Legacy Athletics is committed to developing programs of excellence. We are excited to share that startin

g the 2024-2025 school year we will have a full-time Strength & Conditioning staff member working with our students in the classroom during the school day in addition to their after school responsibilities. Our new middle and high school elective, Peak Performance, will provide performance training to help athletes gain strength, speed, agility, and mobility while instructing on best practices in the weight room as well as injury prevention strategies. We are excited to announce that Alec Boldt has been hired to lead this program and will begin serving our athletes during summer performance training starting June 4.

“Alec immediately impressed our interview committee with his obvious passion for pursuing the Lord in all aspects of his life. He talked about his experience working for Fellowship of Christian Athletes running youth camps, discipling student athletes, and serving on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic, and he showed a heart that reflects Legacy’s mission statement. He is going to be an excellent mentor for our students with his high energy, expertise in performance training, and heart for Jesus,” says Athletic Director, Nathan Bellefeuille. Alec’s experience running the Cornell College performance training is going to bring a college-level caliber to our weight training programs. He understands what the necessary steps are at each age level to get athletes to perform their best and in a safe manner. We believe Alec is going to be exactly what we are looking for to increase consistent participation in the weight room, and it is going to change the trajectory of our success in our respective programs. There are not many schools in the state who have a dedicated staff member instructing performance training full time, and this addition sets us apart from other programs. If athletes commit to this program, we are going to see success we haven’t had before in all of our programs. Not only that, but we will be developing lifelong habits in our students to have a healthy nutrition plan, adopt great sleeping habits, and develop consistency in their fitness.

Alec is a graduate from Cornell College where he was an honors student in the Kinesiology program while also participating in the baseball program. “I am so excited to be a part of the Legacy community and share my love for Jesus through a big passion of mine in strength and conditioning,” shares Coach Boldt. “I am excited to share what I have learned through my experience with the Strength and Conditioning program at Cornell and to put into practice what I have learned through my research.” 

“I think it is important for students to know why they are doing what is being asked of them so they believe in what they are doing and understand why the workout is structured the way it is. Not only will this help students, but they will also have a life-long skill of being able to create workouts for themselves and wisely make decisions about fitness. I want to make sure my classroom is a place where students can have fun, where students work hard, and know that fitness is a good gift from God that is to be enjoyed.”

Alec achieved the 2024 Ray and Margaret Cook Award for Outstanding Student in Exercise Science, the 2024 Paul Maaske Scholar Athlete, and served in internships with Cornell College Strength and Conditioning, Ability Physical Therapy, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He will be getting married to his fiance, Kaiya Luneckas, in July. Kaiya was a member of the Tulsa University softball program and will be working for Salt Ministries at Redemption Church in Minneapolis.

 

The athletic department has made some significant changes these last several years and has seen growth in our numbers and competitiveness across all sports. It has been amazing to see God’s work in our student athletes, coaches and community. In 2022-2023, half of our athletic teams experienced the MSHSL state tournament, an individual state championship and multiple All State Athletes. The overall growth of Legacy has also helped us grow in numbers to the point where we are adding levels in our high school and middle school teams and even were able to bring back softball to Legacy. These changes have brought us to the point where several of our teams have moved to the AA level and we can strategically find the best fit in conference for our student athletes. This email is meant to share the strategic initiatives that are happening in the athletic department.

Every two years the MSHSL uses enrollment numbers to realign section placement. Legacy has been in Class A for all of our athletics for the last several years. With last year’s realignment, our school enrollment has moved our volleyball, boys and girls basketball and girls golf team to AA. Our teams have known that this change was likely and have been making changes in our season schedules to prepare us for the change that was to come. All of these teams have been playing some of the best AA teams in Metro and across the state in order to experience the competition of AA. We are confident in each of these team’s abilities to continue the success they have experienced at the AA level. This was evident during volleyball’s first season as a AA team where they fought hard and made it to the 5AA Section Semifinals. The team eventually lost to the 5AA Champion, Annandale, losing 23-25, 24-26, 23-25. We also are making changes to other teams schedules knowing that baseball, softball and boys golf will likely move to AA in the next section realignment in 2025. Our most significant review is finding the conference that is the best fit for our athletic teams.

