Lions Baseball team finished their season 21-7 and took home the Class A State Consolation Championship after winning their first ever Section Championship. A tough quarter final loss put them in the consolation bracket, but the Lions showed up big on day 2 winning both games 4-0 and 6-2. They were rewarded with All-State honors for juniors Lucas Nelson and Ethan Mocchi. In addition Nelson was selected to the All-Tournament team. First year head coach Adam Hill was also awarded Section Coach of the Year by his peers in Section 4A. The regular season also saw honors for the Lions Baseball team with three All-Conference selections in Josh Peterson ‘17, Lucas Nelson ‘17, and Ethan Mocchi ‘17, and an All-Conference Honorable Mention for Logan Pierro ’17.
“Legacy Christian Academy (21-7) defeated Lewiston-Altura (13-15) to claim the Class A Baseball Consolation Title at Mini Met in Jordan with a final score of 6-2. Both teams got the bats swinging early in the first three innings. Lewiston- Altura was the first to get on the board but Legacy Christian Academy took the lead in the second with a nice hit over the left centerfielders head for a two run RBI. The Cardinals of Lewiston- Altura answered back in the top of the third inning with a single run to tie the game at 2. The Lions of Legacy Christian Academy took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-2 lead. Two runs earned in the bottom of the fifth from the Lions brought the lead to 4 with a score of 6-2 going into the top of the 6th. The Cardinals were never able to cut the deficit with the Lions due to multiple fielding errors throughout the game.” (Write up courtesy of MSHSL.org)
As a team the girls finished 1st in the MCAA Conference for the 5th year in a row. Kayla Ruf ‘17, Sophie Gray ‘18, Jadyn Nelson ‘18, and Lindsey Smitsdorff ‘19 all earned All-Conference honors. The team finished in 2nd place in the Class 4A Section Tournament. Individually, three players advanced to the State Tournament at Pebble Creek in Becker where Sophie Gray ‘18 finished in 2nd place by shooting a 78 on day one, followed by a 79 on day two for a total of 157, just one stroke behind two time State Champion Kiera Smith from Heritage. Teammate Kayla Ruf ‘17 went 82, 81 to finish in 5th place, giving her and Sophie top 5 finishes in back-to-back years. Sophomore Jadyn Nelson shot a personal best 42 on the front 9 on day one, then broke that PR by shooting a 3 over 39 on day 2. She broke 90 for the first time in tournament play on day two with a score of 83. Kayla Ruf and Sophie Gray were named All-State for the 3rd year in a row!
The Boys Golf team took home second place in the MCAA Tournament and finished with three All-Conference players in seniors Jack Bertsch, Jack Yaeger, and Jack Friederich. The 2016 season saw the graduation of five senior leaders from the Varsity squad as well as the retirement of veteran coach Mark Yaeger. This leadership will be greatly missed in 2017, but we are excited for how God will shape the next chapter of Legacy Lions Boys Golf.
During this rebuilding year, the Lions were able to receive valuable pitching instruction from alumni coach Marie McLaughlin ’15 who joined the coaching staff for the first time. Sophomore Erin Bredemus received All-Conference honors and senior Bekah Kirby took home All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Track & Field
Several school records were broken during the 2016 Track & Field season! Sophomore Sidney Manske set a new school record in Pole Vault with a height of 8’9 and the 4×100 Girls Relay team of Erin Fischer, Sidney Manske, Sara Cleveland, and Nadia Makhnach ran a 53.27 breaking the previous record of 53.72, which had stood since 2001. (Previous record holding team members were Amy Budish, Whitney Bynum, Amanda Mulvihill, and Laura Skog).
Lions were awarded five All-Conference awards and six All Conference Honorable Mention awards within the MCAA conference. All Conference award winners included: Nadia Makhnach, Sara Cleveland, Erin Fischer, Sidney Manske, and Tucker Manske. All Conference Honorable Mention went to: Lauren Conradi, Marissa Kuik, Cooper Manske, Dani Olson, Emily Raper, and Kaylynn Raper.
In addition, four individuals and a relay team advanced to the Section 5A meet. They included: the 4×200 girls relay team (Erin Fischer, Sidney Manske, Nadia Makhnach, and Lauren Conradi), Tori Cole in Shot Put, Tucker Manske in Long Jump, Erin Fischer in 100 M, and Sidney Manske in Pole Vault.
Clay Target: Trap Shooting
Legacy’s Trap Shooting team finished 5th in Class 2A, Conference 1 out of 7 teams for the 2016 regular season. Two team members, Aaron Moots and Hunter Mertes, Jr., had perfect rounds during the regular season of 25 straight. There is no distinction between Varsity, Junior Varsity, or Novice throughout the regular season; instead they receive an overall team result. As a team, they tallied up 3739.5 points (Top team had 7477 points) and had 15 members compete in the State Championships where the Varsity team finished 19th out of 31 teams with 410 points and the JV finished 29th out of 35 teams with 331 points (500 = Perfect score). The Lions did NOT field a Novice team at the State Championships for 2016.
The following accolades were awarded to Legacy Lions team members:
Top Shooter Male Regular Season – Devin Delich ’20 – 15th – Season Average of 21.20
Top Female Shooter Regular Season – Jamie Nelson ’20 – 7th – Season Average of 14.10
Top Shooter Varsity Male State Championship – Donevan Walsh ’17 – 59th out of 257 – 87 out of 100 points
Top Shooter Varsity Female State Championship – N/A as we did not have a female on the Varsity team
Top Shooter Junior Varsity Male State Championship – Cody Hanson ’19 – 38th out of 231 – 80 out of 100 points
Top Shooter Junior Varsity Female State Championship – Jamie Nelson ’20 – 12th out of 42 – 73 out of 100 points
Top Shooter Novice Male State Championship – Alex Domeyer ’21 – 2nd out of 83 – 63 out of 75 points
Top Shooter Novice Female State Championship – N/A as we did not have a female on the Novice Team