Multiple Teams · HCA 2018 Fall Sports Recap

It is with great pleasure that we share the Heritage Christian Academy Fall Sports Recap for 2018. Once again it was an amazing season filled with the successes and challenges that make high school athletics such a wonderful experience. We continue to be blessed with exceptional young men and women who compete with all their hearts and for the Glory of our Lord and Savior. Please continue to pray for our athletic department and our teams as we head into what looks like a very exciting winter season. Thank you parents for all of your support!!

Chris Laird
Director of Athletics







Heritage Girls Soccer

  • Team Award: Gold (team GPA average of 3.75 or higher)
  • Individual winners: Emily TostensonAbby MaxsonAbbey DykemaTaylie Scott, Laurel Steffenson (Senior players with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher)
Heritage Boys Soccer
  • Individual winner: Tyler Hartel (Senior players with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher)
Heritage Volleyball
  • Team Award: Silver (Team GPA of 3.5-3.74)
  • Individual winners: Morgan Millar, Grace Deckert (Senior players with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher)
Heritage Boys and Girls Cross Country
  • Boys Team award: Gold (team GPA average of 3.75 or higher)
  • Girls Team award: Gold (team GPA average of 3.75 or higher)
  • Individual winners: Evan Jacobson (to qualify, the athlete must be in 10-12 grade, finish 15th or higher in the section meet and have a GPA of 3.75 or higher)





Heritage runners endured grueling workouts like hill repeats and speed intervals as they prepared to defend their team titles from last year at the MCAA Conference Championship in Bassett Creek Park. Despite frigid temperatures and a difficult battle on a fast course, both teams came out on top again. The girl’s team, led by sophomore Simone Lundquist, winner of the varsity race with a time of 20:11, earned first place. Several Heritage ladies received All-Conference honors: Simone Lundquist, Gina SolbergJenna WichtAbbie Vetse, and Grace Solberg. Junior Jared Nordstrom led the boy’s team to victory with a smouldering time of 16:43 that not only earned him Individual Champion honors and All Conference honors, but set a new school 5K record. Four other Varsity Boys received All Conference Honors: Travis Miller, Evan Jacobsen, Carter Kneeland, and Rolf Preus (co-op). Other varsity runners on the girl’s and boy’s teams included Anika Millar, Morgan Bell,Matthew Steil, and Daniel Farrant.

In a roster of 22 teams, our Boy’s Varsity runners crushed rival competitors Annandale and St. Cloud Cathedral to earn Section Runner-Up honors and secure their 2nd straight trip to the State Cross Country Meet. Team Captain Jared Nordstrom earned an entry to State as an individual, placing 2nd overall and breaking his own time to drop the school 5K record to 16:42.8. Junior Travis Miller placed 5th and also secured an invitation to State as an individual, running a 16:55, the best time of his high school career.

The State Cross Country Championship Meet was a tremendous experience for our boys, as they competed against a difficult field of the State’s best runners. Jared Nordstrom placed 26th, narrowly missed being in the top 25 to earn All-State Honors. Travis Miller, Evan Jacobsen, Carter Kneeland, Daniel Farrant, and Matthew Steil ran their hearts out in Heritage Eagles tradition.

All of our Heritage Cross Country runners worked hard this year in a challenging sport, competing not just against other schools and runners, but against themselves. Each of them pushed to improve through difficult practices, weeks of two-a-day training, dreaded hill workouts, and Coach Wetzler’s Triple Skyfall exercise. This season was a testament to their commitment and a testimony to God’s Glory, as each meet represented an opportunity for our athletes to take to the course first in prayer as a team and then as encouragers in Jesus’ Name. Who knows what next year holds? The best is yet to come!



Jenna Wicht                    Abbie Vetse                  Gina Solberg                 Grace Solberg


Evan Jacobson             Carter Kneeland             Travis Miller               Jared Nordstrom

    Simone Lundquist



The 2018 Boys soccer team made significant progress in year two of a four year “rebuilding project”. Their win total increased by 300%, they reduced the number of goals allowed by 50% and scored four times as many goals as they did in 2017. The very young team battled hard in every match despite their size and experience disadvantage. The quality and style of play was evident and creates great hope for the future. The technical development of the players is a testament to their hard work in training this season.

More importantly, the spiritual growth and unity of the team was exceptional. Under the leadership of seniors Sean Donlin (captain) and Tyler Hartel, the team came together in training camp to focus on the theme of being “transformed”. Bible studies and devotions helped the players focus on what it looks like to be transformed young men of God. This generated great chemistry and team bonding. They played with spirit and a great joy that allowed them to overcome the challenges they faced in competition.



Congratulations to junior Isaac O’Brien (leading scorer) who was named 1st-team MCAA All-Conference.








