A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.
Varsity Girls Tennis has a record of 1-5.
PA faced tough competition and gained valuable match experience this week against St. Anthony High School and Breck School. Despite losing 3-4 overall to St Anthony, PA earned two victories from new varsity doubles teams. Freshman Koralyn Horstman and sophomore Emma Speier teamed up to win in straight sets at position two. Sophomore Ella Flynn and freshman Marie Heyda had a great comeback win in a third set tiebreaker. PA lost in the third set tiebreaker at number three singles and number one doubles. Senior captain Betsy Schoenwetter recorded a straight set win at number one singles.
“The team is continuing to get better and better with each match. Despite some of the overall match scores, it is very encouraging to see individual players grow more and more confident and getting match tough at a level that is sometimes not seen until later in the season,” said Head Coach Bryan Turunen.
Next up: On Tuesday, September 10, the Lions will travel to Robbinsdale Armstrong High School to face the Falcons in a match scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.
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The Boys Soccer team is 3-3.
On Tuesday, September 3, the Lions hosted Minnehaha Academy in an IMAC tilt. The Lions fell to the Redhawks 1-0.
On Thursday, September 5, PA hosted The Blake School and fell to the Bears 9-0.
Next up: The Lions will host Fridley High School this Saturday, September 7, at Mithun Field in a tilt scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.
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The Girls Soccer team is 1-4.
The girls traveled to Minnehaha Academy on Tuesday, September 3, for a conference contest. The Lions took an early lead, thanks to sophomore Mary Rillens Lee, as she floated one over the keeper. But Minnehaha’s relentless attack claimed victory over Providence 4-1.
The team regrouped on their training day, focusing on their defensive shape and strategy before their upcoming game against The Blake School. On Thursday, September 5, the Lions traveled to Hopkins and executed their game plan and held the Bears to only three goals. Senior goalkeeper Madeline Anderson finished the night with 14 saves, one of which was a penalty kick. Even though PA dropped the game 3-0 they played smart soccer and never gave up. Head Coach Paul Cronin said, “We can hold our heads high after this game. We transferred all the hard work from training to the field.”
Next up: The Lions will host Heritage Christian Academy this Saturday, September 7, at Mithun Field, which is also Middle School Day! All 5th through 8th grade girls are invited to join the team for warm-ups at 1:30 p.m., stand with the team during the line up announcements, be a ball girl for the varsity game, and participate in a half-time scrimmage! Come cheer on your Lions!
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The boys and girls teams both competed on Thursday, September 5, at the Rockford Rocket Invitational at Shamrock Golf Course. The varsity runners ran a 5K on a windy yet relatively flat course.
The Lions had a number of boys out sick this week with the fall colds so the team did not have enough to score as a varsity team. Senior Cort Dingman finished strong with a time of 19:49. Senior captain Will Horinek finished with a time of 20:04, followed by sophomores Jack McElroy and Will Wehmann. “We have a very strong group of boys this year, but because of illness, I haven’t gotten them to all run at the same time yet. However, I believe we have huge potential and I am pleased with the improvements that have been made by those who have been able to run,” said Head Coach Rachel Fogle.
The girls placed third overall. Senior captain Maddie Kelly led the pack, placing first with a time of 19:51. Senior Emma Grace Hendrickson had a lifetime PR of 21:18.4 finishing in 13th place. Senior Brigid Burns finished strong as well, followed by sophomore Emma Kelly, freshman Aly Marshall, sophomore Sophie Koch, and senior Celia Raney.
Congratulations to senior captain Maddie Kelly who cracked the State’s top 10 Class A racers as voted on by the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association.
Next up: On Tuesday, September 10, both teams will run in an Invitational Meet in Mora on the section course at Spring Brook Golf Course.
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Girls Swimming and Diving:
The Girls Swimming and Diving team is 2-0 in dual meets.
This week, the Bears took on Minnehaha Academy/Holy Angels. Coach Johnson shared, “Our depth was on display during the 200 free relay, where we placed first, second, and third. PA senior Angelina Hartley swam to victories in the 50 free and 100 back. PA sophomore Anna Heaney won the 500 free and placed second in the 200 free. PA senior Megan Rothberg, Taylor Smith, and PA eighth grader Ali Herlofsky all added to the team point total.”
Next up: The girls face Breck on Friday, September 13, at 5:30 p.m. in Blake’s John Hartmann Pool. Coach Johnson predicts, “We should be ready to post some great times, given we stay healthy!”
Lions Volleyball is currently 1-2.
On Tuesday, September 3, PA hosted the Rockford Rockets. Senior captain Kate Neil led the Lions with a .246 hitting percentage. The Lions lost the match one set to three.
On Thursday, September 5, the Lions traveled to Minnetrista to take on the Mound Westonka Whitehawks. Senior middle blocker Lauren Kettler led the team in hitting percentage at .333 and blocks with three. Senior captain Kate Allerheiligen led the team with a total of 24 digs, averaging an astounding eight digs per set. The Lions lost 0-3 to the Whitehawks.
Head Coach Steph Remley said, “We may have fallen short of a win this week, but we saw moments of greatness. Our team will use these losses as learning experiences for our overall development and rise above. Each contest gives us new learning objectives, goals to set, and strategies to implement.”
The Lions are back in action at home next week on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, September 9, 10, and 12.
Lions Football is 0-1.
The football team opened their varsity season last Thursday night at St. Anthony Village High School with a disappointing loss. After allowing an opening kickoff return for a touchdown, the Lions responded by driving the length of the field and scoring on a 30 yard run by senior Hakim Daniels. After trading several possessions without scores, the Huskies scored three times to pull ahead with a halftime lead of 26-6.In the third quarter, two Lions touchdowns cut the score to 32-20. Two more St. Anthony touchdowns in the fourth quarter put the Lions away with a final score of 45-20. The Lions’ youth and inexperience were on display against a very senior dominated and good Husky squad.
Offensively, the Lions were led by junior quarterback Aidan Lampe who was 16-24 for 189 yards, senior Hakim Daniels, who had two touchdowns along with 109 yards rushing; and sophomore wide receiver Sean Allerheiligen, who had 89 yards on seven receptions.
In anticipation of tonight’s game, Head Coach Colin Rooney shared, “The goal of practice this week as we get ready for Columbia Heights is to focus inward on ourselves. Against St. Anthony, most of our mistakes came from our players not understanding that we are at our best when all 11 guys understand and do their jobs. If we focus on being a cohesive unit then we can really take off and be a good football team.”
On Tuesday, September 3, the Lions JV team returned to St. Anthony and played a hard-fought game. Leading most of the way, the Lions surrendered two late scores and dropped their first game of the season 20-14. Head Coach Colin Rooney said, “The effort and attitude of the JV team was great, we just had a few bad breaks go against us at the end of the game.”
Next up: Tonight, Friday, September 6, the Lions host the Columbia Heights Hylanders. A 7:00 p.m. kickoff is scheduled on Mithun Field.
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Spirit Wear on Sale at Tonight’s Home Game:
Attention, Lions fans! PA spirit wear will be available for purchase at tonight’s football game. This sale is a great opportunity to (re)stock up on your Lions gear for the year so you can show your school pride. Visit the Spirit Store to see the selection.
A Note from the Football Booster Club:
Tonight is the first home football game! 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.