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Sports Spotlight: Softball

Our Sports Spotlight this issue is on the Softball team and features juniors Kate Clemmons and Kadie O’Bannon. Coach Mark Shireman ’85 said he nominated Kate because of her work ethic. “Kate is a very hard worker and has a wonderful attitude all the time,” Coach Shireman said. “She is very active in theater and this takes away from softball, but she always tries to make as much of practice as she can. She also has faced very serious knee issues and is still pushing hard. She drove in the first run of the season this year as well.”

Coach Shireman nominated Kadie because of her helpful attitude. “Kadie is the most helpful person and is always eager to jump in,” he said. “She was a huge help for the home opener and even helped with the PA system and scoreboard. She is a true team player, and since most of her injuries have healed, she is showing great progress on the field.” 

Kate Clemmons, junior, outfield, played since junior high; House of Humility, Girls Soccer, Providence Singers, and Providence theater

Question: Which playing position is your favorite?
KC: The outfield is my favorite position because I get a good view of what is going on in the game.

Q: What do you like about being on the PHS Softball team?
KC: What I love about being on the PHS Softball team is that we take everyone and we are a family.

Q: What motivates you to push through injury and put in the effort you have put forth?
KC: I have been battling my knee since the fifth grade. On Aug. 13 of last year, I had total knee reconstruction and soft tissue reconstruction, and I was out for the rest of my soccer season. What motivates me is I can go all in without worrying about my knee, and I know if something does happen my team has my back.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
KC: I am looking forward to having some great wins with this amazing team.

Q: What have you done to stay in shape and prepare for this season after not competing last spring?
KC: During the off season I would run and swim, but after my surgeries I would do my physical therapy, upper body workouts, and once I was cleared to submerge my leg in water, I started to swim again.

Q: What has been your favorite retreat while at PHS?
KC:  My favorite retreat so far has been my junior retreat because it was nice to spend time with friends and learning something new about our faith.

Kadie O’Bannon, junior, 3rd base and outfield, playing since junior high; House of Loyalty junior executive delegate, Girls Golf, Swim, Bowling, CYO volleyball, Pinterest Club, Art Club, Drawing Club, Student Ambassador, The Letter Project, Green Dot

Question: How did you get started playing softball?
Kadie O’Bannon: I started out playing in junior high on the Deanery team because my sister, Elle ‘20, strongly suggested and encouraged me to join the team. I already knew (former) Coach Kenny (Jaynes), so I thought it would be a fun time.

Q: Which playing position is your favorite?
KO: Third because I enjoy being in the middle of all the action and the ability to make plays.

Q: What do you like about being on the PHS Softball team?
KO: I love that we are like a family. I know it is very cliché, but the bond among the girls and coaches is just unmatched; you won’t find our kind of bond anywhere else.

Question: Coach Shireman said you are a helpful person and are always eager to jump in. Who has been your inspiration or role model that you readily pitch in to help?
KO: Although I have many inspirations for my motivation, my dad is my role model because he is so selfless and would do anything to help anyone. I want to be just like him because he is the greatest person I know.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
KO: I am looking forward to the games for the season because our energy on game day is astronomical.

Q: How are you making the most of this school year despite its challenges?
KO: I am making the most out of this school year by appreciating every moment I have with my friends because our time together is running out.

Q: What’s a fun tradition the Softball team has that you are looking forward to this season and why?
KO: It’s not really a tradition, but I love eating beef jerky with my team in the dugout and yelling inside jokes at whoever is batting.

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Sports Spotlight: Girls Tennis, Softball, Boys Golf

Our Sports Spotlight this issue recognizes the senior student-athletes in Girls Tennis, Boys Golf, and Softball whose final spring sports season was canceled. Individual postings for each student-athlete will begin tomorrow.

Girls Tennis, which would have been vying for a fifth straight sectional and fifth straight regional, tying the sectional win streak of 2005-2009, has two seniors. Natalie Boesing and Maria Popson were part of both state qualifer teams — 2017 state runner-up and 2018 state quarterfinalist:

Natalie Boesing, No. 1 singles and a favorite to make First Team All-State and to qualify for her fourth trip to the state finals (4th season). Committed to play women’s tennis at Butler University fall 2020. House of Integrity, National Honor Society, Student Ambassador, Eucharistic Minister, and Spanish Club. Girls Basketball (4 seasons), Cross Country (4), Track (first)

Question: What did you like about playing tennis?
Answer: Playing tennis, but getting to do so with a team instead of on my own.