Legacy has participated in the Minnesota Classic Athletic Association the last five years with our member schools. The MCAA was formed after many of the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association Schools left the conference to form the Skyline Conference. The Skyline is made up of many of the larger Christian, college prep and classical schools in the metro. A majority of the Skyline schools are in AA and have been very competitive in their sections. After a long process and much prayer, Legacy is excited to share that we have been accepted into the Skyline Conference for the 2025-2026 season. The Skyline Conference is made up of nine other schools including New Life Academy, Concordia Academy, Trinity School at River Ridge, St. Croix Lutheran, St. Croix Preparatory Academy, Nova Classical Academy, Cristo Rey Jesuit, St. Agnes and Maranatha Christian Academy.

We are thrilled to join a conference with so many mission-aligned schools and believe this will be the best fit for the road God has in store for our programs. Please join us in prayer as our athletic department continues to seek the Lord’s will in our next steps as a department and to shine the mission of Legacy Christian Academy in our respective arenas.

Baseball:

For the first time since 2017, baseball won the MCAA conference title only losing ONE conference game. With a record of 15-5, it was the best spring in the win-loss column in 5 years. The coaching staff was very pleased with the boys’ performance this year, and we are excited to continue working with them through the summer (via Legion Baseball) to prepare for 2023.

2022 Baseball By The Numbers:

  • 1 MCAA Conference Championship Title
  • 5 All-Conference Players
  • 3 All-Section Players
  • 2 All-State players

Team Strikeouts (pitching) – 232 (2nd in school history and 8th in MN history)

Team BAA – .164 (1st in school history and 3rd in MN history)

Team RBI – 109 (3rd in school history)

Team ERA – 1.76 (4th in school history)

Team SBs – 95 (4th in school history)

Alex Christian ‘23 – 7HRs (1st in school history), 27 RBI (4th in school history)

Drew Albrecht ’23 – 9 multi-hit games

Andrew Price ‘22 – 17 HBP (1st in school history and 3rd in MN history), 84 Ks (4th in school history)

Nolan Lindholm ‘23 – 35 1/3 consecutive scoreless IPs (1st in school history and 7th in MN history), 86 Ks (3rd in school history), 0.91 ERA (4th in school history), 0.81 WHIP (2nd in school history)

Clay Target: Trap Shooting

The Legacy Clay Target team had another successful season finishing 3rd in the conference overall. Cadence Werth ’22 was 3rd for females and Ben Stroyny ’24 came in 2nd for males. Six of our shooters had 25 straight at least once, and Carter McMullin ’26 had 50 straight at the State Championships. Senior Cadence Werth placed 2nd out of all female competitors at the Alexandria tournament.

The team is already looking forward to the next season of breaking clay and continuing to grow this fun sport!

Golf: Girls

The Legacy Girls Golf Team had a successful 2022 season. They not only won the conference but also won the Section 4A tournament earning a birth to the state golf tournament. Emily Brandt ‘24, Raquelle Nelson ‘24, Bri Brandt ‘25, and Miranda Demars ‘22 earned All-Conference and Sondra Melby ‘23 and Kaylyn Otteson ‘22 All-Conference Honorable Mention.  

The girls started off their state tournament week by attending the State Golf Banquet in St. Cloud where the Legacy girls’ team was recognized as the Section 4A Academic All-State Team and Raquelle Nelson was named All-State.

The girls came into the tournament ranked #2 but despite adverse conditions shot the lowest round they had posted all year and finished the first day tied for first. Emily Brandt posted a personal best round of 81 to lead the field. Day 2 was exciting and suspenseful. With the state moving to live scoring, fans, coaches, and players could watch the lead change the moment the girls would finish each hole. The girls ended up winning the state by 7 strokes. Emily Brandt finished day 2 with incredible poise, posting the second-best round of her life to win the state tournament individually with a two-day total score of 165. Emily became the 2nd Legacy player in school history to win the state golf tournament individually, and the team win marks the Legacy girl’s 4th State Championship in 10 years. 

Congratulations to Miranda Demars, Kaylyn Otteson, Hannah Compton, Sondra Melby, Emily Brandt, Raquelle Nelson, and Bri Brandt on their State Championship season!

