A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Maggie Murphy Named Athena Award Winner:
Congratulations to Providence Academy senior Maggie Murphy who has been named the school’s 2018-2019 Athena Award Winner.  The mission of the Athena Award is to recognize an outstanding senior female athlete from each of the Minneapolis area high schools and to honor each woman for her achievements in one or several sports.

Maggie is a fitting honoree, as she has accumulated eleven Varsity letters in three sports: five in basketball, three in soccer, and three in and track & field.  When asked to list her three most important sports accomplishments, Maggie mentioned reaching the 1000 points threshold in basketball, being selected IMAC player of the month, and going to the state tournament for shot put in her sophomore year.

Maggie’s approach to sports is straightforward. “Before every basketball game, or any sporting event, my dad would tell me, ‘Have fun and play with a smile on your face.’ This has stuck with me throughout the years and is now one of my mottos for living my life.”

Outside of sports, Maggie is a volunteer at Maple Grove Hospital, works at Honey & Mackie’s, and plays flute in PA’s Symphonic Band.   Her list of scholastic achievements is impressive as well, earning an academic letter in grades 10 through 12, making the Headmaster’s List throughout upper school, and being named CCX Media Standout Student in 2019.

Next fall, Maggie will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Again, congratulations to Maggie on this well-deserved recognition.

Coaching News:
Please welcome Upper School Math teacher Erika Greene to the 2019-2020 Volleyball coaching staff. Erika has accepted an offer to become the JV head coach.

Coach Greene is a product of Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, UT. After high school, she matriculated to University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Mathematics, Computer Science and Business Administration. Greene continued in her post graduate education at Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, UT graduating with a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics.

Greene started playing volleyball in seventh grade after being a competitive gymnast. She was a libero until eighth grade, when she started setting. Greene played varsity all four years of high school and was selected to the Utah All State Team both junior and senior years.

Collegiately, she played all four years at Puget Sound as a right side hitter and setter. During her junior season, she was designated as an AVCA All American Setter and PNWC All Academic team setter, ranked in the top 10 in the nation for assists per set and aces per set. Her team made the NCAA Tournament all four years of her career.

Greene started her coaching career when she was a junior in college at South Sound Volleyball Club in Tacoma, WA. After college, she moved to Honolulu, HI where she became the head volleyball coach and program coordinator at Maryknoll School, and became co-club director of Hawaii Elite volleyball club, and coached a U16 and U18 team, with many of those players currently playing NCAA volleyball.

When asked “Why do you coach?”, Erika suggests, “I teach and coach because, in my experience, teachers and coaches can have the biggest impact on molding students and players into the people they want to become. Participation in sports teaches players lifelong lessons like resiliency, determination, time management, and leadership. I want to be a difference-maker in my students’ and players’ lives. I love the game of volleyball and always hope that I can pass on some of my passion for the game and for life to my players.”  When asked ‘Why Providence?”, Erika responded, “Coaching at the same school where I teach provides a special opportunity to connect with students outside of the classroom and make deeper connections with students.”

Track and Field:
The Lions had two meets on Thursday, May 2.  The varsity athletes competed in the IMAC Conference Relay Meet held at The Blake School, and the JV athletes competed in the Catholic Schools Invite at St. Thomas Academy.

The Varsity Track and Field team had a competitive showing at the IMAC Conference Relay Meet. The athletes worked hard together to result in some very successful relays.  The boys and girls teams each took third place in this meet.

Next up for the Lions is the 4AA True Team meet to be held at Richfield High School on Thursday, May 9. The boys high jump is the first field event beginning at 2:45 p.m.  The running events are scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.

Follow @PA_trackNfield ‏to stay up to date with everything Providence Track and Field.

The Softball team is 2-9

During the week, junior IMAC player of the month nominee Peyton Pietrini raised her batting average to .435 while playing most of the innings behind the plate defensively as the Lions catcher. The junior captain continues to show consistency in the lineup and versatility in the field. Junior Brigid Burns is also steadily proving herself as a varsity pitcher as she logged innings in each of the last five contests. Freshman Anna Leuer took full advantage of her recent start on the varsity squad by safely reaching base in each of her three plate appearances against Minnehaha Academy.