Q: How did you get started in PHS Girls Tennis?
A: I started tennis from a very early age. I can remember growing up and going to matches when I was younger. I was always so excited to be a part of the team one day.

Q: What do you like about playing No. 1 singles?
A: I like playing singles because I like feeling the pressure of it all being on me to pull out a win.

Q: What are you doing to stay in shape?
A: I’m running and playing tennis.

Q: What’s your favorite “quarantine” activity?
A: I have recently started fishing, which is something I’d never thought that I would like to do.

Q: How do you stay connected to friends?
A: I Facetime or text all my friends. I want to start writing letters to them, kind of like a quarantine pen pal.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: Spanish or Environmental Science

Q: What do you like about having class online?
A: Online class goes by a lot faster than actual school.

Q: What is the best part of being a Providence senior?
A: The best part about being a Providence senior could never be answered fully on this little question sheet. Providence is hands down the best high school around. The love and support each and every staff member shows for their students is unlike any other institution. I am so extremely blessed to have called PHS my home for 3 and 3/4 years. I formed such an amazing relationship with all my coaches and teachers. I will miss seeing them every day at school.

 

Maria Popson, No. 1 doubles and a favorite to earn All-District honors in doubles. House of Integrity executive delegate (4th season), Pro-Life Club president, National Honors Society president, Pinterest Club, Student Ambassador, theater, lector, and Eucharistic minister. Girls Soccer (4), Girls Basketball, and Bowling

Question: What did you like about playing tennis?
Answer: What I like about PHS Girls Tennis is the great culture and group of girls. Several of them I’ve know since playing with them on the middle school tennis team for Southern Indiana Catholic. Through that team and now the Providence team, we’ve gotten to know each other well. There are also several teammates I’ve only known for a year or two, but even in that relatively short period, I’ve gotten to know them as well. The whole team is very unified despite the diverse makeup, and we all have a lot of fun together, particularly before and after practices/matches.

Q: How did you get started in PHS Girls Tennis?
A: I started playing tennis when my sister Heidi (’18) and I joined the SIC middle school team. My interest to play in high school was piqued around that time. My brothers, Brenden (’12) and Benjamin (’16), played tennis at PHS throughout my grade school years (2008-2015). I was almost always at their matches in the fall, so through that experience, I got excited for the day when I’d get to play tennis for Providence someday. That excitement only multiplied when I saw Heidi play for the Girls Team starting in 2015 because I knew that in only two more years I’d be able to join her and some of my former teammates at the high school level.

Q: What do you like about playing No. 1 doubles?
A: For the PHS Girls Tennis team, I’ve played a variety of positions. For singles, I like the different patterns and strategies I can apply throughout the length of a match. For doubles, I like the more aggressive nature of gameplay and having a partner by my side.

Q: What are you doing to stay in shape?
A: I’ve been playing tennis, playing Just Dance, going on extensive walks, and doing spontaneous workouts with my siblings during quarantine to stay in shape.

Q: What’s your favorite “quarantine” activity?
A: My favorite quarantine activity is playing different games and sports with my brothers outside.

Q: How do you stay connected to friends?
A: Over quarantine I’ve stayed connected to my friends through a group FaceTime app.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: My favorite subject is math because it is a very logical subject, so I understand it better than any other subject. Also, math is widely applied in various other subjects that I enjoy such as chemistry or physics. Ultimately, math is my favorite school subject because of Mr. Book’s class pet, Stu Jr.

Q: What do you like about having class online?
A: When I get finished with class, I can go outside.

Q: What is the best part of being a Pioneer?
A: The best part about being a Pioneer is the community. The Providence community is very much a family, and it is full of excitement in every direction. As a Pioneer, there are so many spiritual, academic, athletic, and artistic opportunities available. You can be involved as much or as little as you want. I’m grateful to be apart of the Providence community for these reasons.

