Our junior high students competed in four sports this spring season, including baseball, track and field, girls’ tennis, and soccer. There were not enough players to field a soccer team, so interested students played with their own parish. Our baseball, track and tennis athletes had good seasons, with the boys’ track & field team placing second in the Deanery championship.
With just seven athletes, the junior high boys’ track team placed second in the New Albany Deanery Catholic Youth Ministries Track Championship. Three girls made up the girls’ team and did well. At the championship meet, eighth grader Dean Flint won the 800 meter run, followed closely by seventh grader Garrett Huber. Garrett then won the 1600 meter run, with eighth grader Samuel Bowles in third. Dean came in second in the 400 meter dash, and eighth grader Nathan Striby was just a few steps behind in third. Sam was part of a trio of eighth graders who scored points in the hurdles — Kort Jurgensmeyer was third, Sam was right behind him, and Dominic LaDuke was half a step behind Sam.
Kort did well in field events, winning the discus with an amazing 82-foot-1-inch throw, coming in second in the high jump, and placing fifth in shot put. Dominic came in second in discus, and Sam was third in long jump. Nathan scored points in the 100 meter dash, coming in sixth, and seventh grader Akhil Long came in sixth in the 200 meter dash. Eighth graders Will Becht and Will Harper also scored in the top 10 in their events; Will Becht was seventh in the long jump and Will Harper was eighth in the discus. Garrett, Nathan, Akhil, and Dean made up the relay teams to help score more points, with the 400 relay team coming in third, and the 800 relay team in second.
For the girls, seventh graders Daisy Priddy and Brianna Clifford did well in field events, placing second and sixth, respectively, in long jump. They also did well in shot put, with Daisy coming in third and Brianna fourth. In discus, Brianna placed fourth, and Daisy sixth. Seventh grader Ella Tichy came in third in the 100 meter dash.
The teams were coached by George Bowles with assistant coaches Sherry and Chris Jurgensmeyer.
Four junior high students on SIC Girls Tennis
The Southern Indiana Catholic Girls Tennis team offers developmental competition for sixth through eighth graders in the New Albany Deanery. This year’s team was made up of players from OLPH, Holy Family, St. Anthony’s, Sacred Heart, and Providence Junior High. Four junior high girls – eighth graders Katie Beyl, Hannah Bissig, and Sydney Shireman, and seventh grader Katie Riggs – played on. The teams do not keep score, but Coach Amy Martin said the team “all played great this season. It will be great to have them back next year.”
Baseball team holds promise for future
By Coach Chris Lorenz
The SIC Baseball team includes teams for seventh and eighth graders throughout the Deanery, with boys from OLPH, St. Anthony, Providence Junior High, Sacred Heart and Holy Family. The eighth grade team finished 11-3 with our last loss being in the second round of the league tournament. We had a nine-game winning streak at one point in the season. Pitching, hitting and defense were all on display every time we took the field. Out of the 15 kids on the eighth grade team most plan to attend PHS in the fall.
The 7th grade team finished the season with a 7-4 record, and it too lost in the second round of the tournament. The boys showed up to play every game. With their development this season, we look to be a very strong group when they are in the eighth grade next year. On the weekends, both teams combined to play double headers. This group finished the season at 8-8. The future looks bright for baseball at PHS for years to come.
Eighth grade coaches are Chris Lorenz and assistant coach Steve Shannon; seventh grade coaches are Barry Schueler and assistant coach Tom Mooney ’79.