Golf: Boys

Despite graduating 5 seniors from last year’s 2nd place State Tournament team, the Legacy boys’ team rebuilt, worked hard, and played well. Ty Nelson ‘26 and Elijah Wade ‘25 earned All-Conference honors, and Even Bovee ‘25 was named All-Conference Honorable Mention. The boys’ team finished their season by placing 3rd in the Section 4A tournament. Ty Nelson shot a personal best 82 on day 2 of the tournament to place 6th individually and advanced to the State Tournament.  

Track & Field 

The Track & Field 2022 season was a huge success.  As we look back on this season, what a year it has been. We have been rained out, blown out by the cold air, snowed out, frozen out, you name it. After all the back and forth scheduling, we were able to have 8 solid track meets.  Our goal this year was to change our meets and make sure we experience more challenging competition than in the past years. I don’t think we even thought that the scheduled meets would have as many as 17 teams. Let’s just say the competition this year was much more difficult than last, and we ran with the best of them. Over the course of the year we set 132 personal records, 11 all conference athletes, 9 all conference honorable mention and 12 individuals qualified for the state track meet.  We had 3 all-state individuals and 2 all-state relays.  As a team we set 5 new school records: girls pole vault, girls 300m hurdles, girls 800m run, girls 4x200m relay, and girls 4x400m relay.  Our success continues to come with hard work and growing participation in the program.

Story Credits: Team Coaching Staff

LCA finished their season winning the Consolation Championship against Breckenridge 3-1 taking 5th place at the Class A State Tournament. Congrats to the girls for a great season finishing with a record of 26-7. Congratulations to Tezra Rudzitis who finished her season at the top of the State with 574 kills. She was also voted onto the Class A “All-Tournament” State team with 9 other players. Tezra will be participating in the “All Star” games at Champlin Park, on Saturday, November 20, 2021, featuring all of the All-State players from all classes A-AAAA.

MSHSL Game Summaries

Consolation Championship

Consolation Semi-Final

Quarter Final

MSHSL Tournament Program

In three quick games, the Lions have secured their spot in the Class A State Volleyball Tournament to be held at the Excel Energy Center on November 10-13, 2021.

Lions have received the #3 seed and will host Walker-Hackensack at 7:00 pm on Thursday, November 11 on court #1 at the Xcel Energy Center.

The team is departing for their stay in St. Paul on Tuesday afternoon preceding the State Tournament Banquet that evening.

A pep rally & school send-off is being planned for 1:20 pm Tuesday, November 9. More information being sent once confirmed.

Congratulations Lions!

Section Game Results

Quarterfinal vs. #8 St. Paul Humboldt: 25-6, 25-15, 25-8

Semifinal vs. #5 New Life Academy: 25-13, 25-17, 25-19

Final vs. #2 West Lutheran High School: 25-10, 25-20, 25-13

MSHSL State Volleyball Tournament Schedule

Congratulations to the Class of 2025 (9th grade) for winning this year’s boys’ volleyball tournament!  The freshman boys started Legacy’s annual Takedown Tournament with a 25–18 upset win over the Class of 2023 (Juniors), before an equally impressive 15–11, 15–11 win over the Class of 2024 (Sophomores) to take home the 2021 Takedown Tournament trophy.

While the freshmen boys dominated the upper grades in the official boys’ tournament, they couldn’t quite muster the same decisive victory in the impromptu matchup versus Legacy’s faculty/staff team. In that case, we offer our congratulations to the faculty/staff team who proceeded to overcome the Class of 2025 with a score of 25–12 in this year’s bonus action.

 

 

Legacy/PACT Track really showed up at the Section 5A meet held Wednesday, June 9 at St. John’s. This team created an incredible season and culture, cheering each other on and inspiring others!

Reanna Cruz’s first place 2:18.9 finish in the 800m broke the Section meet record that was set in 1982!

In addition to Cruz, the team is advancing to the state tournament in 4×400 boys relay (D.Zoa, C.Johnson, J.Domeyer, T. Rudzitis), 100m Boys (C.Pratt), and 400m Boys (T.Rudzitis).

They will compete at St. Michael-Albertville on Friday, June 18 at 10:00 am (boys) and 3:30 pm (girls).