Q: Do you plan to continue in tennis in college?
A: With family or possibly joining a club team at U of L.

Boys Golf would have been anchored by juniors Carson Heldman, Dru Juliot, and Victor Beeler, and sophomore Jack Kaiser and led by senior captain Andrew Henderson 

Andrew Henderson (4th season – 2nd at varsity). Football (4) and Bowling (1). House of Faith executive delegate, National Honor Society, Honor Council, Student Ambassador, Green Dot Club, Pro-Life Club.  Plans to participate in a club sport or varsity sport in college.

Question: What do you like about playing golf?
Answer: I like that golf is both an individual and team sport. You can control your own outcome with the amount of effort you put in, but you also have a team to compete and work with.

Q: How did you get started in PHS Boys Golf?
A: I started golf freshman year to challenge myself in a new sport I knew I could play for the rest of my life.

Q: What are you doing to stay in shape?
A: I work out here at home and stay in contact with friends to motivate and challenge each other physically while in quarantine.

Q: What’s your favorite “quarantine” activity?
A: My favorite “quarantine” activity is going on walks in the neighborhood.

Q: How do you stay connected with friends?
A: I use social media as well as different FaceTime apps to try and stay connected with friends.

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

Q: What do you like about having class online?
A: I like the opportunity to spend more time with family while taking classes online.

Q: What is the best part of being a Pioneer?
A: The best part of being a Pioneer is the amazing support and love from the community. The relationships and unforgettable memories I have made these past four years as a Pioneer will be with me for the rest of my life.

The Softball team has six seniors and was on track for a winning season and competitive sectional.

Elyse Kristiansen, outfield (4th season). Girls Basketball (1), Volleyball (2). House of Truth senior executive delegate, National Honor Society vice president, Pro-Life Club co-president, Green Dot, Student Ambassador, SEAC. Hopes to play intramural sports in college.

Question: What do you like about playing softball?
Answer: I love playing alongside some of my best friends. It is always a good time when I am on the field with them.

Q: How did you get started in PHS softball?
A: I started playing softball my freshman year. Some of my basketball teammates played, and they convinced me to play with them. 

Q: What do you like about playing outfield?
A: I can see everything that is going on in the field. I feel like it gives me an advantage, and I can really help my teammates out during plays. 

Q: What are you doing to stay in shape?
A: I have been doing a lot of workouts at home, and I enjoy taking a lot of walks throughout my neighborhood. 

Q: What’s your favorite “quarantine” activity?
A: My favorite quarantine activity right now is to watch Netflix. There are a lot of shows that I have been wanting to watch but haven’t had the time to with school and practice.

Q: How do you stay connected with friends?
A: We have been texting a lot in our group chat and we have group FaceTime calls, which allows us to catch up with each other. We miss each other so much!

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: AP Government and Politics. I love learning about government and social studies. And Mrs. Harritt is my all-time favorite teacher. She makes the content and classes so much fun and so easy to learn!

Q: What do you like about having class online?
A: I like that I have the freedom to focus on areas of school that I need more help on, whereas in a classroom we may move through the information at a quicker pace. 

Q: What is the best part of being a Pioneer?
A: We truly are one big family. I know that no matter what I am going through or where I go in life, my Providence family will always have my back and will always be supporting me.

 

Kennedy Allender, infield (3). Girls Golf (4). House of Faith and Green Dot.

Question: What do you like about playing softball?
Answer: What I like about playing softball is the unexpected. You never know if the ball is coming at you or not.

Q: How did you get started in PHS softball?
A: I started softball because my friends wanted me to play with them, and I thought it would be a fun experience.

Q: What do you like about playing infield?
A: What I like about third base is the speed of the ball coming at you and the excitement of it.

Q: What are you doing to stay in shape?
A: I’m going on a lot of walks and helping my dad outside with lots of things.

Q: What’s your favorite “quarantine” activity?
A: Anything outside. 

Q: How do you stay connected with friends?
A: I’m staying connected with friends by texting them and FaceTime on occasion.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: Science because I love how many different areas of science there are to learn about.