The Heritage Christian Academy Girls Varsity Soccer Team had a phenomenal season with a final record of 16-3-0! The Eagles started their season with a win against Robbinsdale Cooper, an opponent against whom the girls had not beaten in nearly a decade. This was an encouraging victory leading into the team’s annual trip to Two Harbors for a weekend of team bonding and fun competition against the Two Harbors Agates. It was against the Agates that the girls really found their stride and had the opportunity to play their bench, growing together as a team. The Eagles continued their winning season, gaining victories over conference opponents such as New Life Academy and Trinity and were 12-0 midway through the season. The team faced a difficult opponent against the Orono Spartans and suffered their first loss of the season. They regained their excitement celebrating an undefeated record against their conference opponents after defeating St. Croix Prep and earning an MCAA Conference Championship for the third straight year. The HCA Eagles entered the Section 6A Tournament seeded 3rd in their section and hopeful for further success. The team was victorious in the first two rounds of the section tournament and found themselves in the same position as last year: playing the number 2 seeded Monticello Magic in the semifinal round. The girls battled hard against Monticello and entered halftime with a tied score of 1-1, but eventually lost to the Magic ending a great soccer season. It was another year full of thankfulness for the girls soccer programs as the lord provided them with wonderful opportunities to serve one another and play for His honor and glory!  The team will miss seniors, Abbey Dykema (#14), Abby Maxson(#12), Taylie Scott (#20), Laurel Steffenson (#8), and keeper Emily Tostenson. Thank you seniors. God’s blessings to you girls in all of your future endeavors!






Cassie Leland                Abby Maxson                  Taylie Scott


Laurel Steffenson         Emily Tostenson
Honorable Mention

Congratulations to Heritage senior Taylie Scott!!!

For the 3rd straight year she earned 1st Team ALL-STATE in Girls’ Soccer. Taylie, the Eagles centerback, was also named the MCAA Player of the Year. She has helped lead the Heritage girls’ soccer team to 3 consecutive MCAA Championships!!


CONGRATULATIONS to Cassie Leland (11th grade), and Katie Smith (10th grade) on being recognized as Max Prep Players of the Week in the 2018 girls soccer season.




The 2018 season for Providence/Heritage/Maranatha/West Lutheran football coop was a record setting “thrill ride” from start to finish. The team roared to the Twin Cities Gold championship with an 8-0 regular season record. Along the way, they set team records for least points allowed and shutouts in a season. This tough defense was anchored by senior captain LB Dominic LaCombe and coached by Mr. Brad LaCombe. The versatile LaCombe also played a significant role on offense as a punishing blocker and running back. Sophomore tackle Jack Wicht locked down a starting job on the right side and helped lead the way for a devastating running attack.

Sophomore Stephan Sawtelle continued the tradition of Heritage placekickers on the team. His steady growth and improvement throughout his first season was integral in the team’s success. Freshmen Kaden LaCombe, and Elijah Erickson made strong contributions on special teams and will be impact players in the future.

Playing in the ultra-competitive 5-AAAA section, the team breezed past Richfield in the quarterfinals. Sadly, this great season ended on a cold, rainy night as the team lost to Benilde St.-Margaret 35-34 in OT. Despite the disappointing finish, the team can be proud of their amazing season and the contributions of the Heritage players and coach, were significant.

Congratulations to senior captain LB Dominic LaCombe who was named All-District.








The 2018 volleyball season began in the summer with players coming in to the gym, sometimes even on their own to get repetitions, build friendships, and be ready for pre-season. From day one, this team treated each other with respect, regardless of their age or experience level. It truly made this team what it was. The seniors, Grace Deckert, Jenna Mudd, and Morgan Millar, who were also our captains did a fabulous job of setting the tone and being great leaders for the younger players on the team. Another factor to our success was the high level of play that came from multiple players who ranked high in the state for their position, with Jordyn Allen playing two major roles as a middle hitter and a setter, Jenna Mudd who ranked 1st in the state in serve receptions, Ainsley Halvorsen who led the state on occasion with aces and had over 300 kills, and Kelsie Knaggs with her steady play. Great job ladies for your hard work, dedication and the way your represented Heritage for God’s glory.







Kelsie Knaggs                  Jordyn Allen              Ainsley Halvorsen            Jenna Mudd

Honorable Mention



The 2018 middle school varsity boys’ soccer team “rose to the occasion” this fall. Playing in the highly competitive varsity division of the NSPSL, this young team battled with the big boys throughout the season. The team featured three 8th graders. The leadership of Grant NeuharthAiden Johnson and Liam Berry provided the guidance that the younger players needed to compete and improve. The progress was evident as they won the consolation championship beating Epiphany 2-1. Coach Benjamin Dryburgh, an AFLBS senior, did an outstanding job of managing a 19-player roster and helping the boys improve their technical skills while having fun! The future looks bright for this outstanding group of young players.

The 2018 middle school girls soccer team worked hard this season to not only improve their soccer skills, but also to show the love of Christ to each other and each team they played. They would often choose a teammate that hadn’t scored yet this season and make it their mission to get them to score. The team didn’t always get the highest scores with this strategy, but their teamwork was exemplary. At the end of each game when the girls prayed with the other team, there were always several hands up from our team volunteering to pray prayers of love, encouragement, and grace over both teams. We ended the season with a record of 3-2 and third place in the conference.