Full meet results at: MN MileSplit

Boys Golf takes 1st in Section; Girls Golf takes 2nd

Congratulations to both boys and girls golf teams on successful rounds during section competition. Here are the Section 4A Golf Tournament results from Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.

Boys – Team: 1st Place –  Trent Harrison, Tommy Steffen, Brian Halcomb, Parker Stromquist, Jake Wald, Ty Nelson
– Individuals: 2nd Place – Trent Harrison, 4th Place – Tommy Steffen

Girls – Team: 2nd Place – Miranda Demars, Ari Cimbura, Kaylyn Otteson, Hannah Compton, Raquelle Nelson, Emily Brandt
Individual: 2nd Place – Raquelle Nelson, 3rd Place – Hannah Compton
Individual State Qualifiers: Raquelle Nelson, Hannah Compton, Emily Brandt, Miranda Demars

State Tournament will be held at Pebble Creek Golf Course on June 15th and 16th.


Clay Target: Trap Shooting 1st in Conference

The Legacy Trap Team took 1st place in their conference with 7 of their 15 team members placing in the top 25. This is the first team championship for the program!

On the boys’ team, Ben Stroyny ’23 finished 2nd and Alex Domeyer ’21 finished 4th.
For the girls’ team, Cadence Werth ’22 placed 1st and Jessa Delich ’22 finished in 3rd.

The team travels to Alexandria, MN June 14th for the State Championship.


Baseball and Track & Field are still competing in section tournaments.

Between donations made at the game and several matching-donor gifts, the Legacy Baseball team recently raised more than $3,300 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) during its annual “Strike-Out Cancer” game.  The team partnered with Team T.O. for this year’s event. Todd Oakes (T.O.) was the pitching coach for the University of Minnesota for nearly 20 years and his son TJ was a former Legacy Baseball head coach. When T.O. lost his battle to cancer in 2016 it was a sad day, but it is an honor to know that his Legacy lives on through his three sons (who all coach baseball), his wife Terri, and many others. Current head coach Adam Hill writes, “There are things we do in the LCA program that are a direct reflection of T.O.’s impact.”

The game’s ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Russ Bovee, a retired police officer and army veteran who played baseball for the U.S. Army team. Russ is a survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and is now battling the return of prostate and lung cancer. Russ’ son Brian is on the LCA Board and his grandchildren Charlie ’22, Ayla ’24, and Evan ’25 currently attend Legacy. Thank you to those who continue to care for and honor the memory of those whose lives and families have been affected by cancer. No One Fights Alone

Legacy Athletics is delighted to announce that Christina Goodman has been selected as the next head coach for the Lions Girls’ Soccer program. Goodman shared that she is excited to build on the Christ-centered culture of the Girls’ Soccer program stating, “I would like to mentor girls in their walk and help them use the game to build stronger relationships and use talents God has given them to minister to others.” Athletic Director Nathan Bellefeuille shares, “As I watched the JV basketball girls develop over the winter, it was obvious that Coach Goodman knew how to inspire and teach. The girls on the team were not only becoming better basketball players, but you could see their love for the game and for each other grow as the season went on. I know Christina will bring those same qualities to our girls’ soccer program.”

Coach Goodman played soccer and basketball at North Central University. Her passion for coaching grew out of a collegiate injury her senior year that had her sidelined, but not inactive. She saw that time as an opportunity to develop her passion for coaching and to allow sports to be more of a platform to connect and share God’s love for those in need. She was first introduced to the Legacy Lions this past winter when she joined the Legacy Girls’ Basketball staff, assisting with the JV program under Head Coach Kaia Hill. Coach Hill says, “I could not be more excited to have Coach Christina Goodman join the LCA coaching staff as the Head Girls’ Soccer Coach! Coach Goodman brings a contagious energy to our girls’ basketball team and I know she will bring that same energy to the girls’ soccer program. She is passionate about the sport and growing the program, but even more passionate about helping the girls on her team grow to know and love Jesus.”

Outside of coaching, Coach Goodman is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She recently began attending Eagle Brook Church in Wayzata and is looking forward to getting involved within the church. She likes spending time with family, friends and her boyfriend along with staying active in a co-ed soccer club and enjoying the outdoors in her free time.

Please join us in welcoming Coach Christina Goodman to the Lions field in her new role as Head Girls’ Soccer Coach!