Q: What do you like about having class online?
A: I don’t have to wear a uniform.

Q: What is the best part of being a Pioneer?
A: My favorite part about being a Pioneer is the feeling of having a family to go to. 

 

Kasey Lockard, infield (3rd season). Volleyball (2) and Girls Golf. House of Humility.

Question: What do you like about playing softball?
Answer: I love the team sport aspect. I know that my teammates will always be there for me and pick me up when I need it, and I’ll do the same for them.

Q: How did you get started in PHS softball?
A: I started playing softball my sophomore year because I had just quit Volleyball and I wanted to play another sport. So one of my fellow seniors, Elle, help convinced me to play, and I don’t regret it.

Q: What do you like about playing first base?
A: I like how the ball will always get thrown to me and that my teammates rely on me to make the catch to get the out.

Q: What are you doing to stay in shape?
A: Right now, I’m doing some at home workouts and taking a lot of walks with my family and dogs to stay in shape.

Q: What’s your favorite “quarantine” activity?
A: Watching Netflix. I have watched and finished at least 3 shows already during this quarantine.

Q: How do you stay connected with friends?
A: FaceTime and social media. We make an effort to always try to at least talk to each other once a day.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: Government. I am currently in AP Gov, and I love it! I am very interested in politics and I find all of the material very interesting.

Q: What do you like about having class online?
A: My favorite thing about having class online is not having to put on our uniforms and sleeping in.

Q: What is the best part of being a Pioneer?
A: The best part about being a Pioneer is the family at Providence. I know I will always have a special place here and that means a lot to me. Being a Pioneer has truly made me a better person.

 

Claire Culwell, outfield (3rd season). Girls Dive (2), Volleyball (2), Girls Soccer (2), Bowling (2), and Track (1). House of Justice and Pinterest Club (with my fave teacher Mrs. Mauk!)

Question: What do you like about playing softball
Answer: Spending time with my friends and coaches

Q: How did you get started in PHS Softball?
A: I used to play as a kid, and my friends and I wanted to play for fun.

Q: What do you like about playing second base?
A: It gets a lot of action, so I never get bored out there.

Q: What are you doing to stay in shape?
A: I take long cathartic walks.

Q: What’s your favorite “quarantine” activity?
A: Reading

Q: How do you stay connected to friends?
A: FaceTime, Snapchat

Q: What is your favorite school subject and why?
A: I like Psychology because I find it interesting.

Q: What do you like about having class online?
A: It’s more freedom than being in a classroom.

Q: What is the best part of being a Pioneer
A: The family-like community.

 

Shelby Wright, infield (2nd season). House of Courage senior executive delegate, Math Team, and National Honor Society.

Question: What do you like about playing softball?
Answer: I love the overall environment Softball offers. The team and coaches always make it worthwhile.

Q: How did you get started in PHS Softball
A: I started Softball my junior year after Laramie Cecil convinced me to play.

Q: What do you like about playing first base?
A: Because my favorite part of softball is catching the ball.

Q: What are you doing to stay in shape?
A: Biking around my neighborhood.

Q: What’s your favorite “quarantine” activity?
A: Watching YouTube.

Q: How do you stay connected to friends?
A: Texting and Snapchat.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: I love English because of how the answer is never one set thing. The answer can vary depending on the person, and I think that is a lot more interesting than one exact answer.

Q: What do you like about having class online?
A: I like being able to go at my own pace and work in the comfort of my home.

Q: What is the best part of being a Pioneer?
A: The best part of being a Pioneer is the community that comes with it. We are a very close-knit community, and I know I’ve built relationships that will last a lifetime.

 

Elle O’Bannon, catcher (4th season). Bowling (2), Girls Golf (2). House of Loyalty senior executive delegate, Student Ambassador, Pinterest Club president, Book Club, Quick Recall, Spanish Club, Star Wars Club. Outside of school: CYO volleyball, American Red Cross volunteer and donor, and Floyd County Superior Court 3 summer intern (would be second summer).

Question: What do you like about playing softball?
Answer: I love the intensity and camaraderie of softball.

Q: How did you get started in PHS Softball?
A: I started softball my freshman year because I wanted to try something new.

