Providence Hall boys basketball team takes state
The Providence Hall Junior High boys basketball team capped off an 18-0 season with a state championship by defeating Syracuse Arts, Monticello and North Star at the tournament held recently at Summit Academy.
“We went in as the number one seed, so we thought we could do pretty well,” head coach Cade Winegar said. “This was really special for these kids, and they are going to remember this forever.”
Winegar said his team won a lot of close games this year on its way to a perfect record.
“A lot of stuff has to fall your way to go undefeated,” he said. “Some games you hit everything, and some games you can’t make a basket but you play good defense. We found ways to pull out wins all year.”
Last year, the Patriots also entered the postseason tournament as the number one seed, only to lose in the final game in recording a 17-1 record.
The varsity squad included Ian Abbott, Hayden Bush, Landon Cloes, Carson Harwood, Carlos Lebaron, Hayden Livingston-Norris, Dallin Mortensen, Nolan Richard, Porter Richards, Tanner Rosenhan, Spencer Smalley, Tanner Stallings, Weston Wade and Tracen Warnick.
“Playing basketball is such a good way to build discipline in these young men when it comes to school, behavior and playing on the court,” Winegar said. “It makes them be such good kids outside of basketball.”
Providence Hall’s junior varsity squad of Alex Butler, Braxton Byrge, Boston Douglas, Parker Green, Taylor Green, Andrew Heugly, Alex Kingdon, Dalton Miller and Brenden Schmitt took third place in the state tournament held Feb. 25-28.
The girls squad also had a top-five finish in the state tournament held at the end of February.
The team included Allison Adams, Autumn Braithwaite, Maren DeRoche, Sierra Freeland, Kaylee Jensen, McKayla Leon, Carley Lewis, Lexi McKay, Morgan Mitchell, Ruth Pina, Tiana Rasmussen, Bailey Thorson, Karlee Thueson and Sela Vave.
“This was a huge step forward for our girls who had just six wins the prior year,” head coach Chris Hathaway said.
Hathaway was assisted on the coaching staff by Angie Winder.