Andover, MN — State Tournament Preview 2021

After every win this season, the Legacy Christian Academy boys’ basketball team has celebrated its win at Boston’s. After twenty of these trips, the boys are not done yet. The team now heads to the school’s first-ever boys’ basketball state tournament as the number one seed in the South region of the Class A tournament. They face the #4 seed Hayfield on March 31 at Rochester Mayo High School with tip-off at 4:30 pm.

Before the opening tipoff of the state tournament, the boys took time to think about the legacy that this team has established for the program. Harley Kendall, one of the seven seniors on the team, said that this is the “culmination of all of the team’s hard work.” Coach Nathan Bellefeuille agreed and noted “how committed each player is to the process of establishing our culture and getting better.”

Jake Wald echoed that sentiment when he said that this proves that “hard work pays off.” Wald knows the team has built a strong culture due to each player’s “investment and

dedication” while being serious but having fun and doing everything to build each other up. Those are the hallmarks of Coach Bellefeuille’s system, and the boys have established a culture rivaling any program in the state.

This team has shown the Legacy community the importance of never giving up. Each of these players believed they were a state tournament-caliber team last year, but they could not realize the dream last year due to Covid. After another year of development, they are back, deeper and scarier than last year. Kendall said that he hopes to show the next generation of Legacy basketball players to “work hard and never keep their head low.” Trent Harrison added that he wants people to recognize to “never push yourself so far that you don’t have fun.” This team always seems to enjoy the game of basketball, which is one of the primary reasons they are in the position that they are. The enjoyment for the game of basketball has allowed them to welcome its only new member of the team in the 2020- 21 school year, Micah Strand. The freshman said that he was initially worried about joining a team that had played together for so long but that he fit right in. Strand mentioned that Coach Bellefeuille is “the best coach in the state, and he plugged me in right away and made me feel welcome.”

Charlie Bovee, a junior on the team, focused on how this team has “set the bar for next year.” They are prepared to keep going, and no one expects this to be a one and done in the state tournament. Coach Bellefeuille knows that “the young guys see that it is possible to win and believe they can get there too.” Bellefeuille knows how much hard work it took this team to make it happen, though, and hopes the young guys recognize that as well. To advance this far, “it takes a committed group of players spending time in the gym and the weight room to be the best version of ourself” and that is something that the next group of Legacy players have taken notice of. The Head of School, Jake Mulvihill, says that “Because of who they are as men, and how they play, they have a solid group of passionate and talented basketball players wanting to follow their footsteps over the next few years” that will continue wherever this team leaves off.

Coach Bellefeuille has established a culture of winning and hard work at Legacy, which will help keep the train rolling even after the seven seniors graduate in May. When he took the job, the school was coming off a 2-24 season in 2017-18. Three years later, he has brought them to the state tournament. It’s a remarkable turnaround, and Mulvihill says that Bellefeuille uses the game of basketball to “disciple, transform, and train young men to love Christ and be prepared for their next stage in life. It is rare finding a coach that is so gifted at the X’s and O’s of basketball while caring deeply for the hearts and souls of his players.”

Assistant Coach Adam Hill talks about how the guys have an opportunity to “glorify Christ on a big stage” and to show the state why they play. They want to set a standard for excellence to win on the court and glorify Christ while they are doing it. They understand the intensity of this tournament, but they know that they are competing for something even more significant than a title.

The team cannot wait for the atmosphere and the memories that will come along with a state tournament run. With a potential of three more games on the schedule, the boys plan on taking three more trips to Boston’s to celebrate three victories to finish off the season and bring home the school’s first state basketball championship.

With a 79-45 win over Christ’s Household of Faith on Thursday, March 25, 2021, the Legacy Boys Basketball team has secured the school’s first state tournament birth for the program! They will now travel to Rochester Mayo High School for the State Quarterfinals on Wednesday, March 31st and face Hayfield. Full tournament information is available HERE. Section game recaps and state tournament information is available below.

