The 8th grade Earth Science class traveled to Crystal Cave Wisconsin to explore the wonder God created under our feet. Crystal Cave is the longest cave in Wisconsin and is known for its beautiful glittering walls and hibernating bats. Students learned how the cave was carved out by water, saw cave features like stalactites and stalagmites, and were able to experience total darkness while being 70 feet underground! Back on the surface, they panned for gems like the old miners during the gold rush. It is one thing to talk about these things in class, but experiencing them firsthand shows the amazing work of the Lord in His creative crafting of the world.
From an early morning bus ride on Monday, October 25th to our return on Wednesday afternoon, October 27th, our 5th and 6th grade students became scholars of God’s great creation. Highlights of our trip included archery, ax throwing, orienteering to assist us in Charlie to Base, rock climbing, community building activities, learning about and field testing wind and solar energy, and a final campfire singing “The Doxology.” There were epic fails and epic breakthroughs with all participants encouraging and celebrating the process of taking risks.
Parents were integral contributors to the success everyone experienced.
From Charlie to Base we learned that God our Father is there for us in our troubles, we just need to radio in! From our rock climbing we experienced the ‘foot push-off’ that a foundation of faith can generate in our upward climb. From our orienteering, the use of our compass reminded us to keep calibrated towards Jesus and the awesome Plan He has for our lives!
We are so thankful to Principal Nydam for bringing this opportunity to Legacy Christian Academy ten years ago. As one parent so eloquently shares, we could experience and enjoy God’s creation while encountering community building, yielding patience and respect. This trip engaged our LCA community to complete challenges and build confidence.
We return to school tired from all the fun and adventure with a new outlook on being attentive listeners and active participants in achieving success. Every student can give glory to God for equipping them with perseverance and cooperation.
This year’s Mane Event was one for the record books! We saw over 436 registered participants take on the 1.5 mile Lion Run! The weather was perfect, the smiles were plentiful, and you just couldn’t get enough of the Muddy Mayhem! We enjoyed seeing families gathered together to cheer on the multiple waves of runners, from our youngest Cubs to the daring Dad’s that wrapped up the afternoon. Thank you for coming on campus to kick off the school year with this exciting event.
We’d love to hear what you thought and how you might reimagine some of the obstacles for the 2022 event. You can leave your feedback HERE.
Here are just a few of the great moments we captured at this event. If you snapped some pictures or captured videos you’re willing to share for future publications please send them to [email protected].
A special thanks to our sponsors who helped make this event FREE for all to enjoy!
We are so excited to be in the final preparations for the 2021 school year to begin on Monday, August 30, 2021. We know that the start of a new school year, though packed with excitement, can also be a high anxiety season for parents and students. We are here to help! Our Back-to-School Booklet should’ve been received in every household by this time and we hope you’ve had a chance to review its contents. As additional school year details are confirmed we are announcing in our weekly eNews on Wednesdays and through direct emails to enrolled families. If you aren’t receiving communications from us please first check your spam/junk folder and if you still come up empty contact Felicia Enns to confirm your contact information in FACTS Family Portal is up to date and accurate. You can also SUBSCRIBE to our eNews if for some reason you are not receiving it.
We look forward to seeing families at the Back-to-school Open House on Thursday, August 26th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm and then again on Day One (the first day of school) Monday, August 30! The first bell for grades 5-12 will ring at 7:40 am and PreK-4 will follow at 8:00 am (for day one only).
The 2021 Prom committee outdid themselves in an effort to make the first Legacy Prom post-pandemic one to remember!
The Back to the Future theme brought Marty McFly and Doc on campus traveling through time in their Delorean! They then transported the prom-goers to the 1950’s Enchantment Under the Sea prom of Marty McFly’s parents! The community was invited to take a step back in time with classic cars on display as part of the pre-grand march festivities!
A huge thank you to all the volunteers who sacrificially gave of their time, talents, and resources to create such a memorable event for students.
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).
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!
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
Quarterfinals: Streamed by SchoolSpace Media on www.prepspotlight.tv • Prices: One Game – $9.99 One Day – $14.99 Two Days – $19.99 • Semifinals and Finals: Broadcast on 45TV; streamed on www.prep45.com
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!
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!