Wednesday night lights

The Class of 2014 Seniors took the win. (Photos by: Lauren Perinovic)
The Class of 2014 Seniors took the win. (Photos by: Lauren Perinovic)

The Seniors claimed the prize at Wednesday’s Powderpuff football game, which is an annual Homecoming tradition at PA.

Returning player Emily Prom ‘14 believes that powderpuff is a special part of high school.

Prom states, “You only compete in this two grades, and it is held just once a year. The girls get really excited to play football.”

Coming back from a tough loss in their junior year, the Seniors were eager to show their fight, and were glad they walked away with a win.

“I’m already pumped because I want to destroy some juniors,” states Paige McAuliffe ’14 before the game.

The junior girls did not give up, and gave the seniors a competitive game.

“Our coaches, Ryan Richelsen and Conor White have prepared us in our hour and a half session. We have some secret strategies up our sleeve, we are not that bad,” stated Evyn Schmidt ‘15 before the game.

Prom, not wanting to take any chances states, “the fact that we are seniors means that we need to get our act together for this game.”
Juniors listening to their coaches. Senior. Clare Carney being intense. Juniors pose for a picture. Pre-game. The Juniors take the win. Juniors. Jordan Schilling '15 during the game. Colleen Irwin '14 looking intense before the game. Seniors pre-game.

Introducing Coach Asche, the new head football coach

The Providence Academy/Heritage Christian Academy football team, now under the coaching direction of Mr. Derek Asche, defeated New Life Academy/Bethany Academy 28-9 in the team's first home game on Friday, September 13.
The Providence Academy/Heritage Christian Academy football team, now under the coaching direction of Mr. Derek Asche, defeated New Life Academy/Bethany Academy 28-9 in the team’s first home game on Friday, September 13. (Photo by Lauren Perinovic)

With the retirement of Nate Harrington, the Lions welcome Derek Asche as the new head football coach.

Although this is Asche’s first year as head coach, he is not new to the Providence football community. From 2006-2011, he served as the Quarterback Coach and last season was promoted to Offensive Coordinator.

Additionally, Asche has his own experience with football, playing under the late coach Roger Lipelt.

“I grew up playing Quarterback for Wayzata starting in 4th Grade all the way through high school,” says Asche.

Translating his personal skills into coaching, Asche is working with an extremely young team, with only three senior representatives.

Coach Asche explained how he will develop the team.

“We always start at the beginning with the basics,” he said. “We create a strong foundation from which we will build and take each day one at a time.”

Knowing that their young age will be a challenge during the season, the players worked to improve their skills and relationships with each other.

“We have had the most participation in off season training this past year than any other year. But this team is really special in that they always want to do right by each other, that they are close to each other like brothers (and some are!),” said Asche.

The team is currently 1-1, with a win against St. Agnes, and a loss to Concordia. As the season progresses, Asche said practices will be more focused on strategics.

“Before our first game and during two a days practices, we focus on technique, football fundamentals, and our offense, defense, and special teams systems.  Once games begin, we focus on how those systems apply to the upcoming opponent.  Each week we work on offense, defense, and special teams and run our opponents offensive and defensive schemes against ourselves,” said Asche.

A new coach means that players have to adjust to a new coaching style. The team is learning how Coach Asche and Harrington differ from one another.

“Coach Harrington is a strong leader who was always dedicated to the team, both players and coaches alike. I hope I am just like him in those ways.  I think I am more likely to use sarcasm and humor to get my point across though,” said Asche.

Aside from improvement in the sport of football, Coach Asche says his goal is to have the students represent God, their family and Providence the best they can.

“Of course, a part of athletics and competition is playing to win, and we want to win as many games as possible. High school athletics is also a journey that lasts a short time and I hope each player grows in faith, maturity, and responsibility and eventually leaves the high school “athletic arena” with tools that will assist them in life such as teamwork, dedication, and perseverance,” said Asche.

The club fair extraordinaire


Students attend the annual Club Fair.
Students attend the annual Club Fair. (Photo by Lauren Perinovic)

As a substitute for House, Providence’s annual club fair took place place this week in gym C. From “Sailing” to “Dead Directors Society,” students were able to attain information from various clubs.

Encompassing the perimeter of the gym, each club had a table stocked with information hoping to captivate prospective members.

 “The club fair was better this year because we could walk around easier. Last year, it was way too crowded and there was no space to move,” states Liz Murphy ’16 of the fair’s improvement.

 While some clubs lured in students by the promise of candy, others like the “Robotics Club” had their own approach.

 John Mikkelson ‘15 said, “Robotics seems really cool, they have a robot that shoots frisbees.”

 On a heavier note, The Lions for Life club worked on promoting the central mission of their club.

 “Our goal for this booth is to primarily get people interested, and secondly promote the pro-life message,” says Melanie Eastham ’14.

 The purpose of the club fair is to facilitate the process of getting involved. Less initiative is required of those signing up at the fair, as opposed to students having to individually seek out club information.

