Providence wins first crown by edging defending champion Argos
Edward Bobkoskie’s goal on a header in the 66th minute provided the winning goal to give Providence a 2-1 victory over Argos in the Class A boys state championship game at Fishers High School.
Bobkoskie’s score broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Pioneers of coach Jake Stengel their first state title. Providence lost in the championship matches in 2013 and 2016.
The loss for defending-champion Argos broke a 13-game, state-tournament winning streak, which coming into the finals was a state-best.
The teams played to a scoreless first half before the Dragons broke through in the 45th minute. Tomas Gutierrez took a centering pass from Michael Richard and beat Providence keeper Jacob Braswell to the top right corner of the net.
Providence (17-3) came back just two minutes later and tied the game on a beautiful move by senior Luke Hesse, who netted his 41st goal of the season. His goal total came into the weekend as second-best in the state.
Coach Todd VanDerWeele’s Dragons (18-4-1) came in riding a 10-game winning streak and a 14-game unbeaten roll (13-0-1).
Argos’s Cameron Markley receives Cato Mental Attitude Award
Following the match, the IHSAA Executive Committee named Argos’s Cameron Markley as the recipient of the C. Eugene Cato Mental Attitude Award presented by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.
The award is annually presented to a senior, who is nominated by his principal and coach, and has demonstrated excellence in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability during his four years of high school.
He is the son of Brent and Lynnette Markley of Tippecanoe. He is interested in studying Agronomy and is currently deciding between Purdue University and Iowa State University.
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, a proud corporate partner of the IHSAA, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Argos High School’s general scholarship fund in the name of Cameron Markley.