Girls Cross Country Wins AHA Invitational

The girls cross country team got an early start on their season, starting their training near the beginning of summer with frequent captains practices and training days. Led by senior captain Kendra Franck, the team is excited to build on last year’s strong season, which included a conference championship and a trip to the state meet.

While the team lost great runners like Maria Eastman and Allie Bodin to graduation, they are optimistic that new members will step up to take their place. “I’m excited to show the freshman everything we love about cross country,” Franck said. One key addition is Abby Ernst, a senior and member of the 4 x 800 team that qualified for the state meet.

The season got off to a great start when the girls cross country team finished in first place at the Academy of Holy Angels Invitational with a score of 58 points. Kendra Franck finished 6th and freshman Abbey Fink finished 9th, with each girl running a time under 12 minutes. 11 other schools, including Blake, Visitation and Providence Academy, participated in the meet.

Fink and Franck followed up that meet with another strong performance at the St. Olaf High School Showcase on Sept. 2 in Northfield, each finishing in the top 30 of a very competitive field.

The girls cross country team’s next test will be at Baylor Regional Park on September 13th at 4pm. Another great opportunity to get out and watch the girls run is their upcoming meet at the Chaska Golf Course on October 4th at 3pm.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 8, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper.

Fire Football Earns a Win in Season Opener

After a long wait, high school football is finally back! On Thursday night, the Fire football team took on St. Cloud Cathedral. After a huge tailgate that included pizza, frozen yogurt, volleyball, and even a pool, the fans were ready for football to finally resume.

The Fire received the opening kickoff, and went to work quickly. After driving their way methodically down the field, sophomore Dominic Phillips scored, putting the Fire up by 6-0 after a blocked extra point.
The rest of the first half saw both teams trading possessions with no points scored. The third quarter was very similar, the only scoring came on a 35 yard field goal by sophomore Colin Neve. The Fire held a 9-0 lead going into the final 12 minutes of the game.

The score was still 9-0 with 5 minutes remaining in the game, but St.Cloud Cathedral was not ready to give up. A costly turnover on a punt gave the Crusaders the ball at the Fire 8 yard line. They were able to score and bring the game back to one possession. St. Cloud Cathedral held the Fire to a 3 and out and got the ball back with enough time to try to score. Fortunately, the defense stood their ground and forced the Crusaders to turn the ball over. The Fire then went into victory formation and took a knee to secure the win.

Holy Family generated 209 yard of total offense and held St. Cloud Cathedral to 94 yards. Brendan O’Connor was the leading rusher for the Fire with 66 yards and Michael Furlong was the leading receiver with 32 yards. Sophomore quarterback Jacob Zay threw for 41 yards on 4 completions. The Fire take on Annandale at home this Friday.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 6, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper.

Tennis Team Starts Season with Back to Back Victories

As the tennis season begins, the team has large shoes to fill. The previous coach, Jack Roach, arrived in 2012 and began to reenergize the girls tennis program. Jack worked tirelessly with the players and during the 2014 season his efforts paid off when the team won the Class A State Tennis Tournament. The following year, they made it back to the State Tournament once again.

Now, as the 2016 season takes off, the team is expected to have another great season. The new coach of the girls team is TJ Garin, who was previously the assistant to Jack Roach and also coaches the girls hockey team and boys tennis team at Holy Family.

TJ has great expectations for the team this fall, along with the new assistant coach, Amy Dean. “As a new coach to Holy Family, I am so excited to see the energy this team brings to the courts everyday. I am looking forward to a fun and successful season,” said Amy. Senior captains Libby Moakley and Mary Seifert are also excited to help lead the girls this season.

The team started the season against Providence Academy on a good note, winning their first match 4-3. First doubles player Lindsey Harris ’18 remarked on her match, “Our final match score was closer than expected, which means we need to cut down on unforced errors and keep the ball in the court. If we can make these changes, we will have a successful and exciting season.”

The second match of the season was on the refurnished home courts at Holy Family against Glencoe-Silver Lake. The Fire won 6-1, christening the courts with a victory.

The girls tennis team has endured many changes from last year. With the loss of four seniors, coaches TJ Garin and Amy were confronted with many decisions regarding the lineup this year. One notable change includes junior Sophie Lynch ’18 moving up to play first singles, after playing second singles last fall.

After the second match Sophie remarked, “I think our match against Glencoe really showed the improvement we have made as a team this season. I am very excited about playing one singles this year! I really have looked up to the girls that have played one singles, they have taught me to relax and have fun out on the court as well as fight hard to represent our school well!”
With a new team, new coaches, and new courts, the tennis team has a a high bar to meet and great expectations to fulfill. Many fans are interested to see how the 2016 season will turn out. But, if there is one thing to be sure of, it is that the girls are ready to play and give their best effort to make a reappearance back at the State Tournament for the third year in a row.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 6, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper.

Soccer Teams Start Conference Play on the Right Foot

The fall sports season is in full swing and both the Boys and Girls Soccer Teams are off to a strong start. Each team is currently 1-0 in conference play and the chance for a successful season looks promising.

The boys team won their first conference game on Thursday night at home against Delano, 1-0. The only goal of the game was scored by sophomore Luke Pucklich.

The boys team this year will be led by captains Trey Cavello ’17, Josh Mohling ’17, Connor Fowler ’17, and Ian Dosedel ’17. Because the team graduated nine seniors from last year’s squad, the captains will need to work hard to get the younger players caught up to speed.

After talking with captain Trey Cavello, it seems as though the team is already very close. He said, “I’m looking forward to a fun season with a bunch of awesome guys. I’m also looking forward to continuing to grow as a team.”

The team is aiming high regarding expectations. Trey added, “Going to state is something every team wants to accomplish.”

The girls team also won their first conference game against Delano on Thursday by a score of 4-1. Samm Dalsin ’17, Reyana Schaffer ’21, Gracie Lund ’18, and Grace Murphy ’19 all contributed goals.

The girls team graduated only three seniors last year, making the transition into this season a bit easier. Stepping in to replace those graduates are Olivia Russo ’18 (junior), Grace Murphy (sophomore), Caitlin Rock ’20 (freshman), and Reyana Schaffer ’21 (8th grader).

Captain Samm Dalsin has a lot of confidence in the newcomers, saying, “These new players have all been really great additions to the team and should help us out a lot this year.”

Similar to the boys team, the girls also seems to be a very close group. “I’m just looking forward to all the fun we will have this year,” said Samm.

This article was originally published on Holy Family Catholic High School’s online newspaper on September 6, 2016. See more stories and slideshows from the school’s online paper.