A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Girls Tennis:

Varsity girls tennis has a record of 2-7.

PA had two well fought, competitive matches this week against IMAC foes. 

Tuesday, September 17 the Lions lost a heartbreaker to Minnehaha Academy by a score of 4-3. Eighth grader  Anni Harberts Ott played her best match of the season and won in straight sets at position 2. PA also picked up wins at positions 2 and 3 doubles from freshman Koral Horstman/ senior Monica Rampetstreiter and the freshmen team of Marie Heyda/ Emma Speier. Sophomore Olivia Eck at third singles and seniors Rose Cummins and Lauren Happe at first doubles played exceptionally well and even held match points before falling in a third set tiebreaker.

On Thursday, September 19 PA competed well versus a highly ranked St Paul Academy team. Senior Betsy Schoenwetter won in three sets at position one and played excellent tennis. Olivia Eck continues to get better with each match reaching a third set tiebreaker at position three. 

Coach Turen ponders, “Overall team results do not accurately reflect how competitive the team is. We’ve had so many close matches that could go either way. The team is really showing their resilience and they are improving with each match.” 

Next week PA takes on Mounds Park Academy, Holy Family Academy, and SW Christian Academy.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Tennis @PA_Tennis_.

Boys Soccer:

The Boys Soccer team is 3-8.

Saturday, September 14 the Lions hosted St. Francis High School; Lions fell to the Fighting Saints 3-2

Tuesday, September 17 the Lions hosted Tartan Senior High;  Lions fell to the Titans 2-0.

Thursday, September 19  the Lions hosted St. Anthony Village High School and fell to the Huskies 2-1.

Next up: The Lions will host Metro Schools College Prep this Tuesday, September 24 at Mithun Field in a tilt scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Boys Soccer @PA_BoysSoccer.‏

Girls Soccer:

The Girls Soccer team is 1-8-1.

The PA Girl Soccer team hosted Maranatha Christian Academy on Saturday, September 14 and battled hard with senior Sam Fritz put one in the back of the next in the second half to tie Maranatha 1-1. 

The Lions rolled into a non conference matchup again Monticello High School on Monday, September 16. Coming out strong in the first half, senior Sam Fritz gave Providence the lead unfortunately, Monticello worked their “magic” and came back to win 4-1. 

Providence next traveled the Saint Anthony Village for another non conference game. The Lions took an early lead as senior Sam Fritz slid one past the Saint Anthony keeper. But Saint Anthony came back to level the score line 1-1 and the game went into overtime. Saint Anthony scored first in the overtime and PA answered with a goal of their own level the score line away 2-2. The HUskies found the back of the net with 3 second left in overtime and topped the Lions 3-2. 

The Lions gear up for another non conference game on Saturday, September 21 as they travel to Trinity School at River Ridge.

 Stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Soccer @PA_GirlsSoccer_. ‏

Cross Country:

The boys and girls cross country team has had the week off to prepare for the upcoming Milaca Megameet.  The Megameet is the largest cross country meet in the nation hosted at Stones Throw Golf Course in Milaca, MN. There are expected to be over 5900 runners this weekend.  Races start at 10:00 a.m.

As for the Providence teams, look for great placement in the Varsity Girls’ race from Senior captain Maddie Kelly, senior Emma Grace Hendrickson, and sophomore Emma Kelly.  The rest of the Varsity team includes freshman Aly Marshall, senior Brigid Burns, and sophomore Sophie Koch. The boys will be represented by senior Cort Dingman, senior captain William Horinek, sophomore Jack McElroy, sophomore William Wehmann, and senior captain Steven Fogle.  The JV race is going to be big with a number of middle school runners trying their first 5K of the season.

Up next: Mustang Invite on Friday, September 27 and Varsity Girls will run the Griak race on Saturday, September 28.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Cross Country @PA_CrossCountry. ‏ 

Girls Swimming and Diving:

Girls Swimming and Diving team is 2-1 in dual meets.

