Season Accomplishments:Cross CountryThe boys' and girls' cross country teams completed another successful and winning season. The boy"s team finished with a 5-2 record and placed 3rd in the Union County Conference Valley Division. The boy"s team also finished 6th at the state sectional championship meet and just missed qualifying for the group championship meet. The teams number one runner, won his first state sectional championship race, finished second in the county, and now holds all course records in the history of New Providence Cross Country. Two runners were recognized as All-Conference Selections by the Valley Division Coaches.The girl"s cross country team finished with a perfect 7-0 record and won the Union County Conference Valley Division Championship for the third consecutive year. The girl"s team also finished 4th in Union County, second at the state sectional level and sixth in Group 1. Four runners were recognized as All-Conference selections Additionally, the team's number one runner was recognized as a first-team All-County Selection and first team All-Group 1 Selection and she qualified for her first Meet of Champions appearance with an 8th place finish for all Group 1 runners in the state.FootballThe football Pioneers finished with another very successful season after winning on Thanksgiving against our rival Governor Livingston. The varsity was currently 9-2 and once again conference champs with an undefeated record of 5-0. Our J.V. team finished with a record of 6-2 and our freshman finished with a record of 6-1. The future continues to look bright for the football program with an outstanding job being done by the coaching staff.Boys SoccerThe boy"s soccer team finished 12-8 and placed second in the competitive Mountain division of the conference for the second time in a row. After a slow start to the season, the senior-laden team managed to make the county tournament and upset 5th seeded Westfield, eventually bowing out to 4th seeded Elizabeth. The team qualified for the state tournament and earned a 6 seed. The team won their first state game against Newark Technology but then lost to Dayton in the next round. The season included big wins against strong squads from Summit, ALJ, Rahway, and Union Catholic. With 9 new starters from last year's team, this team definitely exceeded expectations. Next year's team will have big shoes to fill with 9 starters graduating.Girls SoccerAfter a preseason playing bigger schools, the Lady Pioneers set their sites on winning a conference title. The toughest rival would be a strong Oak Knoll squad. The Pioneers successfully defeated their rival in both matches to secure their 8th consecutive conference championship. In the Union County Tournament, the team played a tough match against a very good Summit squad and unfortunately came up short on the scoreboard 2-1. That would be the only loss of the season. That loss bonded the team together on the quest for the bigger prize of repeating as state champions. The Pioneers defeated Glen Ridge to capture their 4th straight sectional crown. Next was the match of the season. Going down 2-0 at halftime to Verona the quest for a repeat championship looked bleak, but the heart of a champion began to emerge. The girls persevered and won the match 3-2 with a golden goal in overtime to advance to the Group 1 State finals. The girls were determined to come out strong and play their best match of the season. They certainly did! Winning 4-0 in convincing fashion. The goals that were set out during the preseason were achieved due to the effort, belief and hard work of the players and coaching staff.TennisThe Pioneers Girl"s Tennis Team finished a successful season, with 12 wins and 7 losses. Along the way, the girls won their division in Union County with an undefeated record but lost to eventual State Champions Glen Ridge in a close match that went down to the last game. Several girls earned individual honors along the way, one player finishing fourth at third singles at the county tournament, the highest finish a New Providence girl has had in years. First singles, third singles, and first and second doubles also earned all-division awards at the end of the year. The squad will have seven returning players for next year which coupled with the incoming freshman class will maintain the competitiveness of the program.VolleyballThe Volleyball had a challenging year after losing 8 seniors from last year's team and returning only 4 varsity players. They finished the season with an 8-16 record notable for the wins against a higher ranked Linden team twice, once in the regular reason and then again in the playoffs. The team got very close to winning a handful of games but with over 50 girls this year and even more next year the future looks bright for the program.
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