A Review of the Past Week in Providence Academy Athletic

Coaching Announcement

The Providence Academy Athletics Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Erika Greene to the position of Head Volleyball Coach. Greene replaces Ms. Steph Remley who served as Lions head coach for two seasons Remley resigned to pursue other interests.

A complete bio of Coach Greene may be found here.

Nordic Ski

The Heritage Academy/Providence Academy/Rivertree School/West Lutheran High School Nordic ski co-op team completed the IMAC two-day pursuit race on Wednesday, January 15 and Thursday, January 16 at Hyland Park Reserve in Bloomington. These were our two coldest race days of the year with temps plus windchill around zero both days. The skiers stayed mostly warm while spectators had to move around a bit to keep from freezing. The results are not in yet, but senior Maddie Kelly finished in the top ten. Many first year skiers raced, gaining some good experience on a tough course under frigid conditions. 

Coach Johnson reports, “It has been a real joy to see our experienced skiers bring the younger skiers along in their love and knowledge of Nordic skiing. At the end of the race today, the skiers who had finished waited in the cold and the dark to cheer the last racers into the finish line. What a joy and honor it is to coach and mentor these exceptional young men and women.”

Boys Basketball

On Saturday, January 11 the Lions hosted Jordan High School and fell to the Hubmen 65-39. Junior Baeddan Ongori led the Lions with 11 and sophomore Mark McCarthy chipped in 9 points for the contest.

Tuesday, January 14 the the Lions traveled to Hopkins to challenge the redhot Blake Bears. PA was defeated by a score of 77-57. Sophomore Liam Carney led the Lions with 14 points. Senior Sean Rocheford and junior Sam Schroeder added 9 apiece in the effort.

On Thursday, January 16 the Lions dropped a 61-59 heart-breaker to Saint Paul Academy and Summit School. Scoring details can be found at MN Boys Basketball Hub.

Next up: The Lions will travel to Stillwater to take on St. Croix Prep tomorrow, January 18. Scheduled tip-off is 7:30 p.m.

Programming Note:
Providence Academy Head Basketball Coach Steve Brown will again be interviewed by WCCO on air personality Mike Max. His segment will be aired on TV tonight, January 17 during “Friday Night Sports Huddle” around 10:30 p.m. Director of Athletics Daren Messmore and senior basketball player Jacob Halek will also be part of the program.

Follow @PA_BoysHoops to stay up to date with everything Providence Boys Basketball.

Girls Hockey

Minnehaha United started the week in St. Paul with a 3-2 victory over the St. Paul Riveters on Saturday, January 11. The game was played outdoors at North Dale Recreation Center. Senior Hannah Schommer scored two goals for United and sophomore goalie Ellie Wasserman picked up the W in the pipes.

Tuesday, January 14 United crossed the river to take on St. Paul United at Historic Drake Arena. MU fell to SPU 11-3. Sophomore Ava Wasserman netted two goals for MU.

Coach Berthiaume shares, “The highlight of the week was definitely the victory over St. Paul Henry Sibley in the outdoor game at North Dale. It was a fun, competitive match-up in a great environment. Senior captain Hannah Schommer played her best game of the season so far, and led the team to victory with 2 hard-earned goals.”

Next up: Tomorrow, January 18 United will host the Totino Grace Eagles. Scheduled puck drop at 2:00 p.m.

Plan ahead: Friday, January 31, all  friends and fans are invited to attend Girls Hockey Senior Night at Minnehaha Academy South Campus, 7:00 p.m. scheduled start time. Minnehaha United vs. St. Peter. Free admission for students. Homemade chili and cake!

Scoring details can be found at MN Girls Hockey Hub.
Follow @MinnehahaUnited to stay up to date with everything Girls Hockey.

Boys Hockey

Boys hockey battled a tough Saint Paul Academy and Summit School team to a 2-2 tie through overtime on Saturday, January 11. Sophomore Joshua Mogeni picked up a goal and an assist and junior Thomas Vos netted the other lamplighter. 

On Tuesday, January 14 the team lost to Breck 4-0. After falling behind 2-0 in the first period the boys played even for the next period and a half until an unfortunate turnover lead to a third Breck goal and a five minute major penalty resulted in a fourth goal against the Lions.

On Thursday, January 16 lost to Minnehaha Academy 6-3. After spotting the Redhawks 3 goals the Lions came roaring back to tie the game at the 14 minute mark of the second period. Minnehaha Academy picked up a goal very late in the second and then two more late in the third to seal the victory.  Sophomore Charlie Peterson scored on a power play juniors Thomas Vos and Drew Larkin. Junior Delfin Cruz scored on an unassisted power play and sophomore Joshua Mogeni finished out the scoring assisted by junior Thomas Vos.

Coach Tearse ruminates, “We are still a team looking to come together and play consistently every night. The past three games have raised the bar of the type of play we need to bring every shift every day. We are improving every day.”

