Spring sports practices are underway at Holy Family Catholic High School. In addition to baseball, softball, track and field, and boys’ and girls’ golf, the Fire athletic department also offers boys’ and girls’ varsity lacrosse, as well as boys’ tennis in the spring. Here is just a snapshot of what’s to come for the Fire athletic teams this season.
The Fire baseball team returns this spring as not only defending Wright County Conference champions, but also as defending Section 2AA and Class AA state champs. In last year’s state tournament, the Fire did not allow a single run by any of their opponents and defeated Cannon Falls and Fairmont, before ousting St. Cloud Cathedral in the title game. The team finished 2012 with a 25-4 record.
Returning for the Fire are Keller Knoll (catcher), Conner Riddle (outfield), Matthew Requet (third base), Jack Schliesman (center field), Connor Herd (first base, pitcher), and Rollie Lacy (pitcher, shortstop). Newcomers include Joe Seifert, Joe Sperr, Brent Hentges, and Charlie Marschall.
Knoll, Seifert, Riddle, and Schliesman will captain the team this season. Seifert is relatively unknown, but is expected to play a strong role this season both on the mound and in the infield. The six-foot-four right handed pitcher was 2-0 in his two varsity starts last season over Litchfield and Mankato West (AAA).
Head coach Bryan DeLorenzo has high sights for the team this season.
“We hope to contend for our second conference title in an always very competitive conference,” he said. “We also believe we are a top seven team in our section and look to compete for another section title.”
The season is set to kick off on April 9 at Orono, with the home opener on April 11.
Knoll, Riddle, and Lacy are set to play college baseball.
The Fire girls’ golf team finished the 2012 season third in the WCC. They are coached by Kristi Nelson and kick off 2013 at Island View Golf Course in Waconia on April 8, weather permitting.
The boys finished sixth in the WCC and had two golfers in the top 25 of the conference, including Austin Balm (18th) and Jack Cummings (22nd). They are coached by Rob Nelson and will begin the season on April 15 at Albion Ridges in Dassel-Cokato.
Both golf teams compete in the Wright County Conference and Section 5AA.
The Fire boys’ lacrosse team finished last season with a 4-7 record, picking up wins over Buffalo (twice), Owatonna, and Simley. Last season’s leading scorers were Mike Roane (20 goals), Connor Puff (14), Tanner Steen (10), and Matt Endres (10).
The Fire compete in Section 2 and an independent conference with Blake, Breck, Buffalo, Minneapolis, Orono, and St. Cloud Tech. The Fire are coached by Mike Livingston.
The season begins April 12 at home against Orono.
The Fire girls’ team had success in 2012, finishing 8-5 and winning the WCC over Buffalo, Mound-Westonka, and Orono. During the season, the Fire defeated teams from Hopkins, St. Cloud, Mound-Westonka, Chaska/Chan, Maple Grove, Rochester JM/Lourdes, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, and Orono.
Leading scorers in 2012 were Nellie Bubb (22), Ashley Hanson (19), and Tori Nelson (18).
The team kicks off 2013 on April 12 at Orono and will host Chaska on April 25. The Fire are coached by R.J. New and compete in Section 2.
The Fire girls tied for third in the WCC last season with Waconia, holding 11-7 records. The Fire finished 12-9 overall and were defeated in the section tournament by LeSueur-Henderson.
This year, the team will be led by three four-year senior starters, including Emily Bauer (shortstop), Aly Anton (second base), and Liz Jansen (outfield).
The team also includes Claudia LaRose (center field), Grace Willeck, Emily Knudson (catcher), Anna Herd (first base). Hayley Thompson (third base), Grace Knoll (left field), Mary Pumper, and Grace Midel.
Head coach Pat Hallahan said he has a strong hitting squad that is looking ready for a run at state this year.
“I feel pitching can only take you so far so the defense and hitting will be our main concentration this season,” he said. “This is probably the best one through nine hitting team I have had in a long time.”
The Fire open 2013 at Benilde-St. Margaret’s on April 5 and host Orono April 9.
The Fire tennis team competes in the West Metro Conference and Section 2A, which includes Mound-Westonka, St. Peter, at St. James, among others. The Fire are coached by T.J. Garin and begin the season on the road at Chaska on April 4.
Track & Field
After a successful stint in Class A and the Minnesota River Conference, the Holy Family track and field teams saw big chances in 2012. The Fire not only moved up to Class AA, but also joined the highly competitive Wright County Conference. The athletes broke a collective 11 school records during the season, many at the Section 2AA meet, and sent five events to the state competition.
This season bring the return of many talented young athletes for the Fire including: two-time All-State sprinter Claire Oberle, Erin Brown, Emily Reddan, Eileen Curran, Ali Ryan-Mosely, Aly Anton, Maddie Prosser, All-Conference Molly Eastman, Maria Eastman, Victoria Anderson, Maggie Green, Chazz Johnson, Ben VanDenBroeke, Matt Helmrichs, Danny Mahota, Tom Green, and AJ Eskew, among many others who are sure to keep the veterans on their toes.
Both teams are under head coach Ian Parzyck and began the season at STMA April 1. The Fire’s home meet will be April 15 against G-SL, Hutchinson, and Waconia. Holy Family competes in Section 2AA.
Check out www.hfchs.org for full schedules.
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