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Sports Spotlight: Cross Country and Volleyball

Due to having only one eVision issue in October, this month our Sports Spotlight focuses on two teams: Cross Country and Volleyball. For Cross Country, Coach Neal Masterson nominated sophomores Ben Kelly and Maci Hoskins, who will compete at semi-state on Saturday. (Tickets are $8 and must be purchased in advance.) It is the first trip for Ben and the second for Maci. Ben placed 23rd at last Saturday’s regional, and Maci finished seventh. The remaining team members also competed at regional, including junior Sarah Boehm, who placed 59th, and sophomore Erica Voelker, who placed 66th. For the boys — all juniors — Garrett Huber placed 42nd, Kaden Connin 52nd (with a personal record), Akhil Long 67th, and Will Harper 75th.

For Volleyball, Coach Terri (Blunk) Purichia ’90 nominated seniors Anna Purichia and Ali Hornung, Anna for her the leadership role she has taken on this season and Ali for her success on the court and serving as a role model to younger players. Also of note, Ali is one of 25 finalists for MaxPreps National Player of the Year.

The Volleyball team defeated Seymour and Floyd Central in three sets each last weekend to win its 10th sectional in as many years. The team will play in the sold out 4A Bloomington North Regional at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with finals at 7:00 p.m. Games will be livestreamed on the team’s Facebook page.

Read below for Q&As with the players.

Anna Purichia, senior, Volleyball, outside hitter, fourth season PHS, playing since age 6, House of Integrity, club volleyball
College plans: Playing volleyball at Eastern Kentucky University, considering majoring in pre-dental

From Coach Purichia: Anna has taken on a big leadership role with our team this season.  The seniors had several zoom meetings with me in the off season designing what they would like the season to look like.  Anna did a lot of research on her own and talked to vendors on her own to make sure that every detail possible was taken care of in the way the senior class wanted it to be. She communicates messages to the team, and helps to keep everyone well informed.  She has really done a great job helping the younger players get acclimated to our program through her guidance!

Question: What has been the highlight of your senior season?
Anna: The highlight of my season has definitely been having a season! We weren’t sure what it was going to look like during the summer, and we were all worried that the possibly we may not even have a season was going to become reality! I am so thankful for each and every game and practice I have had with my amazing teammates!

Q: How did you get started playing volleyball?
AP: I have played volleyball since I was 6 years old. I got started (obviously) because my mom lives and breathes volleyball, and I grew up around the sport, so it is something that has always been and will always be a huge part of my life.

Q: What do you enjoy about volleyball?
AP: I love the intensity of the sport! It is the best feeling when you are in a close match, and your physical and mental capabilities are being tested! That feeling of energy and adrenaline is the best! And it is a bonus that I get to play the sport with my best friends, and have met some of the most important people in my life through volleyball!

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
AP: My favorite part about begin a Pioneer is the image that comes with the title! I love how being a Pioneer means you are known for your dignity, strong academics and athletics, and faith! Being a Pioneer to me is wearing the name Providence on my back and having pride in doing so!

Q: How are you making the most of your senior year?
AP: I am making the most of senior year by putting as much effort into my academics as I do into my sports and extracurricular activities, to really prepare myself for college, as well as trying to go to as many sports events as possible and support my fellow Pioneers!

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
AP: My favorite school subject is either science or art. I love science, mainly anatomy (which her father, Jeff Purichia teaches), because I love learning about all the different ways that our bodies work, and art because I love to be creative and I find it very relaxing and a great pass time!

Q: Coach Purichia mentioned you took on a big leadership role this year, researching items to get the team’s requests fulfilled and bringing the freshmen on board. What have you enjoyed about being a leader?
AP: I have waited four years to finally be able to be considered a “big dog” on the team. Having that title may be intimidating at first, because of the status and image that Providence Volleyball upholds, but I was definitely excited to face the challenge head on. Of course, my teammates make it easy being a leader because they are always listening and observing, wanting to get better each and every day, and I have loved being able to get to know each and every one of them, not just as my teammates, but as some of my closest friends!

