Providence senior Griffin Libs and the Pioneers (6-3 and ranked No. 17 in Class 2-A) have established themselves as one of the early favorites in the sectional at Paoli. Providence will face city rival Clarksville on Friday night. The Pioneers beat the Generals 49-30 in the tournament at Silver Creek.
Courier-Journal: Providence is off to a 6-3 start. What is different this year?
Griffin Libs: Coach (Andrew) Grantz has implemented a more aggressive style, and that has really benefitted us. The difference from last year to this year hasn’t been much, except we want to be more aggressive in terms of our defense and our offense.
You have a rivalry rematch with Clarksville this week, and you just played them in a holiday tournament. Is it tough to play the same opponent twice in a row?
It’s a new game, and we know we have to forget about the last time we played them in order to take them on again – and hopefully beat them again.
What do you love about basketball?
I’ve loved it ever since I started playing as a little kid. It’s been a part of my entire life.
What is your favorite memory from basketball?
It would have to be the first win that we got with Coach (Andrew) Grantz last season. We had a rough summer with the transition to a new coach, and we had worked hard. To see that culminate with a win was really special for us.
As a senior, how is leadership an important part of your game?
I’m a big believer that a leader doesn’t always have to be talking. You can lead by example as well. All of the seniors have done that.
You also play baseball. What have you learned from playing two sports?
High school sports have taught me that going out there, and playing with people you enjoy being around, builds confidence on the field and off the court. That really helps me in my life.
Who has been your role model?
My dad has been a great influence for me. He has an incredible work ethic that I don’t think anyone else can replicate. He works so hard to take care of us, and he still finds time to work with me and my brother on basketball. It’s great to have that kind of person in my life.
What are Providence’s goals this season?
We have goals of a championship, but we’re just taking it one step at a time, one day at a time, to get better. When we get to the sectional, we’ll be ready to take on anybody and beat anybody.
– Justin Sokeland
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Family: Parents Jeff and Cara; brother Reece (15), sister Zoe (14)
Student/athlete: Griffin also plays baseball for Providence. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Senior Council. He plans to attend Indiana University and major in business.
Coach Andrew Grantz: Griffin always puts his teammates first. He gets more excitement from seeing his teammates succeed than himself. I am very proud of the person he has become.