A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Girls Tennis:

Varsity girls tennis began matches this week and has a record of 1-1.

In the first match of the season, on Tuesday, August 20, the Lions hosted the Cooper Hawks and swept them 7-0.

Senior captain Betsy Schoenwetter, eighth grader Annika Harberts Ott, sophomore Olivia Eck, and eighth grader Katelyn Clements all won in straight sets in singles.

Senior captain Rose Cummins and senior Lauren Happe, freshman Koralyn Horstman and sophomore Emma Speier, and sophomore Ella Flynn and freshman Marie Heyda all won in straight sets in doubles.

PA fell 0-7 to St. Michael Albertville at Providence Academy on Thursday, August 22.

Head coach Bryan Turunen shared, “It’s exciting to get back on the courts, compete, and to face different levels of opposition. With five new varsity members this year along with six returning players, we need to learn about and find this team’s identity and chemistry.”

Next up: On Monday, August 26, PA faces Rogers High School at home for a match scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m.

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

Boys Soccer:

The Boys Soccer team is 1-0.

The Lions opened their season on Thursday, August 22, with a 2-1 victory over Maranatha Christian Academy.

Next up: Tonight, Friday, August 23, the Lions host Becker High School in a tilt scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Boys Soccer @PA_BoysSoccer.‏

Girls Soccer:

Today, the Lions travel to Little Canada to open the season against St. Agnes High School with kick-off at 4:30 p.m.

Next week brings two more games: The girls travel to face Watertown-Mayer at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 26, and then they’ll prepare for a home stand against Breck at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 29.

“The girls trained hard this preseason and they are excited to start playing some games,” said Coach Paul Cronin. “They are working well together and bonding as a team. We have strong leadership from several players, and we’ve seen impressive improvement since last year from many players who are excited to increase their role and playing time this year.”

Players to watch in our first game: senior captain and goalkeeper Madie Anderson, junior captain and midfielder Sofia Caballero, senior center back Sam Fritz, and junior midfielder Anna Sanchez.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Soccer @PA_GirlsSoccer_. ‏

Cross Country:

The Cross Country season is off to a great start! The Lions started the season with a midnight run and continued with pool workouts and a bike day. The co-ed squad consists of 42 athletes.

Although we are very early into the season, it is obvious that the team is motivated and talented. Many of the runners put in a lot of miles over the summer, giving them a strong foundation. “I am excited to see how the work these kids put in over the summer months pays off this season,” said Head Coach Rachel Fogle. “We have great potential with returning runners as well as some newcomers. Plus, we have a number of younger runners who will continue to make the team strong in the years to come.”

The first race of the season takes place at today, Friday, August 23, at Northwoods Park in Brooklyn Park. Races start at 9:00 a.m. and will run every half hour.

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

Girls Swimming and Diving:

Providence Academy is a co-op partner with The Blake School in Girls Swimming and Diving.

Coach Luke Johnson said, “I am excited to see all of our new athletes race!”

The team travels to Hutchinson High School to participate in the Hutchinson Invitational on Saturday, August 24, with the meet set to start at 9:00 a.m. The team opens it home season against Robbinsdale Cooper at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, at the Hopkins Campus of The Blake School.

Volleyball:

Providence Academy Volleyball started the preseason strong with twice daily practices through Friday, August 16. Athletes put in countless reps to refine the fundamentals of the game. The team’s focus this year will be aggressive serving to force opponents out of system from the start and a fast offense to give our hitters more one-on-one opportunities to score at the net. The Lions will measure their successes through serving stats and first-ball kill percentages and first-ball side out percentages.

The varsity team went on an overnight team bonding retreat on Thursday, August 22, where they set team core values and goals for the season. The core values the team landed on are:

  • Grind – Working hard all of the time, no points off
  • Bold – Being loud, fearless, confident
  • Aware – See what’s going on with the team on and off the court and make positive impacts
  • Responsibility – Do your job, make sure you are holding yourself accountable to do your job
  • Selfless – The team comes first, know your role and accept your role

The goals the team created are:

  • Create a culture of fearlessness
  • Have a defensive mentality
  • Show support for other athletic programs by going to their games
  • Show support for all teams in the volleyball program by going to their games
  • Win conference

The girls had a scrimmage on Saturday, August 17, at Cretin-Derham Hall. PA played solidly against Class AAA, Class AA, and Class A Catholic Schools in the area. This performance left players and staff feeling confident in the work that has been put in throughout the preseason and they have a good feeling about the road to a conference championship.

PA Volleyball has their first game at home on Tuesday, August 27, against Visitation in Gym A. The schedule is as follows:

  • C team – 4:15 p.m.
  • JV team – 5:30 p.m.
  • Varsity – 7:00 p.m.

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

Football:

Providence Academy will compete in the All Catholic School Football Scrimmage hosted by Benilde-St. Margaret on Saturday, August 24, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Other participating schools include Hill-Murray and Holy Family Catholic.

Next up: The Lions will travel to play St. Anthony Village on Thursday, August 29. A 7:00 p.m. kickoff is scheduled.

Stay up to date with everything Providence Football @palionsftball.‏

A Note from the Football Booster Club:

The first home football game is Friday, September 6. 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.

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

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