Recapping fall season at NLA

The North Lakes Academy girls soccer team marked a 10-2 season this fall, while capturing an Eastern Minnesota Athletic Conference.

The Huskies fell only to Brooklyn Center and Bethany Academy and earned four all-conference honors: seniors Laura Stolz, McKenzie Hale, junior Sammie Osland and freshman Claire Radatz.

North Lakes’ winning season was the program’s first and an improvement on a .500 year in 2012.

Head coach Ben Saunders said he is proud of the progress the girls soccer team is making year after year.

“This year they really put everything together,” Saunders said. “From years past, we struggled with skills and communication, but we put it together, and I’m pleased with how the season turned out, especially for those seniors. We had good results and a good record.”

On the boys side, North Lakes Academy struggled this season. The Huskies went 0-13, but showed a lot of improvement, according to head coach Josh Ogaard.

“We still have to work on our physical condition and foot skill, but there was a lot of improvement from a technical aspect and also in respect for the game,” Ogaard said.

North Lakes Academy had just one senior and two juniors on the squad this season to accompany three sophomores, four freshmen and two middle schoolers. Ogaard said while it resulted in a physical mismatch on the field, he is excited for the seasons to come.

The Huskies earned one all-conference honor in sophomore defender Brandon Rowe.

The North Lake Academy volleyball team recorded a winning season with an overall record of 16-10, taking fifth in the conference out of 12 schools.

The Huskies fell in the first round of section play against Calvin Christian in a five-set battle, losing by just three points in the final set.

This fall marked the program’s first winning season in its five years, a highlight for head coach Jeff Beimert.

“It’s kind of the end to an era, since those seniors are the foundation we started with,” Beimert said. “It was a really good year. We really focused on playing as a team, giving our best every game, and it was really evident in our section game. I saw hustle plays I hadn’t seen in years past — it was fun to watch and we had a fun season overall.”

Two seniors were named all-conference on the season: outside hitter Autumn Percy and setter Miranda McGlade. Sophomore Rayna Jaeger also earned elite honors at all-conference honorable mention.

For North Lakes Academy cross-country results, read next week’s edition of the Forest Lake Times.