A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Girls Tennis:

The Girls Tennis team has concluded their season with a record of 4-7 in dual play.

This week, the Lions participated in the Section 4A Individual Sectional at Reed Sweatt Tennis Center. Senior Betsy Schoenwetter and eighth grader Annika Harberts Ott played in the singles tournament. Both girls won their first round and eventually fell in the quarterfinals.

The teams of seniors Rose Cummins and Lauren Happe as well as sophomore Olivia Eck and senior Monica Rampetstreiter represented PA well in hard-fought doubles play.

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

Cross Country:

The Cross Country teams competed at the Dundee Invitational hosted by Park Center on Tuesday, October 15. Both teams competed against some very large, strong schools. Conditions were cold and rainy, much like other recent meets.

The girls placed second out of four teams. Senior Maddie Kelly had the evening off. Sophomore Emma Kelly stepped up and won the race with a time of 20:47. The varsity team consisted of Emma Kelly, seniors Emma Grace Hendrickson, Brigid Burns, and Celia Raney; sophomores Sophie Koch and Olivia Menzel, junior Sam Mahoney, and freshmen Elizabeth Burns, Aly Marshall, and Kira Cmiel. “The girls have a good chance of making it to State, but it is going to be tough. Our Section contains four of the top 15 ranked schools in Minnesota. Only the top two from our section will actually get to go,” said Coach Rachel Fogle.

The boys finished fifth out of six teams. They had a strong line up with seniors Will Horinek and Cort Dingman. Sophomore Jack McElroy also led the rest of the group consisting of eighth graders Grant Heim, Max Koeppl, Tomas Palomarez, Aidan Flynn, and Trey Albertini, and seventh grader Jacob Olson.

Next up: The JV teams finish their season on Monday, October 21, with the Lefty-Wright Grade Level Invite at Bassett Creek Park. The Varsity teams will compete in the Section 5A meet on Thursday, October 24, in Mora at the Spring Brook Golf Course.

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

Girls Swimming and Diving:

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

The team has had a busy week. They placed second at True Team sections on Saturday, October 12. Each performance built upon the one before and every team member contributed to the team’s point total.

On Monday, October 14, the team lost to Richfield in a dual meet 99-81. Coach Luke Johnson shared, “Richfield has some great athletes and we look forward to challenging them for top spots at sections in a few weeks.”

On Tuesday, October 15, the co-op hosted their final JV meet against Mounds Park Academy and Lakes International Language Academy. Having recovered from a broken arm before the season started, seventh grader Searlait Savnik competed for the first time this season. The JV final was highlighted by cannon ball and hand stand contests and fun was had by all!

Next up: Dual meets with Champlin Park and Visitation are coming up next week (Tuesday, October 22, and Thursday, October 24, respectively). Then the team’s focus turns to MSHSL Sections and State!


The Lions Volleyball team is currently 15-8.

On Tuesday, October 15, the Lions took on the Blake Bears at home. Junior outside hitter Glasha Hovey led all hitters with a hitter percentage of .667 with no errors. Senior captain Lauren Heim led all players with 19 total digs. The Lions also celebrated senior Hannah Schommer’s 1,000th career assist in addition to senior night as they swept the Blake Bears three sets to none. They celebrated their seniors after the game with cake.

Coach Steph Remley said of the week, “We have officially wrapped up conference play and managed to finish second in a competitive volleyball conference. I am especially proud of these girls for stepping up to the challenge of conference play. We’ve taken on rivals, bigger schools, and competitive teams and this group of ladies has embraced the challenge. We will make a push next week to ensure we are prepared for postseason play.”

Next up: The Lions will enter MSHSL Sections in the following weeks. Additional schedule details to come.

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


Lions Football is 2-5.

It was a snowy and blustery Homecoming on Friday, October 11, and the Lions crushed the visiting Richfield Spartans 45-20. Senior Keshawn Johnson took the opening kick-off to the house for a 75 yard touchdown. After the defense forced a Richfield punt, the Lions began their ground assault and pounded away at the Richfield defense behind sophomore Jacob Meissner, who scored touchdowns on back-to-back possessions in the first quarter, putting the Lions up 21-0. Johnson added another score early in the second quarter to put the Lions ahead 27-0. Richfield answered with their own score to cut the lead to 27-7, but then Meissner took the ensuing kickoff back for a 98 yard touchdown return to bump the score back up to 33-7. Richfield would get another score just before halftime to send the teams into the locker room with the scoreboard showing the Lions up 33-13. Neither team scored in the third quarter, but early in the fourth quarter, sophomore Mark McCarthy picked up a fumble following a sack of the Richfield quarterback and rumbled in for a defensive touchdown, putting the Lions up 39-13. Richfield scored once more before Johnson put the game on ice with a 40 yard touchdown run to cap off his fantastic night. He led the way in all three phases of the game, with 101 yards rushing, two touchdowns and kickoff return touchdown and also paced the defense by leading it with 12 tackles. Not to be outdone by Johnson, Meissner had exactly 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns, plus his kickoff return touchdown. All in all, it was a great night for the Lions.

On Saturday morning, the Lions JV team absolutely dismantled Richfield’s JV squad. In the cold and wind, the Lions basically did whatever they wanted on the field and destroyed the visiting Spartans 56-0. The JV team finished the season with a 3-2 and 1 record.

Coach Colin Rooney said, “We recaptured that winning feeling on Friday night. We played through a tough early season schedule and played a lot of inexperienced guys due to graduation and then to injuries. Now, those players are seasoned and know what they need to do in order to win. They know how to win. As we finish up the regular season this week and move on to the playoffs, I know that I wouldn’t want to play us.”

Next up: The Lions finish the regular season tonight at home against St. Croix Lutheran and then they begin MSHSL Section play next Tuesday, October 22. The opponent is TBD.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Football @palionsftball.

Registration for Winter Sports Extended through October 18:

It’s time for students in grades 5-12 to register for winter sports! Registration will remain open through Friday, October 18. 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 Athletics Department. Go, Lions!

High School Activities
Boys Basketball 9-12
Girls Basketball 9-12
Boys Hockey 9-12
Girls Hockey 7-12 (co-op)
Boys Swimming and Diving 7-12 (co-op)
Nordic Ski 7-12 (co-op)
Girls Spirit Squad 8-12
Alpine Ski (7-12) (co-op – sign up at Mound Westonka)
(Mound Westonka hosts our Boys and Girls Alpine Ski team. Other members schools are Holy Family Catholic High School, Southwest Christian, Waconia. Students from partner schools that wish to participate in the cooperative are required to register with Mound Westonka for the purpose of creating rosters and collecting emergency information and authorizations required by Westonka Public Schools, cooperative students register online through FeePay as well, as well as with their home school. Please fill out this profile form and forward to Ms. Lynne Peterson in the MWHS Activities Office (). After completing and submitting the profile, a guest student ID number will be created that will allow cooperative students to register. You will receive that number via email along with further registration instructions. It is only necessary to go through this process once for each student. Once an ID number has been assigned, it remains valid until graduation from high school.)

Middle School Activities
Boys Basketball 5-8
Girls Basketball 5-8

Scores and Standings:

Keep up on all sports teams’ results on our Scores and Standings page.

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

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