Football – The Football team had a record setting season during their 2016 campaign. After a 2-3 start to the season, the team went on a four game winning streak that carried them to a second seed in the section tournament and runner-up finish in the Section 3AAAA Tournament. SCPA seniors Austin Have, Ryan Ylonen, Evan Smith, Zach DeLeon and Frank White helped this team average over 30 points per game and finished with a program best record of 6-3. SCPA junior Sam Bissen rushed for over 980 yards on the season.
The highlight of the season was the win over Hill Murray in the semi-final round of the Section 3AAAA Tournament. The final score was 27-15 and the victory was sealed by a late 35 yard touchdown reception by SCPA’s Austin Have.
Head Coach Gene Teigland was named the Minnesota Vikings High School Coach of the Week following the Hill Murray win.
Boys Soccer – Under a new head coach, Matt Carlson, the Lions Boys Soccer team rolled out an 11-5 regular season record and earned a number three seed in the Section 4A tournament. The Lions were a very young team this year with only two seniors (Simon Redstone and Matt Peterson) on the roster. They were led by a very talented front line of sophomores Brandt Belisle and Mitchell Miesen, juniors Noah Senn and Frank Bancroft-Howard and 8th grade goalkeeper Max Twight.
The Lions won eight of their final nine regular season matches to claim fourth place in the MCAA Conference, finishing the conference season with a 5-3 record.
Girls Soccer – The Girl’s Soccer team also featured a very young team this season with only two seniors on the roster. Juliana Kilcoyne and Linnea Soli, who were the leaders of this year’s team that finished with an 8-6-2 overall record and earned a number six seed in the Section 4A tournament.
Juniors Taylor Hornback and Rylie Davis and freshman Haley Nelson will provide a solid foundation for Head Coach Anna Tiffany as the Lions look to next year to continue building on this year’s success.
Volleyball – After losing eight players to graduation and bringing a new head coach on board, the Lady Lions Volleyball team went through a rebuilding season this year, finishing the year with a 5-16 record. With no seniors and only four juniors on this year’s roster, the Lions played an extremely challenging schedule that helped the team grow throughout the season.
Junior Ella Snyder and sophomore Katy Johnson led the club during the year. New Head Coach Jenna Staso is excited about the potential of this team as they continue to mature as players and as a team.
Cross Country – This year 17 boys and girls combined to make up the Lions Cross Country team! Led by junior Andrew Rippy on the boys side and senior Carly Scheuerman on the girls side, this team continued to show improvement throughout the season.
The girls team placed four girls in the top 10 at the MCAA Conference Meet this year; leading the Lions to a second place finish in the conference. Scheuerman went on to qualify for the Minnesota State Cross Country Meet where she finished 33rd, the highest finish by any female runner in SCPA history.
All Conference Awards
For the first time in school history, SCPA student/athletes received All Conference Honors from the MCAA Conference for the recently completed fall season. SCPA joined the MCAA Athletic Conference this fall and competed in soccer, volleyball and cross country with the other 11 teams from the conference.
The following SCPA students received recognition for their performances during the year.
Cross Country – All Conference
Carly Scheuerman, Kathleen Klinzing, Olivia Witt & Alex Westby
Cross Country – Honorable Mention All Conference
Volleyball – Honorable Mention All Conference
Ella Snyder, Katy Johnson
Boys Soccer – All Conference
Noah Senn, Brandt Belisle
Boys Soccer – Honorable Mention All Conference
Girls Soccer – All Conference
Girls Soccer – Honorable Mention All Conference
Rylie Davis, Haley Nelson