Last week the girls swim and dive team faced Breck in a scrimmage. Coach Johnson’s analysis, “The Mustangs was a little better than us, and we will be competing with them later this season at Section and State for places and points! In addition, at the Laker Invite last Saturday we swam to a fourth place finish out of 12 teams. PA athletes Angelina Hartley, Anna Heaney, Megan Rothberg, Taylor Smith and Ali Herlofsky had nice contributions with individual and relay swims. 

Up next is the Maroon and Gold Invite at the U of M tomorrow Saturday, September 21 and next week the team will host Mound Park Academy at Blake’s John Hartmann Pool for the team’s senior night.

Volleyball:

Lions Volleyball is currently 4-4

The Lions went 1-1 this week, on Tuesday, September 17, PA took on IMAC foe MPA. Senior captain Mimi Meadows had an outstanding match, hitting .467. The Lions lost the match 0-3. 

On Thursday, September 19 your Lions took on the Breck School Mustangs. Senior captain Kate Neill and senior Lauren Kettler led the offense by hitting an astounding .565 and .556 respectively. Senior Lauren Heim passed a 2.25 keeping the Lions in system, allowing senior setter Hannah Schommer to dish out 40 assists in a 3 set match. Lauren Kettler continued to contribute positively with 4 total blocks on the night. The Lions swept the Mustangs, 3 sets to none in a big bounce back win. 

Head coach Remley says of the week, “We are redefining what it means to play Lions volleyball. We are striving to get 1% better every day, we are working to demonstrate what it means to play with heart, and we are learning what it means to compete in practice and in games. Our bounce back match against Breck is a great momentum swing from our loss against MPA. We are working on running a faster offense in system, and will continue to strive for defensive range.” 

The Lions are back in action next week Tuesday, September 24 at the Blake School and Thursday, September 26  at SPA. 

Stay up to date with everything Providence Volleyball @PA_Volleyball on Twitter and @ProvidenceAcademyVolleyball on Instagram.

Football:

Lions Football is 1-2

The Lions Football team fell to 1-2 last Friday night in a close game against Mound Westonka. The Lions opened the scoring on the first drive of the game when senior corner-back Jacob Halek picked off a pass and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown. Junior J.P. Luedke added the extra point and the Lions were up 7-0. The Lions would add to their lead early in the second quarter when junior quarterback Aidan Lampe connected with senior Hakim Daniels for a 7 Yard TD which made the score 14-0. The last 6 minutes of the 2nd quarter would find the Whitehawks ripping off three unanswered touchdowns to take a 21-14 lead into halftime. 

After a 3rd quarter that saw neither team score, the Lions marched off a 90 yard touchdown drive that culminated in a 4th  down, do or die, 11 touchdown pass from Lampe to Halek. When the extra point attempt failed, the Lions found themselves still down 21-20 with only 4 minutes to go. Jacob Halek’s second interception in the game gave the Lions offense 1 final shot to make a push to get into scoring range. It was for not, as the Lions turned the ball over on downs and the Whitehawks ran out the clock. 

The Lions were led by Halek who had 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions, and sophomore LB Jacob Meissner, who recorded 16 tackles, 12 of which were solo tackles and also forced a fumble. On offense, Hakim Daniels led the ground attack with 91 yards on 17 carries, along with a touchdown reception. Junior QB Aidan Lampe had 91 yards passing and 2 touchdown passes on the night. 

Coach Rooney’s thoughts on the game. “SMB is the ultimate test for us. It’s the toughest game on our regular season schedule. If we want to be a good football team, then we should be excited to to match up with the toughest teams, and see how we stack up. We are a young team, but our kids won’t quit, and we will give SMB all they can handle.”

Next up: Tonight at 7:00 p.m, Providence Football will host the defending 4A State Champion SMB Wolfpack, who boast several Division 1 recruit football players. 

Scores and Standings:

Keep up on all sports teams’ results on our Scores and Standings page.

Remember to follow @PAheadmaster, @PAcademyATH, @PA_MSathletics, @PALionsAD, and @ProvidenceLions for the most current updates regarding Providence Academy Athletics.

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