The LCA Boys Basketball team is off to an impressive start this season! At the midway point of the season, the Lions are 9-5 overall with some great wins, including a win against a 3AAA school and several wins against 2AA schools and a ranked 1A school.
When reflecting on the season, Head Coach Jon Barsness, who is in his first year with the program, said, “The season has been positive in many ways. The student-athletes are working hard. They have picked up systems well and in most of our games we have been competitive.”
At the start of the 2016-17 season, team goals were set. One of those goals was to be perfect at home. So far, the Lions have done just that! As of this posting, the Lions are undefeated on their home floor.
“Two seniors have made a significant impact thus far,” said Coach Barsness. “Lucas Nelson is averaging over 16 ppg while shooting over 50% from 3-point range. Cole Bertsch has been the glue for the team as a point guard, has hit three game winning shots, and is averaging 16 ppg while shooting over 60% from 2-point range.”
With the second half of the season underway, the team hopes to continue to work putting a “complete” game together. According to Coach Barsness, “We’ve played well in one half only to not play well in the other half of a game, or we have played well defensively, but didn’t do well offensively or vice-versa.” Needless to say, that will be a focal point for the Lions going forward.
When asked what excites him about the remainder of the season, Coach Barsness commented, “Sitting at 2-2 in the conference, we have a chance to make a run and get a high seed in the MCAA conference tournament.”
There is still plenty of LCA Boys Basketball action to come! Check out their schedule and get to a game!
The Lady Lions put together a challenging schedule for the 2016-17 season, facing many 2AA, 3AAA and even 4AAAA schools! According to Head Coach Kyle Ague, “This season has been a struggle on the scoreboard for the girls, but they are working extremely hard and are doing a great job of seeing the improvement as they go along.”
“We have faced many challenges throughout the year,” said Coach Ague. “However, the girls have maintained a great attitude and work ethic. We have smaller numbers this season, but the girls have not allowed that to be an excuse.”
The team has created many memories and highlights already this season – both on and off the court. Their biggest on-the-court memory was from their game against 4AAAA North St. Paul High School. According to Coach Ague, “North St. Paul had several very talented players and jumped out to an early lead, but the girls battled back. At one point in the game we went on a 29-1 run and held off their comeback attempt to pull away in the end.”
The girls have created a handful of memories off the court as well, many of them coming from their service projects. Coach Ague commented, “The first service project we did has become our team’s Christmas tradition. The players and coaches come together to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas while making blankets for children in hospitals. The second service project we did for a family that recently lost their home to a fire. We created a movie night gift basket for them in hopes that they could begin creating fun memories together as a family. The final project we participated in was volunteering our time at a food shelf in a local church.”
It doesn’t take long to notice how tight-knit this group of girls is, which is what makes the remainder of the season exciting. Coach Ague said, “Being with the girls is the most exciting part! At Legacy, we have such quality young kids that it is a joy to come into the gym each and every day because I know how much they care and want to be there to work hard.”
With the girls seeing continued progress, it will be exciting to see the team take on their remaining conference opponents. Take a look at their schedule and come on out to watch these girls compete!
When asked to describe the first part of the LCA Boys Hockey season, Head Coach Steve Larson said, “A real test of character and perseverance. We are struggling in the win/loss column. However, the players are committed and show up every day with an incredible work ethic. We are just not a very deep team in experience or numbers.”
With this being the 10th season of LCA hockey, the 2016-17 team has been reflecting quite a bit on the previous seasons. The 2008-09 team has been referred to as “The Pioneers” and this year’s team is reflecting the same qualities of that first team. “To see how the team has hung together and show up every night to compete and give it their very best is remarkable,” said Coach Larson.
When asked to name a few highlights from this season thus far, Coach Larson mentioned, “On opening night, the team had a tremendous 3rd period comeback (scoring four goals) to defeat Becker Big Lake! We also had a great trip to Silver Bay for the Holiday Tournament. As always, we had a great time together as a team.”
The senior class has shown phenomenal leadership throughout the season as well. “Logan Pierro, Aaron Moots, Nic Liebold, Josh Demars, and Wil Frost have done a great job of leading and encouraging our younger players. Logan and Aaron are terrific captains,” commented Coach Larson.
Coach Larson is optimistic heading into the second half of the season. “I don’t believe we have played our best hockey yet and we are hopeful we can avenge a few losses.” Visit the Boys Hockey page on our website to check out their schedule!