 Showing involvement in all four years of high school is important to colleges. Nick Bruno ’14 states, “Joining clubs takes learning outside the classroom. It shows you have initiative to be involved in things other than sports and academics.”

 One misconception about the club fair is that it’s just meant for underclassman, and that it is too late to get involved in your later high school years.

Thomas LeVoir ‘14 says, “I was nervous about joining clubs in my younger years, but now that I’m a senior, I want to branch out. There’s no reason not to join something you want to do.”

Back to the grind: 2013 fall sports updates

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Alarm clocks are blaring at early hours of the morning, there is an increase in caffeine intake, and extreme mental and physical exhaustion are apparent…all this before the first day of school.

On August twelfth, Providence athletes made their way out to tryouts, marking the beginning of the Minnesota Fall sports season. For the last two weeks, they have been working to impress their coaches, getting back into shape, and becoming familiar with their new team. All of the teams have already played in competitive games or scrimmages. A significant portion of the season takes place before school begins, which is a critical time in any team’s development.

Girls Volleyball

Heading into tryouts, the girls volleyball players knew they would have a young team, losing nine seniors. Half of the team is composed of girls who were previously on JV.

Heather Leuer ‘14 states, “Our main focus this first week was getting everyone on the same page. Whenever you have a new group of girls it’s important to get them to learn how everyone else plays, so we can play as a team instead of individuals.”

In practice, heavy emphasis has been put on practicing blocking and passing. After losing a close game to Heritage Christian Academy, (3-2) Leuer expects that adjusting these areas will give the team opportunity for major growth.

“Friday’s game was a good loss against a good team; We have no reason to feel poorly about ourselves. Everyone is excited to get back to it, and fix the problems in preparation for future games,” states Leur.

Cross Country

The Providence Cross Country team is working on building a strong team through recruiting runners with a dedicated interest in the sport.  After losing eleven seniors, the team is trying to fill the missing spots.

“The focus this year is creating a hardworking team that encourages the younger kids to stick with the team for the years to come,” states Jenny Walz ’14.

The first race of the season was against Anoka High School. One of the challenges in this race was dealing with the extremely uncomfortable heat with temperatures reaching the high 90’s.

Staying positive, Walz states, “I think it was good to help us get an idea of the younger kids abilities.”

Boys Soccer

Only losing two Seniors, the Boys Soccer team is looking forward to a strong season, having played many years together.

The team traveled to Duluth to play two of their first season games. The boys tied Hermantown 1-1  and beat Superior 3-0.

Luke Ziesmer ’14 states, “What I took away from these first games was that our offense needs to finish our opportunities. We have a very strong defense this year, and I believe that will be a large factor for a successful season.”

In practice, the boys have been working on playing one-touch soccer, playing smart, and by scoring on every chance they have.

In the future, Ziesmer believes, “We will likely prepare differently for the next games because we play better teams than the teams we played this past weekend. Our team possession will have to be better against them.”

Girls Soccer

Similar to  boys soccer, the girls are also are an experienced team, only losing one senior.

The first game of the season was against Orono High School, who the girls lost to in sections in  the 2012 season. This year, Orono squeaked by and beat Providence, with a score of 1-0.

“This is the best we’ve ever done against Orono and it gives us a really good outlook for the rest of the season. We’re hoping the rest of the season goes just as well as it started off,” states Paige McAuliffe ’14.

After coming so close to winning their first game, the girls’ soccer players are determined to attain positive results.

“Our focus has been bonding as a team. We have incredible players and now we just need to be able to work together,” says McAuliffe.


The pressure is on for the boys football team who made it to the section finals last season, losing in a close overtime game. This year, there are five returning players who have starting experience.

“The focus in practice early on is to define the roles of all the players and to implement the offense, defense and special teams,” states Conor White’ 13

On August 24th, the team was able to get in a competitive mindset in a series of scrimmages against Blake, St. Paul Harding, Patrick Henry and the Rockford Area Schools District.

Of what he took away from the scrimmages, White stated, “We are deep in both offensive and defensive lines and are athletes that can make plays in space.”

The first game of the season is Friday August 30th, in an away games versus St. Agnes.

“We are preparing quite well for our first game and have a few kinks to work out, but we feel very confident entering the season,” states White.

Girls Tennis

Although the girls did not lose any seniors, the team welcomed four new players to their squad.

“This year we are focusing on conditioning to build up our stamina for match play,” states Lauren Athmann’ 13.

The girls played their first tournament at Glenco-Silver Lake High School. The team lost to centennial 1-6 but defeated Glenco 7-0.

“I was happy with how we all played, but we need to improve our mental game for upcoming matches,” states Athmann.


The 2013-2014 school year kicked-off August 28th, signifying the beginning of homework and the deadline for that neglected summer reading, but for fall sports athletes, the pressure has been felt long before school even started.