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Sports Spotlight: Boys Track, Baseball

This issue our Sports Spotlight is on members of the Boys Track and Baseball teams. Four-year seniors on the Boys Track team include Brandon Barron, Bishop Edwards, Taylor Hensley, Alex Perkinson, and Gabe Tucker. Three-year seniors include Jack Arnson, Austin Grantz, and Christian Tate. The seniors on the Baseball team include Gavin Galligan, Bryce Hutchins, and Caden Sidebottom. The Q&As for those who wanted them published can be found below.

Baseball

Caden Sidebottom, outfield. House of Faith.

Question: What did you like about playing baseball?
Answer: I’ve played baseball my entire life. I think my favorite part of playing baseball has been making friends with kids from all over the state solely because we share a love for the sport.

Q:  How did I get started in PHS baseball?
A: I started playing in middle school at Providence, and then that obviously just led me into high school ball.

Q: What do you like about your position?
A: The outfield just offers a lot of room to run, which I loved a lot about it. 

Q: What are you doing to stay in shape?
A: Right now I’m just continuing to lift weights in the basement.

Q: What has been your favorite quarantine activity?
A: Is there anything to like about quarantine?

Q: How have you stayed connected to friends?
A: We’ve got our group chats.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: I’ve always been into history/government type classes.

Q: What did you like about having class online?
A: It at least gives me SOMETHING to do to pass time.

Q: What is the best part of being a Pioneer?
A: I got to meet a lot of lifetime friends at Providence and felt proud to represent the school every time I put the jersey on and took the field.

College plans: Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Bryce Hutchins, second base. Boys Basketball. House of Spirit delegate, Honor Council, Student Ambassador

Question: What did you like about playing baseball?
Answer: I loved a lot of things about playing baseball, but more than anything I loved the people in and around the Providence program. I loved my teammates and playing for all of my coaches.

Q: How did you get started in PHS Baseball?
A: With my dad being a coach my whole life, I’ve been around it my entire life. I went to my first game when I was a few days old.

Q: What do you like about your position?
A: I like the mental aspect of the game at my position, and I also like working on the hand-eye coordination skills required to play my position.

Q: What are you doing to stay in shape?
A: I am working out at my house using free weights and my pull up bar.

Q: What has been your favorite quarantine activity?
A: Working on my sports blog and podcast that I do with my friend Sterling Huber.

Q: How do you stay connected to friends?
A: I FaceTime with my friends almost every day, and a few of us try and stay connected through doing physical challenges.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: Economics, I am interested in that type of stuff.

Q: What did you like about having class online?
A: I like that I can do my work at any hour of the day. 

Q: What is the best part of being a Pioneer?
A: I would say being a part of the Providence family and having so many great people around me.

College plans: Bellarmine, with the possibility of getting involved in some way with its baseball program.

Gavin Galligan, pitcher and outfield. Boys Tennis. House of Humility.

Question: What did you like about playing baseball?
Answer: What I enjoy most about baseball is all the people I meet and the competition I have with my friends. It’s alway fun to play against friends on other teams.

Q: How did you get started in PHS Baseball?
A: I got started in PHS baseball when I was in eighth grade. I played for Chris Lorenz, and that’s when I knew I wanted to become a Pioneer.

Q: What do you like about your position?
A: My favorite is pitching. What I love about pitching is that I am active during every play, and it makes me stay on my toes.

Q: What has been your favorite quarantine activity?
A: My favorite quarantine activity is to play PlayStation with a small group of friends. I play with my teammate Caden Sidebottom and his dad, and I also play with two of my other closest friends.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: My favorite school subject is PE class just because it helps take my mind away from school, and I get to have fun with my classmates. 

Q: What did you like about having class online?
A: What I like about online class is that I can eat during any class without getting yelled at for it. 

Q: What is the best part of being a Pioneer?
A: The best part about being a Pioneer is that you can really get to know your classmates since there are only like 80 of us. IU Southeast to major in criminal justice. 

Boys Track

Alex Perkinson, mid-distance, fourth year for Track & Field. Boys Swim & Dive, one season.  House of Truth.

Question: What did you like about Track?
Answer: I liked the competitive meets, especially the relays. 

Q: How did you get started in PHS Track?
A: My Providence alumni cousin, Luke Schroering ‘17, was a senior when I was a freshman. He was a pretty good runner, and he told me that running Track and Cross Country is a great experience. I continued to run throughout all my four years in high school.

Q: What do you like about your events?
A: Since I ran Cross Country too, I liked that my events were mid-distance. I also liked that my mid-distance coaches were very experienced in the events, and that they were great to learn from. Also, the other runners on the mid-distance team were great to see work with.