Streaming and Broadcast Information

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Spectator Information

Tickets are not available to the general public. Each participating team will receive a limited number of tickets. Activities Directors of participating teams will receive information about ordering limited number of tickets prior to the state tournament. This information will be shared with participants’ families. Tickets will be ordered online. Tickets will be valid for one game. Venues will be emptied after each game. There are no “in and out” privileges with a ticket.

Ticket prices: Regional Quarterfinals $12 per game o Sections and Finals $16 per game

Masks are required to be worn at all times in the venue. All spectators will be COVID-screened onsite at the venue. Spectators are responsible for socially distancing themselves from others who do not live in their household.

Thursday, March 25, 2021 – Section 4A Championship

Legacy vs Trinity, Andover, Minn —The Legacy Christian Academy boy’s basketball team (20-1) advanced to the program’s first state tournament appearance after a 79-45 win over Christ’s Household of Faith (10-6). The Legacy Lions clinched the automatic bid from Section 4A to reach the state tournament.

Trent Harrison got the game started with an easy lay-up, and after a three on the other end, Legacy went on a 6-0 run to take an 8-3 lead. Harley Kendall and


Micah Strand consequently both connected from downtown to give the Lions an early 14-5 lead. Jake Wald followed with a three, and Brian Halcomb added a lay-up with eleven minutes left in the half to extend the lead to 21-7 as Legacy was cooking early. Wald added two free throws to make it 23-7, which forced a CHOF timeout as Legacy built a 16 point in the first ten minutes of the contest.

Two more deep threes from Strand, his second and third of six, and another three from Charlie Bovee made it 32-17 with a little over four minutes to play in the half. CHOF went on a nice run at the end of the half to cut the lead down to nine before Strand added his fourth three, this time from the corner, to end the half. The Lions entered the break up 40-28 and were riding high off Strand’s scorching hot first 18 minutes.

Legacy started the second half with a 6-0 run as Harrison got the second half started exactly how he started the game. Carson Hennen showcased the Lions’ depth as he added a corner three with 13:30 left to make it a 23 point, 53-30 lead for Legacy. Brian Halcomb continued to get involved in the paint as he followed with two more lay-ups to make it 57-35.

From there, the Lions pulled way ahead as they continued to rain down baskets. The lead extended to 36 on Micah Strand’s sixth three on the night with five minutes to go, making it 75-39. The Lions went on a 38-11 run in the 13 minutes from Strand’s bucket to end the first half through the first 13 minutes of the second half.


The crowd and bench began to feel it as the clock slowly ticked toward zero. With that being said, the players and coaches needed to play through the final whistle as assistant coach Taylor Slagter commented afterward that it was “the most nervous I’ve ever been in a 34 point win.” The players really began to celebrate when Coach Bellefeuille subbed out his starters with a minute and a half left and got his starting five one last standing ovation on their home court.

The seven seniors, Harrison, Wald, Kendall, Mason Rothstein, Halcomb, Tommy Steffen, and Hennen, have left a lasting mark not only on the players and coaches but also on the program they led the team to its first-ever state tournament appearance. Strand led the way on this night, after a quiet semi-final with 19 points, Kendall and Halcomb both netted 14, Wald added 13, and Harrison rounded out those in double figures with 11.

The Lions will march onto the state tournament after getting revenge in what would have been the section final last year before Covid canceled the game. This year, though, the team was able to cut down the nets and usher in the beginning of a new era in Legacy boy’s basketball.

-Mr. Matthew Bauman, Legacy Staff

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – Section 4A Semi-Finals

Legacy vs Trinity, Andover, Minn. –– The Legacy boy’s basketball team (19-1) advanced to its second consecutive Section 4A championship game after a


commanding 72-56 win over the Trinity TriHawks(10-10) on Tuesday night. 

The Lions started off hot thanks to senior captain, Harley Kendall. Kendall scored the team’s first eight points off of two three-pointers, both assisted by Trent Harrison, and a two off of an assist from Brian Halcomb. Kendall ignited the offense frequently throughout the contest as he finished with a game-high of 21. 

Trinity kept the game close throughout the first ten minutes of the contest and eventually took a 25-24 lead, the only lead of the contest for the TriHawks. Brian Halcomb, one of the other seven seniors on the team, helped to ignite the offense in the final ten minutes of the first half. He got the Lions back in front on a layup after his own offensive rebound and then laid in another to make it 28-25. 

