A Review of the Past Week in Providence Academy Athletics
Providence Academy traveled to Victoria on Thursday, March 5, for a rematch with Holy Family Catholic High School. The Lions fell to the Fire by a score of 74-47 on February 24 but the Lions came ready to play! Down by 28-22 at half the Lions roared back to outscore the Fire in the second half and took a 33-31 lead at the 15-minute mark of the second half. The lead went back and forth for the rest of the game and when the dust settled the Lions fell to the Fire by 2, 62-60 to end their season.
Junior Sam Schroeder led the Lions with 15 points while sophomore Jimmy Fafinski added 10 and senior captain Jacob Halek dropped in 8 for the contest.
Coach Brown summarized the game, “The score was 62-60 and we had many opportunities to win the game, the ball just didn’t bounce our way down the stretch. The kids played so hard which made this a tough loss for them, but it’s important for them to take away how these young men improved throughout the season. That’s what really matters; I’m so proud of these guys.”
“I can’t thank the seniors enough for their leadership. Many people thought with the loss of last year’s seniors that this would be a rebuilding year, but these seniors took it upon themselves to move forward and led us to a 12 -15 record. The future is very bright for PA boys basketball, we have lots of work to do between now and next year, but these kids are willing to make the commitment. A HUGE thank you to all involved with our program.”, concluded Coach Brown.
On Thursday, March 4 the Girls Basketball team played in the Section 5AA semifinals for the second time in the last two years. It was a rematch of last year’s contest just with the seeding switch. This year, the #1 seeded Lions took on the #5 seeded Holy Family Catholic Fire. Earlier this year, Holy Family was able to best the Lions in an overtime game back in December. This time around the Lions were prepped and ready to go as they jumped out to an early lead against the Fire. At the half, the Lions were able to take a large lead 27-9. However, the Fire would not be kept down for long as they went on an early second half. The Lion’s lead got as small as 11 but a response of two quick threes by Madie Anderson and Kyra Miller pushed the lead back to a comfortable 18 points.
In the end, the Lions were able to extinguish the Fire and come away with a 67-39 victory. The Lions were led in scoring by freshman Kyra Miller who poured in 3 three-pointers on her way to 16 points. Senior Hailey Hohenecker dropped in 13 of her own and sophomore Maria Counts and freshman Grace Counts were each able to chip in 12 points apiece.
This win means the Lions will be playing for the Section 5AA championship for the opportunity to play in the Class AA State Tournament.
Congrats to senior Hailey Hohenecker who has been named to this year’s Class AA All-State Honorable Mention team. This recognition is voted on statewide by member coaches from Class AA girls basketball and the Minnesota State Girls Basketball Coaches Association (MGBCA).
The MGBCA also announced that Head Coach Connor Goetz and Assistant Coach Mark Forbish have been named Section 5AA Head and Assistant coaches of the year!
Next up: On Friday, March 6 the Lions will take on the #2 seed Watertown-Mayer at St. Cloud State University in an 8:00 p.m. tipoff. Back in November, the Lions went to Watertown-Mayer and won by 26 points. However, recently Watertown-Mayer had a player commit to playing for the University of Minnesota. She will be a key player to slow down if the Lions want to come away with a victory.
Come out and support as your Lions girls basketball team looks to accomplish something that hasn’t been done since 2013 and make the trip back to the MSHSL State Tournament.
Girls Lacrosse Registration
Providence Academy participates in girls lacrosse as part of the Mound Westonka’s Cooperative Girls Lacrosse program. This page is intended to provide you with the information you need to register for the team and to be able to receive team and activities department communication going forward.
Attached is a profile form that Mound Westonka Athletics asks you to fill out and return to Lynne Peterson (). It takes 1-2 school days to create a guest ID number for your daughter, which will enable you to register. Mound Westonka Athletics also asks that you provide a copy of your daughter’s current sports physical; please scan () or fax (952-491-8127) that to the Mound Westonka Athletics office as well.
Also attached are instructions for setting up an account with Westonka FeePay. You can start that process before you receive the ID number, making you one step closer to being ready to register when you do receive your number.
After your student is assigned an ID number (which Mound Westonka Athletics will send you via email), please login to our registration site (Westonka FeePay) and register for girls lacrosse. You must register with Mound Westonka Athletics and make payment to MWHS and our Girls Lacrosse program.
I hope this information is helpful and that you do not find the process overly burdensome. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions or concerns. Program specific questions can be directed to head coach Jessie Heusinkveld (). You can also visit the registration page on our Website.
Again, thank you in advance for your interest and support of MWHS Girls Lacrosse, we hope it will be a fun and positive experience!