Q: What is it like having your mom as your coach?
AP: My mom being my coach is not a new thing, as I have played for her for the majority of my life, and while it does present some challenges, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel as if volleyball is one of our biggest ways to bond, and I know that no matter who I am playing, how I am paying, who I am playing with, she will always have my back, and that is a luxury that not many players get to have! I will definitely miss seeing her at practice every day once I graduate, but it truly has been the best four years!

Ali Hornung, senior, Volleyball, outside hitter, fourth season, playing since age 7, House of Integrity, Student Ambassador, Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and National Honor Society.
College Plans: Playing volleyball at Purdue University where she will get to play one last year with her sister Marissa.

From Coach Puriciah: Ali has had an absolutely amazing career at Providence! She is a top-notch athlete, student, and young lady! She is an outstanding role model for younger players to one day dream of being!

Question: What has been the highlight of your senior season?
Ali: The highlight of my senior season has just been being able to play the full season without missing a game. I know so many people who haven’t been able to play their full season because of COVID-19. I am grateful that I have been able to have a senior season, and I am even more grateful that I have been able to spend it with this particular group of teammates and coaches.

Q: How did you get started playing volleyball?
AH: I have been playing volleyball for 12 years. My mom (Kelly Quinkert-Hornung ’87) played volleyball at Providence and Indiana University, and both of my sisters played, so I was destined to play too!

Q: What do you enjoy about volleyball?
AH: The thing I enjoy most about volleyball is how fast paced and competitive it is. There are not many times when I am just standing around because there is always something going on. Volleyball in Indiana is super competitive because there is a ton of talent, and I have loved every minute of competing against that talent.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
AH: My favorite part about being a Pioneer is the relationships I have made with friends, teachers, coaches, etc. Everyone at Providence genuinely cares about one another and will always be there for support. It is a very close community, and I am so grateful for that.

Q: How are you making the most of your senior year?
AH: I am making the most of my senior year by trying to stay as involved as possible. I try to participate in as much as I can and attend as many events as I can because it is my last year as a student, and it will go by so quick.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
AH: My favorite subject in school is art because I love to be creative. There is not just one way to do things in art, you can pretty much do the things you like the way you want. Our art teachers are pretty great too!

Q: Coach mentioned you are a role model for younger players. Who has been your role model during your volleyball career?
AH: My sisters have been my role models during my volleyball career. I grew up watching them play pretty much every week. Even though they were so different on the court, they were both amazing, so I always have looked up to them.

Q: What does the sport of volleyball mean to your family?
AH: Volleyball has meant so much to my family. It is something we all enjoy doing and watching, and it has taken us to so many amazing places. It is something that makes us closer as a family because we all love it so much, and it is something we always support one another in.

Benjamin Kelly, sophomore, Cross Country, second season, running since fifth grade, House of Integrity, Math Team, Boys Track, and basketball.

Question: What was the highlight of your regular season?
Ben: The highlight of my season was running 17:11 for the 5K at the Trinity/Valkyrie Invitational.

Q: How did you get started running?
BK: I started running in fifth grade for Southern Indiana Catholic because my younger brother wanted to run, and I wanted to try it out too. I liked it and decided keep running in high school.

Q: What do you enjoy about running?
BK: I enjoy running because if I want to improve in the sport, I can just work harder. In running you just rely on yourself and how hard you’ve worked.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
BK: My favorite part of being a Pioneer is having support in everything I do from the school community.

Q: What is your favorite school subjec
BK: My favorite subject is math because there are always a lot of different ways to get the answer.

Maci Hoskins, sophomore, Cross Country, second season, running for nine years, House of Courage, Girls Soccer, Girls Basketball, Girls Track.
Question: What was the highlight of your regular season?
Maci: The highlight of my season was my race at CERAland Park near Columbus. I ran my personal record of 19:20 and set a new school record.

