A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.
On Thursday, February 7, the Co-op skied in the Section 5 meet at Afton Alps near Hastings, MN. The boys team finished in eighth place and the girls team finished tenth. Individually junior Malea Marxer finished in 23rd place with runs of 36.70 and 35.13 and freshman Elizabeth Trubeck earned 30th place with runs of 36.95 and 36.34.
Boys Swimming and Diving:
The Section 5AA Tournament will be held on Thursday, February 21-Saturday, February 23. Swim Prelims will start at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 21, Diving Prelims, Semis and Finals will start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22 and Swim Finals are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 23.
The Section 6 Meet went well, despite extremely icy conditions. Junior Maddie Kelly and sophomore Bridget Hodgkin each clocked personal records in both their freestyle and classic disciplines. Known as the toughest Nordic section in the state with the likes of powers Wayzata, Armstrong and Hopkins, the HCA/PA team placed 7 out of 12 teams. Maddie placed 28 out of 68, second of seven for our team. Bridget placed sixth for PA/HCA, 53rd overall. Bridget bested both her Classic and Freestyle skate times each by over two minutes. Sophomore Anna Sanchez was our team alternate.
Full results found at
Next up: The IMAC Championship Meet will be held on Monday, February 11 at Battle Creek Nordic Ski.
The Girls Hockey team is 14-11.
On Monday, February 4 United finished out their regular season and celebrated Senior Night with a 6-2 victory over Minnesota River. Senior Jodie Clay picked up two points with a goal and an assist while freshman Ava Wasserman lit the lamp twice. Twin sister Ellie Wasserman was tough between the pipes turning away 18 shots for a .900 save average.
On Thursday, February 7, MU started sectional play with a 3-1 victory against the Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper Wings. Clay and junior Hannah Schommer tallied helpers and Ava Wasserman found the twine in the first period.
Next Up: On Saturday, February 9 United takes on The Blake School at Parade Ice Garden; puck drops at noon. Blake is currently the State’s top rated team with a 23-2 record.
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Complete stats may be found on the MN Girls Hockey Hub page.
The Boys Hockey team is 6-16.
On Saturday, February 2, the Lions traveled to Hopkins and fell to The Blake School Bears.
On Tuesday, February 5 the Lions traveled to the Coon Rapids Ice Center to take on the Coon Rapids Cardinals. This was a unique game because it was played outdoors. Click here to view a few photos of the game. Scoring for the Lions were sophomore Grant Ellings and seniors William Reschenberg and Zach Giesler. Giesler picked up the second goal from Ellings and fellow sophomore Bobby Hughes.
Next Up: Tonight the Lions will face New Ulm in a 7:00 p.m. contest.
Boys Hockey Senior Night Celebration on February 12:
Join us for Providence Academy Boys Hockey Senior Night on Tuesday, February 12, when the Lions play Southwest Christian High School. The seven seniors we honor this year are Christian Murto, Evan Spadafora, Sam Ferreira, Tyler Hartel, Will Gomke, William Reschenberg, and Zachary Giesler. Congratulations to these seniors for their commitment to Providence Hockey! We look forward to seeing you there to help us cheer on our Lions!
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Complete stats may be found on the MN Boys Hockey Hub page.
The Girls Basketball team is 13-6.
Last Friday, February 1, the Lions traveled to St. Paul Academy and Summit School to take on the Spartans. This game was highlighted by Maggie Murphy scoring 16 points to break the 1,000 point mark on her career. Along with the record breaking performance from Maggie Murphy, freshman Maria Counts had a career high in assists (7) and rebounds (12). It was a great defensive performance from the Lions as they were able to hold the Spartans to only 5 second half points. The Lions were paced in scoring by Maggie Murphy (16), Hailey Hohenecker (10), and Sydney Stewart (10).
On Tuesday, the Lions hosted conference and section foe Breck. Before the game, Senior Maggie Murphy was recognized for breaking the 1,000 point total on her career. Her scoring didn’t stop there though as she was able to pour in 26 points for the game. Also scoring in bunches was junior Hailey Hohenecker who scored 17 points. While the Lions struggled to find their shot from the outside, it was the tough defensive play again that lead them to victory. Again, the Lions were able to hold their opponent to only 5 second half points.
Tonight, the Lions travel to Minnehaha Academy to take on the Red Hawks with the conference championship on the line. Then on Saturday, February 9 the Lions will host 4A Anoka at 2:30.
Girls Basketball Senior Night Celebration on February 9:
Join us for Providence Academy Girls Basketball Senior Night on Saturday, February 9, when the Lions play Anoka High School. The three seniors we honor this year are Caroline Mahowald, Maggie Murphy, and Sydney Stewart. Congratulations to these seniors for their commitment to Providence Basketball! We hope you can join us in celebrating them prior to the start of the Varsity game at 2:30 p.m. as well as the post-game celebration that will take place at 4:30 at the Plymouth Davanni’s.
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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.
The Boys Basketball team is 11-5.
On Friday, February 1, PA played host to SPA and the Lions defeated the Spartans 73-39. Senior forward Mark Richelsen reached 1,207 career points with his 30 point performance against St. Paul Academy and Summit School to set a new school career record. The previous record of 1,199 was held by Jackson Canfield ’13. Richelsen could also set the single season high total of 448 points set by Dominic Miller ’16 in the 2015-2016 season.
Fellow seniors Dylan Servais and Evan Marsh each chipped in 9 points in the victory.
Richelsen’s thank you to the community may be viewed here.
On Tuesday, February 5 the Lions traveled to Breck to battle the Mustangs for the top spot in the IMAC conference. The Lions were up against a tremendous challenge in trying to stop Mr. Basketball candidate David Roody. The Lions started off the game containing Roody defensively, holding him to 11 points and the team to a halftime score of 24-20. After the break, the Mustangs increased the defensive pressure and forced nine second half turnovers and opened up a 20-point lead. The Lions did their best to fight back cutting the deficit to 10 points but the Mustangs were too much to overcome and the Lions lost 67-44. The Lions were led in scoring by senior Dylan Servais scoring 17 points and 3 assists.
Next Up: The Lions will host St Paul Academy tonight at 7:00 PM.
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.
High School Girls Lacrosse Opportunity:
Providence Academy girls participate as member of Mound Westonka Co-op Team. If your daughter is interested in playing high school (grades 7-12) girls lacrosse please send your name, your child’s name and family contact information to Mr. Johns.
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