A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.
Providence Academy Baseball Coach Kent Koch Announces Retirement, Former MLB Player Corey Koskie Appointed As Replacement:
The Providence Academy Athletics Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Corey Koskie as the new Head Baseball Coach. Koskie replaces Mr. Kent Koch, who served for four season as the Lions head coach and for three years as an assistant coach. Koch resigned his duties due to a promotion at his full-time job, which will not have the same flexibility for him to carry on as the head coach. Providence Academy Athletic Director Mr. Daren Messmore said, “Our baseball community has been very fortunate to have the leadership of Coach Koch over the past seven years. He’s been a great asset to the PA Athletic Department and we wish him the very best as he advances in his professional career.”
Koch shared, “It has been my pleasure serving the athletes at Providence Academy these last seven seasons. A special thanks to the administration for allowing me to be a part of the PA community. The program has come a long way and I am proud to have been a part of the progress. I will miss working with the student-athletes. I have been fortunate to have great young men come through the program and the support of their parents has been amazing.”
Coach Koskie grew up on a farm just east of Winnipeg in Anola, Manitoba, Canada where his primary sports were hockey and volleyball. He played junior hockey for the Selkirk Steelers and was recruited to play college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth but chose to play volleyball at the University of Manitoba. After two years, Koskie left the Manitoba Bison to play college baseball at Des Moines Area Community College in Boone, Iowa.
Koskie was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in round 26 of the 1990 amateur draft and made his Major League debut on September 9, 1998. He established himself in 1999 by hitting .310 and knocking in 58 runs. In 2000, he batted .300 with a .400 on-base percentage, and in 2001, he hit 26 home runs, had 103 RBIs, and scored 100 runs. Koskie subsequently played 15 years of professional baseball.
After retiring from baseball, Koskie began coaching both hockey and baseball, which, to date, totals to over 75 teams, most of which have been in the Wayzata Hockey and Baseball Associations. He most recently served as an assistant varsity baseball coach for the Lions.
When asked about his coaching philosophy and why he chose to coach at Providence Academy, Koskie responded, “My priorities are to 1) develop the person, 2) develop the athlete, and 3) develop the baseball player. Baseball is like life. One day you are 0-4 with three strikeouts and you feel like a failure. The beauty of baseball is every day you wake up being 0-0. You have the chance to define your day. If you dwell on the past, the game will eat you up. Focus on getting a little bit better every day. You can never lose with this mindset. You either win or learn. As the new head coach, I want to help our teams understand this concept.”
Please thank Mr. Kent Koch for his seven years of service at Providence Academy and welcome Mr. Corey Koskie to his new position with the Lions!
On Thursday, November 21, the Lions kicked off the season with the very first game in the entire state. The Lions traveled to Maranatha Christian Academy to take on the Mustangs. It was a rowdy crowd inside the Maranatha gym, which made for a very fun atmosphere. The Lions started off slow and actually overcame to a four-point deficit in the second half and beat the Mustangs by a score of 53-46. It was low-scoring contest that was helped by the Lions stellar defense.
The Lions were led in scoring by the hot shooting of freshman guard Kyra Miller who had 15 points and hit three three-pointers. Following closely behind her was sophomore Maria Counts who logged a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds and also came away with eight steals.
Today, the Lions will travel to Watertown-Mayer to take on the Royals and will also be playing in a Thanksgiving Holiday Tournament at the University of St. Thomas. While at St. Thomas the Lions will take on Class 3A Benilde St. Margaret’s (9 a.m. Friday) and 3A Grand Rapids (12:30p.m. Saturday).
Next up: On Tuesday, November 26, PA will travel to Watertown-Mayer High School to take on the Royals. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Scoring details can be found at MN Girls Basketball Hub.
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On Tuesday, November 19, Minnehaha United traveled to Inver Grove Heights to take on Simley High School but was shutout by the Spartans, 5-0. The Spartans out-shot United 51-2. Coach Dan Berthiaume shared, “Our goalies combined for a .902 save percentage and kept us in the game most of the way!”
On Friday, November 22, Minnehaha United hosted the Henry Sibley/St. Paul co-op at Minnehaha Academy and fell to the Riveters 4-2. In the contest, United battled back from a 3-0 deficit to pull in a goal. Senior Hannah Schommer scored on the power play to get things going. Sophomore Ava Wasserman later scored on a breakaway to make the game 3-2.
Coach Berthiaume said, “We pulled our goalie for the last 90 seconds and had several good chances to score, but in the end, we couldn’t come up with a third goal and Henry Sibley scored with eight seconds remaining on the empty net. I was proud of the girls for battling back. Sophomore Ellie Wasserman stopped 26 of 29 shots!”
