A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Girls Hockey:

The Girls Hockey team is 7-8.

Minnehaha United hosted the Osseo/Park Center hockey co-op on Friday, December 21, and fell to OPC 5-0.

Over Christmas Break, United played in the Bulldog Holiday Classic hosted by Minnesota River at the Le Sueur Community Arena. On Thursday, December 27, the girls played the host team, Minnesota River, and topped the Bulldogs 7-0. In the game, senior Jodie Clay scored two goals, freshman Ava Wasserman added a goal and an assist, and junior Hannah Schommer picked up two helpers.

The next day, United took on Mankato West and fell to the Scarlets in a heartbreaker, 5-4 in overtime. During the contest, Wasserman netted two goals and Clay also lit the lamp.

On Saturday, December 29, the team faced off against Rochester Century and edged the Panthers 6-4. Schommer picked up three points with two goals and an assist, while Wasserman and Clay each chipped in a goal.

Next Up: On Saturday, January 5, United will host Waseca High School at 2:00 p.m.

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Click here to view replays of all home girls hockey games and to subscribe to other live-streaming contests. Check out some highlight videos here.

Complete stats may be found on the MN Girls Hockey Hub page.

Boys Hockey:

The Boys Hockey team is 2-8.

On Saturday, December 22, the Lions traveled to the new Minnesota Wild practice facility, TRIA Rink, in St. Paul to face the Academy of Holy Angels Stars. The Lions fell to the Stars 11-5. Sophomore Grant Ellings found the twine three times, and seniors William Reschenberg and Zach Giesler added one goal apiece. Seniors Christian Murto added an assist, Evan Spadafora chipped in two assists, and Giesler contributed three assists, respectively. Freshmen Josh Mogeni and Charlie Peterson and sophomore Thomas Vos each tallied an assist.

Over Christmas Break, the Lions played in the Fergus Falls Invitational at the Fergus Falls Arena. Unfortunately, the game scheduled for Thursday, December 27, against host team Fergus Falls was cancelled due to inclement weather.

On Friday, December 28, the Lions fell to Detroit Lakes 7-3. Junior Isaac O’Brien opened the scoring for PA and senior Spadafora added the final two goals. Tallying assists during the game included senior Zach Giesler, freshman Josh Mogeni, and sophomores Grant Ellings and Thomas Vos.

In the tournament finale, the Lions faced West Fargo, North Dakota, and topped the Packers 6-5.

On Thursday, January 3, the Lions took on Gentry Academy and defeated the Stars 6-4.

Head Coach Hal Tearse remarked, “The team continues to improve. The Ellings, Giesler, Spadafora line combined for 14 goals and numerous assists and the younger guys are learning.”

Coach Tearse was recently honored by the Minnesota Wild with the Securian Stick Salute. The Securian Stick Salute is described in the following manner: “Minnesota is full of everyday hockey heroes, the dedicated rink manager who doesn’t take a day off to the hockey parent who coaches three separate teams. In partnership with Securian Financial, the Wild will celebrate these efforts for the betterment of the game we love.” View Coach Tearse’s video here.

Next Up: On Saturday, January 5, the Lions will travel to Mound to take on the Mound Westonka White Hawks. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m.

Follow @PAlionshockey1 to stay up to date with everything Providence Boys Hockey.

Complete stats may be found on the MN Boys Hockey Hub page.

Girls Basketball:

The Girls Basketball team is 5-4.

On Thursday, December 27, the Providence Lions hosted Legacy Christian Academy. The Lions started the game off hot with junior Madie Anderson hitting two three-pointers to help the Lions establish an early lead. The hot shooting didn’t stop there. Senior Caroline Mahowald hit five three-pointers in the game with the majority of them coming in the second half. Combined with the hot shooting, the Lions played excellent defense and held Legacy Christian Academy to only 12 second half points. At the end of the game, the Lions pulled out the win in convincing fashion, beating Legacy Christian Academy 65-37. The Lions were led in scoring by seniors Maggie Murphy (19 points) and Caroline Mahowald (15 points) and junior Hailey Hohenecker (14 points). Also worth noting, freshman Maria Counts secured 10 rebounds during the game, a personal season high.

