2018-2019 Winter Sports Recap


Collin Nawrocki

Holy Family Classic Nordic @ Theodore Wirth Park Jan 3, 2019: Dylan Ehlers ’22

Boys Basketball:

The 2018-19 season for the boys basketball team has be a tale of two halves. The Fire went undefeated in the end of 2018 starting the year off 9-0. 2019 has not been as nice to the fire as they now sit at 15-11. The fire head into the section tournament with the 5th seed. Hopes are still high for the team as they have played a difficult schedule throughout the season, and hope it will pay off in sections. The fire’s first section game will be this Thursday at Holy Family versus Watertown Mayor.


Girls Basketball:

What a season it has been for the girls basketball team. Flying under the radar, the ladies have quietly won 20 games this season going 20-5, and clinching a share of the Wright County Conference Championship: the first in school history! Led by a very strong senior class with a lot of experience on the big stage, the Fire are confident coming into the section tournament as the one seed. After a first round bye, the girls won their quarterfinal game against Southwest Christian on Saturday March 2nd with a score of 56-39. Make sure to come out and support a postseason run!



Not many people like to brave the elements of a Minnesota winter, but the members on the nordic ski team embraced the weather and made the most of it. The season has come to an end now, but not before a winter of fun and memories. Tyler Frank was one wrong turn away from making all conference, but sports don’t always have to be about success. After a stressful finals week the team took a trip up to Maplelag Resort where they went on night skis, and had huge team meals. It was a time where friendships were made and strengthened as the team grew closer. It was a fun year for Nordic. (Shoutout to rookie skier, Senior Anna Galioto who won her first JV race this winter at Theodore Wirth Park… #shortcut)



All hands had to be on deck at all times for the girls dance team which was made up of a mere 11 dancers. Quality over quantity is the saying right? The team was able to bond and connect with one another as they had a very fun and successful year. They placed in every competition this year and made a strong run for the state tournament as they fell just short with a fourth place finish. Perhaps next year’s team can get over that hump!


Boys Hockey:

The Holy Family’s boys hockey team’s Cinderella story came to end last Wednesday night at Mariucci arena. The Fire lost a hard fought dual to the section’s second ranked Eagles of Eden Prairie 3-1 (after a last minute empty net goal). However, the team left behind a season to remember. The boys came in as the five seed in the section tournament. A last minute goal by sophomore Ben Reddan advanced the team to the semi-final round against the defending state champion Minnetonka Skippers. The Fire got their revenge from (dare I mention) last years last second goal by Minnetonka that ruined the team’s chances of the first state tournament appearance in school history. Ben Reddan was once again the hero as he scored the game winning overtime goal. What a great run it was, and certainly one to remember.


Girls Hockey:

History was made this year by the girls hockey team. Holy Family split away from Waconia this year for the inaugural season as the Holy Family Fire hockey team. A major change like this often results in a transitional year, however, the ladies had a great season as they finished second in their conference. The team is very young with many underclassmen and even eighth grade contributions, but everyone jumped right into their role and blended well together. This also means that there are bright times ahead for the program. This team is so talented that they played in a game in which 15 of the 24 girls had the flu and had to wear a mask over their mouths because the game could not get rescheduled… and they won! After a loss in the first round of sections the Fire’s season came to an end, but a great inaugural season it was for the ladies.



It was a year of new faces for the Fire fencing team this season. After graduating many key fencers from the team last year, many underclassmen stepped in to fill their shoes. With a group of young fencers the focus was on a year of development and improvement, while having a lot of fun along the way. The team displayed great athleticism and a strong work ethic in practice and on the strip. There is a buzz of excitement around the fencing team as the team hopes this potential can be translated into success over the coming years. A highlight for the team this year was when Senior Tommy Lisko medaled at the Saint Paul Academy invite. The season ended after the state tournament in the end of February, but keep your eye on this team in the coming years.