Memorable Weather and Mentors Inspire Seniors to Overcome PJP During Pink-Out

Freezing rain. Crowds of ponchos. PAC champs. Senior Night for the class of 2022 was in a word–memorable. The student section did not disappoint, despite the weather conditions. Pink filled the crowds for breast cancer awareness. The night kicked off with seniors accompanied by their parents and teacher tributes amidst heavy downpours and high gusts of wind which did not let up. 

The seniors chose teachers that inspired them throughout their high school career. Quarterback, Ethan Kohler chose Mrs. George. 

“She has been my class advisor and has helped me so much along my high school journey. Whether it was something actually relating to school and how to balance or just growing up and becoming a better person, she’s a great mentor,” he said. 

Jake Jonassen, offensive and defensive lineman, chose his seventh-grade teacher, Mrs. Glanski. 

“She was a great role model and teacher,” he said.

In addition to challenging weather conditions, PV faced PJP for PAC championships and pulled through with an incredulous score of 30-0. 

Kohler reflected on highlights of the game. 

“I think the biggest highlight for me was playing in the monsoon, everyone dreams of playing in football games like that and you can’t ask for a better result than the one we put out,” he said. 

Coach Heist was very pleased with the results. 

“The weather for the game was a ton of fun and I think our boys made a fond memory that they’ll have forever,” Coach Heist said.

Becoming PAC champs was a tremendous accomplishment for PV football. Students, parents, coaches, and players will cherish this memory forever. 

“It’s something I’ll remember for my entire life. Being able to accomplish that feat with this special group of guys and the seniors in my class I can’t put into words. Some of us have been playing youth football together since we were 7 or 8 and to be able to win a championship with them, it’s special,” Kohler said. 

“Being the PAC champs means everything; this was our biggest goal all season” Jonassen said.

Moving forward, the team will take on the district playoffs week by week.

“The hope is always to play for a state championship in Hershey Park Stadium,” Coach Heist said. “This class of Seniors has been incredible. They work diligently to prepare and they play together as a unit. Leadership is unquestioned with this group and it has been an honor to coach them through unprecedented times. We wish our Seniors all the best” Coach Heist said. 

Perkiomen Valley (6) gears up to play a District 1 playoff game versus Coatesville (3) this Friday night. The game is at Coatesville and begins at 7:00 PM.