A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Track and Field:
The Providence Track and Field team has been busy!  On Thursday, April 18, the team competed in a triangular meet at The Blake School where our boys team took first place and the girls were second.  Despite the cold temperatures and high winds that day, the athletes put forth great effort.

More recently, on Tuesday, April 23, the boys and girls teams took second and third place respectively in the Minnehaha Academy tri-meet.  A special congratulation to Max Peckenschneider for breaking the school record in the 100m dash.  Max turned in a time of 11.08.  The Lions had several other personal bests performed at the meet as well. Head coach Amy Hohenecker shares, “I am very proud of this team!  They are definitely putting in the work on a daily basis and it is evident in their performances.”

Congratulations to junior Maddie Kelly, junior Max Peckenschneider and senior Christian Davis (MCA) for qualifying in the Hamline Elite Meet.  This meet will be held at Hamline University today, April 26.  Maddie will be competing in the 1600m run, Max in the 100m dash and Christian in the long jump.  We wish them all the best in their performances.

Next up: The Lions have two meets on Thursday, May 2.  The varsity athletes will compete in the IMAC Conference Relay Meet to be held at The Blake School starting at 4:15 pm.  The JV athletes will be competing at the Catholic Schools Invite at St. Thomas Academy starting at 4:00 pm.

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

The Softball team is 1-8.
Lions Softball continues their season to refuel from the seven departing seniors one year ago. Recent standouts in this process include: junior captain Peyton Pietrini, who is currently holding down a .400 batting average (2nd highest on the team). Sophomore Kate Allerheiligen is batting an impressive .375 over her last four contests, and super utility player junior captain Brigid Burns is holding opposing hitters to under a .300 batting average.

Over the last four games, the team as a whole has raised its batting average over .100 points, while increasing its defensive fielding percentage nearly the same amount.

Coach Horstman comments: “It’s rewarding to see the efforts in practice show up in small successes during each game. Sophomores Britney Onyambu and Annie Ikobe, and junior Kelley Rajkowski continue to stand out in practices with their work ethic and support of their teammates. Many high school players are multi-sport athletes, and they need the first half of the season to find their rhythm. Many of our players are certainly showing they’re on this track. In these final weeks, it will be fun to see how our players keep discovering new abilities and the confidence that comes along with that learning.”

Next up: Monday, April 29, the Lions will host Breck School. First pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on the Providence Academy Softball field.

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

Complete stats may be found on the MN Softball Hub page.

The Baseball team is 3-1.
On Friday, April 18, the Lions took on Heritage Christian and won 12-0. Senior Riley Schroeder got the win on the mound in 3 innings of work, giving up 3 hits and no earned runs. Senior Bradley Koskie hit his first home run of the season on a towering blast to right center. Seniors Sam Loegering, Hunter Kehl, Koskie, Will Reschenberg, and Max Anderson all had two-hit games.

On Wednesday, April 24, the Lions defeated Mounds Park Academy by a score of 14-2. Anderson was dominant on the mound, scattering 3 hits over 5 innings, while striking out 13. Offensively, Koskie led the way with three hits. Kehl and senior Kale Leines added two hits each.

On Thursday, April 25, the Lions hosted Holy Family Catholic High School at Arnold Klaers Baseball Field and fell to the Fire 5-0.

Coach Koch shares “It was nice to start off the season 3-0 with a lot of games coming up in a short period of time. The boys are up for the challenge and working hard to defend their conference title from last season.”

Next up: Monday, April 29, the Lions will host Breck School. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Arnold Klaers Field in Loretto.

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:
The boys golf team participated in the IMAC Midseason Meet on Tuesday, April 23, at River Oaks Golf Course.
Results:  J Luedke(12): 45/50 95; J Kim(11) 50/47 97; A Kim(11) 42/45 88; C Festin(9) 48/45 93; M Mahoney(12) 50/52 102; J Reller(9) 51/57 108.  Total 373

On Thursday, April 25, the Lions took on The Blake School. The Bears, who won the Midseason Meet on Tuesday, also topped the Lions 180-196 yesterday.

Next up: Tuesday, April 30 the boys will host Breck School at Baker National. Meet is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m.

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

Girls Golf:
On Tuesday, April 23, the girls golf team traveled to Brookview Golf Course and took on the Breck School. The Lions defeated the Mustangs 194-205. Sophomore Mae Monette was the Varsity medalist, shooting a 45 on Brookview’s Par 36.

Head Coach Anita Leggott summarizes, “There was some definite rust on the clubs today, and some frustration with higher scores that we’d have preferred not to record.  But that did not overshadow the spectacular weather that we had for our first conference match of the season.  It’s been at least 5 years since our PA girls have beaten our conference rival Breck, but today we broke that streak!”
Next up: The girls are scheduled to participate in the IMAC Midseason Meet on Tuesday, April 30. Match is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. at Goodrich Golf Course.

Follow @PA_Girls_Golf ‏ to stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Golf.
Boys Tennis:
The Boys Tennis team is 1-4.
Tuesday, April 23, the Lions secured their first IMAC victory with a 4-3 effort over Minnehaha Academy. In the match, three freshmen secured wins. At #2 singles, Peyton Menzel won in straight sets and at #3 doubles Ronan Flanigan & Henry Wehmann picked up the win. Senior Michael Straszewski also won in straight sets at #4 singles. Seniors Brendan McLaughlin and Mark Richelsen broke the 3-3 tie by winning in 3 sets to give PA the 4-3 team victory.

