A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Upcoming Dome Access Hours:

The anticipated occupancy date for the Providence Academy Dome is Monday, November 11. The Providence community can avoid the elements while remaining active this winter by walking in the dome. It is open every morning that school is in session from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. You must sign in at the security desk near the main office of the school and then proceed down to the dome. Get a group together for a fun time of fellowship or just take the time for your own health. Walk for a few minutes or the entire time. We just ask that you sign in so we know who is here. Please always walk or run in the direction posted for that day and follow the other rules for the dome, especially no food or gum.

Families can also take advantage of this opportunity during Saturday Family Dome Time. Run around and have some fun on Saturday mornings without having to be all bundled up. This year, Saturday Family Dome Time is from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. Simply come to the dome and go play. There is no charge for this activity.

During this time, the expectation is that we will have a safe family environment, so no hard baseballs, softballs, golf balls, or lacrosse balls. We will also ask that the activities be contained to avoid interference with others playing in the space. Parents may choose to walk the outer track while their children play inside the netting; however, we ask that this be a family time, so parents should not just drop off their children. The school is not offering supervision for your children.

We look forward to seeing many of you take advantage of this opportunity for exercise out of the elements.

We would also like to make you aware of available Dome Athletic training times for specific sports. The schedule below will be in effect from Monday, November 11, to Friday, February 21.

Monday
3:45-4:45 p.m. – Batting cages “Open”
3:45-4:45 p.m. – US Golf
4:45-5:45 p.m. – US Baseball

Tuesday
3:45-5:45 p.m. – Batting cages “Open”
3:45-4:45 p.m. – US Speed & Agility training
4:45-5:45 p.m. – US Lacrosse

Wednesday
3:45-5:45 p.m. – Batting cages “Open”
3:45-4:45 p.m. – US Girls Soccer
4:45-5:45 p.m. – US Boys Soccer

Thursday
3:45-4:45 p.m. – Batting cages “Open”
3:45-4:45 p.m. – US Speed & Agility training
4:45-5:45 p.m. – US Softball

Friday
3:45-4:45 p.m. – Providence Academy Traveling Baseball Association (PATBA)
4:45-5:45 p.m. – Batting cages “Open”
4:45-5:45 p.m. – US Football

Saturday
8:00-10:00 a.m. – Open for PA Community (south half)
8:00-10:00 a.m. – Batting cages “Open”

NOTE: All scheduled athletic department activities are for US students only and will take place on the north half of the dome, closest to the garage door.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Mr. Daren E. Messmore
Director of Athletics

Cross Country:

The girls’ cross country team ran a few hard practices since last week’s Section meet and are now tapering, resting the muscles in preparation for this weekend’s State Meet. The Lions are ranked in the top 10 percent of the teams that made it to State, with a couple of runners ranked individually. “Cross Country is unlike any other sport. Our State Meet doesn’t consistent of two teams going head-to-head like most other State events. Instead, it is one race that includes the top 175 runners from all over the state. The girls run anywhere from six minute miles for 3.1 miles to seven and a half minute miles. It is a tough race that takes just as much mental effort as it does physical,” said Coach Rachel Fogle.

Next up: Please join the girls’ team as they head to State this weekend. There is a fan bus traveling down to Northfield on Saturday, November 2. The bus leaves at 10:15 a.m. from the school’s back parking lot for St. Olaf College. The race is at 1:00 p.m. with awards to follow. There will be a quick stop for food on the way back. We should return to the school around 4:30 p.m. All are welcome, but require a permission slip from Mrs. Kate Gregg in the US Office. The more fans, the better!

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

Girls Swimming and Diving:

On Saturday, November 2, the team will participate in the Annual “Boofalo” Bison Diving Invitation held at Buffalo Community Middle School. The pool opens at 9:40 a.m. and warm ups will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Next up: The Section 2A Meet will take place at Richfield on Wednesday, November 6, and Friday, November 8.

Volleyball:

The Lions volleyball team ended its season on Tuesday, October 29, with a program best record of 16-9.

The Lions took second in IMAC conference play and was awarded a double bye going into sections.

In the quarterfinals of section play, the Lions took on the Mound Westonka Whitehawks. Junior libero Kate Allerheiligen had five service aces. Senior middle Lauren Kettler led the Lions with 15 total kills and in hitting 0.297. Senior captain Kate Neill led all players with four total blocks. While the Lions battled for the match, they fell in four to a talented Whitehawks team.

Head Coach Steph Remley said, “This has been a record-setting season for Lions volleyball. Not only has this group of ladies set a season win record, but they have also set Section seeding records, won a tournament, had five all-conference honorees, and placed second in conference play. Our season ended on Tuesday night, but not for a lack of effort. The Lions fought hard from start to finish. While this wasn’t the way we wanted to end the season, 2019 has been filled with accomplishments. This truly has been a banner-worthy season for this group of ladies. A special shoutout to all of our seniors for their years of dedication. Thank you all for your hard work this season.”