Next up: On Friday, November 29, the girls will travel to Marshall and compete in the Marshall Thanksgiving Invite.
Scoring details can be found at MN Girls Hockey Hub.
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The boys hockey co-op has added some new faces this year. For the 2018-2019 season, two different co-ops existed, one of which was Legacy Christian Academy, PACT Charter School, and Spectrum High School, and the other being Providence Academy, Heritage Christian Academy, and West Lutheran. Both co-ops only hosted varsity programs since neither of them had enough players to have a JV program as well. As a result of this state, the co-ops realized that combining their programs would allow for sufficient numbers to host both a varsity and JV program. RiverTree School was invited to join this newly-formed co-op, which leads us to our reconfigured co-op for the current season.
The reconfigured Lions co-op opened the season on Saturday, November 23, and came out of the gates quickly using a new, up-tempo style of play that puts pressure on our opponents at both ends of the rink. The Lions defeated host team Rochester Lourdes by a score of 5-1. Junior Thomas Vos notched a hat trick in the game while junior goalie Joshua Koskie turned away 28 of the 29 shots he faced.
Coach Hal Tearse said, “The new roster with the expanded co-op has brought new energy to the team and good synergies. We saw this play out against Lourdes as we took an early lead and built on it each period. It was a good first game for our squad to learn and grow.”
On Monday, November 25, the Lions took on the double A squad from Chanhassen High School. Sophomore Jack Reller picked up an even strength goal from junior Alex Doucette at 9:46 of the first period. Junior Brock Jamison added a power play goal at 14:00 of the first from senior George Wehmann.
At 14:56 of the second period, junior Delfin Cruz lit the lamp on a power play assisted by junior Drew Larkin to tie the game and close the scoring for the Lions. The Storm scored an even strength goal midway through the third, and the Lions could not find the back of the net. A close game came to an end with the Lions falling to the Storm 4-3.
Next up: On Wednesday, November 27, the Lions take on the Spring Lake Park Panthers at 7:00 p.m. at the Plymouth Ice Center.
Scoring details can be found at MN Boys Hockey Hub.
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Don’t Miss Annual “Skate with the Lions” Charity Event on December 6:
Join the boys and girls hockey teams on Friday, December 6, for the annual Skate with the Lions. The event runs from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. at the Plymouth Ice Center, Rink C.
The Hockey Boosters invite you to bring a non-perishable food donation. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served for all. Skaters of all skill level are welcome and skate rental is available. This is a great time to be on the ice with your high school hockey team, and Lenny the Lion too!
Please, no sticks or pucks at this event.
Holiday Tournament Schedule:
Although school will not be in session due to the Thanksgiving holiday, our student-athletes will be busy throughout the break competing in holiday tournaments. The schedule follows below. Good luck, Lions!
Tuesday, November 26
Girls Basketball vs. Watertown-Mayer at Watertown-Mayer High School
– JV – 5:00 p.m.
– Varsity – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27
Boys Hockey vs. Spring Lake Park at Plymouth Ice Center
– JV – 5:00 p.m.
– Varsity – 7:00 p.m.
Boys Basketball vs. St. Croix Prep at St. Croix Prep Academy
– C-Squad – 4:45 p.m.
– JV – 6:00 p.m.
– Varsity – 7:30 p.m
Friday, November 29
Girls Basketball Thanksgiving Tip-Off vs. Benilde-St. Margaret’s at University of St. Thomas at 9:30 a.m.
Girls Hockey vs. Fargo Davies High School/Marshall High School at Marshall Red Baron Arena at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 30
Girls Hockey vs. Fargo Davies or Marshall High School at Marshall Red Baron Arena at 10:00 a.m.
Girls Basketball Thanksgiving Tip-Off vs. Grand Rapids High School at University of St. Thomas at 12:30 p.m.
Boys Hockey vs. Armstrong-Cooper at New Hope Ice Center
– JV – 1:00 p.m.
– Varsity – 3:00 p.m.
PA Dome Hours for Thanksgiving:
As a reminder, when school is not in session, the PA Dome is closed. Below is the Thanksgiving holiday schedule.
Wednesday, November 27: Closed
Thursday, November 28: Closed
Friday, November 29: Closed
Saturday, November 30: Open from 8:00-10:00 a.m. for PA Family Dome Time
Sunday, December 1: Open for normal dome rentals
Scores and Standings:
Keep up on all sports teams’ results on our Scores and Standings page.