A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Girls Tennis:

Varsity Girls Tennis has a record of 1-3.

The Lions faced tough competition this week with matches against Rogers High School and The Blake School.

On Tuesday, August 27, PA fell 5-2 to the Rogers Royals in a closely contested match that was settled with four matches that went into deciding third sets.

Senior captain Betsy Schoenwetter won at number one singles, coming from a set down.

Senior Monica Rampetstreiter recorded her first singles victory at number four singles in straight sets.

Eighth grader Anni Harberts Ott and sophomore Olivia Eck both pushed their Royal counterparts to third sets at number two and three singles.

Sophomore Ella Flynn and eighth grader Katelyn Clements teamed up at third doubles and lost in three close sets.

PA competed well but fell 0-7 to number one ranked Blake on Thursday, August 29.

Next up: On Wednesday, September 4, the Lions will travel to St. Anthony Village High School to face the Huskies in a match scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Tennis @PA_Tennis_.

Boys Soccer:

The Boys Soccer team is 3-1.

On Friday, August 23, the boys topped Becker High School 2-0.

On Tuesday, August 27, the team opened the Independent Metro Athletic Conference season with a 1-0 victory over visiting school Mounds Park Academy.

The Lions traveled to Golden Valley to take on the Breck School on Thursday, August 29. The Mustangs topped the Lions by a score of 6-0.

Next up: On Tuesday, September 3, the Lions will host Minnehaha Academy in a tilt scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Boys Soccer @PA_BoysSoccer.‏‏

Girls Soccer:

The Girls Soccer team is 1-2.

On Friday, August 23, the Lions opened the season against St. Agnes High School and edged the Aggies 1-0 with a goal by junior Anna Sanchez.

The Lions looked to build on their success on Monday, August 26, as they traveled to Watertown-Mayer High School in their second contest of the season. Unfortunately, the Lions fell to the Royals 4-1, but Sanchez had a goal for the highlight reel, finishing with a free kick from junior captain Sofia Caballero.

The Lions opened their conference play with their home opener against Breck on Thursday, August 29. The team opened the Independent Metro Athletic Conference season by conceding six goals and could not find the back of the net.

Head coach Paul Cronin said, “Our spirit was not broken after this. We must take the lessons learned and keep moving forward.”

Next up: The Lions are back in action on Tuesday, September 3, as they travel to Minnehaha Academy for another conference showdown.

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Cross Country:

Last Friday, August 23, the Cross Country teams competed at the Northwoods Invitational hosted by Champlin Park. All participants ran a two mile race on a flat course.

The varsity boys finished ninth out of 10 teams. Senior captain William Horinek led the team with a time of 11:55.19. The rest of the varsity team consisted of seniors Cort Dingman and Peter Flanders, junior Eli Santelman, and eighth graders Grant Heim and Trey Albertini.

The girls team finished eighth out of 10 teams. Senior captain Madeline Kelly led the pack, finishing seventh overall with a time of 12:04.8. Senior Brigid Burns, freshmen Aly Marshall and Kira Cmiel, and sophomore Olivia Menzel completed the varsity girls team.

“Neither team ran at its full capacity this past week, but both teams are off to a strong start. Every runner is starting the season faster than they did last year, which shows that both teams have huge potential this season,” said head coach Rachel Fogle.

Next up: The Lions will participate in the Rockford Rockets Invite on Thursday, September 4. Races start at 4:15 p.m. at Shamrock Golf Course, only a couple of miles away from PA. This is a great one for spectators!

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

Girls Swimming and Diving:

Providence Academy is a co-op partner with The Blake School in Girls Swimming and Diving.

Coach Johnson shared, “The girls participated in the Hutchinson Invitational on Saturday, August 24, with a very nice result overall. We placed fourth out of eight Class A teams. Hutchinson, led by Olympic trial qualifier Grace Hanson, is a top two team in the state. They are followed closely by Breck at this meet and last year at state.”


  • Sophomore Anna Heaney had a break-out performance in the 500 Free.
  • Placed fourth in the 200 Medley Relay and featured Hannah Sweet, Ava Olson, PA senior Angelina Hartley, and Molly Seidel in 1:56.86.
  • In the 200 Free, Grace Ersfeld-O’Brien finished eighth, PA sophomore Anna Heaney finished 11th, and Sophia Sznewajs tied for 15th.
  • In the 200 IM, Sweet finished seventh and Taylor Smith competed nicely for 19th.
  • For the 50 Free, Olson finish 11th, PA senior Megan Rothberg showed good skills for 21st, and eighth grader Ali Herlofsky had a strong race for 29th.
  • In diving, Anna Craig finished 20th.
  • For the 100 Fly, Hartley finish sixth.
  • For the 100 Free, Seidel finished 4th.
  • In the 500 Free, Heaney had a promising swim for sixth, Ersfeld-O’Brien finished eighth, and Smith finished 15th.
  • In the 200 Free Relay, the team finished fifth and 12th.
  • For 100 Back, Sweet finish fourth and Zoey Ueland 20th.
  • In the 100 Breast, Olson finished seventh and Alice Jin finished 18th.
  • Lastly, in the 400 Free Relay, the girls finished second with Ersfeld-O’Brien, Sweet, Seidel, and Hartley. Angelina Hartley had the fastest time of the team and held off a late push from Breck’s state champion, Yvonne Jia.

