A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Boys Soccer News
New boys soccer program head, Lev Buslovich, will hold two informational meetings with students and parents on Tuesday, June 4. The Lower School and Middle School family meeting will be in the Great Room from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. The Upper School meeting will also be in the Great Room from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The meetings are designed to introduce the new coaching staff to the Providence Academy community and to discuss training opportunities for individuals that are interested in the game of soccer. Coach Buslovich can be reached at boys.soccer@providenceacademy.org.

Football News:
Head Football coach Colin Rooney would like to invite everyone to the football program 2019 Season Player and Parent Meeting. The meeting will be Sunday, May 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the Great Room. The meeting is open to all parents and players entering grades 9-12 in the fall and who would like to participate in Junior Varsity or Varsity Football.

The meeting is designed to:

  • Introduce Coach Rooney and his staff to those families who will be new to Providence Football.
  • Share the football program philosophy, lessons learned from last season and the vision for Lions Football going forward.
  • Cover summer schedule for workouts, including practices, 7 on 7 scrimmages, and the program schedule all the way up to the start of August two-a-day workouts, as well as in-season schedule and expectations.
  • Meet and greet with coaching staff.

Coach Rooney can be reached at football@providenceacademy.org.

Boys Hockey News
A message from Coach Hal Tearse, boys hockey program head: As we continue to grow and plan our hockey programs, it is important that we know who our younger players are and how to communicate with the families. With this in mind, I would appreciate it if all families with male hockey players, kindergarten through eighth grade, who are not currently in the high school program, to reply to this survey. Please take some time to answer these questions and to encourage your friends to participate!    Coach Tearse can be reached at htearse@gmail.com.

Track and Field:
What a great day of competition! The Providence Academy Lions Track and Field team performed incredibly well at the IMAC Conference Championships yesterday. The boys team took second place and the girls placed third in the conference. Congratulations to both of these teams!

Some individual standouts were sophomore Aglaya Hovey who placed first in the girls high jump with a result of 4-10. Senior Lauren Wall took third place in the discus with a throw of 89-05. Junior Hailey Hohenecker took third in the 400m dash with a season best time of 1:01.76. Junior Edith Aguado Roca took third in the 100m hurdles with a time of 18.24, and junior Maddie Kelly took first place in both the 1600m and 3200m runs with times of 5:10.98 and 11:32.22, respectfully.

Congratulations to senior Aaron Davis who broke the school record in the boys triple jump. Aaron had a jump of 42-07. He also placed third in both the 200m dash and the 400m dash with times of 23.92 and 52.37, respectfully.  Junior Max Peckenschneider was able to bring home a first place finish in the boys 200m dash with a time of 22.74 and took second in the 400m dash with a time of 51.11.

Coach Hohenecker conveys, “I was so proud of this team! They put it all out there at this meet! There was a lot of preparation that went into this particular meet. We spent a lot of time within this past week working to improve hand-offs, jumps, throws and all other technical pieces involved in this great sport. That hard work definitely showed today!”

Next Up:  The JV track team will be competing in the Chub Bettels Invitational to be held at The Blake School on Tuesday, May 21. The Varsity track team will be competing in the Rogness Relays at Minnetonka High School on Wednesday, May 22.

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

Softball:
The Softball team is 5-12.

Both eighth grade pitchers (Skylar Bartz and Koralyn Horstman) had strong outings as both picked up a conference win over the week. Sophomore Anne Ikobi led all PA Lions with a perfect 1.000 on base percentage over the final week of the regular season. Freshman Ella Flynn and junior Monica Rampetsreiter each turned in noteworthy defensive performances in each of the last two contests.

Coach Horstman summarizes the week, “Many teams are experiencing mixed emotions as they prepare for the section playoffs and the graduating of senior athletes. Our team can continue to focus on development, as we will graduate no softball seniors. The seasons always go faster than you want them to, but this group of quality players with high character have impressed the coaches with consistent effort and a willingness to learn. The frequent comments of how closely-knit our team is from our first-year players is a sneak peek into good things to come for this group heading into the post season and into next year.”

Next up: PA starts the Section 5AA tournament on Monday, May 20. The number 13 seed Lions travel to Rockford to take on the number 4 seed Rockets. First pitch, 4:30 p.m.

