In anticipation of the 2019-2020 school year, below is an athletic outlook for all Providence Academy fall sports.

Boys Soccer Preview

Coach:

  • New this year to the boys soccer program is head coach Lev Buslovich. Coach Buslovich has over 35 years of soccer coaching and his teams have won six Minnesota Youth Soccer Association State Cups, 12 State Tournament titles, and over 15 League Titles.
  • Buslovich has been nominated for Minnesota Youth Soccer Association Coach of the Year twice.
  • Read his entire coaching bio here.

Look Back to 2018:

  • The 2018 Lions was led by a senior class of seven and posted an 8-10 overall record with a 2-6 IMAC record.
  • All IMAC lauds went to 2019 graduate Andrew McMonagle. Fellow seniors Zach Giesler and Connor McIntee earned All IMAC Honorable awards.
  • The highlight of the season happened during Section 6A play when the #11 seeded Lions traveled to #6 seed Willmar and upset the Cardinals 4-1 in a driving rain.

This Year’s Captains and Contributors:

  • Captains are seniors James Schoenfelder and John Wooden and junior JP Luedke.
  • The team includes six returning seniors and an exciting group of 9th graders.

Outlook:

Coach Buslovich believes that this will be, “a rebuilding year with a focus on development and holding our own.”

Style of Play, Strengths and Weaknesses:

Playing in the ever-dangerous IMAC, the Lions will try to keep good defensive shape against top teams and work to possess against lower-level competition with hopes to improve on 2018’s 2-6 conference record.

Girls Soccer Preview

Coach:

  • Paul Cronin has coached for 14 seasons and has been at Providence Academy for three years.
  • Cronin was named 2016 Burnsville Fire Soccer Club Traveling Girls Coach of the Year.
  • In 2014, he earned the US Soccer Federation National C Coaching License.
  • Read his entire coaching bio here.

Look Back to 2018:

  • With a record of 13-5, last year was a huge growth and breakout season for the Lions. The team finished the regular season 11-4 and hosted two games that went 2-1 in sectional play.
  • The team finished under .500 the past couple seasons.
  • In the 2018 season, we put themselves out there as a top competitor in the Independent Metro Conference.
  • Coach Cronin shared some memorable highlights from the past season:
    • The win against St. Agnes with a late goal to take the lead and win the game.
    • Another highlight was our second section game against Becker. The game was scoreless at half but we were able to jump ahead in the second half, winning the match 5-1, sending us to the semifinals.
  • All IMAC Honorable Mention lauds went to 2019 graduate Caroline Mahowald. Senior Madie Anderson received all-conference honorable mention.

This Year’s Captains and Contributors:

  • This year’s captains include seniors Madie Anderson (goalkeeper) and Malea Marxer (forward) and junior Sophia Caballero (midfielder).
  • Anderson is a lights-out goalkeeper whose bravery, soccer IQ, and vision gives the Lions an edge in the defensive half.
  • Caballero is not a player to miss this season: her clinical footwork and technical skills always place her on the opponent’s watch list.
  • Marxer uses her speed on the wing to dominate forward play. Her relentlessness aggression and pressure on the opponent’s back line forces errors from the opponent and opportunities for PA.
  • More varsity players to watch this year:
    • Senior Sam Fritz who holds down the back line for the Lions. Sam will be stepping up to be the leader in the back. Look for her to command play out of the back and win balls that are sent into dangerous areas.
    • Junior Anna Sanchez is a mid-fielder to keep your eye on this season. Her ever-consistent play will be key in the Lion’s effort to maintain a strong center of the pitch.

Outlook:

  • Heading into the 2019 season, the team looks forward to continued growth and strives to work toward the level of competition that was achieved last year. With the loss of several starters, many players will look to break their way into the starting 11.
  • Coach Cronin said, “We are confident in our ability to be competitive in our very talented conference. In addition, there is a high possibility to make section quarter- or semi-finals again this season. The girls set team goals for this season to bring intensity, keep a positive, fun environment; play to each others’ strengths, improve, stick together, and win sections.”

Style of Play, Strengths and Weaknesses:

Coach Cronin believes that “our style of play is best described as a possession with an attacking mindset. Our first thought is always to keep the ball and not force any passes but also to always look for a forward/attacking opportunity before we play backwards. This year, we will have more of an emphasis on our defensive shape and system focusing on how we can be more organized defensively with the goal of keeping us in the game with the top teams in the state.”

Cross Country Preview

Coach:

Rachel Fogle has coached at Providence Academy for 12 years and has been a PA teacher for 13. Read her entire coaching bio here.

Look Back to 2018:

  • The boys ran a strong season. Each runner was able to improve their times throughout the season.
  • The girls had a very successful season as well, improving their times so much so that they advanced to state competition where they finished 10th overall.