Jake Wald helped Legacy to continue to expand their lead with a transition bucket and then got an assist on an and-one from Halcomb to put the Lions up 33-27. Halcomb scored all 13 of his points during this crucial stretch which led to a 45-31 halftime lead.

The TriHawks came out firing in the second half as they started the half on a 9-2 run to make it 47-40 four minutes into the half. Once Trinity cut it to seven, Legacy kicked it into high gear and went on a 13-1 run. Kendall took charge after a quiet end of the half as he went coast-to-coast to make it 49-40 before a Legacy timeout. After the break, Charlie Bovee hit a three off of an assist from Wald to give the Lions a thirteen-point lead. Tommy Steffen, Wald, and Harrison, all followed with buckets to extend the lead to 60-41 as Legacy looked to put the game out of reach.

Trinity was not willing to give up that easily, though, as they followed with a quick 7-0 run to make it a 12 point game with less than five minutes to play. Kendall


followed with four straight points and Tommy Steffen got his second bucket of the game shortly thereafter. 

Trent Harrison hit a deep three with a little over a minute to go to make it 69-51 and both teams put the bench in to close out the contest. One of those who entered for the Lions was Evan Bovee. Evan hit his brother Charlie Bovee for an open look from three for his first career assist in what promises to be a promising career for the younger Bovee as he follows his junior brother’s footsteps.

Legacy finished just 6-16 from behind the arc, the Lions average 11 threes a game, which forced the team to take care of business at the rim. Head Coach Nathan Bellefeuille noted that that was one of the key factors in the game in that the team pivoted from its normally high-powered shooting attack to driving to the basket with ease. 

Harley Kendall led the team with 21 points and eight rebounds, Trent Harrison finished with 14 with eight boards, Brian Halcomb had 13 points, and Charlie Bovee had 10 and six boards.

-Mr. Matthew Baumann, Legacy Staff

Full photo gallery coming soon.

Planning exciting homecoming activities during a pandemic that requires social distancing, face coverings, and capacity limits was NOT what we had in mind for 2021, but our MS and HS Student Council members came through! Dress-up days throughout the week capped off with modified Grade Games on Spirit Day made for a good springboard to the upcoming spring break. Here’s a quick recap of events and game results!

Monday, March 8 – Red Carpet Glamour Day

Boys Basketball 76 vs Hope Academy 52

  • Bovee 16 PTS / 9 REB / 3 AST; Harrison 15 PTS / 12 REB / 4 AST; Wald 15 PTS / 3 AST / 2 STL; Strand 14 PTS / 2 REB / 1 STL

Tuesday, March 9 – Pajama Day

Girls Basketball 48 vs Liberty Classical 14

  • Bredemus 11 PTS / 6 REB / 8 AST / 3 STL;  Sauve 10 PTS / 6 REB / 6 STL; Demars 9 PTS / 7 REB / 1 AST / 3 STL; Compton 8 PTS / 2 REB / 3 AST / 1 STL; McBroom 5 PTS / 2 REB; Stromberg 3 PTS / 3 REB / 1 AST / 2 BLK; Delich 2 PTS / 3 REB

Wednesday, March 10 – Disney Day

Thursday, March 11 – Spirit Day

Boys Basketball 66 vs Hill-Murray 52

  • Bovee 13 PTS / 12 REB / 1 BLK; Wald 13 PTS / 5 AST / 1 STL; Harrison 11 PTS / 9 REB / 2 AST; Kendall 10 PTS / 5 REB / 1 STL

Friday, March 12

Girls Basketball 70 vs Hope Academy 28

  • Bredemus 25 PTS | 12 REB | 4 AST | 7 STL; Sauve 13 PTS | 4 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL; Compton 11 PTS | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL; McBroom 8 PTS | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL; Delich 5 PTS | 3 REB; Stromberg 4 PTS | 12 REB | 2 AST

Disclaimer: Students without face coverings have approved medical exemptions on file or may be exempt due to age.

