A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Girls Tennis:

Varsity Girls Tennis has a record of 2-5.

On Tuesday, September 10, the Lions traveled to Robbinsdale Armstrong High School and fell to the Falcons by a score of 5-2.

Next up: On Tuesday, September 17, the Lions will host Minnehaha Academy at 4:00 p.m.

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Boys Soccer:

The Boys Soccer team is 3-5.

On Saturday, September 7, the Lions hosted Fridley High School and fell to the Tigers 4-3.

On Tuesday, September 10, the Lions traveled to St. Paul Academy for an IMAC tilt. The Lions fell to the Spartans 5-0.

Next up: The Lions will host St. Francis High School at 3:00 p.m. this Saturday, September 14, at Mithun Field.

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Girls Soccer:

The Girls Soccer team is 1-6.

The girls were back in action on Saturday, September 7, when they hosted Heritage Christian Academy. Heritage capitalized on a penalty kick and went up 1-0 over the Lions; they held onto that lead and defeated the Lions 1-0.

The team had to bounce back for a conference contest hosting St. Paul Academy. The Lions took the lead in the first half after junior captain Sofia Caballero put away a corner kick. SPA later put two past the Lions and defeated them 2-1.

The team looked to regroup during a week of training as they head into their next game on Saturday, September 14, hosting Maranatha Christian Academy with a 1:00 p.m. kick-off.

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Cross Country:

The boys and girls teams both competed at the Mora Invitational on Tuesday, September 10, at Spring Brook Golf Course in Mora. It was a hot, sticky day to run a 5K, but this is the section course and many teams within our section were there, so competition was good.

The boys were represented by sophomore Jack McElroy, seniors Cort Dngman, captain Steven Fogle, and Peter Flanders; and sophomore Will Wehmann. Despite the heat, McElroy, Fogle, and Flanders had PRs for this year. “The times are coming down and I am seeing improvements in the boys,” said Head Coach Rachel Fogle. “In the next few weeks, I will be bringing up a few younger runners so we have enough runners to score as a team.”

The girls had a very successful meet, despite the heat. Out of 13 teams, the girls took first with a team score of 58, nine points ahead of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted. Senior captain Madeline Kelly took first out of 94 runners with a time of 19:42.4. Senior Emma Grace Hendrickson is running really well this season and finished 11th with a time of 21:20.2. Sophomore Emma Kelly is coming back from an injury that hit hard last year; she finished with 22:05, a full minute and 15 seconds off last week’s time. Freshman Aly Marshall had a great race finishing 18th with a time of 22:10, and senior Brigid Burns finished soon after with a time of 22:29.8. The varsity team was completed by sophomore Sophie Koch, who finished with a time of 23:19.7. “This is a very talented group of girls that has a lot of potential this season,” said Coach Fogle.

Next up: The team has a longer break to work on strength and endurance training. The next meet will be the Milaca Mega Meet at Stones Throw Golf Course on Saturday, September 21. This is the largest cross country race in the nation and a must-see! Races are run throughout the day.

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Girls Swimming and Diving:

The Girls Swimming and Diving team is 2-0 in dual meets.

The girls are gearing up for a dual meet at Blake’s John Hartmann Pool with Breck School on Friday, September 13, and the Laker Invite at St. Kate’s on Saturday, September 14.

Head Coach Luke Johnson said, “Our athletes have been pushing their physical and mental limits in practice this week, and we should be ready to perform well in back-to-back meets. PA eighth grader Ali Herlofsky has stood out in training, and she will be racing for points up through sections!”

Volleyball:

Lions Volleyball is currently 3-3.

This week, the Lions hosted three home games and went 2-1 for the week.

On Monday, September 9, PA took on the Visitation Blazers. Senior captain Kate Neill made a huge impact by hitting .692 and passing a 2.556. Senior middle blocker Lauren Kettler contributed with an astounding .692 hitting percentage. Sophomore Maria Counts hit an amazing .556 on nine swings, and junior captain Kate Allerheiligen passed an average of 2.11. The Lions won the match three sets to none.

On Tuesday, September 10, PA hosted the St. Paul Academy Spartans. Neill hit a .500 on 38 swings. Kettler contributed 10 kills on 19 swings, hitting a .474. Defensive leaders and captains Allerheiligen and senior Lauren Heim passed a 2.4 and 2.6, respectively. The Lions lost in a heartbreaking fifth set, ending the match two sets to three sets.

On Thursday, September 12, the Lions bounced back with a 3-0 sweep of Minnehaha Academy. Freshman Grace Counts contributed with three kills on six swings, ending the match as the player with the highest hitting percentage on both teams. Neill kept the Lions in the system by passing a 2.25, and Allerheiligen led all players with 15 digs.

“This week has been a challenging one for our athletes, but I can say with confidence that these tests have helped us understand what we are capable of as a group. SPA was a tough loss, but we rebounded with a great practice on Wednesday and a solid sweep of a conference opponent on Thursday. Each contest is preparing us for the road ahead, and I believe the following weeks will give us ample opportunity to prepare for a phenomenal conference finish and postseason run,” said Head Coach Steph Remley.

Next up: The Lions are back in action when they host Mounds Park Academy next Tuesday, September 17.

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

Football:

Lions Football is 1-1.

The Lions hosted Columbia Heights on Friday, September 6, and topped the Hylanders with a score of 31-16. After a slow start, the Lions trailed at the half, but then a burst of 19 straight points in the second half led to the 31-16 victory.

The Lions were led offensively by junior quarterback Aidan Lampe, who completed five of six passes for 24 yards and a touchdown. The ground and pound attack was led by senior running backs Hakim Daniels and Keyshawn Johnson. Daniels led the ground attack with 16 rushes for 157 yards and a touchdown, averaging 9.8 yards per carry. While Johnson contributed two touchdowns on six carries for a total of 83 yards and an average of 13.8 yards.

Defensively, the Lions held the Hylanders to 90 yards rushing. Sophomore Jake Meissner had eight total tackles and a forced fumble. Senior corner Jacob Halek added seven tackles and Keyshawn Johnson chipped in seven tackles and a fumble recovery.

Kick returns played a role in this game with sophomore Sean Allerheiligen returning a kick for 88 yards and Hakim Daniels contributing two returns for a total of 48 yards.

Next up: PA travels to Mound Westonka tonight, Friday, September 13. The 1-1 Lions will face the 2-0 White Hawks in a crucial Twin City-Suburban-Maroon tilt. A 7:00 p.m. kickoff is scheduled.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Football @palionsftball.

Register for Youth Football Clinic Now through September 17:

Parents of boys and girls in first through sixth grade are invited to register for the Sixth Annual Youth Football Clinic hosted by the Lions Football Boosters. The clinic will take place from 1:00-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. Participants will be grouped by grade level, receive skill instruction, and play football with the school football team. The cost to participate is $45 with a portion of the proceeds supporting A Night to Remember.

To register, visit lionsfootballboosters.com. For those who register by Tuesday, September 17, participants are guaranteed a t-shirt. Same-day registration will be available but t-shirts will be distributed while supplies last.

Additional details about the clinic are available via this flier.

Tackle Cancer Football Toss at Halftime on Friday, September 20:

Help tackle cancer and support our Lions as they play the SMB Wolfpack at home on Friday, September 20. Look for the Lions Football Boosters table at the game near the concession stand next to the bleachers and donate $10 donation to get a mini-football for the football toss at half-time. For more information, click here to view the event flier. Thank you for your support!

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

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