A Review of the Past Week in Providence Academy Athletics

Nordic Ski

The Heritage Academy/Providence Academy/Rivertree School/West Lutheran High School Nordic ski co-op team completed another two races this week.  On Tuesday, January 21 the team competed in a 5K classic race in cold, windy weather. Coach Johnson shares, “It was a good test of conditioning and technique on a tough course.  The kids outlasted a few falls and had a good time.”  

Thursday, January 23 the team skied in the IMAC  annual conference grade level race for the prize of homemade snowflake cookies.  With snow falling lightly, pleasant temperatures and good ski conditions, 21 of co-op skiers raced with considerable pleasure and competition.   Coach Johnson informs us that, “Each skier raced against others of their own grade, with the top three in each grade earning a cookie. We won four cookies, including seniors Nalia Petersen and Maddie Kelly finishing first and second in the senior girls race.” 

One co-op parents commented, “What an awesome day.  I loved that race. It was fun but competitive, so fun to see everyone skiing and just being outside.”  It was a great joy for this coach as well. 

Next up: Tuesday, January 28 the team will compete in the IMAC Championships, the Classic Race begins at 10:00 a.m., the Skate Race starts at 1:00 p.m. and the Middle School and Junior Varsity Championship 5K Skate Race follows at Elm Creek Park Reserve.

Boys Basketball

Coach Brown disseminates, “This past week we continued to make positive strides. We lost a close one to St. Paul Academy which was a game where we had opportunities to win in the last few seconds and we went to St. Croix Prep last Saturday who was undefeated and ranked #1 or #2 depending which poll you look at. We lost 80-56, but with seven minutes to go, the score was 57-52, our kids really took it to them, the score was not indicative of how the team played.”

Junior Sam Schroeder led the way against SPA dropping in a cool 20 and sophomore Jimmy Fafinski tallied 18 against SCP.

Tuesday, January 21, the team took on IMAC foe Breck School. Leading 30-29 at half the Lions came out roaring and drained 35 points to the hosts 25 in the second half to top the Mustangs 65-54. Junior JP Luedke lead the way with 14 points in this very important conference win.

Next up: Tonight the Lions will host the Mounds Park Academy Panthers in an unusual 5:30 tipoff.

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

Girls Hockey

On Saturday, January 18 United hosted Totino Grace at Minnehaha Academy’s South Campus Rink. The girls stayed with the Eagles, but in the end lost 4-2. Sophomore Ava Wasserman netted both goals, senior Hannah Schommer added an assist and sophomore Ellie Wasserman kicked out 35 potential goals in the game.

On Monday, January 20 the co-op got back to their winning ways by defeating Mankato West 4-2. Ava Wasserman lite the lamp three times to record a hat trick,  Hannah Schommer chipped in two helpers and Ellie Wasserman faced 38 shots to record a .947 save percentage.

On Tuesday, January 21 United hosted the highly ranked AA Blake Bears. After a closely play, 1-0 first period The Bears opened up play a bit and topped United 7-1. Ava Wassermanpicked up the goal from senior Hannah Schommer. Ellie Wasserman withstood the onslaught of 57 shots on goal.

Coach Berthiaume ruminates, “PA continues to make a HUGE contribution to the girls hockey co-op. Ava and Hannah have combined for 56 points so far this season, and Ellie has been outstanding between the pipes. On Tuesday vs Blake Ava scored the 49th goal of her young career. I predict that she will eclipse the 50 mark this weekend.”

Next up: Tonight United will take on the Fairmont High School Cardinals. Puck drops at 7:00 p.m. at Minnehaha Academy’s South Campus.

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!

The very next day, Saturday, February 1, is “Stick it to Cancer Day!” where Minnehaha United team player, Lucy Lyngen of DeLaSalle, will be recognized for her battle and defeat of cancer.  Lucy will be raising money for the cancer kids on the seventh floor at Children’s Hospital, many of whom are terminal.  Game vs. Marshall at 2:00 p.m. at Minnehaha Academy South Campus.  As always, student admission is free.

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

Boys Hockey

The boys hockey team received a well needed break and did not play this week. They had an opportunity to catch up on some school work and get healthy. On 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 Tuesday, January 21, the Lions played host to conference and section opponent Breck School. The Lions jumped out to an early lead with some full court pressure defense. However, the hot shooting Mustangs were able to keep it interesting as the Lion lead grew and shrunk throughout the half. After halftime the Lions locked in on the defensive end and expanded their lead. In the end the Lions won convincingly 79-41. The Lions were led in scoring by senior Hailey Hohenecker and freshman Grace Counts both scoring 16. Senior Madie Anderson scored 13 and freshman Kyra Miller and sophomore Maria Counts scored 11 points each. 

Coach Goetz passed on, “The team would also like to give a huge “Thank You/Shout Out” to the Pep Band for showing up to our game against Breck on Tuesday. They sounded amazing and we loved having you there!”

Next Tuesday, January 28 the Lions will host IMAC leader Minnehaha for a rematch of their closely contested first game. 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.

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

Free Lacrosse Clinic

The Lions Lacrosse Boosters are hosting three free lacrosse clinics for students from first to twelfth grade. 

The clinics will be held on Saturday, February 2 ,9, and 23 in the Providence Academy Dome.

Questions may be directed to palacrosseboosters@gmail.com

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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