Thursday, March 11th was more than just a Homecoming Basketball game, it marked Coach Bellefeuille’s 50th win as a Lion!

Booster parents worked behind the scenes to gather and verify the data, while the team worked hard on the court to make sure the event could be celebrated with their homecoming fans; much to the surprise of Coach Bellefeuille.  In a short recognition ceremony following the game, parents thanked Coach Bellefeuille for the many ways he is working to #BuildThePride at Legacy. Nathan has brought in an amazing coaching staff with him at both the high school level and the middle school level, recognizing the value of pouring into young players early. His attention at this level has increased the number of middle school players and teams at each level every year since he took over the program in 2018-19. In addition, his summer basketball camps have seen increased attendance each year. He has brought stability and pride to a program that saw head coach turn over for 3 straight years prior to his arrival. Most importantly, Nathan consistently models a Christlike example for the boys not only as a coach, but also has a husband, father, and follower of Jesus. He cares more about the boys growing in their relationship with Jesus than what they bring to the basketball court.

Thank you Coach Bellefeuille for your steadfast dedication to discipling hearts for Jesus through sport at Legacy.

50 career wins in 3 short seasons

  • 2018-19 Season: Team begins with a 5-25 record from the previous year and improves to 9-18.
  • 2019-20 Season: Team goes 24 – 4 and advances to Section 4A Championship game prior to state-wide pandemic shutdown.
  • 2020-21 Season: Team ends regular season play with a 17 – 1, an MCAA Conference Championship title, and heads into post-season play as the #1 seed in Section 4A!
  • Total Record as of 3/13/21: 50 – 23 = .685 win percentage!

Bellefeuille LCA Career Records

Stats compilation & write up courtesy of Brian and Charlotte Bovee.


Disclaimer: Legacy athletes without face coverings have approved medical exemptions on file.

Legacy Athletics is delighted to announce that Phillip Van Gorp has been selected as the next head coach for the Lions Track and Field program. Van Gorp, alongside assistant coaches Dave Johnson, Rebecca Sultany, Sarah Vance, and Jeff Davie, is eager to bring his coaching and ministry skills to our athletes.

Throughout the application and interview process, Van Gorp’s interest in integrating faith and athletics was evident. He shared, “I have been a coach in the past but have been very busy in my career which has not allowed me to coach [recently]. I feel I am at that point where I can get back to serving youth by coaching them not only in track but also in life. Coaching in the public school system in the past has allowed me to be a coach of faith, but quietly…I feel Legacy will allow me to coach much more from faith-based principles.”

Van Gorp’s own track and field participation included being an athlete at Montevideo High School, Morningside College (Sioux City, Iowa), and North Central Bible College (Minneapolis). After participating as an athlete, Van Gorp gained coaching experiences at Montevideo High School, North Saint Paul High School, and the Andover Track Association.

The Legacy family and community are personal to Van Gorp, as his kids (Grace, grade 9; David, grade 6; and Andrew, grade 3) now attend Legacy. Outside of his coaching and family responsibilities, Van Gorp shares, “I have built two businesses with faith, trust, and continued prayer to my heavenly Father who has blessed me more than I can imagine.” Those faith foundations were laid at an early age, eventually leading the family to Eagle Brook Church and several related ministries. With additional backgrounds in business management and youth ministry, Legacy Athletics is eager to see Legacy’s mission of equipping minds and discipling hearts advanced under his leadership.

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Second year Head Coach, Nathan Bellefeuille, and the Legacy Boys Basketball program are off to a strong start and look to be one of the top contenders in Section 4A. Coach Bellefeuille reflects on the phenomenal job of his captains, Carson Sharp, Primeau Hill, Jake Wald and Trenton Harrison, in advancing the program and owning the INVEST culture he originally initiated.

New this season, was the team holiday trip to Coach Bellefeuille’s hometown of Frazee, where they would face a big, physical team that plays a very aggressive style. “Our boys took on the challenge and came away with an 87-73 win.” What was special about that game is they had so many different guys step up and hit big shots or get important stops throughout the game. This is one of the things that stands out about this team…on any different night, anyone can be the scoring leader! Currently, Jake Wald is leading the team with 19 points and 5 assists a game. His experience, fluidity and playmaking ability makes everyone on the floor a better player. Primeau Hill is an absolute lockdown defender. Players have a really hard time getting around Primeau and are exhausted after the game because they can never take a play off. If they make even the slightest mistake, Primeau is there to clean it up and get us going on the other end of the floor.

