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Senior Profile: Perry continuing a proud family tradition
It's understandable why Maxwell High senior Bryce Perry takes extra pride in being a Panther and wearing the blue and gold.
His family has attended the school for generations and the gymnasium is named in honor of his grandfather David J. Perry, who was inducted into the Colusa County Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year.
"You look up in the gym and you see the banners and there's a name on every banner, and you always hear stories about your uncle or your grandpa from other people in the community," Perry said.
Rarely is Perry the center of attention in any of the three sports he plays, but as a starter in football, basketball and baseball, he is at the center of Maxwell's success all year due to his consistency and defense prowess.
He's a weapon in the passing game for the Panthers' 4-2 football team and is a ball-hawking corner who returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown in the team's 48-12 victory against Sierra Ridge/Rite of Passage on Oct. 4.
An early season loss to Williams woke the Panthers up and they returned to practice the next week focused on their next game against Colusa.
Maxwell blasted the RedHawks 34-6 and hasn't lost since.
"This senior class hadn't beat Colusa yet — this year was our big win," Perry said. "That's the week we started working really hard and then after that we've worked hard ever since."
Perry and the Panthers' football team carry a four-game win streak into their second Mountain-Valley League game against a dangerous Chester squad.
Last year, Perry's first year on varsity, the Panthers were Mountain Valley League co-champions and lost in the Division IV semifinals 35-25 to eventual champion Portola.
"We're working way harder than we were last year. We're actually more together than last year too," Perry said. "I think last year we realized how close we got to the championship and that kind of helped us get our mind right."
Forrest Bateman coaches Perry in two sports - basketball and baseball - and expects him to be a key player as the Panthers strive to improve on last season's playoff run in basketball and championship run in baseball.
"He does all the behind the scenes work, all the intangible things the teams needs," Bateman said. "He's not out for glory, he's out to help the team win. He's a good kid, he'll do just about everything for you."
This year will be Perry's fourth year on the varsity basketball team where he is a defensively-minded guard who often is matched up against one of the other team's top scorers. All three years Perry has been on the basketball team, the Panthers have made it to the playoffs, reaching the quarterfinals the last two seasons and the semifinals his freshman year.
Though he excels at every sport, there's no question which sport is his favorite — it's baseball.
Perry is one of the better defensive middle infielders in the division and is a steady producer on offense with a career .356 average during his first three seasons on varsity. His ability to reach base (.502 career on-base percentage) and speed (27 stolen bases) have put him in position to score 74 runs in 69 games.
The Panthers baseball team won two section championships (2011, 2013) and were the runners-up in 2012 while compiling a 72-14 record since Perry joined the team.
After he graduates, Perry wants to attend college in Montana where he hopes to continue playing baseball but when he's done there he wants to return home to Maxwell.
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