A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Cross Country:

Last weekend, on a cold and cloudy Saturday in Northfield, the girls cross country team participated in the MSHSL State Cross Country Meet and finished in 12th place.

Senior Maddie Kelly led the way for the Lions, finishing in ninth place overall with a time of 19:03.8. Maddie was followed by senior Emma Grace Hendrickson (20:31.5, 83rd place), freshman Elizabeth Burns (20:57.8, 112th place), senior Brigid Burns (21:42.7, 138th place), freshman Aly Marshall (21:49.9, 144th place), and sophomores Emma Kelly (21:52.6, 146th place) and Sophia Koch (23:31.7, 175th place).

Congratulations on a great season!

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

Girls Swimming and Diving:

The PA/Blake girls swimming and diving co-op participated in the Section 2A Prelim Meet at Richfield on Thursday, November 7. Providence Academy students advancing to today’s Section 2A Finals include seniors Megan Rothberg and Angelina Hartley, sophomore Anna Heaney, and freshman Taylor Smith.

Results from today’s Section 2A finals will be posted here.

Good luck, ladies!

Football:

The Lions football season came to an end last Friday, November 1, in the Section 2AAA Championship game. The Lions took on Dassel-Cokato at Crown College in St. Bonifacius and fell to the Chargers 26-13.

The Chargers scored early on their first possession on a 50-yard touchdown run by their quarterback. The Lions answered the score with a methodical 13 play that took them down the field, but unfortunately stalled on the 20-yard line. The teams traded several scoreless possessions back and forth into the second quarter. A Lions miscue on a punt return gave the Chargers the ball back and they capitalized, striking on a 62-yard touchdown pass to take a 14-0 lead. The Lions were re-energized on the following kickoff when senior Keshawn John returned it 60 yards and set up the Lions with excellent field position. Several plays later, senior Hakim Daniels ran it in from six yards out to cut the score to 14-7 at halftime.

The Lions opened the second half receiving the ball with a chance to keep the momentum and tie up the game, but another special teams miscue on the kick return gave the ball to the Chargers deep in Lions territory. A few plays later, they punched it in and took a 21-7 lead. Again, the Lions answered with another methodical drive, this one 16 plays, which ate up time and yardage but yielded no points. Another long Charger touchdown run pushed the score to 26-7. The Lions, now in hurry-up mode, cut the deficit to 26-13 on a 19-yard touchdown pass from junior Aiden Lampe to sophomore wide receiver Sean Allerheiligen, but it was too little, too late; the Chargers simply ran out the clock on the next possession. Offensively, the Lions were led by Lampe, who was 21-27 passing for 209 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions; Allerheilegen and senior Jacob Halek combined for 10 catches, and sophomore running back Jacob Meissner rushed for 81 yards on 20 carries.

The Lions finished the season with a 5-6 record, but finished strong by going 4-1 with an impressive playoff win against the #1 seeded Glencoe-SIlver Lake in the section semi-finals.

“I’m extremely proud of our team this past season. We reached a point in the season where it was looking pretty grim record-wise. We weren’t where we wanted to be, and many teams at that point would have folded up and just finished out the season going through the motions. But these kids didn’t give up. They kept working and got better and better as we reeled off four wins in a row. We were just a few plays here and there from winning the section and going to state. I’m most impressed with the character my team displayed down the stretch. To me, that is the most impressive thing about our season. I will miss this group of seniors and I already can’t wait to get back after it next season with a lot of key players coming back. We will be hungry and we will be better,” reflected Head Coach Colin Rooney.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Football @palionsftball.

Girls Hockey:

On Thursday, November 7, the team dropped the puck on their season as they took on the Armstrong/Cooper Wings at the New Hope Ice Arena. Minnehaha United fell to the Wings by a score of 8-0. Providence Academy hockey players include senior Hannah Schommer, sophomores Ava and Ellie Wasserman, and freshman Grace Petzold.

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

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.

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.

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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