Another important update is how the team is doing on their 3-point shots! Earlier this year our team decided to dedicate their season to one of their favorite teachers and coaches, Jon Schultz. We decided to start a campaign where participants donate a dollar for every three pointer we make throughout the season. We have over thirty families participating and we have made 137 threes in our season so far. It has been awesome for the boys to see how basketball can be bigger than a game and how we can use our talents to serve our brother in Christ.

When asked about the upcoming postseason, Coach shared, “Our team believes they are a contender for the Section 4A championship. If we continue to channel our best, we are fully capable of making it to the state tournament.” Watch for dates, times, and locations in future eNews and social media postings to cheer this team on past the regular season!


Growth is the word that comes to mind when Head Coach Kaia Hill reflects on the first half of the girls basketball season. “To think back to our first few games and see how far these girls have come is pretty remarkable and a testament to the work they are putting in.” Since the calendar turned to 2020 the girls have been playing their best basketball.

Beyond the goals that the team sets each season, LCA Girls Basketball has six core covenants that guide the program. These covenants serve as a foundation and vision for what their program is all about. Their core covenants are principles that each player and coach commits to visibly demonstrating both on and off the court.

The acronym IMPACT stands for INTENTIONAL – MAGNIFY – POSITIVE – AUTHENTIC –  COMMITTED – TENACITY. But it also stands for the legacy each player and coach hopes to leave. LCA Girls Basketball strives to leave an IMPACT that points to the cross. Their purpose is to glorify the name of Jesus Christ, to leave an IMPACT that points to Him.

This mission has been their main focus this year and the girls have been finding ways to make an IMPACT both on and off the court.

As playoffs approach, the girls are focusing on taking one step forward each day. “We said from the get-go that we want to be playing our best basketball come section time,” said Coach Hill. “If we can continue to climb, I think some exciting things could happen come playoff time.”


In addition to our in-house teams, Legacy Athletics has been proud to support 5 athletes on co-op teams this winter.

  • The Providence Hockey team is currently 8-8-1.  The boys from Legacy have integrated well with teammates from 6 other co-op schools. They are enjoying having a full bench each game and getting to know the other guys both on and off the ice. James Smith leads the Legacy boys with 7 goals, followed by Delfin Cruz with 5 and Andrew Price with 2.
  • Legacy Seniors Blake Weiss and Jeremy Davie have enjoyed their final season with the Andover Huskies Nordic Ski Team. Weiss continues to be a top contributor, finishing in the top 3 consistently, and hopes to have a strong showing at the Section 5 meet on February 5th at Theo Wirth Park.

What a season the Lady Lions Volleyball program has had! On October 1st, Legacy captured their first conference win in 10 years with an undefeated recored in the MCAA. This garnered the attention of our local paper (ABC Newspapers) with a very flattering write up you can read HERE.

As their regular season ended on Tuesday October 15th, they celebrated a JV season that saw only 3 losses and a Varsity team that earned the 3rd seed for playoffs in Section 4A with an overall record of 16-13. They now look forward to the playoff run which will kick off at HOME on Tuesday October 29th at 7PM for the Section 4A Quarter Final game. With their eyes on advancing to the 2019 State Tournament, fans can expect a high paced, entertaining night of volleyball!

Gate Prices:


$10 Adults & $5 Students/Senior Citizens

(Required of all fans and set by Region 4A)

2019 Section 4A Volleyball Brackets


In his second year leading the Legacy/PACT Cross Country Co-op, Coach Dave Johnson shares how pleased he is with the progress of the entire team. According to Coach Dave, “the boys are competing against top level teams and do not take a backseat to anyone. Our maturity has greatly improved. For our girls, we are learning how to compete as a team. We are extremely young and look to improve the next 6 weeks.”

