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This week PA volleyball lost to MPA on Monday and defeated SPA on Thursday. The Lions improved their passing and serving significantly from Monday to Thursday. The team racked up 19 aces, 35 kills, and passed over 2.0 for the first time this season in Thursday’s game. Their focus, energy, and follow through really showed. Coach said, “We have been working really hard on our team goals and focuses this week so it was really nice to see the collective effort click Thursday night.” Volleyball takes on Minnehaha on Monday and Blake on Thursday at home.
The Lions football team dropped a tough game last Friday night to Fridley. Early on, both team’s defenses held each other in check as the teams traded multiple punts back and forth. Late in the first quarter a fumbled punt by Fridley set the Lions up at the 12 yard line. A few plays later they looked like they were on the doorstep for a touchdown but were pushed back by a horrible penalty called by the officials. The Lions would have to settle for a 28 yard Field Goal by Senior Kicker J.P. Luedke getting on the board first with a 3-0 lead.
Following another defensive stop by the Lions, a Fridley punt rolled all the way down to the Lion’s 1 yard line which would prove to be costly. Two plays later Fridley pounced on a botched Lions snap and fumble into the end zone to score a defensive touchdown, taking a 7-3 lead.
The defenses would trade stops back and forth several times until late in the 2nd quarter, when WR Sean Allerheiligen caught a pass from Aidan Lampe and raced 46 yards down to the 6 yard line. Another costly penalty near goal line pushed the Lions back out and again they would have to settle for a Luedke field goal, this time from 26 yards out. The Lions would go into halftime trailing 7-6.
In the 3rd quarter the Lions took the lead 9-7 on J.P. Luedke’ s 3rd Field Goal of the night, this time from 36 yards. The scoring drive was highlighted by multiple catches by Allerheiligen and several strong runs by Junior running back Jacob Meissner. The lead would be short lived as Fridley mounted their one offensive scoring drive on the night that ate up the rest of the 3rd quarter. A touch down and 2 point conversion early in the 4th quarter notched the score at 15-9.
The Lions tried to answer but were intercepted by Fridley. The turnover set up another long Fridley drive that had them on the doorstep of finishing off the Lions. A defensive stop near the goal line forced Fridley to attempt a FG that was blocked by Lions Freshman Nick Thoma. The Lions would get one final shot to win the game. Starting at their own 20 yard line with just over 3 minutes left, Senior QB Aidan Lampe and Junior WR Sean Allerheiligen took over the game. The two connected on multiple passes as the Lions made their way down the field and were 8 yard away from from a tying touchdown. With 12 seconds left on the clock, Lampe was picked off in the end-zone and the Lions would fall by the final score of 15-9.
Stars of the Game
- Senior Kicker J.P Luedke who was 3 for 3 on field goals and had multiple touchbacks on his kick offs.
- Junior Wide Receiver Sean Allerheiligen who finished with 15 catches for 183 yards.
The Lions played their last regular season home game last night vs St. Anthony. Updates in next week’s Week in Review.
The boys and girls cross country teams celebrated their season this week. As a coaching staff, we took into consideration whether or not athletes were able to run varsity races, whether or not they made practices a priority, volunteering at Cub meets and Cycle health events when deciding who would letter. The MVP Awards went to junior, captain Emma Kelly and freshman Tomas Palomarez. This award was for the most earned points and best performances of the season. The Most Improved Awards went to 8th grader Melia Cmiel and freshman Joe Harlan for showing great effort and improvement over the season. The Coaches’ Pride awards go to individuals that show great leadership and are a good role model for others on the team. This year the recipients were senior, captain Eli Santelman and junior, captain Sophia Koch.
“These are truly absolutely amazing athletes that we get to work with, both on and off the course. They make me proud with their encouraging, uplifting attitudes and determination,” says Head Coach Rachel Fogle.
Game, Set, Match on great season for varsity girl’s tennis. The team competed well this year, ending tied for fourth in the conference. We had a great group of girl’s with a very strong, positive team culture led by Captains’s Olivia Eck and Annika Harberts Ott. We saw a ton of improvement from each player throughout the season.
All Conference Honoree – Annika Harberts Ott & Lisey Langhus
All Conference Honorable Mention – Koral Horstman & Emma Speier.
Spirit Award Recipient – Ella Flynn
Most Improved Award – Koral Horstman
Coach’s Award – Katelyn Clements
The PA Girls Soccer Team capped off their season with their fall banquet and awards ceremony. The girls and their families gathered, shared a meal and celebrated all of the amazing award winners. Each year the team gives out 3 awards: Most Valuable Player Award, Most Improved Player Award and a Lion Spirit Award. For Varsity Sofia Caballero took home MVP along with All Conference Honors and a spot on the 2020 All State Team. Goalkeeper Grace Counts snagged the Most Improved Player Award with her amazing development this season in net. And finally Eleanor Young was awarded the Lion Spirit Award for the Varsity squad. Anna Sanches and Mary Rillens Lee received All Conference Honorable Mentions and Avery Lampe picked up All Conference Honors as well. The Varsity team boasted several Gold and Silver Academic Award winners, with a total of 8 Gold Awards and 3 Silver Awards.