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

Complete stats may be found on the MN Softball Hub page.
 
Baseball:
The Baseball team is 10-4.

The Lions played a doubleheader at St. Paul Academy and Summit School on Monday, May 13, and the Lions won both ends of the double dip 4-2 and 3-0. Senior Riley Schroeder got the win in game one while senior Will Reschenberg got the shutout win in game two. Seniors Joey Fafinski and Bradley Koskie each had two hits in game one. In game two, Fafinski, Koskie, Sam Ferreira, Zach Giesler and sophomore Joshua Koskie all had hits.

Wednesday, May 15, PA traveled to Roseville to play New Life Academy on the campus of University of Northwestern-St. Paul. Our Lions routed the Eagles 12-0. Senior Max Anderson was dominant in the victory over New Life Academy. He scattered five hits and had four strikeouts. Fafinski hit a triple in the game. Senior Hunter Kehl and Joshua Koskie had doubles in the game. Junior George Wehmann and seniors Bradley Koskie and Giesler added two hits each.

Coach Koch ruminates on the week “Good week so far for us. Our pitching has set the tone early and our hitters have had some timely hitting.”

Next up: Friday, May 17, the Lions will host section rival Maple Lake in a doubleheader at Arnold Klaers Baseball Field. First pitch is at 5:00 p.m.

A Note from the Baseball Captains Parents:
Fan Appreciation/Senior Night has been rescheduled to Monday, May 20 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, May 14, the Lions took on St. Paul Academy and Summit School at Somerset Country Club in Mendota Heights. Coach Curtis recaps the meet, “We were blessed with one of the best days so far this season.  Our team was led by senior Joe Luedke with a 41. We went on to beat SPA 174-177. We are getting better as a team, and tonight’s scores showed it.”

Next up: The boys are scheduled to play in the IMAC Championships, Wednesday, May 22. The match is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. at River Oaks Golf Course in St. Paul.

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

Girls Golf:
The Varsity Girls Golf team finished this week in the sun and perfect weather with a clear goal in mind. The team wants to take their 5-0 conference record into next week’s Conference Championship match at Goodrich Golf Course, continue to play their best, and work as a team to bring home the IMAC title. With the additional goal of a victory at Sections the following week.

Coach Anita Leggott states, “We have a solid team with many players that can provide the scores we need to get the job done.”

Monday, May 13, the Lions challenged The Blake School at Woodhill Country Club. Our Lions edged the bears 196-199. Grace Petzold was the PA Medalist shooting a 41.  Mae Monette shot a 48, and Mimi Meadows a 53.

Tuesday, May 14, PA hosted St. Paul Academy and Summit School Academy on the Eagle Lake Executive Course. The Lions overcame the Spartans 158-176 to capture their fifth consecutive IMAC meet of the season. Monette shot a 36. Meadows and Hannah Schommer each shot a 39.

Next up: The girls are scheduled to play in the IMAC Championships Tuesday, May 21. The match is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. at Goodrich Golf Course in St. Paul.

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

Boys varsity tennis team had three decisive victories this past week.

On Friday, May 10, PA defeated Section 2A opponent Holy Family Catholic School 6-1, with straight sets singles victories from freshman Peyton Menzel, junior Shane Flanigan, and freshman Ronan Flanigan.  PA also swept all three doubles spots.

  1. Seniors Mark Richelsen and Daniel Caballero
  2. Senior Brendan McLaughlin and sophomore Will Landwehr
  3. Freshman Henry Wehmann and senior Evan Spadafora

On Monday, May 13, the Lions took all seven spots in a win over De La Salle on Senior Night.  Singles victories came from Menzel, Shane Flanigan, senior John Rossow, and Ronan Flanigan. Doubles victories came from Richelsen and Daniel Caballero, Spadafora and McLaughlin, as well as Landwehr and Wehmann.

Thursday, May 16, the Lions started Section 2A tournament play against number 4 seed Southwest Christian. Our five seed Lions edged the Stars 4-3 to move on in team sectional play. Shane Flanigan won at 2 singles 6-0, 6-2, and PA swept doubles play with Richelsen and Caballero taking 1 singles 6-4, 6-4, McLaughlin and Landwehr grabbing 2 doubles 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 and Spadafora and Wehmann winning 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 at 3 doubles.