Next up: On Saturday, January 5, the Lions will take on section 5AA opponent the Maple Lake Irish at Maple Lake High School. The JV game starts at 2:00 p.m. and Varsity starts at 3:30 p.m. The next home game for Girls Basketball takes place on Tuesday, January 8. There will be five free t-shirts thrown out to the crowd at this game, so show up for your chance to grab a free t-shirt!

Follow @PA_GirlsHoops to stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Basketball.

Click here to view replays of all home girls basketball games and to subscribe to other live-streaming contests.

Complete stats may be found on the MN Girls Basketball Hub page.

Boys Basketball:

The Boys Basketball team is 6-3.

On Thursday, December 27, the Providence Lions (4-2) took on the visitors of Legacy Christian Academy (4-3) in the Providence Academy Christmas Tournament. The Lions used good defensive pressure to limit the visitors to 13 points in the first half and were able to go into halftime with a 39-13 lead. The mighty Lions began the second half with the same defensive pressure and were able to extend the lead where senior utility guard Jack Jacobson scored his first basket of the season as a first year Varsity player. Sniper senior guard Evan Marsh made his season debut after being sidelined due to injury and netted five points. The Lions were led by senior swingman Mark Richelsen, who scored 18 points and seven rebounds, and senior Logan Blomberg, who scored 15 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Dylan Servais chipped in 10 points and five assists to cruise to an 80-30 win.

On Saturday, December 29, the Lions (5-2) matched up against Spectrum (7-0) to try and upset the 2A ranked squad and win the round robin tournament. The Lions got off to a slow start, but senior guard Dylan Servais kept the Lions out front with great three-point shooting and speedy dribbling to the basket to give PA the halftime lead of 25-24. After halftime, the Lions went back to their bread and butter and pounded the ball down low to Blomberg and Richelsen. A big three-point shot by Marsh late in the second half gave the Lions a three-point lead with under two minutes to play. The visitors would not go quietly and made an offensive rebound with eight seconds to go in regulation to send it into overtime. The Lions rallied despite their error in regulation to win 62-59. The Lions were led in scoring by Servais (23 points and four assists), Richelsen (15 points and eight rebounds) and Blomberg (14 points and seven rebounds).

On Thursday, January 3, the Lions traveled to Watertown to take on Watertown Mayer High School. The Lions fell to the Royals 59-55. Blomberg led all scorers with 21, Servais netted 18, Richelsen landed 10, and Marsh chipped in 10 in the effort.

Up next: On Saturday, January 5, the Lions will travel to Byron to take on the Byron High School Bears in a 1:30 p.m. tip-off.

Follow @PA_BoysHoops to stay up to date with everything Providence Boys Basketball.

Click here to view replays of all home boys basketball games and to subscribe to other live-streaming contests.

Complete stats may be found on the MN Boys Basketball Hub page.

Nordic Ski:

The team competed in a Skate Relay last night at Hyland Park Reserve. Results were not yet available at the time of publication.

Next up: The IMAC Meet will be held on Tuesday, January 8, at the Como Park Golf Course with a 3:45 p.m. start time.

Boys Swimming and Diving:

On Thursday, January 3, the team hosted Spring Lake Park High School and fell to the Panthers in a tight meet, 95-83.

Our co-op took second place in the 200 Medley Relay, second place in the 200 Free Relay, and second place in the 400 Free Relay. Freshman Nick Fogle took second place in Diving.

Next up: On Saturday, January 5, the team will participate in the Maroon and Gold Invite at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

Alpine Ski:

The Alpine Ski team has been participating in dryland training. Coach Dennis Jay Johnson said, “No races yet, but I’ll update you once we start competing this month.”

Athletic Training Opportunities in the Dome:
Did you know there is an athletic training opportunity for Upper School students every day after school in the Dome? Click here to review all scheduled opportunities.

Winter Media Guides:

Winter Media guides are now available at your team’s contests. An online version may be viewed here or you may stop by the athletic office if you would like a copy.

Plan Ahead:

Registration for spring sports will open on Monday, January 7, and run through Tuesday, January 22. Team flash stores for tennis and golf uniforms and other team sports apparel for spirit wear will open on Tuesday, January 22, and will be available through Sunday, February 3.

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

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