On Wednesday, April 24, the boys fell to top-ranked Breck 7-0.

Thursday, April 25, PA lost a close 5-2 match to Southwest Christian High School. Junior Shane Flanigan won a marathon 3-set match at #2 singles and seniors Mark Richelsen and Daniel Caballero won decisively in two sets at #1 doubles.

Next up: Tonight, the boys will travel to Fridley High School to take on the Tigers. Match is scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. at Fridley High School.

Follow @PA_Tennis_  ‏to stay up to date with everything Providence Tennis.
Boys Lacrosse:
The boys’ lacrosse team is out of the gate fast with a 3-2 start.

The team was forced indoors on Saturday, April 13, and took on Rogers High School in the friendly confines of the Maple Grove Sports Dome. The Lions topped the Royals by a score of 13-10. A quartet of seniors got the Lion’s offense going.  Ian Smith led all scorers with six points (5G, 1A). Sam Young added four points (3G, 1A). Andrew Martin chipped in three goals of his own, and Adam Costa tallied three points (2G, 1A). Senior Jacob Clipperton was rock solid in the nets facing 24 shots on goal.

On Tuesday, April 16, the Lions defeated Waconia 16-6. Again Smith led all scorers with seven points (5G, 2A); Young added five points (4G, 1A); Costa accounted for three points (2G, 1A); and senior Quinn Ewing buried the biscuit three times.

On Thursday, April 18, the Lions traveled to Golden Valley and fell to the Mustangs 9-5. Smith, Young and Costa netted the PA goals. Clipperton tallied 17 saves between the pipes.

On Tuesday, April 23, the Lions got back in the win column with a 19-13 victory over Southwest Christian High School. Smith, Young, Ewing, Costa and freshman Grayson Bruno recorded goals for the Lions. Clipperton and eighth-grader Grady Magruder patrolled the pipes for PA.

On Thursday, April 25, PA took on perennial power the Blake Bears in an IMAC contest. The Lions fell to the Bears 12-2.

Next up: Tomorrow, April 27, the Lions host St. Louis Park High School. Please note that the game time has been changed it is now a 5:00 p.m. faceoff.

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

Interested in trying out lacrosse? 

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  • 8U – (class of 2029 or 2030) – $290 – 6 games
  • 10U – (2027/2028) – $370 – 8 games
  • 12U – (2025/2026) – $380 – 10 games
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Register by 5/3 at www.lionslacrosseboosters.org.  Go to Youth Tab & find your team.
Contact Lorinda Ims at (952)-201-7614 with questions.

Girls Lacrosse:
The girls lacrosse team is off to a great start! On Monday, April 22, the co-op team, the White Hawks, traveled to Mankato and topped the Mankato co-op 17-10. The next day, Tuesday April 23, the team traveled to Chaska and defeated Southwest Christian High School 19-10.

On Thursday, April 25, the White Hawks took on Holy Family High School and fell to the Fire 16-12.

Next up: The White Hawks are scheduled to play at Mound Westonka versus Orono, on Monday, April 29. Faceoff at 6:30 p.m.

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

PA Summer Programs offer a variety of options for athletics during the summer months including:
Girls Basketball Skills (rising 3-12 graders)
Ora Et Lude Sports Camp (rising 3-7 graders)
Skyhawks: Mini Hawk Camp (rising K-2 graders)
Skyhawks: Soccer Camp (rising 3-7 graders)
Sports Camp (rising 1-6 graders)
Strength & Conditioning (rising 7th graders – Class of 2019)
Track & Field Camp (rising 3-6 graders)
Volleyball Camp (rising 5th graders – Class of 2019)

Find details and registration details on the PA Website.
A note from Head Football Coach Rooney:
Dear Lions Football Families,

Spring is finally upon us (I hope). And that means that the start of the 2019 Football Season is not that far off. I would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to our 2019 Season Player and Parent Meeting, which is at 5:00PM on Sunday May 19th at Providence Academy, in the Great Room. The meeting is open to all parents and players who will be in grades 9-12 next fall and playing JV/Varsity Football.  We will cover multiple items, but the main purposes of the meeting are the following:

  1. Introduce myself and the staff to those families who will be new to Providence Football.
  2. Go over our program philosophy, lessons learned from last season and our vision for Lions Football going forward.
  3. Cover the summer schedule: from workouts, to practices, 7 on 7 scrimmages, and schedule all the way up to the start of August two-a-day practices.
  4. In-season: schedule and expectations

Once the presentation portion is completed, the staff and I will be available for a “meet and greet” and will be accessible to answer any questions you may have.

Secondly, I want to get the word out that the online registration for football opens on Monday, May 6th. Providence Academy Assistant AD Sarah Melhorn has revamped the online registration process to make this process go even more smoothly. The goal is to have as many players as possible registered during the initial enrollment period, which runs until May 26th. The registration link is found on the Providence Academy school website under the “Athletics” tab and will open on May 6th.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting on May 19th!

Colin Rooney
Head Football Coach
Providence Academy

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

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