Next up: The Lions will continue Section 2A play at Mound Westonka on Monday, May 20. First match is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.

Follow @PA_Tennis_  ‏to stay up to date with everything Providence Tennis.
 
Boys Lacrosse:
The Boys Lacrosse team is 7-2.

Congratulations to senior Ian Smith who was selected as IMAC April Athlete of the month. Read more here.

Wednesday, May 15, the Lions were scheduled to host the Minneapolis Co-op team. The Minneapolis team had transportation issues, and the game was canceled.

Next up: Saturday, May 18, the Lions will host Hopkins High School, 1:00 p.m. faceoff on Mithun Field.

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

Girls Lacrosse:
The Girls Lacrosse team is 4-5

The co-op faced the Minneapolis co-op on Saturday, May 11, at Parade. MPLS edged the White Hawks 19-18.

On Monday, May 13, the team hosted the Sartell/Sauk Rapids co-op and topped the Storm’n Sabres 12-10.

On Wednesday, May 15, the White Hawks hosted Waconia and beat the Wildcats 18-3.

Next up: Monday, May 20, the team will challenge Orono at Orono High School, 6:30 p.m. faceoff.

Follow @MWHSglax ‏to stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Lacrosse.

Neill verbally commits to University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
The Providence Academy Volleyball Program has the pleasure of announcing that Kate Neill, a class of 2020 middle blocker/outside hitter, has verbally committed to further her education and volleyball career at University of Tennessee Chattanooga, an NCAA Division I program. UTC is a public university and is one of three universities and two other affiliated institutions in the University of Tennessee System. The volleyball team is coached by Travis Filar and play in the Southern Conference.
Q and A with Kate Neill:
Why did you choose UTC?
Once I had the chance to visit the campus, I was blown away by the coaches and team culture.  I also had a chance to meet the other 2020 commits, and we quickly became friends. Chattanooga is such a cool town.  It is surrounded by water and mountains, with a fun downtown area of restaurants and live music.  Escaping the MN winters isn’t all bad either.
What do you intend to study at UTC? 
I plan to get a business degree at UTC and then go on to law school.
How has Providence Academy prepared you for the step into college athletics and academics? 
Providence Academy is very demanding academically, so I had to learn to juggle studying, training and playing sports. Plus, the college prep curriculum at PA has prepared me and my fellow students to be successful wherever we end up.  My coach, Steph Remley, has also taught me to be a leader on the court as well as a better all-around player.
Anything else that you would like to add? 
I’m so grateful to God for giving me supportive family, friends, coaches and teammates to help me reach my goal of playing at the next level.

Providence Academy’s Head Coach Steph Remley shares, “Kate is the kind of athlete every coach wants in the gym. She has a passion and a natural gift for the sport of volleyball, but her volleyball IQ and extraordinary work ethic are what set her apart. These characteristics have elevated Kate’s play to become a Division I volleyball prospect. I am thrilled to see Kate following her dreams of becoming a college athlete, and I am confident that Kate will thrive at UTC in academics and athletics.”

Fall registration is open through Monday, June 10:
It’s time for students in grades 5-12 to register for fall sports! Registration runs through Monday June 10. The first round of team Fall Flash stores will open on or around Monday, June 17.

Below is the list of opportunities available for students. To register, simply visit the athletic registration homepage, click “Athletic Team Registration,” select “Middle School” or “High School” and follow the prompts.

If you have any questions, contact the Assistant Athletic Director Sarah Melhorn at sarah.melhorn@providenceacademy.org or 763-258-5530. Go, Lions!

High School Activities
Football 9-12
Boys Soccer 9-12
Girls Soccer 9-12
Cross Country 7-12
Girls Tennis 7-12
Girls Swimming and Diving 7-12
Volleyball 9-12
Spirit Squad Girls grades 8-12

Middle School Activities
TackleBar Football 5-8
Boys Soccer 5-8
Girls Soccer 5-8
Cross Country 5-6
Volleyball 5-8
 
Remember to follow @PAcademyATH, @PA_MSathletics, @PALionsAD, and @ProvidenceLions for the most current updates regarding Providence Academy Athletics.

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