A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Boys Hockey:
The Boys Hockey team has completed their season with a record of 9-19.

On Monday, February 18, the Lions started Section 2A play against Bloomington Kennedy in a contest played at St. Louis Park Recreation Center. The Lions topped the Eagles by a score of 5-4.

Sophomore Grant Ellings started the Lion’s scoring at 6:58 of the first period assisted by senior Evan Spadafora. After two Kennedy tallies, senior William Reschenberg found the twine at 12:42 of the first, assisted by the tandem of Thomas Vos and Josh Mogeni, to knot the contest at two. Senior Zach Giesler, assisted by Ellings, put the Lions ahead 3-2 at 16:40.

At 8:38 of the second period Spadafora lit the lamp from junior George Wehmann and Ellings. This was the only score in the second period and it gave the Lions a 4-2 lead going into the final frame.

Twenty-two seconds into the third Spadafora buried the biscuit again from Ellings and Giesler to give the Lions the eventual game winner. Senior goalie Sam Ferreira was outstanding in the nets as he withstood a third period onslaught to secure the 5-4 Sectional victory for the Lions.

On a snowy Wednesday, February 20 the Lions returned to St. Louis Park Recreation Center to challenge top seeded Orono High School. The Spartans are currently the tenth ranked team in Class A and showed their depth as they topped the Lions 9-1.

Giesler started the games scoring at 2:56 of the first with a nifty goal from Ellings and Spadafora, and the rest as they say is history. In goal, Ferreira stood on his head most of the night as he faced an incredible 65 shots on goal!

This concludes the 2018-19 Boys Hockey season. Congratulations to all who represented Providence Academy so well.

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

Returning and Prospective Lions Hockey Families:
A note from Coaches Hal and Chris … “Rather than a typical six-week Summer Training Program, we are suggesting options that are development based with individual coaching for best results in the Spring, Summer and Fall. Click here to explore the 2019-2020 Lions Hockey Off Season Programs.”

Girls Basketball:
The Girls Basketball team is 17-8.

Last Thursday, February 14, the Lions took on 3A Hutchinson at home. It was a game in which neither team could find the bottom of the basket for either half of the game. The cold shooting night for both teams resulted in the Hutchinson Tigers escaping with a 46-35 victory. Leading the way for the Lions was junior Hailey Hohenecker with 9 points and freshman Maria Counts with 8 points.

The following night, the Lions hosted their last home game of the regular season and played section foe Brooklyn Center. The Lions made up for the poor shooting on Thursday and got hot on Friday. The Lions shot a scorching 45% from the field for the game. In the end, the Lions downed the Centaurs 67-19. Leading the way for the Lions were Hohenecker with 20 points, senior Maggie Murphy with 14 points, and junior Lauren Kettler with 10 points. Also worth noting, freshman Maria Counts pulled down 20 rebounds!

On Tuesday, the Lions traveled to Delano. Going into halftime, the Lions had an 8-point lead. However, the Tigers came clawing back and in the end, made the Lions work for the 51-48 victory. Leading the way for the Lions were freshman Maria Counts with 18 points, and senior Maggie Murphy with 14 points.

Next up: Tonight the Lions play their last regular game of the season, as they travel to St. Croix Lutheran to take on the Crusaders.

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

Boys Basketball:
The Boys Basketball team is 14-8.

On a snowy Tuesday night, February 19, the Lions (13-7) hosted St. Croix Lutheran (12-9). The Lions were trying to bounce back after a crushing overtime defeat at Hutchinson 81-73. Providence Academy was led by senior power forward Logan Blomberg who scored a career high 32 points and also added 9 rebounds. The Lions pushed the offensive tempo and switched into a 2-3 zone to hold off the visiting Crusaders enabling a 75-62 victory. Senior Mark Richelsen contributed 23 points and 8 rebounds and senior guard Dylan Servais chipped in 14 points. Click here to view the replay of this game and all home boys basketball games.

On Thursday, February 21, the Lions (14-7) hosted the visitors of Rochester Lourdes (13-8) in a hard fought game. The Lions started off slowly but bounced back to take a 31-26 lead at halftime. Providence Academy came out of halftime and gained a 13 point lead, but the visitors fought back on a 3 point shot to grab a 1 point lead with 4:00 minutes to play. The Lions were led by Blomberg with 14 points and Richelsen scored 11 points. The Lions fought hard, but came up short 62-55. Click here to view the replay of this game and all home boys basketball games.

Next Up: The Lions will host Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School on Saturday, February 23 at 2:00 PM.

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

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

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.

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

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