victoria Hegstrom, Sid Vancil, Alysaa Kruger and Adriana Eastman. Back, from left: Maddy Jans, Emma Olejniczak, head coach Tina Kenney, assistant coach Ashley Fricke, assistant coach Allisa Bahney, Jo Diw, Rachel Kinney, T.J. Sheehy and Gabby West.

Sunday was a Team Unity day for the Perry softball squad, and head coach Tina Kenney had a surprise for her Jayettes — a miniature parade.

Perry, 23-12 and ranked 15th overall, will host three-time defending state champions DC-G (17-20) in the Class 4A Region 7 Final at the PAC Tuesday at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the state tournament, which Perry has not been a part of since 1999.

Team members and coaches gathered at PHS late Sunday afternoon, decorating four vehicles with streamers, signs and balloons, all designed to encourage a large and partisan crowd Tuesday. The caravan traveled from the school to Summer Meadows Court and then to the home of Alyssa Kruger on 16th Street, where appetizers were served. From there the team traversed Willis Ave. to Pattee Park and then to the home of Brooke Huntington for dinner before ending the evening with dessert at Kenney’s home.

Making a new page in the school history books will require the Jayettes to play their best game of the season, and the girls are hoping a large and boisterous crowd will offset what is sure to be a numerous DC-G following and help lead Perry to victory. Gates will open at 6 p.m.

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Maddy Jans (10), Jayden Whitney (8), Emma Olejniczak (5), Brooke Huntington (2), Maddie West (6), Victoria Hegstrom (9), Sid Vancil (3), Alyssa Kruger (12), Rachel Kinney (13), Adriana Eastman (7), T.J. Sheehy (11), Gabby West (14) and Jo Diw (1) are one win from playing in the state tournament.
Maddy Jans (10), Jayden Whitney (8), Emma Olejniczak (5), Brooke Huntington (2), Maddie West (6), Victoria Hegstrom (9), Sid Vancil (3), Alyssa Kruger (12), Rachel Kinney (13), Adriana Eastman (7), T.J. Sheehy (11), Gabby West (14) and Jo Diw (1) are one win from playing in the state tournament.

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