Coach Johnson said, “I was happy with where the team performed within our season plan. I’m looking forward to many tremendous time drops throughout the season!”

On Thursday, August 29, the team faced Robbinsdale Cooper High School in a dual meet. The girls showed their team strength from the beginning to the end.


  • PA senior Angelina Hartley led the way with first place finishes in the 200 free and 100 free.
  • PA sophomore Anna Heaney took second in the 200 IM and the 100 back.
  • PA senior Megan Rothberg placed second in the 100 free.
  • Taylor Smith took third in the 50 free and second in the 500 free.
  • PA eighth grader Ali Herlofsky placed third in the 200 Free.
  • Rachel Bartels and PA seventh graders Julia Carlsen and Franchessca McGregor all participated in JV and gained valuable experience. Coach Johnson stated, “We had a great week of training and look forward to dropping time next week.

Next up: The girls face the Minnehaha Academy/Holy Angels co-op on Tuesday, September 3, with a scheduled start time of 5:30 p.m. at The Blake School’s John Hartmann Pool.


The Lions Volleyball team is 1-0.

The girls had their season opener at DeLaSalle on Thursday, August 29. The Lions won the match three sets to one to start the season with a victory.

Head Coach Steph Remley said of the win, “Our athletes worked hard in transition and served aggressively all match. These efforts allowed the Lions to keep DeLaSalle out of system throughout the match and led to the win. It was a full team effort through all four sets.”

Senior Lauren Kettler hit an astounding .417 with seven kills and only two errors. Senior captains Mimi Meadows and Kate Neill passed a 2.11 and 2.07 respectively, leading the first ball contact efforts for the Lions. Senior captain Lauren Heim committed to the defensive efforts with 11 digs.

Up next: After the holiday weekend, the Lions take on the Rockford Rockets at home. Game day is Tuesday, September 3. The C team starts at 4:15 p.m., JV plays at 5:30 p.m., and Varsity takes the court at 7:00 p.m. in Gym A. On Thursday, September 5, the Lions travel to Minnetrista to take on Mound Westonka.

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

Two PA Student-Athletes Named AAU All American Honorees:

The AAU Volleyball National Executive Committee is proud to announce Providence Academy students Paige Meadows (sophomore) and Kate Neill (senior) are recipients of the 2019 AAU Volleyball Academic All American Award. Created in 2013, the award recognizes student-athletes for their excellence in academics as well as athletics. All recipients attended high school during the 2018-2019 school year and participated in the 46th AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships.

A list of all recipients may be found here.


The Lions Football team is 0-1.

The team opened its 2019 season against the St. Anthony Village Huskies on Thursday, August 29. The opener marks the culmination of a lot of summer training that saw our players working in the weight room, two separate four day mini camps in June and July, 7 on 7 scrimmages, and two weeks of two-a-day practices. Last Saturday, August 24, the team got its first “live” action in a scrimmage against Benilde-St. Margaret, Hill Murray, and Holy Family high schools.

The Lions are looking to build on their strong 2018 season. There will be a lot of new faces and starters in 2019. Players to watch are SS/RB Hakim Daniels, LB/RB Keyshawn Johnson, QB Aidan Lampe, OT Henry Arlt, PA senior WR/CB Jacob Halek, OT/ DE John Wicht IV, and PA sophomore WR/FS Sean Allerheiligen.

Next up: The Lions host Columbia Heights for its first home game of the season on Friday, September 6. A 7:00 p.m. kickoff is scheduled.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Football @palionsftball.‏‏

A Note from the Football Booster Club:

The first home football game is Friday, September 6. Please consider becoming a member of the Lions Booster Club! For every $100, you will receive one season pass for all (non-playoff) home games. Join the club at lionsfootballboosters.com.

Lions Assistant AD Steps Down:

After two years as the Assistant Athletic Director for the Indoor Athletic Facility and Middle School A.D., Miss Sarah Melhorn has left Providence Academy. She held the position since the 2017. During her time at PA, Melhorn standardized an educational-based Middle School program and created a fun, entertaining, safe, and educationally-driven game environment. She will join the College of St. Scholastica women’s soccer coaching staff for the 2019 season. Read the St. Scholastica release here.

“Ms. Melhorn was a key part of the athletic leadership team for the past two years. Her organization and attention to detail were key in helping PA Athletics take a giant step forward. She will be missed within the PA community,” said Providence Academy Athletic Director Daren Messmore.

A search has commenced to find a new Middle School Athletic Administrator.

PA Recognized with National Award:

We are very excited to share that Providence Academy has been recognized by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) with their highly selective “Safe Sports School” award. This honor is awarded to schools who display superior efforts to protecting their student athletes. On top of this, PA was awarded the First Team designation because we accomplished all of the required and recommended actions.


NATA President Tory Lindley said, “We are proud of the Safe Sports School award. It is not an easy award for which to qualify and you can be deservedly proud.”

PA Athletic Director Daren Messmore remarked, “It is such an honor to receive national recognition for the work we do, and it’s an affirmation to the high standards we hold for our Athletics program. Providing student-athletes with fun, safe, educational-based opportunities is our top priority, and I am very proud of the work we do in partnership with our coaches and athletic personnel to achieve this goal.”

Remember to follow @PAheadmaster, @PAcademyATH, @PA_MSathletics, @PALionsAD, and @ProvidenceLions for the most current updates regarding Providence Academy Athletics.

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