Next up: Tuesday, January 28 the Lions will host John F. Kennedy High School at Plymouth Ice Center. Puck drops at 7:00 p.m.

Scoring details can be found at MN Boys Hockey Hub.
Follow @PAlionshockey1 to stay up to date with everything Providence Boys Hockey.

Girls Basketball

On Friday, January 10 our #9AA ranked Lions took on the #3AA ranked and 2019 State Champion Redhawks of Minnehaha Academy. The Redhawks got off to an early lead thanks to some lights out shooting from the Redhawks guards. However, after a quick regroup the Lions were able to right the ship and go into halftime with only a 3 point deficit. After the half the Lions kept battling but the 3 pointers of the Redhawks just kept falling. Even though the Lions out shot the Redhawks by 10 shots the 10 made 3’s by the Redhawks was too much to overcome and the Lions fell the the defending state champions 58-52. The Lions were led in scoring by senior Hailey Hohenecker and sophomore Maria Counts who each scored 13 points. Freshman Grace Counts also dropped in 12 points for the game.

The following day the Lions took on the Jaguars of Jordan High School. The Jaguars like the Redhawks the night before got off to a very hot start from the 3 point line. The Jaguars hit 9 3’s in their game against the Lions with 6 of them coming in the first half. Going into halftime the Lions trailed 32-30. With some in game adjustments the Lions kept the competition close allowing a chance to win it at the end. After a great defensive steal with about 1 second remaining on the clock, senior Madie Anderson was fouled and sent to the free throw line with the game tied. Madie knocked down both ends of the 1 and 1 and gave the Lions the 2 point victory. The Lions were led by sophomore Maria Counts with 24 points, 16 rebounds, and 6 blocks. 

Before the game on Saturday, the Lions were able to recognize senior Hailey Hohenecker for breaking the school record for steals in a career. Congratulations to Hailey on her accomplishment. 

On Tuesday, January 14 the Lions traveled to The Blake School and took on the pesky section opponent. The Bears had been flying under the radar as a team to watch in Section 5A and had only lost 4 games going into this contest. This game ended up being a story of defense for the Lions as they were able to hold the top 4 of the Blake leading scorers under their season scoring averages. It was a great all around team game as seven different girls contributed to the scoring column. Four of them scoring in the double digits. 

On Thursday, January 16 the Lions traveled to Saint Paul Academy and Summit School where they defeated the Spartans 66-25. Senior Hailey Hohenecker led the Lions with 19 points, 5 steals and 5 rebounds; senior Lauren Kettler added 14 points with 3 blocked shots in the effort.

Next up: Tuesday, January 21 the Lions will play host to the Breck Mustangs. 7:00 p.m. scheduled tip-off.

Scoring details can be found at MN Girls Basketball Hub.
Follow @PA_GirlsHoops to stay up to date with everything Girls Basketball.

FREE Upper Extremity Injury Prevention Screening

Sports and Orthopaedic Specialists who provide sports medicine services for Providence Academy has announced they will be hosting their annual FREE Upper Extremity Injury Prevention Screening on Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 at their location in Edina (8100 West 78th Street) from 9:00am to 11:30am.

This free screening is open to youth and high school athletes ages 12 to 22 who participate in an upper extremity dominant sports such as softball, baseball, volleyball, swimming, and tennis. This screening helps preventatively assess for common upper extremity  injuries, including rotator cuff deficits, core and glute strength weaknesses, functional range of motion pathologies, and more.

Download flyer here or feel free to contact former PA Athletic Trainer and assistant track and field coach Jill Michel with any questions! Looking forward to seeing your athletes in February!

Jill Michel, MS, ATC
Outreach Lead; Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists
(w) 952-946-9777 (c) 612-296-2711

Register Now for Spring Sports

Registration for spring sports is open now through Tuesday, January 28. To register, simply visit the athletic registration homepage, click “Athletic Team Registration,” select “Middle School” or “High School” and follow the prompts.

If you have any questions, please contact Athletic Director Mr. Daren Messmore Go, Lions!

Available offerings for each division are as follows:

Middle School
Track and Field – Grades 6-8

Upper School
Baseball – Grades 9-12
Boys Golf – Grades 7-12
Girls Golf – Grades 7-12
Boys Lacrosse – Grades 7-12
Girls Lacrosse (co-op) – Grades 9-12 (will register through Mound Westonka, details to follow)
Softball – Grades 7-12
Boys Tennis – Grades 7-12
Track and Field – Grades – 9-12

Summer Baseball Sign Up

Providence Academy Traveling Baseball Association (PATBA) has opened their summer ball registration to all PA students in grades 3-8.

Please follow this link to register. 

Questions may be directed to Candido Palomarez

Scores and Standings

Check our and keep up on all varsity and non varsity team 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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