Q: What do you like about playing catcher?
A: I love being behind the plate. Catchers get to see the entire field. I love that, it’s the best view in the place.

Q: What are you doing to stay in shape?
A: I’m hiking right now to stay in shape, and I’m also hitting off a tee in my neighborhood tennis court.

Q: What’s your favorite “quarantine” activity?
A: Redecorating my room.

Q: How do you stay connected to friends?
A:I Snapchat my friends to stay in touch.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?
A: My favorite school subject is AP Government because Mrs. Harritt is an awesome teacher, I love SCOTUS cases, and I love learning about how the government works.

Q: What do you like about having class online?
A: I hate that I don’t get to be in class with my friends, but I love that everyone is understanding about our struggles.

Q: What is the best part of being a Pioneer?
A: The best part about being a Pioneer is knowing pretty much everyone.

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Girls Tennis returns to state tournament

Three sports teams ended their season in postseason play last week, while Girls Tennis moves on to the state quarterfinals on Friday. Boys Golf starts sectional on Monday.

The Girls Track & Field team finished 13th of 52 at regional, with all eight competitors scoring for the team in various events. Boys Track & Field placed fourth at sectional and qualified 10 athletes in five events to advance to regional, where the team placed 26th of 52. Senior Spencer Purcell placed fourth in discus at regional, missing qualifying for state by one spot. The Baseball and Softball teams each lost in the opening round of sectional.

Boys Track & Field finished fourth in the Floyd Central Sectional, with Spencer leading the way with a second place finish in discus and qualifying for regional. Members of the team placed third in four events to advance the following athletes to regional: sophomore Brandon Barron in the 200 meter dash; junior Chris Heselschwerdt in the 100 meter dash; the 400 meter relay team of Chris, Brandon, junior Ethan Fulkerson and freshman Isaac Ohlmann, and the 3200 meter relay team of juniors Tyler Upton and Thomas Gaines and sophomores Alex Perkinson and Alex Lancaster. Sophomore Austin Grantz placed 10th in discus but was able to qualify for regional.

Chris placed fourth in the 200, Alex Perkinson placed eighth in the 400 meter dash, and Thomas placed eighth in the 1600 meter run and sixth in the 3200 meter run, but none advanced to regional. Also scoring at sectional but not advancing were junior Bryce Drury, who was fourth in the long jump, sixth in the 110 meter hurdles, and fifth in the 300 meter hurdles; junior Charlie O’Bryant, who was eighth in the 300 meter hurdles; senior Zach Kaiser, who was seventh in the 400 meter run; and the 1600 meter relay team of Brandon, Alex Perkinson, Zach, and Tyler. Several athletes also set personal bests, including all three relay teams, Brandon in the 200, Charlie in the 300 hurdles, Bryce in the 300 hurdles and the long jump), Austin in the discus, and junior Bradon Dykes in the 1600, and sophomore Taylor Hensley in the long jump.

At regional, the team finished 26th with the boys placing at or higher than their incoming seeds in six of the eight events in which they competed. The 1600 meter relay team also ran its season’s best time.

Girls Track & Field sectional results were in the previous eVision, and at regional, the team finished 13th. Sophomore Ceci Rush (high jump) and senior Skylar Richey (long jump) each placed fourth. Freshman Julia Christie placed fifth in the 200 and eighth in the 100. Sophomore Sydney Barron placed seventh and ran a season’s best time in the 300 hurdles, as did the 3200 relay team of sophomores Brigid Welch, Kaylee Kaiser, Stephanie Koopman, and Avery Stumler. Several girls set personal records, including Kaylee in the 1600, and the 1600 relay team of Skylar, Avery, Ceci and Julia.

Seniors Hannah Hanlon, Emma Flispart, and Brinley Prather, and Bryce Drury were all named 2018 Track Academic All-State Honorable Mention. The Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches has the most stringent Academic All State standards, requiring nominees to carry a minimum 3.5 GPA and scores of 1200 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT.

