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Sports Spotlight: Cross Country, Boys Tennis

This Sports Spotlight features student-athletes from Cross Country and Boys Tennis.

Senior Alex Perkinson has been running cross country since third grade while a student at St. Mary of the Knobs. He has been on the Providence Cross Country team all four years and is now the team captain of the boys’ team. He also runs Boys Track in the spring.

Question: How did you get interested in the sport?
Answer: My cousin, Luke Shroering ’17, used to be a Cross Country runner at Providence too, and he brought me out to the Cross Country team my freshman year. I quickly made friends on the team and decided to be dedicated.

Q: What do you like about being part of the Cross Country team?
A: I like that everyone gets a chance to actually participate. There’s no bench, and since the team has smaller numbers, pretty much everyone is a varsity runner too.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: This team has lots of new talent this year, and I have a good feeling that we will make it to semi-state.

Q: What has your favorite service activity been?
A: My favorite service activity at PHS is helping out at kids’ cross country meets with my teammates. We do it once a year, and it’s fun.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
A: My favorite part of being a Pioneer is the Blue Pride. I think our school has really good school spirit, and my favorite memories are definitely the pep rallies for football.

Q: Do you plan to run cross country after high school?
A: I am not sure if I want to run in college. It’s very fun when you have great people around you, but I’ve heard it’s twice the commitment in college than it is in high school, and it’s probably difficult to balance that and school. We’ll see, though.

House: Truth

Senior Gavin Galligan has been playing tennis since sixth grade. He has played all four years at Providence and now plays varsity No. 1 doubles.

Question: How did you get interested in the sport?
Answer: I started just out of curiosity

Q: What do you like about being part of the Boys Tennis team?
A: Meeting new people in different grades and spending time with them.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: I look forward to being with my teammates a lot the next month and a half and winning the sectional title.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
A: My favorite part of being a Pioneer is all of the great people I am surrounded by.

House: Humility

Senior Claire Reyes started running cross country last season and is a senior leader on the team who says, “Even though I’m not the fastest, I cheer on my team and will always be there for them!” She also is in Spanish Club, Pro-Life Club, Green Dot, Quick Recall, Math Team, Providence Singers, Girls Track, and theatre.

Question: How did you get interested in the sport?
Answer: I became interested in Cross Country freshman year, actually. I started the conditioning over the summer but ultimately decided I didn’t like it and did soccer instead. However, junior year I did the fall show which conflicted with soccer so I returned to cross country! I’m really glad I did because the people in our small team are incredibly friendly and we always have a good time!

Q: What do you like about being part of the Cross Country  team?
A: One of my favorite things about Cross Country are the people you meet and the mental challenge that comes with running. The Cross Country team doesn’t have any sort of clique and everyone has fun, no matter how tired we are. Running is a tough sport because the only thing holding you back is yourself. You have to mentally push through each run as well as physically. Running helps strengthen your spirit, mind, and body and it’s a great way to make some friends!

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: This season I’m looking forward to finally having a girls’ team! Having a girls’ team means we have a better chance of going to regionals together.

Q: What has your favorite service activity been?
A: My favorite service activity has been helping Mrs. Swessel pick up trash at the Falls of the Ohio because it was great to actually see the fossil beds being cleared of garbage.

Q: What is your favorite part of being a Pioneer?
A: My favorite part of being a Pioneer is having a giant family that I can always turn to! All the teachers and students have a close relationship because we are a small school. I consider some of the staff members my family. The friends you make here are also long lasting because the relationships are rooted in faith and spirit.

Q: Do you plan to run cross country after high school?
A: I don’t plan on running Cross Country after high school, but I plan to continue running on my own when I get the chance to! It will help keep me in shape and focused on my goals.

House: Spirit

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