Q: How did you get started running?
MH: I started cross country because I was looking for another fall sport and was originally going to play softball but I decided to try running and loved it.

Q: What do you enjoy about running?
MH: I love the individuality of running. I also love to compete, whether it’s friendly bets with the boys or racing down the stretch. The competition of cross country makes me love it even more. Cross country also challenges my mind and body, and I love being able to improve and reach goals, knowing that my physical and mental strength gets stronger and stronger.

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Pioneer?
MH: I love the closeness of the PHS students, especially at sporting events when everyone is excited and cheering.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
MH: I love my Weightlifting class! Weightlifting is super fun and improves my athletic ability.

Q: What are the challenges and rewards of playing two sports at once?
MH: The main challenges are time management, strain on my body, and finding time to do school work. However, the rewards of playing two sports that I absolutely love are getting to be teammates with all the soccer girls and the Cross Country team. Those friendships and bonds are my favorite and keep me motivated to continue to do both sports.

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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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Several teams wrap up successful season

Our fall sports teams have had success in the regular season and in the postseason tournament, with several of them completing their contests. Read below about Boys Tennis, Boys Soccer, Cross Country, and Girls Soccer.

Boys Tennis has strong season
By Coach Scott Gurgol

Boys Tennis concluded a successful season with a 2-3 sectional loss to Jeffersonville. That loss demonstrated how the team improved after a 1-4 loss to Jeffersonville in the regular season. The regular season loss sparked an eight-match win streak, which included defeating New Albany, defeating Evansville Memorial, and winning the Columbus East Invitational. Pioneer tennis finished with a 10-7 record and a No. 5 district ranking. Senior captain Carson Carrico became the first singles sectional champion for Providence since 1998 and fourth in program history.

Senior Harry Green‘s tennis career comes to an end after a 13-5 individual record, playing No. 1 doubles the entire 2018 season. Three players earned all-district awards: Carson an honorable mention in to IHSTeCA All-State singles, and Harry and sophomore Landon Kruer honorable mention in doubles. Carson was named to the senior all-star team to represent the southeast portion of the state in the Indiana Senior Boys North/South All-Star Classic on Nov. 3 at DePauw University. The future looks bright as the team will bring back five varsity starters in 2019.

Girls Soccer wins back-to-back sectionals
By Coach Dave Smith

Girls Soccer captured its second sectional title in a row early in Fall Break with a 6-0 win over Trinity Lutheran. The next week, the girls fell to defending state champions Evansville Mater Dei 4-0 at regional. The team finished the season ranked No. 9 and posted an 11-6-1 record, which was its 19th consecutive winning campaign.
Season highlights included wins over Jeffersonville, New Albany, and Louisville Mercy. The sectional title was the team’s 11th in the last 18 years, six of which were in open class.

Graduating seniors are Molly Grigg, Kaylee Hoke, Jacquelyn Scott and Anna Thomas. Jacquelyn was named to Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Academic All State, and Molly and Kaylee received Honorable Mention.

Boys Soccer heads to third straight semi-state

Boys Soccer had a successful season with a 12-7 season record. Highlights included beating two of three local rivals (New Albany 2-1 and Jeff 3-1) and advancing to semi-state for the third time in as many years.

At sectional, the team beat Christian Academy of Indiana 6-0 and Henryville 7-0. The team then defeated Vincennes Rivet 1-0 and Rising Sun 7-0 to win the regional. At semi-state, the team fell to a tough Covenant Christian team 1-0.

The team graduates nine seniors: Austin Hughes, Isaac Coker, Sam Kruer, Joe Gryboski, Blaine Henretty, Manny Zarate, Charlie O’Bryant, Griffin Rogers, and Alec Burns. Next season, the Pioneers will look to challenge for their eighth consecutive sectional championship, fourth straight regional championship, and avenge back-to-back semi-state losses. They will need to replace their defensive backline including two-year starters Sam and Joe, as well as key midfield players in Isaac and Austin, who was named Indiana Soccer Coaches Association All-District for District 4. Three leading scorers will return in sophomores Evan Scott (11) and Luke Hesse (11) and junior Alex Lancaster (eight) as well as a strong core of underclassmen.

