A review of the past week in Providence Academy Athletics.

Girls Hockey:

The Girls Hockey team is 10-7.

On Saturday, January 6, the team traveled to Waseca and topped the Blue Jays 4-1. Junior Jodie Clay picked up a goal and sophomore Hannah Schommer tallied an assist. Senior goalie Lauren Schommer stopped 14 of the 15 shots she faced to pick up the win.

On Tuesday, January 9, United hosted Albert Lea and topped the Tigers 9-0. In the contest, Clay picked up four points with three goals and an assist, while Hannah Schommer netted two goals. Lauren Schommer turned away all eight shots she faced and picked up the shutout.

Next Up: On Saturday, January 13, Minnehaha United will invade the Doug Woog Arena to take on the South St. Paul Packers in a scheduled 5:00 p.m. tilt.

Follow @PA_GirlsHockey to stay up to date with everything Providence Girls Hockey.

Boys Hockey:

The Boys Hockey team is 9-5-2.

On Thursday, January 4, the Providence Academy Lions faced off against perennial powerhouse, the Breck Mustangs. For the first time in Providence Academy Boy’s Hockey history, the Lions toppled the Mustangs and an epic opportunity was converted to a Lion’s 7-1 win!

That night, the Lions were prepared and ready to play from the opening face-off. Six minutes into the game, Senior Jacob Giesler buried the biscuit on a nice pass from none other than his younger brother, junior Zach Giesler. Six minutes later, the Lions decided to open up the scoring and light the lamp. Returning the favor, Jacob Giesler slipped a nice pass to Zach Giesler to convert a shorthanded opportunity and make the game 2-0 Lions. Within two minutes, junior Tyler Hartel scored his first varsity goal assisted by his line mate, junior Will Reschenberg. With time running out in the first period, Reschenberg scored to end the period with 34 seconds left, assisted by senior Jacob Wickham. Heading to the locker room, the Mustangs were feeling the Lions bite.

With an intermission and rest behind them, the Lions picked up right where they left off scoring five minutes into the second period. This time, it was Reschenberg unassisted, and it brought the Lions 5-0 over the Mustangs. With the Lions continuing to press, freshman Grant Ellings zipped a shot past the goalie’s glove hand into the upper right corner. The score was now Lions 6-0 heading into the final 17 minute period. Feeling the win within their grasp, the Lions feet began to slow and Breck would not be denied a goal, Lions up 6-1. In the final minutes of the game, the Lions found themselves in penalty trouble and Breck pressing. With the penalty unit on the ice, legs tired, Zach Giesler fed young Lion Grant Ellings, who was hungry for his second goal. Ellings, on a breakaway, put his second goal of the game in the upper left corner. Junior goalie Bradley Koskie stopped 31 of the 32 shots he faced to pick up the win.

The Lions returned home to the Plymouth Ice Arena to host the St. Paul Academy and Summit School Spartans, on Tuesday, January 9. In front of a standing-room only crowd and accompanied by the Providence Academy Band, the Lions were once again victorious. The Lions out-shot their opponents 35-22, and with precision shooting scored on five of their first six shots. Jacob Giesler picked up four points by netting two goals and two assists, Zach Giesler lit the lamp twice, junior Evan Spadafora tallied three points on a goal and two assists, and Grant Ellings chipped in four assists. Recording another win was junior goaltender Sam Ferreira, who stopped 19 of 22 shots. The Lions won 7-3.

The Lions record now improves to 9-5-2 for the season as they head into a sprint of conference games. With a number of home games remaining in the season, it’s not too late to see your Providence Academy Lions Hockey team in action at the Plymouth Ice Center; see the schedule for details.

Next up: The Lions will continue IMAC play on Tuesday, January 16, when they travel to Minnehaha Academy to take on the Redhawks. The puck will drop at 7:00 p.m. at the Minnehaha Academy Ice Arena in Minneapolis.

Good Read: Enhancing the Minnesota High School Hockey Experience: Increasing the opportunities for all players should be the goal in high school hockey by Hal Tearse

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

Girls Basketball:

The Girls Basketball team is 5-8.

On Tuesday, January 9, the Lions traveled to The Blake School and fell to the Bears 58-49. Senior Anna Counts tossed in 21 for the Lions, sophomore Hailey Hohenecker added nine, and junior Sydney Stewart chipped in six.

Next up: Tonight, the Lions will host Mounds Park Academy in a scheduled 7:00 p.m. tip-off.

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

Boys Basketball:

The Boys Basketball team is 4-6.

On Saturday, January 6, the Lions hosted Watertown Mayer and fell to the Royals 51-49 in overtime. Junior Dylan Servais led all scorers with 21 points and four assists while junior Logan Blomberg netted 16 points and six rebounds.

On Tuesday, January 9, the Lions opened IMAC play and got back in the win column with a 54-49 victory over the Blake Bears. Junior Mark Richelsen led all scorers with 20 points and five rebounds for the Lions with Blomberg chipping in eleven and junior Joey Fafinski eight. The Lions were sparked in the second half by sophomore Tommy Villafana, who added four points and great hustle.

Next up: The Lions will travel to Mounds Park Academy tonight and take on the Panthers in a scheduled 7:00 p.m. tip-off.

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

Boys Swimming and Diving:

On Thursday, January 11, the Osseo Boys Swimming and Diving co-op traveled to Champlin Park and fell to the Rebels 102-83.

Osseo took second place in the 200 and 400 Free Relays. These races featured sophomore Adam Huser, who also took second in the 50 Freestyle.

Eighth grader Nick Fogle took third place in the diving event.

Next up: On Thursday, January 18 the co-op will host Anoka High School at the Osseo Junior High Pool.

Spring Registration is open:

Middle School and Upper School students may now register for spring sports. Registration closes on Sunday, January 21.

Available offerings for each division are as follows:

Middle School
Track and Field – Grades 6-8
Girls Lacrosse – Grades 6-8*

Upper School
Baseball – Grades 9-12
Boys Golf – Grades 7-12
Girls Golf – Grades 7-12
Boys Lacrosse – Grades 7-12
Girls Lacrosse (Co-op) – Grades 9-12
Softball – Grades 7-12
Boys Tennis – Grades 7-12
Track and Field Grades – 9-12

If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Athletics Director Ms. Sarah Melhorn.

*Indicates new addition to spring sports offering.


Plan Ahead:

Our girls hockey team, Minnehaha United, will play their annual PA home game at the Plymouth Ice Center on Tuesday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m. Let’s do our best to pack the house for our team!

On Friday, February 9, the PA boys and girls basketball teams will invade the Target Center for games against Minnehaha Academy. The girl’s game begins at 6:00 p.m. and the boy’s at 7:30 p.m. Admission is FREE for this event and they will have coupons on sale for $15.00 to attend a future Timberwolves game. We have no other varsity contests that night so let’s fill the Target Center with Lions’ Pride.

Dome Closed:

In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, the PA Dome will be closed on January 15.

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

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