The recognition and achievement didn’t stop with Varsity. JV awarded their MVP award to Lauren Damberg who also received the 2020 Captain’s Award. Most Improved JV player was awarded to Shannon Healy and rounding out the celebrations was CeCi Carron as she was awarded the JV Lion Spirit Award.
Head Coach Paul Cronin said, “This was such a great season with some very memorable games and performances. We will miss our seniors very much next season but we are looking forward to next season and the opportunity to further our play as girls soccer moves to a 3 class system. This gives us a better opportunity to be competitive at a higher level.”
What an amazing season for the boys Lions soccer team. Unfortunately, the season ended with a gut-wrenching sectional OT loss, because two of four starting defenders were out on Covid quarantine, one starting forward got injured in early second half and other forward got a red card in regulation time. “We were missing four key starters and down a players after already playing 80 minutes,” said Coach Lev Buslovich. If was unfortunate and sad to end it this way.
Team Stats Include:
- Cumulative GPA was 3.51, earning a Silver Academic All-State Award
- Our overall regular season record was 5-5-1 (.500)
- Ben Martin in goal and the defense had 4 shut-outs in regular season and only allowed 3 goals in last 7 regulation-time games
- Leading scorer was JP Luedke with 6 goals
- Second top scorers were Roy Kyle and Sam Schroeder tied with 4
- Leading assist getter was Roy Kyle with 6, followed by Eli Schmidt and Sean Donohue with 2
- 22 players got a chance to play in a varsity game
- Coach Lev Buslovich was voted section coach of the year
“Overall, we played as a disciplined team and tried to play possession soccer without panicking and resorting to kickball. We out-worked many talented team, including SPA and Waconia, and often played beautiful, flowing soccer. Whereas last year, we had enthusiasm and fighting spirit, this year, we had teamwork, work-rate, tactical awareness and the beginnings of proper ball movement. We just needed a little more punch and refinement in finishing to get more results (in such close games as Watertown, Mound Westonka and Willmar)”, said Coach Buslovich.
Team also celebrated the Student Athlete, recognizing those individuals who achieved a GPA of 3.5 and better. Only 10th – 12th grade grades are eligible.
Five PA players achieved the Silver award for athletes achieving a GPA of 3.5 or higher:
- Wayne Mithuri
- Matt Wooden
- Sam Schroeder
- Josh Jung
- Eli Schmidt
Two players earned Gold Academic Award of GPA 3.75 and above:
- Ryan Hutt
- Johnny Hendrickson
Our soccer conference is by far the toughest in the state, as it is comprised of so many former state champions. Players who received All Conference awards include:
- Sam Schroeder
- JP Luedke
- Roy Kyle
All Conference Honorable Mention players included:
- Eli Schmidt
- Matt Wooden
- Ryan Hutt
Team recognitions included:
- MVP: Roy Kyle
- Most Improved: Paul Pelegrene
- Spirit Award: JP Luedke
- Coaches Award: Sam Schroeder
Congrats to PA Lions Boys Soccer!
Girls Swimming and Diving
The 2020 Girls Swim & Dive team had an amazing year. However, I thought I would highlight some awesome results, including a couple new team records by Carly Bixby of Providence Academy and a 1st place 200 Free Relay.
Here are the results from the Section tournament:
- 200 Free- New Team Record by Carly Bixby 1:52.98- 2nd place, Anna Heaney- 10th place, Ali Herlofsky- 25th place
- 100 Free- New Team Record by Carly Bixby 52.09- 1st place
- 500 Free- Anna Heaney 5th place, Ali Herlofsky- 21st place
- 200 Free Relay- 1st place Seidel, Sznewajs, Sweet, Bixby
- 100 Breast-Liv Ryan- 26th place
- 400 Free Relay- 3rd place team of Bixby, Heaney, Sweet, Seidel. 51.90 Lead off for Carly breaks her team record set earlier in the meet.
All in all, we had 29 of 32 individual season and personal bests at Sections! The girls really improved from last year and made significant strides this season. We had such a great group of girls this year and it was very fun to coach them.
The girls’ swim season was short and sweet! Our athletes have pushed themselves physically and mentally as we all try to cope with life during the pandemic. Anna Heaney Class of 2022, has shown both resilience and leadership. In a season that began with a shoulder injury that kept her from competing, Anna was able to rebuild her strength and finished the season with her best 500 time in 5:34.37 a 5th place finish at sections. Carly Bixby Class of 2024 made the largest impact on the team this year. She broke 3 team records in the 200 Free in 1:52.98, 100 Free in 51.90, and 100 Back in 59.02. Carly’s section results had her ranked 2nd overall in Class A for the 200 and 100 Free. Carly is a tremendous teammate that works hard and has a positive attitude. Ali Herlofsky Class of 2024 finished the season with best times in the 200 Free in 2:18.42 and 500 Free in 6:04.78. Olivia Ryan Class of 2025 swam her best 100 Breaststroke in 1:25.48. Maria Dailey, Rachel Bartels, and Kate Borchardt finished their seasons vs. Hopkins a couple weeks ago.
Overall our team finished 2-2 in dual meets, and 3rd at 2A Sections. We are a young team and will grow stronger. One of the best things about the team is we feel like Family. We have so much spirit and support each other through good times and bad. It seems like so long to wait, but August will be back around before we know it!
– Coach Luke
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