Cross Country sends two to semi-state
By Coach Neal Masterson

The Boys and Girls Cross Country teams wrapped up their seasons at the Brown County Semi-State. Both teams had multiple goals going into the season. The boys’ team wanted and did move on through the sectional as a team by placing in the top five – a feat that hadn’t been done in five seasons and only the third time in the past 10 seasons.

The boys’ team finished its season at the regional with an eighth place finish. Senior Thomas Gaines qualified individually to the semi-state but came up short in his attempt to be first the Providence male runner in 10 years to make the state championship in Terre Haute. The Boys Cross Country team will miss its leadership in Thomas but also in fellow seniors Tyler Upton, Bradon Dykes, and Ross Reyes.

The seniors we’re losing from this season will be difficult to replace. Bradon and Ross are four-year team members while Thomas and Tyler came on their sophomore year. Prior to high school, neither of these seniors had any experience with the sport. I believe that their legacy will show that hard work and dedication will result in success regardless of past experience.
In other recognition, junior Alex Perkinson was received honorable mention to the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Academic All State.

The girls’ team had a different goal, to field a completed team. While that goal came up short, the team added three new girls this season. All three girls had zero distance running experience but came with experience from other sports. Freshman Amanda Upton (basketball), freshman Justus Bowman (track sprinter), and junior Claire Reyes (soccer and track sprinter) along with junior Natalie Boesing made up the girls’ roster. Some girls saw their times drop anywhere between two to five minutes from the start of the season to the end. Claire was named to the IATCCC first team IATCC Girls Academic All State.

While the girls’ team couldn’t ever get a team score at any of the meets, it’s promising that we had three girls new to the sport try it and stick with it through the end of the season. It’s difficult to try a sport that you’ve never done before, especially at the high school level.

Natalie continued to do what she’s done the past two seasons: to make the semi-state round of the IHSAA tournament. Her third consecutive trip is an accomplishment that hasn’t been done in more than 20 years for a Providence girls’ runner.
The outlook for next season looks very promising with both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Along with the aforementioned returners for the girls’ team, the boys return five with Alex, sophomores Josh Lynch and Josh Russell, and freshmen Garrett Huber and Will Harper. Both teams return experienced runners ready to move the program a step further next season.

It’s an exciting time to be part of the Providence Cross Country program. We have talented returning runners and talented future Pioneers coming from the Southern Indiana Catholic team and from St. Mary’s of the Knobs. I’m hopeful that we can further our team expectations and individual expectations next season by sending our teams to a further round in the tournament than the prior year as well as have the team represented individually in the state meet in Terre Haute.

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Pioneer Profiles: A look at 4 more athletes

We continue with our fall sports student-athletes profiles. This week we feature seniors Bradon Dykes (Cross Country), Carson Carrico (Boys Tennis), and Hanna Mitchell (Volleyball), and sophomore Laura Strahm.

Bradon Dykes started running Cross Country for the first time his freshman year when he was looking for a new sport and has run been running since. He also participates in Track & Field in the spring. Here is his Q&A:

Question: Why did you first start participating in this sport?
Answer: I started because I needed a sport and didn’t want to play high school soccer.
Q: What do you like about this sport?
A: I like it’s simplicity.
Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: Hopefully, I’m looking forward to improving times.
Q: What is your favorite subject at school?
A: My favorite subject is science and always has been.
Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: My most meaningful service project was probably making and distributing lunches.
Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: Having friends.

