A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Athletics Update:

Simulclass and Athletics
PLEASE NOTE: If a student participates in Simulclass for the day, they are INELIGIBLE to participate in athletics. Students must partake in in-person learning to be eligible for after school activities. This includes any cooperative athletics. Please let me know if you have any questions. 

Blessings,
Mr. Daren E. Messmore
Director of Athletics

 

Spring Sports Registrations open TODAY!!!

Spring sport registrations will open today and close on Friday, March 5. Spring sport registrations will include:

Upper School:

  • Track and Field
  • Baseball
  • Softball 
  • Boys Tennis 
  • Boys Lacrosse
  • Boys and Girls Golf
  • Clay Target/Trap Shooting
  • Sports Performance: Weight Training
  • Girls Lacrosse: Registration will be through Mound Westonka High School

Middle School:

  • Track and Field
  • Boys Tennis
  • Girls Volleyball
  • TackleBar Football

Registrations can be found at: Providence Academy Athletics Registration

MSHSL Athletic Schedules and Spring Break:
As everything this year, the Winter and Spring schedules for athletics have been reorganized a few times since the start of the school year. As of right now, it looks like the end of the Winter season schedules have been set. As you can see in the graph below the dates for section and state tournaments for girls and boys basketball and girls and boys hockey will take place during our scheduled Spring Break.  Please let myself and your respected head coaches know if you have any questions.

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One Act Play:
Congratulations to the PA Players, who have advanced from last week’s MSHSL Sub-Section One-Act Contest to the Section Contest Saturday, February 6th. 

Their performance, “The Internet is Distract– Oh, Look, a Kitten!”  is available On Demand via the PA & PAC Webpage Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Great Job LIONS!

Nordic Ski:

Girls Hockey:
Review from the week of 1/25 – 1/29:

The United girls hockey team improved to 3-0 with victories over St. Paul/Henry Sibley and Hastings over the past week! Ava Wasserman scored two goals in each of those games, and Ellie Wasserman stopped every shot in the 3rd period vs St. Paul/Henry Sibley to combine with Allison Audette for the shutout. United has a real test tonight as they take on the highly ranked Breck Mustangs in an IMAC Conference matchup.

Quote from the Coach: “The season is off to a great start. We can’t wait to play at the Plymouth Ice Center on Tuesday!”

Review from the week of 02/01 – 02/05:

Girls hockey took their first two losses of the season to top-ranked Breck and defending Section 1A champion Rochester Lourdes. Ava Wasserman had a goal and 2 assists vs Breck and 2 goals vs Lourdes. Ellie Wasserman made 24 stops between the pipes vs Lourdes.

Quote from the coach: “We had a blast playing at the Plymouth Ice Center on Tuesday.”

Please support your United hockey team through their social media outlets: United girls hockey TwitterScoring and game details can be found at MN Girls Hockey Hub

Boys Hockey:
Please support your Lions through their social media outlets Twitter @PAlionshockey1, Instagram pa_lions_hockey and team website www.providencehockey.org

Scoring details can be found at MN Hockey Hub

Please support your Lions through their social media outlets Twitter @PAlionshockey1, Instagram pa_lions_hockey and team website www.providencehockey.org

Girls Basketball:
This week the Lions traveled to Minnehaha Academy to take on #5 AA Redhawks. It was a big test for both teams in the program as the Redhawks are historically a conference powerhouse. In the JV game there was a big back and forth battle and the Redhawks came out hot from 3. However, the Lions were able to keep pace with some nice transition baskets early in the game. Early scoring opportunities from Eleanor Young and Shannon Healy were big in helping the Lions keep pace. In the second half the Redhawks press started to wear on the Lions as they were able to extend their lead as the game went on. In the end, the Minnehaha JV team beat the Lions by a score of, 42-33. The JV Lions will get a chance to avenge their loss at the end of the season against Minnehaha at home.

The Varsity game followed the JV game. In the beginning it was a slow start for both teams as about 8 minutes into the first half the score was a paltry 4 – 4 tie. However, once the nerves started to settle girls started to see their shots hit the bottom of the net. The Lions were able to slow down the high speed Redhawks who average nearly 80 points per game and keep them to only 27 points in the first half. The Lions were able to keep pace with the Redhawks in the first half scoring 24. 10 of those 24 came from Freshman Brooke Hohenecker. In the second half the Lions were able to dial up the defense even more and started to see their extra efforts on the offensive rebounds pay off. The Lions were able to turn the tide of the game and hold the Redhawks to 21 points while pouring in 27 of their own. Sophomore Grace Counts was a monster on both ends of the floor and 7th Grader Maddyn Greenway was able to break free for 10 points of her own in the second half. In the last 30 seconds of the game when the score was tied, Senior Captain Olivia Klammer chose a great time to break free for her first points of the game and push the Lions lead to 2 points. Then a defensive stop for the Lions led to Sophomore Marie Heyda to push the Lions lead to 3 at the free throw line. With 4 seconds left the Redhawks had a chance to tie the game with a good look from 3 but it fell short and the Lions prevailed by a score of 51-48. 

Some notable performances from Wednesday night include Grace Counts who put up 16 points and 12 rebounds, Brooke Hohenecker who scored 12 points, Maddyn Greenway who scored 10 points, had 8 rebounds, and 8 assists, Maria Counts who scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, and Olivia Klammer who secured 8 rebounds and the go ahead basket with 30 seconds left. 

A full game write up can be found on MNGirlsBasketballHub. https://www.mngirlsbasketballhub.com/news_article/show/1143917 

On Monday, the Lions play their 3rd home game of the year against New Life Academy. 

Scoring details can be found at MN Girls BB HubFollow @PA_GirlsHoops to stay up to date with everything Providence Girls BB.

Boys Basketball:
This past week our boys HS team had a huge win over undefeated Twin Cities Academy 82 – 77 on Tuesday night. With the win, the Lions improved to 4 and 3 on the season. As a coach, I couldn’t be more proud of the effort as we had many different players step up to lead us to victory. Sam Schroeder scored a career high 33 points as he made 9 – 3 pointers, just a fantastic shooting night. Mark McCarthy had 14 points and 6 rebounds, Aidan Lampe had 12 points and 9 rebounds plus 6 assists. Liam Carney added 12 points and 7 rebounds.

We played without our posts JP Luedke and Baeddan Ongori who are battling injuries and our leading scorer Jimmy Fafinski who along with Matt Wooden and Eli Santelman are in quarantine, which made the win even more impressive.

Tonight we play Tartan, a Class 4A school who is 4 and 1, so we will have our hands full, but we are excited about the opportunity.

As always, we sure appreciate the support!

Go Lions!

Coach Brown

Scoring details can be found at MN Boys BB HubFollow @PA_BoysHoops to stay up to date with everything Providence Academy Boys BB.

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