Congratulations to our spring sports teams on completing successful seasons, especially the Girls Tennis and Baseball teams, which advanced far into their respective postseasons.
Baseball has record-breaking season
The Pioneer Baseball team advanced to the semi-state game in its attempt to defend its 2016 state title, but fell 5-1 vs. No. 3 Ritter High School. The team had a great season, going 28-5 and repeating as sectional and regional champions. Several players broke school records along the way, with rising senior Timmy Borden driving in the most runs with 44 RBIs for the season as well as setting a new record for the most doubles in a season with 15. Rising senior Reece Davis set a new record for wins by a pitcher in a season with 10, tying Matt Andres ’99, who set the record in 1998, and Jake Lewis ’17 set the record for wins in a career with 25. The team recorded the most runs in a season with 300 and most stolen bases in a season with 113, bypassing the previous record of 90 set in 1979.
Jake set several individual career records during his four years as a varsity player: Most games played (188, tied with Juston Betz ’17), most at bats (118), and most doubles (36). Jake will continue his baseball career at Eastern Kentucky University.
The team graduated five seniors: Jake, Juston, Parker Graf ’17 (who set the career record for most hit-by-pitch), Garrett Popp ’17, and Blake Wurm ’17. The team expects a talented team in 2018, including seven returning starters.
Track sends two to state
The track teams had outstanding seasons, with the boys’ team placing third at sectional and sending a dozen athletes to regional plus two to state. In the state finals, Tyler Ettel ’17 set a school record of 14.24 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles with his fourth-place finish, earning him a spot in Boys Track All State. Tyler, who was sectional and regional champion in the 110 hurdles, also broke a school record in the 300 meter hurdles (:40.23). He competed last weekend in the Midwest Meet of Champions in Ohio with top finishers in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, where he placed third. Tyler is considering his college track team options.
The boys’ team had sectional champions in four events: Tyler in the 110 hurdles; Micah Oberhausen ’17, who also competed at state in shot put; rising senior Spencer Purcell in discus and the 400 meter relay team of Tyler, Nick, Michael Craig ‘17, and rising junior Chris Heselschwerdt. The team graduates nine seniors: Tyler, Micah, Michael, Nick Berry ’17, Reid Masterson ‘17, Matthew Harbeson ’17, Luke Schroering ’17, Evan Striby ’17, and Jonathan Tolentino ’17. Nick and Reid made IATCCC Academic All State first team, which has some of the most stringent eligibility requirements. Reid and Luke will continue their running careers in college, Luke for Marian University in Indianapolis and Reid for Bellarmine University. Micah is a preferred walk-on to the Marshall University football team and will compete in the Down Under Games in Australia next month.
The girls’ team placed fourth at sectional, with the girls 3200 relay team of rising sophomores Carlie Miiller, Kaylee Kaiser, and Avery Stumler and Bayley Wade ’17 breaking a school record – which they broke again at regional (10:02.89). Bayley and rising senior Brinley Prather made IATCCC Academic All State honorable mention.
The team graduated two seniors: Bayley and Sarah Welsh ’17, who will be teammates on the women’s track team at IUPUI next season.
Girls Tennis team heads to state for first time
Girls Tennis had a record-breaking season. The team went 21-1 and was undefeated until its last match, when it lost to No. 1 Carmel High School to become IHSAA Girls Tennis State Runner-Up for the first time in program history. The team sailed through sectional and regional, with sweeps of New Washington and Jeffersonville to win its 14th sectional and then Floyd Central and New Albany to win its fifth regional (and third since the team format change in 1982) – and its first back-to-back regional titles.
The team defeated No. 11 Columbus North 3-2 to win its first semi-state championship and earning the program’s first trip to the team state competition. (In 1976 and 1977 Mary Chris (Fell) Rodden ’77 represented Providence at the state finals in singles, when the tournament was a singles and doubles tournament, not a team and individual tournament. IHSAA records do show Providence competing as a team because of the format at the time.)
The tennis state finals team competition is played in three matches over two days. The team defeated No. 3 Center Grove 3-2 in the state quarterfinals and then No. 7 South Bend St. Joseph 3-2 in the state semifinals, with the No. 2 doubles team of Natalie Jacobi ’17 and rising senior Heidi Popson making the deciding point in both matches.
The players earned several honors for their performance this season. The team earned IHSTeCA Academic All-State with an average GPA of 3.89, and Natalie Jacobi received Academic All-State honorable mention. Many of the team members were voted All-District and All-State. All-District honors include single
s first team rising junior Halli Trinkle and rising sophomore Natalie Boesing, and doubles first team, Natalie Jacobi, rising seniors Izzy Coe and Heidi, and rising junior Hannah Conder. Coach Scott Gurgol was voted District Coach of the Year. All-State honors include Halli, First Team Singles; Natalie Boesing, Second Team Singles; and Izzy and Hannah, Second Team Doubles.
The team finished the season ranked No. 3 in the final state rankings. With Natalie Jacobi as the team’s lone senior, the team expects the return of six starters for the 2018 squad (Halli, Izzy, Heidi, Hannah, and Natalie Boesing and rising senior Clare Hooper). Rising senior Kirstie Krininger and rising sophomore Maria Popson will look to fill the void left by Natalie Jacobi’s graduation, and the team also anticipates a talented group of incoming freshmen.
Halli and Natalie recently competed in the CITA Girls’ 18 and Girls’ 16 Midwest Qualifier. Halli won the Girls 18 CITA qualifier in singles and doubles. Natalie qualified for the Midwest Closed Tournament in the Girls’ 16 singles by defeating the No. 7 seed player and advancing to the quarterfinals before losing to the No. 2 seed.
Softball improves over season
By Coach Ted Cooper
The Lady Pioneers had a good year. They improved in every category from last year, and they played hard, never gave up, and had fun doing it. Significant wins included a 5-4 victory over Pekin Eastern in eight innings, a 5-4 win over Paoli in nine innings, and a 14-0 win over Switzerland County in five innings. We have a great group of freshmen coming in next year to add to a great returning team, so we are very excited for next season. We would also like to thank the senior class Sydney Milliner ‘17, Alexa Wilson ‘17, Mia Fougerousse ‘17, Katrina Cooper ‘17, and Olivia Jenkins ’17 for all they have done for Providence Softball. They will be missed greatly.
Boys Golf ready to do more next season
By Coach Victor Beeler ’94
The 2017 Boys Golf season came to a close with the team falling short of advancing from sectionals by just four strokes. Rising seniors Shawn Fitzpatrick and Will Kaiser led the Pioneers in sectionals with a 79 and an 80, respectively. The team will return all five varsity starters in what should be a deep run into the postseason in 2018.