The AHA Fall Sports season officially came to a close on Friday, November 20. It was a season that looked very different from all of the previous, from limited fan attendance to social distancing on the sidelines. The one thing that did remain consistent though was the success of our teams and student-athletes. AHA is thankful that our programs had the opportunity to be active and compete over the past few months. This has definitely been a community effort to keep everyone safe and AHA Athletic Director Michael Kautzman has some words of gratitude as we near Thanksgiving.
"First of all, I want to thank the administration, staff, and teachers for creating an environment where kids knew they could be in a safe space to learn and grow. I also want to thank the parents for their cooperation during this crazy fall as we worked together to keep our students safe. Finally, I especially want to thank our coaches who followed all of the new protocols, which allowed the students to participate in a safe and fun environment. I am extremely grateful to everyone who played a role in making this season possible and successful."
The fall varsity programs won over 85% of their games played (Football, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball) with the lower levels finishing over 93%. Here are some of the highlights from this past season:
- Three students finished in the top five of the conference - Conference Champion (Jacob Bennett), Fourth (Liam Sheeley), Fifth (Caroline Pierce).
Football: Finished 5-2
- Section 5AAAA Champion, Suburban Red District Champion, District Coach of the Year (Jim Gunderson), District Player of the Year and All-Metro Player (Emmett Johnson), Six Players named All-District.
Boys Soccer: Finished 11-1-1
- Section 3A Champion, Second Place in the Conference, Section Assistant Coach of the Year (Brian Jungswirth), Three All-State Players (Carter Hermanson, Noah Hermanson, Peter Forseth), All-Metro Player (Peter Forseth), Four Players named All-Conference
Girls Soccer: Finished 13-0
- Section 3A Champion, Conference Champion, Finished #1 in the State Rankings, MN Regional Private Coach of the Year (Dave Marshak), Class A Ms. Soccer (Mia Van der Heide), Two All-State Players (Mia Van der Heide & Cat Duffy Shaw), All-Metro and Conference Player of the Year (Mia Van der Heide), Freshman Player of the Year (Audrey Garton), Six Players named All-Conference.
Girls Swimming: New co-op with Richfield High School
- Finished 4th in Section 2A (highest in program history), Two All-Conference Players (Charlotte Mook and Lauren Briggs) both placed in the top 10 of the Section (multiple events).
Girls Tennis: Finished 8-4
- Advanced to the Section 6AA Consolation Championship, Second Place in the Conference, Five All-Conference Players
Volleyball: Finished 9-1 (*Section Play was Canceled due to Governor Mandate*)
- Second Place in the Conference, Three All-Conference Players
Trap Shooting: Co-op with Richfield High School
- Conference 7 Champion, Top Male in the Conference (Ian Peck), Top Female in the Conference (Keelie Plessner), 9 AHA Members Finished in the Top 20 of the Conference.
Fall Dance: Performed at multiple Football and Soccer games throughout the fall.
Congratulations to all of our sports and activities!