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Athlete Profile: Girls Basketball

As part of our series on student-athletes, this issue we focus on Girls Basketball, which started its season earlier this month. Junior Kaylee Kaiser is a guard and also is on the Girls Soccer and Track & Field teams. She has been playing basketball since kindergarten and is in her third season at PHS. Junior Brigid Welch, who is out with an injury for now, plays the post position. She has been playing basketball since fifth grade and played for the Providence Junior High team before playing for the high school team starting her freshman year. She also plays Girls Soccer and is on the Track & Field team.

Here is a Q&A with each player:

Kaylee Kaiser
Question: Why did you first start playing basketball?
Answer:
I don’t know why I started playing basketball because I was so young when I began playing, but I do know why I kept playing and that is because of how much I love the game.

Q: What do you like about playing basketball?
A: What I like about basketball is how competitive it is and how much fun it is to play. I love everything about this sport especially all of my teammates and coaches.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A:
This season almost everyone on the team is in a new role, and I’m looking forward to watching how much we grow and improve as a team because of how much potential we have.

Q: What is your favorite subject at school?
A:
My favorite subject in school is science because I find both of the science classes I’m taking right now really interesting.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: My most meaningful service project I’ve done at Providence was helping at a place in Louisville that teaches immigrants how to speak English. I got to assist these people in their education in a new country, and it was a very eye-opening experience.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: The best thing about being a Pioneer is being a part of a school that is so full of spirit and faith and getting to share in that with everyone around me.

Brigid Welch
Question: Why did you first start playing basketball?

Answer: I started playing basketball because my older brother, Brogan (’18), played, and I wanted to be able to beat him when we played in my driveway.

Q: What do you like about playing basketball?
A: I like the physicality of the sport and how it is constantly going; there are very few breaks. Being in the post, I play against the bigger girls of other teams and always have a battle to fight when it comes game time.

Q: What are you looking forward to this season?
A: I’m looking forward to coming out as the underdogs and proving to everyone that even though we are young and not the most experienced team that we should be respected and taken seriously.

Q: What is your favorite subject at school?
A: My favorite subject in school is math. Dealing with numbers and problem solving have always been appealing to me. The straightforwardness of the subject is probably my favorite part.

Q: What has been your most meaningful service project in high school?
A: The most meaning service project I’ve been a part of at Providence was the Angel Tree project. Before taking part of this, I had never realized how much I take for granted. My eyes were especially opened when people were asking for basic necessities likes toothbrushes and socks.

Q: What is the best thing about being a Pioneer?
A: The best thing about being a Pioneer is that we are all united by faith. This enables us to develop a deeper connection with each other and bring us closer than any other school in the area. Providence helps us grow not only as individuals but also as members of the community. The faith connection is really what makes Blue Pride so special.

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