Senior Volleyball Player Named to AVCA All Region Team:

Congratulations to senior Kate Neill, who has been named to the AVCA All-Region Team for our region, which includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota, and Nebraska. A total of 10 regions represent the 50 states. The number of athletes on each All-Region team is determined by the number of Under Armour All-America nominations each region receives. The top 50 percent of nominated athletes according to the AVCA regional committees will be the athletes who are named All-Region. The All-Region team will include athletes named to the First Team, Second Team, Third Team, and Honorable Mention in each Region. The 2019 Under Armour All-America Teams will be announced on Wednesday, November 6.

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

Football:

Lions football is 5-5.

On Saturday, October 26, a perfect fall afternoon in Glencoe, the Lions football team defeated the #1 seeded Glencoe-Silver Lake Panthers 14-7. The win advances the Lions to the Section 2AAA Finals and a chance to go to the MSHSL State Football Tournament.

Glencoe-Silver Lake opened the scoring on their first drive with a long touchdown pass to give them an early 7-0 lead. The Lions offense had trouble moving the ball in the first quarter, leaving the score 7-0 after the first quarter. The Lions came alive in the second; their first scoring drive covered half the field and ended on a one-yard touchdown run by sophomore Jacob Meissner. Junior JP Luedke’s extra point tied the score at 7-7.

The Lions defense forced a Panther punt on their next drive and the Lions immediately scored again. Two plays into their possession, Meissner raced for a 51-yard touchdown run. Luedke again converted the extra point and the Lions pulled ahead at 14-7, a lead they would not relinquish.

The second half saw outstanding play by the Lions defense, who completely shut down Glencoe’s vaunted running attack. With nowhere to run, the Panthers had to throw, which didn’t help their cause since senior cornerback Jacob Halek intercepted a Glencoe pass in the third quarter, stopping another drive for the home team.

Late in the third quarter, the Lions offense, pinned way back on their own nine-yard line, went on a 15 play drive that didn’t result in any points, but ate up most of the fourth quarter. When Glencoe got the ball back, they had just under three minutes to go 90 yards to tie the game. The Lions defense forced Glencoe to struggle for every yard, not giving them a big play or any major gains. The Panthers slowly got all the way down to the Lions’ 28 yard-line with two seconds left on the clock. One last desperation pass came up short and the Lions stormed the field victorious.

Meissner played a fantastic game. The sophomore running back paced the Lions offense with 134 yards on 32 carries and two touchdowns. Meissner, along with senior linebacker Keshawn Johnson and junior defensive end Joe Andries led the Lions defense in shutting down Glencoe.

Coach Colin Rooney said, “I am super proud of our kids. They came to a tough place, against the #1 seed and a storied program with multiple state championships. We were the smaller team but we played bigger than Glencoe. We were more physical and intense and beat them at their own game. We just keep getting better and better with each game. I can’t wait to get back on the field next Friday night.”

Next up: Tonight, the Lions play Dassel-Cokato at 7:00 p.m. for the section championship. The game will be held at a neutral site, Crown College, in St. Bonifacius. Come cheer on the Lions as they continue their journey to State!

Girls Hockey:

Providence Academy girls participate as a member of the Minnehaha United Co-op Hockey Team. Other member schools include Minnehaha Academy, DeLaSalle High School, Gentry Academy, and St. Agnes High School.

Next up: On Thursday, November 7, the team will drop the puck on the season as they take on the Armstrong/Cooper Wings at 7:00 p.m. at the New Hope Ice Arena.

Follow @MinnehahaUnited to stay up to date with everything Girls Hockey.

Informational Meeting for Nordic Skiing on Thursday, November 7:

Parents and student-athletes in grades 7 through 12 are invited to an informational meeting about nordic skiing on Thursday, November 7. Providence Academy participates as a co-op member for the Nordic Ski team. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Room 217 at Heritage Christian Academy. Coach Kevin Johnson will discuss the upcoming season, race schedule, ski equipment, and answer any additional questions. If you have any questions in advance of the meeting, contact Coach Johnson at kjohnson@heritagechristianacademymn.org or call (763) 463-2237.

Invitation to Join Winter Lacrosse League:

The Lions Lacrosse Boosters invite all current and prospective lacrosse players to join the winter league team. The league will play in the PA Dome on Sundays in the months of January, February, and March. The first practice will be held on Tuesday, November 12, with full pads and cleats. If you need equipment, contact Ms. Lordina Ims. This opportunity is open to seventh through 12th grade players and costs $140 for current players and $50 for new players. Practice will take place in the PA Dome on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. starting on November 12. Please note this coached practice is for all current and prospective players regardless of their participation in our winter league. Click here to view the flier for more information on game dates and game format. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Lorinda Ims.

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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