This Year’s Captains and Contributors:

  • Returning senior captain Maddie Kelly is the lead runner on the girls team and finished sixth at last year’s MSHSL State Tournament.
  • Senior captain Brigid Burns has been a part of the varsity team for four years.
  • Returning senior captain Will Horinek has been on the varsity team for three years.
  • Senior Steven Fogle has been a part of the cross country team for six years.
  • Five out of seven of varsity boys runners are returning this year: Horinek, Fogle, senior Cort Dingman, and sophomores Jack McElroy and William Wehmann. Coach Fogle is also expecting big things out of eighth grader Grant Heim and senior Peter Flanders this year.
  • Five out of the top seven girls are also returning this year: Kelly and Burns, along with sophomore Emma Kelly, freshman Aly Marshall, and senior Emma Grace Hendrickson. There are a lot of up-and-comers ready to take on the final slots of the varsity team this year.

Outlook:

  • The boys should see continued improvement over the last few years. There are a number of younger boys with a lot of talent just waiting to peak.
  • The girls should have a very strong season similar to last year as long as they can keep the injuries at bay. Coach Fogle said, “I expect they will win or take second at Conference and place well at State.”

Style of Play, Strengths and Weaknesses:

Coach Fogle said, “Our biggest strength is that we run as a team. Although cross country tends to seem like an individual sport, our athletes know how to run as a team and get the best team outcome. This year, our focus will be peaking at the right time and avoiding injuries.”

Girls Swimming and Diving Preview

Coach:

Luke Johnson is a veteran with over 17 years of experience coaching swimming and diving, and he is entering his second year at the helm of the Blake-Providence Academy co-op program. Read his entire coaching bio here.

Look Back to 2018:

Last year was the first season for Coach Johnson. The team posted a 2-3 dual meet record, placed third in Section 2A, and 14th at the MSHSL Class A State meet.

This Year’s Captains and Contributors:

  • PA senior Angelina Hartley and Alice Jin of Blake captain the team. Hartley will look to finish with some high school highlights! She has placed at state multiple years in a row.
  • Senior Megan Rothberg will fill varsity points in sprint freestyle events.
  • Sophomore Anna Heaney has varsity experience in the 500 and is also strong in her other events.
  • Newcomer freshman Taylor Smith will jump right into a competitive role and has experience in all the races.
  • Eighth grader Ali Herlofsky trained hard in the off-season and will look to improve her section standing.
  • Coach Johnson has quite a few other new athletes looking to have fun and gain experience.

Outlook:

Coach Johnson looks to improve on section and state points. One team goal is to have 3×400 freestyle relays under four minutes.

Style of Play, Strengths and Weaknesses:

This year’s team is committed to prioritizing self, family, school, team, and social balance. The athletes participate to have fun, gain personal improvement, and enjoy team success! Practice is filled with play and our team is energized at meets, making them ready to race!

Girls Tennis Preview

Coach:

Bryan Turunen has coached for 25 seasons and has been at Providence Academy for 13 years. Read his entire coaching bio here.

Look Back to 2018:

  • Last year’s squad posted a 9-7 record and fell to Breck School in Section 4A semifinals.
  • All IMAC Honorable Mention lauds went to graduate Sarah Zielinski and senior Betsy Schoenwetter.

This Yea’rs Captains and Contributors:

  • Seniors Rose Cummins (number 1 doubles) and Betsy Schoenwetter (number 1 singles) are captains.
  • Returning players to watch include seniors Monica Rampetstreiter and Lauren Happe, sophomore Olivia Eck, and eighth grader Ani Harberts Ott.

Outlook:

The Lions face fierce competition in the IMAC and in Section 4A playing tough, dedicated tennis. This year’s team will build on that experience.

Style of Play, Strengths and Weaknesses:

The 2019 team will be a balanced team with versatile players which will help the Lions be strong in both singles and doubles.

Football Preview

Coach:

Colin Rooney has coached football for 13 years and enters his second year at the helm at Providence Academy. Read his entire coaching bio here.

Look Back to 2018:

  • The 2018 season record was 9-1. The Lions went 8-0 in the regular season and 1-1 in the playoffs.
  • Our Lions were the Twin Cities District Gold Champions.
  • The defense recorded seven shut-outs in 10 games. We had the #1 defense in the state, (for all classes) for fewest points per game.
  • Highlights:
    • Beat St. Croix Lutheran for the first time in program history.
    • Finished the regular season ranked fifth in the state for class 4A.

