A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.
The Girls Hockey team is 6-5.
On Saturday, December 16, Minnehaha United hosted the North Shore Co-op and fell to the Storm 4-1. The Storm is a co-op consisting of Cook County High School, Silver Bay High School, and Two Harbors High School.
Junior Jodie Clay picked up the lone United goal and senior goalie Lauren Schommer turned away eight of the 12 shots she faced.
Next Up: On Thursday, December 28, the team will defend their title at the Second Annual Bulldog Holiday Classic. United will face the host team Minnesota River Bull Dogs in a 7:00 p.m. tilt. The tournament will be held at the Le Sueur Community Center in Le Sueur.
Follow @PA_GirlsHockey to stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Hockey.
The Boys Hockey team is 5-4-2.
On Friday, December 15, with the Boys Hockey Team heading into a light week of hockey, they traveled to face off with South Suburban 2AA Conference foe, the Shakopee Sabers. Eager to invite the Lions into their freshly-built community and hockey complex, the Sabers fed on their fan’s excitement and jumped out to an early lead. Scoring just over the 3-minute mark of the first period, the excitement and momentum was on Shakopee’s side. The Lion’s went into the first intermission down 0-1, and reflected on the first period trying to shake off any bus ride drowsiness and come back as they have many times before. Unfortunately, the Sabers had different plans.
Building on the momentum they created in the first period, the Sabers struck again early in the second period, and within the first four minutes the Lions found themselves down 0-2. Before the end of the second period, the Sabers would notch another goal and head into the second intermission up 3-0 on the Providence Academy Lions.
Looking to build the boys’ confidence, PA coaching staff, led by Mr. Hal Tearse, would pull from their bag of tricks to motivate the Lions. Entering the third period with lighter feet and quicker steps, the Lions began the attempt at a comeback notching the highest number of shots in the third period, and peppering the Shakopee goalie. Shakopee managed to add to their lead 4-0, until senior captain Jackson Sonderby made a rush up the ice, weaving and dodging the Sabers’ stabs at stopping him. His initial attempt would be stopped by the Sabers goaltender, until junior Evan Spadafora gathered the puck and found Sonderby charging the net. Leading by example, Sonderby converted the opportunity with a little more than four minutes remaining in the third period.
Now playing with a sense of urgency, the Lions made a run at a comeback, but unfortunately, the clock ticked zero, game over, and the Lions fell to the Sabers 4-1. Assistant Coach Chris Lewis reflected on the loss and said, “Good teams don’t lose; they simply run out of time. This is a good team and we simply ran out of time.”
Next up: The Lions take to the road on Thursday, December 28, to participate in the MBA Storm Boys Hockey Tournament held in Morris. In game one, PA faces the host team which is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Lee Community Center.
Follow @PAlionshockey1 to stay up to date with everything Providence Boys Hockey.
The Girls Basketball team is 3-5.
On Friday, December 15, the Lions took their talents on to neighboring Heritage Christian Academy. The team started off hot, leading the hosting Eagles by nine at the end of the first half. However, the second half was a different story. The once hot-handed Lions could not sustain and went ice cold. The Lions were only able to put up 13 points in the second half and fell to the HCA Eagles 45-38.
The Lions were led in scoring by senior Anna Counts (22 points) and junior Maggie Murphy (eight points). Sophomores Hailey Hohenecker chipped in four points and Maddie Anderson and Lauren Kettler each chipped in a basket a piece.
Next up: Over the holiday, the Lions will take on three 4A teams in a tournament hosted by St. Olaf College:
- Thursday, December 28 – Lions vs. Eagan
- Friday, December 29 – Lions vs. Prior Lake
- Saturday, December 30 – Lions vs. Farmington Tigers, the tenth-ranked team in 4A.
Follow @PA_GirlsHoops to stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Basketball.
The Boys Basketball team is 3-4.
On Friday, December 15, the boys basketball team stopped a four-game losing streak in a very physical game against Heritage Christian Academy by a score of 53-43. The Lions came out on fire led by junior Dylan Servais’s three-point shooting. Junior Sam Young chipped in a three-pointer and the Lions claimed an 11-point lead early in the first half. Characteristically, HCA fought back to cut the lead to three points halfway through the first half. The Lions regained their composure and went into halftime with an eight-point lead.
The Lions came out after halftime sluggish, missing free throws and turning the ball over. Eventually, the combination of juniors Logan Blomberg (18 points), Dylan Servais (15 points) and Mark Richelsen (11 points), along with contributions from the bench, encouraged the team and the Lions were able to hold off HCA and topped the Eagles 53-43.
Next up: The Lions will work in the gym over Christmas break and host Brooklyn Center on Wednesday, January 3, in a scheduled 7:00 p.m. tip-off.
Follow @PPA_BoysHoops to stay up to date with everything Providence Boys Basketball.
Boys Swim and Dive:
The Boys Swim and Dive team is 1-1.
No report at this time.
Next up: On Thursday, January 4, the co-op takes on Andover High School in a meet at Osseo Middle School. The scheduled start time is 6:00 p.m.
Holiday Dome Hours:
Due to Christmas break, the dome will have adjusted holiday hours. The schedule follows below:
Friday, December 22 – Tuesday, December 26: Closed
Wednesday, December 27: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 28: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 29: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 30: 8:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Sunday, December 31 and Monday, January 1: Closed
Please note that during the holiday dome hours, the batting cages will be closed and not available for use.
If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Athletic Director Mr. Daren Messmore.
Note: During the Holiday dome hours, the batting cages will be closed and not available for use.
Tonight’s Ninth Annual PA Lion’s Hockey Alumni Game:
Join us for this annual tradition tonight at the Plymouth Ice Center in Rink C from 4:30-6:00 p.m. We will be welcoming all of our hockey alumnae from 2005-2017.
If you have any questions, please contact Karen Hillen at email@example.com.
PA Athletics Week in Review will take a brief respite and resume on Friday, January 5. This edition will include a Holiday Tournament round-up and an update on all other Lions contests.
Merry Christmas and God bless.
Spring athletic registration will begin on Monday, January 8, and run it through Sunday, January 21. We will open team Flash Stores for tennis and golf uniforms along with all other teams for spirit wear on Monday, January 22, which will run through Friday, February 2.
Remember to follow @PAcademyATH, @PA_MSathletics, @Coach__Mess and @ProvidenceLions for the most current updates regarding Providence Academy Athletics.