First-year Providence High boys' Coach Ernest Baskerville had two main goals for this team this season: Finishing among the top three in the Liberty League and cutting down on the 86 points per game the Pioneers gave up the previous year.
Providence wildly exceeded those expectations, as the squad won its first league championship in 13 years and surrendered 57 points a game.
But the Pioneers did so much more, putting together a historic season that included a first-ever CIF Southern Section championship appearance and an inaugural invitation to the state playoffs.
Providence was justly rewarded for its exploits. Freshman Marcus LoVett Jr. was voted the Division IV-A Player of the Year and senior teammate Patrick Gonzalez garnered a first-team honor. In addition, Baskerville earned co-coach of the year honors with Koko Kaprielian of Holy Martyrs.
"I think us getting awards is great recognition for the school," Baskerville said. "It also shows how much hard work the guys put in all season. Rewards come with hard work, and this team worked very hard to accomplish what they were able to do this year.