Carson Carrico plays No. 1 singles for the Boys Tennis team, a sport he has played for seven years now. Tennis is a year-round sport for him, and he plays in USTA travel tournaments in the off season. He qualified to advance to individual sectionals although his team lost 2-3 to Jeffersonville last night in the opening round. Here is his Q&A:

Question: Why did you first start playing this sport?
Answer: I had watched my brother (Landon ’16, who plays men’s tennis at Hanover College) play, and it seemed like a really fun sport. Also, I had watched pros on TV, and it made me want to go hit even more.

Q: What do you like about this sport?
A: I like how rewarding tennis can be. If you hit every day during the summer, you’re going to get better. It’s a fun game I enjoy playing.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A. Just having fun with the team and hopefully winning sectionals.

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
A: Business. I plan on majoring in business at UofL or Bellarmine next year so it should help me prepare for college, and I find it interesting.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: Working the fish fry at OLPH has had the most impact. I get to give back to the school I went to for so many years and get to see people I grew up with.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: Everyone is goal-oriented, and we’ve achieved a lot over the past few years. Also, whether it’s in the classroom or on the court, I think Providence has really helped prepare me for college.

Hanna Mitchell is a middle hitter on the Volleyball team, a sport she has played for nine years, including the last four at Providence. Here is her Q&A:

Question: Why did you first start playing this sport?
Answer: I first started playing this sport when I met my best friend, Lilly [Bivens], who also plays it. She introduced it to me and told me I had to give it a try, so I did and I ended up loving the sport.

Q: What do you like about this sport?
A: I like a lot of things about this sport, but I love the competitiveness and being able to work as a team and have to communicate in order to succeed. I feel like it prepares me for my future and has really helped me become a better and more organized person.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: This season I’m looking forward to playing one more year with my friends and putting everything I have on the court.

Q: What is your favorite subject at school and why?
A: My favorite subject at school is math because I enjoy trying to solve problems and find the solutions to them.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: The most meaningful service project I think I’ve done is volunteering at Northside. I was able to help organize and pack up donated clothes for people who really needed them. I felt like I was really able to help, and it made me feel good.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: The best thing about being a Pioneer is coming to school every day and feeling like I’m at home. The community makes you feel welcomed and makes you feel like one big family.

Laura Strahm has been a cheerleader for seven years, and this is her second year on the PHS Cheer Squad. It is her only sport. Here is her Q&A:

Question: Why did you first start playing this sport?
Answer: I first started doing Cheer because I did dance when I was younger. Then my sister (Mikaela ’16) started gymnastics, and I wanted to try it and really liked it, which later led me to cheer.

Q: What do you like about this sport?
A: I love all of my teammates and how happy this sport makes me.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: I am looking forward to far away games and competitions because I always like driving up there with my teammates, and we have so much fun just spending time with each other. (The Cheerleaders will host a competition on Oct. 22 and then compete at regionals on Oct. 27. IASP State is Nov. 3).

Q: What is your favorite subject at school?
A: My favorite subject in school is math/algebra because I really like working out problems to find an answer, unlike other subjects where you have to study and know the facts to get a good grade. For math you have to know the formulas and how to work it out and you’ll most likely do well.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: My most meaningful service project at school was when I volunteered at the animal shelter with my friends.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: The best thing about being a Pioneer is knowing that you belong to a family and all the staff cares about you and wants you to learn to the best of your ability.

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Fall sports teams wrap up successful seasons

Boys Tennis seniors have record number of wins
By Coach Scott Gurgol

The 2017 Boys Tennis team ended its season ranked No. 26 in the state and No. 4 in District 8 with a 15-6 record as sectional runners-up. The doubles team of senior Adam Starr and junior Carson Carrico then represented Providence in the doubles sectional, ending the season with a 20-3 record.

In addition to Adam, the team graduates three seniors: Nick Boesing, Cullen Ebert and Michael Coyle. These seniors earned 57 wins throughout their Providence career, setting a record for most wins in a four-year span. Next season, the team will look to Carson and fellow juniors Aaron Agtuca and Harry Green plus sophomore Jack Arnson for leadership.