Highlights thus far include a 3rd place boys finish out of 13 teams in the Pine City Invitational and a 7th finish in a very tough field of runners at Mora. In their first scoring event as a team, the girls earned an 11th place finish out of 18 teams, indicating a bright future as they continue to mature in their racing skills.

The trio of Jeremy Davie, Ben Nauman, and River Santiago are leading the way for the boys team. All have consistently placed in the top 15. Coach Johnson hopes to celebrate at least three All-Conference runners; determined in a single race on Thursday October 10th at Bassett Creek Park. Both the boys and the girls continue to train with a post-season mindset of sending runners to the State Tournament meet on November 2nd at St. Olaf College.


Growth continues to be at the core of the Lady Lions Soccer season as we reach the mid-point of the  2019 season. Head VGSoccer2019Coach Todd Manske shares that the highlight of this season has been, “Watching the girls work so hard every game and seeing the relationships between older and younger players develop.” He’s thankful for good leadership from all ages on the team.

As hard as they’ve worked, their biggest challenge continues to be finding the net. Ari Shank and Alicia Hoffman stand out as players creating great opportunities with their hustle and skill, yet the final result continues to be denied. Despite that challenge, the girls willingly serve each other and build each other up, creating a culture primed for future success.

The team is looking forward to facing new conference opponents in the remaining games of the regular season and advancing beyond the first round of playoffs for the first time in two years.


Varsity Boys Soccer 2019

Transition and transformation define the 2019 Lions Boys Soccer season. Under the leadership of Head Coach Jon Schultz the program has adopted a more complex formation, requiring the players to change how they think about soccer. They are developing their thinking game as well as their physical play. With a record of 5-1-2, it’s safe to say the boys are understanding the new formation and finding success with it.

Defensive player, Daniel Gerber, continues to a be a leading force on the team, keeping threats away from the net and allowing the offense time to put points on the board. Coach Schultz shares, “I’m excited to see what becomes of our squad as we continue to grow into our new formation and mindset”.


Both Varsity and JV teams have had a tremendous start to the 2019 season. Currently the JV is 11-1 and the Varsity is 12-3. Both teams are undefeated in the conference (MCAA). Our Volleyball community is continuing to strive for excellence and at the same time, demonstrating Christ-likeness in our walk both on and off the court.

Coach Rudzitis indicates the strong community that we have by both parents and players has been a highlight of this season. Competitively, the biggest team success came after defeating a tough Spectrum team in a local tournament that required the team to overcome a deficit. With a shallow bench, many players are on the court full time with no breaks.

Juniors Olivia Wallmow and Mya Bredemus have the most experience on the court and are stepping up in leadership roles both in play and in demeanor. Sophomore Tezra Rudzitis is having a tremendous breakout year by adding the role of a hitter to the team.

Overall, the girls gel very well together. They are quick and have the desire to be a championship team. Coach Rudzitis shared that he expects to be ranked quite high for play-offs, stating “I expect the team will go deep into the play-offs with an opportunity to knock off a couple of contenders to get to the State Tournament.” A high seed translates into a number of home games for our fans to enjoy!


Please register early if your student-athlete has any interest in participating in basketball at Legacy this season. We have a lot of interest and limited gym space. We may need to turn players away who do not register by the deadlines posted.

  • Sports fees and up-to-date Sports Qualifying Physical Exam forms are required before your season begins.
  • All participants who register within two weeks of the start of the season are subject to being charged a 20% late fee as well as limited opportunity to play. Please see start dates below.
  • Practice and game schedules will be available on the athletic calendar for viewing or synching with your personal calendar once confirmed by the league.