This Year’s Captains and Contributors:

  • Senior captain Hakim Daniels SS/RB. Both D-1 and D-2 schools are interested in him. He is the team’s best overall athlete.
  • Senior captain Matt Edwards TE/LB. He’s a tough grinder-type player that excels as a pass catcher.
  • PA senior captain Jacob Halek CB/WR. He gained a lot of experience on both sides of the ball in 2018. Halek will be counted on to start on both offense and defense in 2019.
  • PA senior captain Andrew McGurl DL/OL. He started the 2018 season and excelled as the starting center until an injury kept him out the rest of the season. He’s looking for a strong return in his senior year.
  • Returning players:
    • Senior Henry Arlt OT. Arlt is a 6’4″, 325 lb road grater offensive lineman. He was voted the team’s most improved player in 2018. He’s being recruited by several D-2 schools.
    • Jake Meissner RB/LB. He became a starter at RB in week three as a freshman in 2018 and has emerged as one of the team’s best weapons as a sophomore.
    • John Wicht IV OT. Started every game at tackle as a sophomore in 2018 and set team records in the weight room during the past off-season.
  • Newcomers:
    • PA junior Aidan Lampe QB. Lampe has quickly established himself as the starting QB for 2019. A revamped passing game designed to spread the ball around should help him put up great numbers this year.
    • PA sophomore Sean Allerheiligen WR. He will take over as the team’s X WR this year. Good size and great route runner.
    • Hassan Tarawallie OG. At 6’3″, 375 lb, this junior offensive lineman will form a massive combo with Arlt on the offensive line.

Outlook:

  • The Lions are now in the Suburban Gold District, which will be very competitive. Defending State 4A Champion SMB and Mound Westonka will be our toughest District competition.
  • For MSHSL sections and state playoffs, the Lions are back in class 3A after being in 4A last season.
  • Coach Rooney said, “The 2018 season set a new bar and level of expectations for the program. In 2019, we are talented but inexperienced. If the team can survive a tough first half schedule against two state tournament teams (St. Anthony and SMB) as they gain game experience, the Lions could really bust out in the second half of the regular season and into the playoffs. Winning our section and making the state tournament is a possibility if the team can come together.”

Style of Play, Strengths and Weaknesses:

  • The Lions have a very sound and aggressive team-based defense. There is an established mentality now that the Lions don’t give up points or much yardage.
  • On offense, the Lions will be more “wide open” and aggressive in 2019. The revamped offense is designed to make the opposing defense defend the entire width of the field and be more attack-based in its philosophy.

Volleyball Preview

Coach:

  • Stephanie Remley has coached for five seasons and has been at Providence Academy for two years.
  • Coach Remley was invited to coach with the USA Volleyball high performance training programs this summer.
  • She completed the CAP I Certification through USA Volleyball (USAV). Additionally, Remley has completed the Art of Coaching Head Coach Certification program.
  • Read her entire coaching bio here.

Look Back to 2018:

  • The Lions went 13-13 overall, 7-3 was good for a third place finish in the Independent Metro Athletic Conference and 1-1 in MSHSL sectional play.
  • They were honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association (MSHSCA) with Academic Awards.

This Year’s Captains and Contributors:

  • Captains
    • Senior Kate Neill (OH/M, 6’2″, committed D-1 Middle to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga): A long reach plus an impressive vertical leap make her hard to defend at the net. Neill received the 2018 MVP Award and was the 2018 All Conference recipient.
    • Senior captain Mimi Meadows (OH/RS, 5’11”): Dynamic scorer with solid ball control who’s ready to contribute in the front and back row. She was the 2018 All Conference Honorable Mention recipient.
    • Senior captain Lauren Heim (S/DS, 5’4″): Quick-footed defender with the ability to run an offense. Received the 2018 Coach’s Award.
    • Junior captain Kate Allerheiligen (L/DS, 5’6″): She’s a phenomenal passer with a quick read and never give up mentality. Earned 2018 All Conference honors.
  • Returning lauded players:
    • Sophomore Maria Counts (OH/RS, 5’11”): Strong outside hitter with the ability to score in the front and back row.
    • Senior Hannah Schommer (S/DS, 5’6″): She’s a fast and athletic setter with the ability to play across the front or back row in all positions. Schommer was the 2018 All Conference Honorable Mention recipient.
    • Senior Lauren Kettler (M, 6’1″): She’s a tall and athletic middle who is able to score in front and behind the setter.
  • Returning varsity players include sophomores Kylie Onserio and Paige Meadows and juniors Isabel Ryan and Glasha Hovey.
  • Newcomers to watch:
    • Freshman Grace Counts (M/RS, 6’0″): An athletic contributor with a high ceiling of potential for this season.
    • Senior Teya Winn

Outlook:

  • Coach Remley predicted, “I believe we will win our conference and likely make it to third round of sections, if not further.”
  • Team goals include creating a culture of fearlessness, establishing a defense mentality, and making a deep section run.

Style of Play, Strengths and Weaknesses:

Coach Remley said, “We are tall, which is an advantage in this sport, but we are working on running tempo consistently from passing to setting. We are working on aggressive transition speed and having all of our hitters ready on every ball. We want to be the fastest team in our conference and section; speed in volleyball is what affords us opportunities to score consistently. Our strength is aggressive serving, forcing opponents out of their system from the start.”

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