Q: What have you been doing to stay in shape?
A: To stay in shape, I’m riding my recumbent bike at home and playing basketball.

Q: What has been your favorite quarantine activity?
A: It’s been great to spend time with my family, and to just relax throughout the day. 

Q: How have you been staying connected to friends?
A: Sometimes we play video games.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: My favorite school subject would have to be math.

Q: What did you like about having class online?
A: I’ve been able to relax throughout the day, and I enjoy that. Also, I like the Wednesday flex days. It’s a great break in the middle of the week, and it’s a good opportunity to catch up on work.

College plans: Bellarmine

Gabe Tucker, sprints. Fourth season in Track & Field. House of Courage.

Question: What did you like about Track?
Answer: I like running and staying in shape

Q: How did you get started in PHS Track? 
A: It’s a good activity to hang out with friends.

Q: What do you like about your events?
A: I run short distances and not a fan of long distance.

Q: What have you been doing to stay in shape?
A: Lifting weights.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: PE.

Q: What did you like about having class online?
A: Nothing. I do not like remote learning.

College plans: University of Louisville

Taylor Hensley, jumps. Cheerleading and Boys Volleyball. House of Loyalty.

Question: What did you like about Track?
Answer: I like how I can be around all my friends and just hang out and cheer them on the entire day.

Q: How did you get started in PHS Track?
A: I’ve always done and loved track. I even played in middle and elementary. So for me, I absolutely love track.

Q: What do you like about your events?
A: I like how every year I break my PRs because I always like to set goals for myself, and I’ve always met that goal for each year that I set up for myself.

Q: What have you been doing to stay in shape?
A: I run sometimes, or I do some workouts with my family.

Q: What has been your favorite quarantine activity?
A: Drawing and playing games with my family.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: I love math, but I also like Advanced PE.

Q: What did you like about having class online?
A: I like how I’m at home, but I would honestly rather go to school.

Brandon Barron, sprints, fourth season. Freshman Boys Basketball, Boys Soccer senior year. House of Justice.

Question: What did you like about Track?
Answer: Track and Field was fun because the meets took forever, but I always had a good time.

Q: How did you get started in PHS Track?
A: I started running track at Providence because I ran in grade school.

Q: What do you like about your events?
A: In the 200m I like how you get build up your speed and in the 4×4 everyone is watching cause it’s the last event

Q: What have you been doing to stay in shape?
A: To stay in shape I am lifting everyday, which is my favorite during quarantine.

Q: How have you been staying connected to friends?
A: I stay connected through my friends by PlayStation playing games or texting them

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: My favorite school subject is science because it comes easy to me

Q: What did you like about having class online?
A: I like getting to do my work at a time when I’m most focused to finish it.

College plans: Indiana University

Austin Grantz, throws, high jump, third season. Boys Basketball, Bowling. House of Justice.

Question: What did you like about Track?
Answer: I enjoyed getting to compete with some of my closest friends while the Providence community supported me. 

Q: How did you get started in PHS Track?
A: I ran track in middle school and wanted to stick with it, especially when I heard how fun it was to be a part of the team.

Q: What do you like about your events?
A: I participated in individual events. I like to set my own personal goals and work toward achieving them. 

Q: What have you been doing to stay in shape?
A: I get outside every day that is nice enough to run or bike, or I do my own workout inside. 

Q: What has been your favorite quarantine activity?
A: Detailing cars and mowing lawns (by the way if you need any work done feel free to give me a call.)

Q: How have you been staying connected to friends?
A: My friends and I have been getting together to bike or walk at parks while maintaining our distance. 

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: Math-related classes.

Q: What did you like about having class online?
A: It’s more comfortable doing work at home, and I don’t have to wait for lunch. 

College plans: IU Southeast 

Christian Tate, third season Track & Field, Bowling Team. House of Humility.

Question: What did you like about Track & Field?
Answer: I like Track and Field because I’ve been able to make tons of new friends, memories, and learn a
lot more about what I like to do

Q: How did you get started in PHS Track?
A: I got started in track when I tried out in 8th grade and I realized how much I loved, which motivated me to try out for high school track.

Q: What do you like about your events?
A: I like the 200m sprint and high jump because I’ve always liked to run and I was told that I naturally had a great form for high jump.

Q: What have you been doing to stay in shape?
A: I go on jogs and walk during the morning and do some at-home workouts.

Q: How did you get started in PHS Track?
A:Sleeping or playing video games

Q: How have you been staying connected to friends?
A: I stay connected with my friends through group video/FaceTime calls.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: Anything to do with science would be my favorite because I’ve always liked learning about anything to do with science.

Q: What did you like about having class online?
A: I like that we can have our own schedule and get stuff done whenever.

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