Monday, October 14 – Winter Sports Information Night – 6:00pm
Monday, October 14 – MS (Grades 5-8) Boys Basketball Early Deadline
Monday, October 28 – MS Boys basketball evaluations – 5:45pm-7:15pm Sports Center Gym (date/time changed)
Monday, October 28 –  HS (Grades 9-12) Girls Basketball Early Deadline
Monday, November 4 –  HS (Grades 9-12) Boys Basketball Early Deadline
Monday, November 18 – MS (Grades 5-8) Girls Basketball Early Deadline

BASKETBALL: GIRLS (Begins November 11)

A new chapter in Lions Girls Basketball is upon us this season as Coach Kaia (Larson) Hill takes over the program as Head Coach! (Read announcement here) Coach Larson and her assistant coaches, Jessica Foster & Audrey Lefto, expect to field both a JV and Varsity team for students in 9th-12th grade. While coaches Joel Nydam, Bekah Kirby and Jon Enns will lead the 5th-8th grade girls in our middle school league, the North Suburban Parochial School League. Girls in 7th and 8th grade interested in trying out for the high school team need to contact the coaching staff for information and plan to attend captains practices the week prior to the season start date with Captains Kirsten Darling ‘20 and Kyra Sauve ‘21 who are already setting the tone for their program during open gyms.

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BASKETBALL: BOYS (Begins November 18)

The Boys Basketball program enters it’s 2nd season under seasoned Coach and Athletic Director, Nathan Bellefeuille. Coach Bellefeuille has been building during the off season with a committed group of returning players leading in the weight room and on the court during open gyms. He is excited to be surrounded by all of his coaching staff from last season which includes coaches Adam Hill, Isaiah Rahier & Taylor Slagter at the high school level. In addition, Coach Bellefeuille will have a seasoned group of coaches leading the youngest Legacy ballers with his MS staff of Dwight Nelson, Brian Bovee, alumni Cole Bretsch.

We expect numbers to be strong this season and are planning for a full varsity, junior varsity and C team roster at the high school (9-12) level in addition to 4 teams at the middle school (5-8) level.

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CO-OP ATHLETIC OPPORTUNITIES exist in Girls Dance at Blaine High School (7th-12th grade), Girls Hockey at Totino-Grace High School (8th-12th grade), Boys Hockey at Providence Academy (8th-12th grade) and Gymnastics, Nordic Ski, Boys Swim & Dive, and Wrestling at Andover High School (7th-12th grade). Registration is available through the host school’s Activities Offices (linked above).

Movement among member schools has led the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association to reorganize; adding new member schools, renaming and getting a new look for the 2019-2020 school year.

During the 2018-19 school year the MCAA saw Southwest Christian Academy move to the MN River Conference and Bethany Academy make a decision to schedule independently. Both moves were due to changes in enrollment that were affecting their ability to schedule within the MCAA. In addition, the 2018-19 school year would also be the last scheduling year for Maranatha Christian Academy, New Life Academy of Woodbury, St. Croix Preparatory Academy & Trinity School of River Ridge. These schools would be joining the newly formed Skyline Conference for the 2019-2020 school year.

With those changes in place, remaining MCAA member schools, Heritage Christian Academy, Legacy Christian Academy, Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity, PACT Charter School, Spectrum High School, and West Lutheran High School went to work evaluating potential schools to invite into the MCAA. They looked at location, enrollment, sports offered and mission before inviting North Lakes Academy of Forest Lake & Eagle Ridge Academy of Minnetonka/International School of MN to round out the conference of eight.

MCAA Executive Director Chris Laird of Heritage commented,  “There are a variety of emotions as our conference transitions. We have been Blessed with great competition and quality relationships over the past 20 years. However, changing enrollments and geographic realities made the change necessary. I am confident that our new conference will be highly competitive at the Class A level. More importantly, I know that all of our schools will strive to reflect the values of sportsmanship and character building that have always been the cornerstone for the MCAA!”

The new make-up of the conference would also mean that only 3 of the 8 schools hold foundationally Christian principles. In recognition of this fact, founding member schools decided a name change was necessary to more inclusively represent all schools in the conference. The conference is proud to preserve the MCAA acronym by renaming to Minnesota Classic Athletic Association.

The Minnesota Classic Athletic Association will compete in boys & girls cross country, volleyball, boys & girls soccer, boys & girls basketball, boys & girls track & field, boys & girls golf, baseball and softball.

For Immediate Release: July 1, 2019

Contact: Nathan Bellefeuille, Legacy Christian Academy Athletic Director or Chris Laird, Athletic Director at Heritage Christian Academy, Maple Grove & MCAA Executive Director with questions.