In Junior Varsity action, junior pitcher Monica Rampetstreiter has successfully completed her last two outings with an earned runs average of less than 4. Junior Kelley Rajkowski punched an early double to jump start a Lions scoring rally and followed that up with 3 additional trips on the bases, scoring multiple times herself in a conference victory over Blake. Future stars eighth graders Anna Olson and Grace Bunge were double threats as each collected hits for their offense while robbing hits from their opponent in Thursday afternoon’s contest.

Coach Horstman philosophizes, “Great players are built from quality people. Our softball program is a small example of what our school helps to produce in these young ladies. How they handle themselves during a week of multiple extracurriculars is certainly why I love having my daughter attend this school, and why I enjoy coaching in this program. I’ll be looking forward to more greatness on display as we work to finish the season strong.”

Next up: Today, the girls will travel to Hopkins to test the Blake Bears. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on The Blake School softball field.

Follow @Softball_PA ‏ to stay up to date with everything Providence Softball.

Complete stats may be found on the MN Softball Hub page.
The Baseball team is 6-2.
Wednesday, May 1, the Lions took on Minnehaha Academy at Fort Snelling’s Neiman Sports Complex and fell to the Redhawks 6-1. Thursday, May 2, The team traveled to Breck School and tamed the Mustangs by a score of 9-3.

Next up: Today, the Lions will travel to Hopkins and confront the Blake Bears. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on The Blake School baseball field.

A Note from the Baseball Captains’ Parents:
Fan Appreciation/Senior Night will be held on Friday, May 10, on Arnold Klaers Baseball Field
in Loretto. The festivities begin at 6:45 p.m. A JV game is scheduled beforehand at 4:30 p.m.

The 12 seniors that will be honored are:  Max Anderson, Hunter Kehl, Logan DeSmet, Sam Ferreira, Joey Fafinski, Zach Giesler, Bradley Koskie, Kale Leines, Sam Loegering, Will Reschenberg, Riley Schroeder and Jack Tibbets.

Follow @Baseball_PA_ ‏to stay up to date with everything Providence Baseball.

Complete stats may be found on the MN Baseball Hub page.

Boys Golf:
Tuesday, April 30, the boys hosted Breck School at Baker National and fell to the Mustangs 193-191.

Next up: Tuesday, May 7, the boys face Mounds Park Academy at Baker National Golf Course; 4:30 p.m. start time.

Follow @PA_Boys_Golf ‏  ‏to stay up to date with everything Providence Boys Golf.

Girls Golf:
The IMAC Midseason Meet scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 at Goodrich Golf Course was canceled due to inclement weather.

On Thursday, May 2, the girls participated in the annual Pre-sectional Meet at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker, MN. PA finished in sixth place without 3 of their 4 top scoring golfers. Eighth grader Grace Petzold tied for low medalist by shooting an 89.

Head coach Anita Leggott shared, “The girls did great, they showed tenacity and commitment to power through a slow and chilly round.”

Next up: Tuesday, May 7, the girls face Mounds Park Academy at Goodrich Golf Course, 3:45 p.m. start time.

Follow @PA_Girls_Golf ‏ to stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Golf.
Boys Tennis:
The Boys Tennis team is 2-5.

Friday, April 26 the boys traveled to Fridley High School and fell 4-3 to the Tigers. Freshman Peyton Menzel picked up the only singles victory, winning 6-4, 6-4 at #2 singles. Seniors Mark Richelsen and Brendan
McLaughlin won a hard fought 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 match at #1 doubles and the sophomore/senior team of Will Landwehr and Evan Spadafora snuck out a 5-7, 6-3, 5-10 decision.

Thursday, May 2 the team defeated St. Anthony Village 5-2. Victories came from #1 singles Menzel and #2 singles junior Shane Flanigan in straight sets. PA swept all three doubles positions without losing a set. At #1 doubles was Richelsen and senior Daniel Caballero, #2 doubles were McLaughlin and Landwehr, #3 doubles were Spadafora and freshman Henry Wehmann.

Coach Bryan Turunen shares, “The team is getting stronger with each match thanks in part to the strong leadership and experience of the seniors.”

Next up: Today the boys host St. Louis Park High School. Match time; 3:30 p.m.