Highlights of the season include wins over Silver Creek and New Albany, continuing the team’s win streak over these teams – six years in a row over Silver Creek and four years consecutively over New Albany. The team also beat several ranked teams, including No. 30 Franklin Community, No. 28 Evansville Memorial, and No. 14 Bloomington North. One of its best tournament wins was earning first place in the Columbus East Invitational.

Cross Country runners advance in postseason
By Coach Neal Masterson

The 2017-2018 boys’ and girls’ Cross Country teams had many highs and lows this season. Some races were good, and some weren’t so good. Each day was an opportunity to learn, run faster and run smarter. This is clearly evident with every runner having run a personal all-time best at some point during the season.

The boys’ team stayed consistent in its pursuit in rebounding from the prior year’s team that had three of its top seven runners graduate (and two run in college). Everyone was up for the challenge as no one person held his same position on the team all season long from week to week. The season concluded with a sixth place team finish at sectionals. Three boys (juniors Thomas Gaines and Tyler Upton and sophomore Alex Perkinson) did qualify for regionals the following week. This was an improvement from the prior year when just one boy advanced. The future looks promising as we do return six of our top seven runners next year.

On the girls’ side, having such a small roster made things kind of difficult for our two girls to train. This still didn’t stop them from practicing hard every day and working to improve themselves each race. Sophomore Natalie Boesing saw success, winning two races and a runner-up finish in another. Senior Emma Flispart saw two top 25 finishes at the Clarksville Hokum-Karem and the Providence Invitational. Natalie concluded her season with her second consecutive trip to the Brown County Semi-State. She recorded a time within range of the school record and eight individual spots from qualifying for the state meet. The girls’ outlook is promising as we have some talented incoming freshmen and possible first-time runners looking to give the sport a try next year.

Girls Soccer wins 10th sectional crown
By Coach Dave Smith

Girls Soccer finished its season with a record of 13-6-1. Season highlights included victories over Jeffersonville, New Albany and Christian Academy of Louisville. The 2017 campaign marked the program’s 18th consecutive winning season and 10th sectional championship (six in the highest IHSAA classification at the time and four in the 1A division).

Eleven seniors saw their careers come to a conclusion, having posted a combined record of 54 wins, 16 losses and 8 ties. Senior Olivia Dome and sophomore Lauren Lindquist each scored seven goals on the season, while sophomore Avery Stumler tallied six. Lauren led the team with five assists.

The defense, led by seniors Hannah Hanlon, Skylar Richey, Sierra Brooks and Bailey Brown along with junior Jacqueline Scott and sophomore goalkeeper Brigid Welch, posted a total of 10 shutouts while surrendering only 17 goals on the season (0.85 per game).

Olivia Dome was named Indiana Coaches of Girls’ Sports Association Academic All-State. Senior Bailey Barron, Bailey Brown, Sierra, Hannah and Skylar were awarded Honorable Mention Academic All-State.

Boys Soccer repeats regional title
By Coach Nathan Marshall ‘09

The 2017 Boys Soccer team finished the season with a record of 12-7-3 and exited the state tournament at semi-state. The season started slow, mixing in a group of returning and new players to the squad. The team faced a tough schedule, playing 10 ranked teams in their respective classes and saw much improvement through the season, going 10-3-2 over the last 15 games of the season, including wins over local rivals New Albany and Jeffersonville.

The program graduates nine seniors, including team captain and four-year varsity letter-winner Michael Gill. There will be some slots to fill next season but getting a couple key players back from injury and returning the majority of the midfield and forwards make the future bright. Juniors Austin Hughes and Isaac Coker were also co-captains this year and look to have a big senior season. The team was led in goals by freshman forward Luke Hesse, playing opposite to his brother, senior center back Shane Hesse. Austin was voted to the District 4 Second Team. Four players earned Academic All-State honors: Michael and juniors Sam Kruer, Joe Gryboski, and Austin.

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