In the halls of a small classical school in Lynnwood, there is more on some minds than jostling for locker space and Latin declensions. For yet another year, the high school boys’ soccer team has dared to dream, coupled hope with hard work, and fought their way to the final four of the State Tournament. Providence Classical Christian School is the only 1B or 2B school in the state to have done so three years in a row. This Friday night Coach Morris will lead the team in their semi-final game against St. George at Sunset Chevrolet Stadium in Sumner at 8:00p.m. If they win, the boys will return the following night to contend for the state championship title and fulfill this year’s dream. Did I mention they are the smallest school in the WIAA with a boys’ soccer team?
Dubbed the “Tiny Giants” by Q13 News last year, Providence is a close-knit school with a total of thirty boys in the high school. Eighteen of them play on the soccer team – a sixty percent turnout. Two sets of brothers (including one set of twins) and four cousins play on the team this year; compare that to 2010 when they won the state championship with a group including three sets of twins and fifteen boys who were either brothers or cousins. Their strength lies not in any individual player, but rather teamwork, the slogan “Band of Brothers” aptly fitting.
The inspiration for their “Band of Brothers” slogan came from a bible verse exhorting Christian brothers to be steadfast and hardworking. For this team, character is every bit as important as winning. In a school that focuses not only on rigorous academics but also character, ideals are put to the test on the soccer pitch. In 2011, after their loss in the state playoffs, a referee sent a letter to the school saying “The boys are as gracious and classy in defeat as they are in victory”.
Fans of all ages turn out to cheer on this band of brothers – grandparents, parents, siblings, neighbors, and the occasional baby don blue and green tutus, scarfs, and wigs. It is common for students from the grammar school to attend games toting handmade signs, even if they have no brother or sister on the team. Fathers stand up in the bleachers, leading the crowd in cheers to encourage the boys. It only takes a few minutes in this supercharged atmosphere to realize the boys aren’t the only ones with visions of another championship filling their heads.
-Published in the Mill Creek View, November 2012