Follow @PA_Tennis_  ‏to stay up to date with everything Providence Tennis.
Boys Lacrosse:
The Boys Lacrosse team is 6-2.

Congratulations to PA senior Ian Smith for being nominated for MN Lacrosse Hub Boys’ Top Performer of the Week!  Read about his achievement and vote for Ian here.

Saturday, April 27, the Lions hosted St. Louis Park High School and shutout the Orioles 20-0. Senior Ian Smith led all scorers with six points (5G, 1A), senior Quinn Ewing tallied five points (4G, 1A), and seniors Sam Young and Andrew Martin chipped in three points (2G, 1A) each in the victory. A stifling defense and senior Jacob Clipperton prevailed for the shutout victory.

Tuesday, April 30, the boys hosted Grand Rapids High School and edged the Thunderhawks 4-3 in overtime.

Thursday, May 3, PA hosted IMAC opponent the Minnehaha Academy TriMAC 16-3 to pick up their first conference win of the season.

Next up: Tuesday, May 7, PA travels to Victoria to take on the Holy Family Catholic School Fire. We are currently attempting to change the game time from 6:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to accommodate our athletes who are also in the Band Concert that night. Please check the rSchool Calendar for a final time before heading to the game.

Follow @PALacrosseMN ‏to stay up to date with everything Providence Boys Lacrosse.

The Lacrosse Booster Club is hosting a Youth Lacrosse Minnesota Summer League.

  •   8U – 2029/2030 – $290 – 6 games
  • 10U – 2027/2028 – $370 – 8 games
  • 12U – 2025/2026 – $380 – 10 games
  • 14U – 2024/2023 – $380 – 10 games

Season is June – July. Practices are twice a week at PA.  Games are at PA and in the West Metro area, all during the week, no weekend commitment. Uniform included.

Register by Monday, May 6 at www.lionslacrosseboosters.org.  Go to Youth Tab & find your team.
Contact Lorinda Ims at (952)-201-7614 with questions.

Girls Lacrosse:
The Girls lacrosse team is 2-2.
Thursday, May 2, the co-op team hosted archrival Orono High School and fell to the Spartans 20-9

Next up: The White Hawks are scheduled to play the Delano/Rockfordco-op at Delano High School on Monday, May 6. Faceoff is at 6:30 p.m.

Follow@MWHSglax ‏to stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Lacrosse.
A note from Head Football Coach Rooney:
Dear Lions Football Families,

Spring is finally upon us (I hope). And that means that the start of the 2019 Football Season is not that far off. I would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to our 2019 Season Player and Parent Meeting which is at 5:00PM on Sunday May 19th at Providence Academy in the Great Room. The meeting is open to all parents and players who will be in grades 9-12 next fall and playing JV/Varsity Football.  We will cover multiple items, but the main purposes of the meeting are the following:

  1. Introduce myself and the staff to those families who will be new to Providence Football.
  2. Go over our program philosophy, lessons learned from last season and our vision for Lions Football going forward.
  3. Cover the summer schedule: from workouts, to practices, 7 on 7 scrimmages, and schedule all the way up to the start of August two a day practices.
  4. In-season: schedule and expectations

Once the presentation portion is completed, the staff and I will be available for a “meet and greet” and to be accessible to answer any questions you may have.

Secondly, I want to get the word out that the online registration for football opens on Monday, May 6th. Providence Academy Assistant AD Sarah Melhorn has revamped the online registration process to make this process go even smoother. The goal is to have as many players as possible registered during this enrollment period which runs until May 26th. The registration link is found on the Providence Academy school website under the “Athletics” tab and will open on May 6th.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting on May 19th!

Colin Rooney
Head Football Coach
Providence Academy

PA Summer Programs offer a variety of options for athletics during the summer months including:
Girls Basketball Skills (rising 3-12 graders)
Ora Et Lude Sports Camp (rising 3-7 graders)
Skyhawks: Mini Hawk Camp (rising K-2 graders)
Skyhawks: Soccer Camp (rising 3-7 graders)
Sports Camp (rising 1-6 graders)
Strength & Conditioning (rising 7th graders – Class of 2019)
Track & Field Camp (rising 3-6 graders)
Volleyball Camp (rising 5th graders – Class of 2019)

Find details and registration details on the PA Website.

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

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