A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Cross Country:

The boys and girls cross country teams competed in the Section 5A Meet on Thursday, October 24. They ran their 5K race in Mora at the Spring Brook Golf Course under cool, but pleasant conditions.

The boys finished in ninth place overall. Congratulations to seniors Will Horinek and Cort Dingman for completing their senior season with PRs. Sophomore Jack McElroy led the team with a finishing time of 17:52. Our eighth graders had a great night of competition as well: Grant Heim ran his season best with a time of 19:20, Max Koeppl was close behind with 19:22, followed by eighth grader Tomas Palomarez, who ran his season best with a time of 19:27. Seventh grader Jake Olson was close behind Palomarez with a time of 19:48. “These boys have all worked incredibly hard this season and made some huge progress in their times. I couldn’t be prouder of this great group of young men,” said Coach Rachel Fogle.

The girls finished second overall out of 25 teams, which qualified them as a team for the MSHSL State Meet! Senior Maddie Kelly placed second and ran her fastest time this season (19:18). She and her sister, sophomore Emma Kelly (who placed sixth), qualified as both individuals and team members for the elite meet next Saturday, November 2. Seniors Brigid Burns and Emma Grace Hendrickson, sophomore Sophie Koch, and freshmen Aly Marshall and Elizabeth Burns all ran exceptional races and represented the team with excellent times, admirable persistence, and gracious sportsmanship. Coach Dan Hickel, reflecting upon their pre- and post-race demeanor, said, “The girls got off the bus feeling like winners, and in the end, they were.”

Ultimately, however, it was the eye of the tiger that served as the ultimate inspiration for these young men and women.

Next up: STATE! The girls run at St. Olaf College on Saturday, November 2. The race is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.

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

Girls Swimming and Diving:

Head Coach Luke Johnson shared an update for the girls swim and dive team: “We finished our dual meets this season with a 2-4 record. On Tuesday [October 22], we hosted Champlin Park, and on Thursday [October 24], we traveled to Visitation. Both meets finished as losses, but our efforts were very good. Senior Angelina Hartley continues to stand out as a powerful and motivated swimmer. Now, we turn our attention to Sections and State. We hope our preparations will produce some magical performances as our season winds down to an end.”

Next up: The Section 2A Meet will take place at Richfield on Wednesday, November 6, and Friday, November 8.

Volleyball:

The Lions volleyball team is currently 16-8.

The girls finished conference play with the best record in school history (16-8). Based on their achievements this season, the team was seeded fourth in Section 5AA. This is the highest seed earned since the program moved to Class AA, and as a result, the team was awarded a double bye, immediately advancing the Lions to the third round of section play with no competition this week.

Head Coach Steph Remley said, “The accomplishments of this team have not gone unnoticed. Our season record alone has been record setting for Providence Academy, and these athletes have earned a great position for post-season play. After resting over MEA, the team came back refreshed and driven to prepare for a run in postseason competition. I am looking forward to seeing how this team keeps our momentum as we take on the next opponent.”

Next up: The Lions will play at home on Tuesday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m. against the winner of tonight’s Mound Westonka (5 seed) vs. Blake (12 seed) game. Come support your Lions Volleyball team!

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

Football:

The Lions Football team is 4-5.

In the last week, the Lions team took the field twice and came away victorious in both contests.

Last Wednesday, October 16, the Lions closed out their regular season schedule at home against longtime rival St. Croix Lutheran. It was senior night and the Lions jumped ahead early on their first possession as junior quarterback Aidan Lampe connected with sophomore running back Jacob Meissner on a 35 yard screen pass for the first score of the game. Lampe threw two more touchdown passes in the second quarter, one 21 yard pass to junior Ethan Montgomery and the other a 25 yard strike late in the half to sophomore wide receiver Sean Allerheiligen. Lampe finished the game seven of 11 for 116 yards and three touchdown passes. At the half, the Lions led 19-0. In the third quarter, the Lions extended the lead further with 21 more unanswered points. The first came on the opening kick of the second half when Meissner took the kick back 83 yards for the score. He also tacked on another score with a 33 yard touchdown run. Not to be outdone, fellow running back Keshawn Johnson got into the mix when he raced for a 35 yard touchdown of his own. The score was 40-0 when St. Croix finally got on the board with a late touchdown, but the Lions answered when freshman running back Stormy Knight scored his first career varsity touchdown when he got loose and raced for a 32 yard touchdown. The final score was Lions 46, Crusaders 7.

Six nights later, the Lions hosted the first round of the Section 2AAA playoffs against the Belle Plaine Tigers. The Tigers opened the game with a long methodical drive that ate up most of the first quarter. As they closed in on a score, the Lions defense held tough and kept the score at zero. Then the Lions offense took their first possession all the way down the field to put up the first score of the night, a seven-yard touchdown run by Meissner. The teams traded scores back and forth in the second quarter. The Tigers hit a long pass play for a touchdown, but the Lions answered right back with another drive that ended in a touchdown when Lampe hit Allerheiligen for a 14-yard touchdown pass. The Tigers scored again before the half and took a 16-14 lead into the break. Knowing their season was on the line, the Lions responded with authority in the second half. They took the ball in the third quarter and marched down the field to retake the lead, for good, when Meissner punched it into the end zone with a four-yard run. Early in the fourth quarter, the Lions put the game away when sophomore cornerback Jordan McClom picked up a Tiger fumble and ran it back 18 yards for a score. Lampe finished the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run on a quarterback sneak to notch the final score at 35-16. For the night, the Lions were led by Meissner who rushed for 193 yards on 23 carries, and junior kicker J.P. Luedke who was perfect five-for-five on his extra point attempts.

Coach Rooney said, “This team is peaking at the absolute right time. We hit the playoffs with a bunch of momentum. We were tested in the first game against Belle Plaine and down at halftime, but the kids showed their resilience and toughness and played an awesome second half, right when they needed to. This team all season has known how to fight until the end, and now they know how to win. We are right where we need to be and making a long playoff run is completely within our control. If the kids play like they have been, there is no telling how far we can go.”

Next up: The playoff victory pushed the Lions record to 4-5 and advanced them to the Section 2AAA semifinals where they will travel to Glencoe-Silver Lake to take on the #1 seed Panthers on Saturday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Football @palionsftball.

Informational Meeting for Nordic Skiing on Thursday, November 7:

Parents and student-athletes in grades 7 through 12 are invited to an informational meeting about nordic skiing on Thursday, November 7. Providence Academy participates as a co-op member for the Nordic Ski team. The meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. in Room 217 at Heritage Christian Academy. Coach Kevin Johnson will discuss the upcoming season, race schedule, ski equipment, and answer any additional questions. If you have any questions in advance of the meeting, contact Coach Johnson at kjohnson@heritagechristianacademymn.org or call (763) 463-2237.

Invitation to Join Winter Lacrosse League:

The Lions Lacrosse Boosters invite all current and prospective lacrosse players to join the winter league team. The league will play in the PA Dome on Sundays in the months of January, February, and March. The first practice will be held on Tuesday, November 12, with full pads and cleats. If you need equipment, contact Ms. Lordina Ims. This opportunity is open to seventh through 12th grade players and costs $140 for current players and $50 for new players. Practice will take place in the PA Dome on Tuesdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m. starting on November 12. Please note this coached practice is for all current and prospective players regardless of their participation in our winter league. Click here to view the flier for more information on game dates and game format. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Lorinda Ims.

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

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