Softball improves over last season
The Softball team lost game one of sectional to Crawford County 8-6 despite two home runs by senior Hannah Wolford. Hannah led the team in all statistics, including pitching two perfect games, and was named to the Courier Journal Southern Indiana All-Area Team along with junior Sidney Shireman. The team finished the season with an 11-16, record, earning six more wins than in the previous season. The team graduates three seniors – Hannah, Brianna Hall, and Gabby Roberts.

Coach Kenny Janes said the team expects to return six of its starters, and he is “looking for a big year next year” from Sidney, freshman Kacye Quinn, and sophomore Claire Culwell. “We are still rebuilding the program and hope to build on all the hard work the kids have put in this season.”

Baseball team falls in 3A sectional
The Baseball team lost 7-3 to No. 3 Silver Creek in round one of sectional, finishing the season with a 20-4 record. The team graduates six seniors, including Conner Finnegan; Kellen McHugh; Nathan Proctor; Preston Taylor, who is considering playing baseball at Vincennes University; Reece Davis, who will play baseball for Bellarmine University, and Timmy Borden, who will enter the Major League Baseball draft (June 4-6) and has previously committed to play for the University of Louisville. 

Girls Tennis headed to IHSAA State Quarterfinals
The Girls Tennis team won sectional by defeating New Washington 5-0 and Jeffersonville 5-0. At regional, the team defeated New Albany 5-0 and Floyd Central 4-1 to win its third straight regional title.  Junior Halli Trinkle and sophomore Natalie Boesing picked up wins at singles, and the doubles teams of senior Heidi Popson and junior Hannah Conder and seniors Izzy Coe and Clare Hooper also won.

At semi-state, the team defeated No. 13 Castle 4-1, with the same positions winning. The team now has a 19-1 record and will face No. 1 Carmel in the state quarterfinals on Friday at 3 p.m. at Center Grove High School. The semifinals are Saturday at 10 a.m. at North Central High School, with the finals at 2 p.m. Halli will advance to the state singles tournament and Heidi and Hannah will advance to the doubles tournament as well since they are undefeated in the postseason at the singles and doubles positions, respectively.

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Track, Softball teams gaining momentum

Several of our spring sports teams are heading into the postseason, with Girls Track doing well in sectional last night. The Boys Track team is preparing to compete in sectional tomorrow, Girls Tennis starts sectional at Jeffersonville vs. New Washington at 5:00 this evening, and Softball starts sectional play on Monday.

Track team starts postseason

The Track & Field team celebrates the girls’ first place win and the boys’ third place win at the recent Faulkner Relays.

The Boys & Girls Track team has had a successful regular season despite a young team. Both teams have an 9-2 regular season record, and the girls won the Faulkner Relays, where the boys came in third, both teams beat New Albany, the girls lost to Jeffersonville by only five points and only because they were shorthanded that meet. The girls’ team was well prepared heading into last night’s sectional, with the 800 relay team of freshmen Reese Bottorff and Julia Christie and seniors Hannah Hanlon and Skylar Richey having set a new school record.

At sectional last night, the girls’ team finished a strong third place in the Corydon Sectional losing only to 5A schools New Albany and Floyd Central. The top three event finishers qualified for next week’s Evansville Central Regional. Qualifying for regional with second place: 3200 Relay (sophomores Brigid Welch, Kaylee Kaiser, Stephanie Koopman and Avery Stumler), Skylar (long jump), and sophomore Ceci Rush (high jump). Qualifying at third place were Julia (200), sophomore Sydney Barron (300 hurdles), and the 1600 Relay (Ceci,  Skylar, Avery, and Julia).

Scoring but not advancing were: Hannah  (100 hurdles and 300 hurdles), Skylar (100 meter dash), Julia (100 meter dash), Reese (200 meter dash), Kaylee (1600 meter run), Brigid (400 meter dash), Avery (800 meter run), senior Brinley Prather (discus and long jump), senior Emma Flispart (discus), and junior Haylee Hall (shot put).

In 13 events, the team had 11 personal records: Hannah and Sydney in both hurdles events,  Julia and Reese in the 200, Stephanie in the 800, Ceci in the high jump, Brinley in the discus and long jump, and Skylar in the long jump.

