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Recently, Providence had the second signing of the year and this time it was for baseball star Keegan Tranum.
Tranum chose to continue his base- ball career at Emmanuel College for the next four years and he hopes to prove himself early.
“I want to be known as the kid that works harder than everyone else and never gives up,” he said. “I also want to be someone who stands out on the field and off the field.”
These expectations of himself to be the hardest worker has been qualities Providence baseball coach, Adam Cantrell, has loved having on his team for the past three years. Cantrell also admires other qualities about his player.
“He is a great role model for his teammates through his work ethic and determination and has always been one of the top players statistically,” Cantrell said. “He has been willing to play hurt, has encouraged his team- mates when unable to play and rarely makes excuses for any mistakes, but accepts responsibility and tries to move forward.”
These mixture of qualities such as a strong work ethic and desire to be the best teammate possible will lead to major success for Tranum and everyone at Providence will be rooting for him as he continues his baseball career.
By Hunter Giella
Eye of the Storm School Newspaper
December 12, 2018
Providence had its first collegiate baseball signing of the year in November when Simon Graf signed with The Citadel.
“It’s an amazing feeling knowing that you worked hard for something that you have been working for since you were twelve,” said Graf, “I was working out, doing yoga and just grinding on the field and never settling.”
The Citadel is a military college in Charleston, South Carolina. They have a Division 1 baseball program that competes in the Southern Conference. Graf will look to help a young pitching staff that only pitched two shutouts all of last year. The Bulldogs will be looking to bounce back from a 19-34 season last year.
Graf’s velocity and break on curve- balls will help this pitching staff the same way it has helped the Storm the past three years of his Varsity career and as it will help the Storm this year.
He will be a key part of a very strong pitching rotation this year that should help the Storm win some big games early on in the year.
The Storm will start of their season with three away games at Grayson, Collins Hill and North Gwinnett before three home dates with Wesleyan, South Forsyth and Mount Paran. The beginning of the Storm’s schedule could prove to be the toughest part and a de- fining six game stretch of where the season could be headed. To start the year off even with an even 3-3 record would be huge for the Storm moving forward. They will be looking to start off the year strong 6-0. A big part of that will be limiting runs against teams that have talented pitchers across the board. Graf’s and the rest of the pitching staff’s performances in the first few games will be crucial to a strong start.
“I’m most excited for the competition of D1 baseball,” said Graf. With a senior season ahead of him and a career at The Citadel waiting, Graf can’t wait to get on the mound.
By Jack Leo
Eye of the Storm School Newspaper
December 12, 2018
Varsity Volleyball Finishes Historic Season
The Providence volleyball team came together as a family this year, won many games and broke many school records.
The Storm’s season ended on Oct. 20 with a loss to North Cobb Christian in the first round of the Class A state playoffs. The Storm finished the season ranked third in their area and set many records along the way.
They came out strong this season with having most of the players play on outside club teams to keep their edge so they could compete well right out of the gate with the start of the high school season. This team came out strong and kept their edge all season long.
“Two of my favorite games were wins against Savannah Christian and Wesleyan,” said head coach Katie Bailey. “Savannah Christian was great because we had been on the road for four hours and showed up ready to compete. They also only have four total losses for the season, one of which is from us. I loved the Wesleyan game because we lost the first set and came back to win the next two. It’s also the first time we have beat them as a program.”
The team had a great number of individual stats and many school records broken during their season as well.
“We ended up breaking six records this year,” Bailey said.
The team broke the best season record going 34-18 and Alaina Emminger broke the Providence season kills record ending with 420. Ally Weisgerber broke the season ace record with 110, while Camer- on Hall broke the season assist record, career assist record and the assists per set record with 890 assists, 1639 career assists and 7.2 assists per set.
“Even during the beginning of the season I knew it would be incredible just because of all these things: the preparation, the coaching, and the team” Cameron Hall said, “I know individually, I accomplished all my goals and even some that I was not aware of. I have been working very hard on the sport of volleyball and my position as a setter and this was incredibly encouraging to be able to leave a legacy like this at prov. In addition to this, also breaking the season wins record is INCREDIBLE!!! I remember being a little freshman on the team and seeing that number 31 (the previous wins) as incredibly daunting and unattainable. To have broken that is a huge success.”
“One of my other favorite games was against a team in Savannah at the very beginning of our trip. Savannah volleyball teams are all very good,” Hall said. “We played a really incredible team and beat them at home with many obnoxious fans.
“To not only play well against that good team, but to also be lights of Christ towards the student section was really cool and I was very proud of my girls. Also that trip and the lake trip before the start of the season were some of my favorite memories.”
By Luke Hudson
The Eye of the Storm Student Newspaper
October 31, 2018
Another Providence Alum Heads to the Majors
Providence graduate Christin Stewart (Class of 2012) has fulfilled a life-long dream now that he has been called up to the major leagues to play for the Detroit Tigers.
Christin joins fellow alumn Colin McHugh who also plays in the majors as a pitcher for the Houston Astros.
Two Providence sophomores, Jennifer Woollery and Ayden Drake, have been chosen by the Gwinnett Daily Post for the "Super Six" in cross country.
This list features the newspaper's sports staff picks for the best athletes in the county.
About Ayden, Coach Chris Stephens commented, “A hurdler by trade, Ayden came out last year to get in shape and be ready for track season. What started out as a year where we thought she could contribute to our team turned into a year where we were expecting high finishes from her. She is one of the most competitive people I’ve ever coached, never being satisfied with a previous performance. ”
About Jennifer, Coach Stephen said, “For years, we had been waiting for Jennifer to finally become a freshman at Providence. And she didn’t disappoint last year as she was consistently our top runner throughout the year. Jennifer was born to be a runner. Small in stature, people don’t realize the competitive fire and laser-like focus she has.”
Volleyball Receives National Award for Academics
The Storm's 2018-19 varsity volleyball team worked hard on the court but has now received national recognition for their performance in the classroom.
For the second year in a row, the team won a national honor, the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Award, for having a cumulative GPA of 3.94.
The award is given to teams with a 3.3 GPA or higher.
The Storm was among only nine teams statewide to receive the award and the only one in Gwinnett County.