Providence High School preps for state basketball title game Saturday

Students, teachers, and parents are rightfully excited.
Published: Mar. 25, 2022 at 1:19 PM EDT
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CLARKSVILLE, In. (WAVE) - For the first time in program history, the Providence High School boys basketball team will compete in the Indiana state championship game.

Students, teachers, and parents are rightfully excited.

“They’ve achieved something that no one else has,” Julie Skillman said, whose son, Max, is a senior. “I know they’re very proud, but I also know they’re going up there to win. They’re not done.”

When Head Coach Ryan Miller’s team lace up their shoes, they have one thought in mind: we, not me.

It’s a mantra that friends and family can get behind. Todd Simmons, for example, said Friday that it’s exciting for him to see his son Tyler succeed by playing as part of a team, but he added that the pressure can sometimes be harder on him than the players on the court.

“(He is) always confident,” Simmons said, “and I’m always nervous, so there’s nothing as a parent you can do, so you’ve just got to feed off your children, feed off their confidence.”

It will be the final game for seniors, win or lose, but it will also be the end of the road for senior parents. They said they are both sad to say goodbye to the game and, in some ways, to one another.

”It’s so hard to put into words,” Sarah Carver said, whose son, Cade, is a senior. “It’s a true family, and it’s something we have thoroughly enjoyed, and I think part of that emotion is that piece is going to stop after the day.”

Senior father Steve Williams said he’s sad things have to end for his son, Grant, but that it is exciting to see it all come to fruition at a state championship game.

”You watch these kids from seven, six years old, play all these years,” Williams said, “and now know that this is the last time.”

The Providence Pioneers take on Noble Central High School on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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