Coach Jeanne Luther said she is pleased with how the track team has grown as more student athletes have seen that track is great conditioning for all other sports. This year the girls numbered 25, and the boys had 40 on their team. More importantly she is pleased with how the young team has developed this season, with more personal records set each meet than Coach Luther can ever recall.

The boys will compete in sectional at Floyd Central tomorrow, and Coach Luther expects several runners and athletes to score in the top three, including senior Spencer Purcell, who was the 2017 sectional discus champion. She expects good results from junior Thomas Gaines in 3200 and 1600 meter runs, the three relay teams, and junior Bryce Drury in both hurdle events. And several others should finish in scoring positions, including sophomore Brandon Barron and junior Chris Heselschwerdt in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, senior Zach Kaiser in the 400 meter dash, junior Tyler Upton in the 800 meter run, and junior Austin Grantz in the shot put.

Coach Luther expects the team to only get better in the coming years, especially with only four senior girls graduating and the bulk of both teams freshmen and sophomores. And she also sees good talent coming from the Deanery schools. Some of them are in our junior high. At the Deanery championship meet, eighth grader Ella Tichey placed second in the 55 meter hurdles and high jump, fourth in the 200 meter run, and eighth in the 100 meter dash for St. John Paul II; eighth grader Garrett Huber placed third in the 400 meter, 800 meter and 1600 meter runs for St. Mary of the Knobs; and eighth grader Sydney LaMaster placed ninth in the 400 meter run for St. John Paul II.

“The future looks good,” Coach Luther said. “We’re very young, but the talent is there. It’s showing.”
Another testament to the success of the track team in recent years is the number of athletes who go on to compete in track and field in college.

Luke Schroering ’17 runs distance at Marian University; Tyler Ettel ’17 broke a school record in hurdles for IUPUI earlier this semester but plans to transfer to the University of Louisville, joining Micah Oberhausen ’17, who transferred to U of L from Marshall University in January and is a redshirt decathlete on the men’s track team; Alex Creamer ’16 runs distance at Franklin College; Cameron Mitchell ’13 does field events at Spalding University, and Reid Masterson ’17 runs distance at Bellarmine University. Of the current athletes, Spencer Purcell has committed to do field events for the men’s track and field team at the University of the Cumberlands. Several female graduates also went on to compete in college but most were forced to quit due to injury.

“With a school our size, it speaks well of what our coaches are doing,” Coach Luther said. “We all ran track in college in whatever event we’re coaching, so we have a pretty good handle on what it takes to get the kids ready for the next level.”

Softball heading into sectional
As the Softball team prepares for sectional on Monday, the team expects to be competitive under first-year Coach Kenny Janes. The team is 10-13 (as of May 16) and has already won more games than the previous two seasons combined. A significant win was the 13-inning victory over 3A North Harrison in which senior pitcher Hannah Wolford faced 49 batters, pitching 173 pitches for only one walk and 16 strikeouts. She also forced 11 ground outs and 12 fly outs.

The team’s three seniors are experienced, and Hannah’s pitching is an important factor, but the whole team contributes, Coach Janes said. A number of the players are new to the game, but they’ve learned the fundamentals quickly and are showing promise.

“We’re turning girls from other sports into softball players, and they’re all doing quite well so far,” he said. “They have really good defense and are playing the game. They picked it up pretty quick.”

Winning sectional will take a strong team effort, but the team is playing well and other teams should not count the Lady Pioneers as an easy win, Coach Janes said. The team faces Crawford County on Monday at 5:00 p.m. at Pekin Eastern in the first round.

Looking to the future, Coach Janes said the junior varsity team shows promise as do members of the Southern Indiana Catholic middle school team. Like the varsity team, the middle school team is a mix of athletes with varying levels of experience. The team competes against many talented teams and are sometimes over matched, but the competition is good preparation for playing in high school.

Coach Janes is coaching the high school and middle school teams, with Christina Weber assisting on the SIC team. The team is looking for a new middle school coach for next year since the season coincides with the high school season so that Coach Janes can focus on the high school program. With the middle school and JV programs developing strongly, Providence Softball will only get better.

“We want to keep building on it,” he said. “We’re making strides right now.”

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