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Fall Sports Recap: A Successful Season for AHA!

Stella Contreras


Although winter sports are well underway, let’s take a moment to reflect on the several fall sports that took place at AHA, and review some of their major accomplishments. 

Girls Soccer:

AHA girls soccer capped off their regular season with an 11-0 win over Fridley. The girls team finished with an overall regular season record of 15-1-1, with their only loss coming to an extremely talented Wayzata team, and key wins coming against Minneapolis Washburn and St. Anthony. The team finished with an unprecedented goal differential of +90, which is a school record, along with school records in both goals for and goals against. The Stars finished the playoffs as Conference Champions and were able to finish the season as state runners-up. Senior Audrey Garton who won the 2023 Minnesota Ms. Soccer award, along with setting the all time program record in goals and points. 

Boys Soccer:

AHA boys soccer finished a successful regular season with a 6-0 win over Fridley. This not only led the boys team a Conference Championship, but it also secured their undefeated season, leading them to become the number one ranked team in the state for their class. The boys soccer team finished 14-0-2 with key victories over DeLaSalle and St. Thomas Academy and a plethora of great individual performances throughout the season contributing to the team’s success. The Stars closed out the playoffs as section runners-up. Senior defender Everett Hoeppner won the 2023 Minnesota Mr. Soccer award. 


AHA girls volleyball concluded their regular season with a 3-0 win over St. Paul Como Park. The girls finished the season with a record of 26-2 with some key victories over Rosemount, as well as a good New Prague team. The girls also played phenomenal in their tournaments, going 13-1. In their first playoff game, the girls were able to prevail over Orono 3-0 and advanced to the section semifinals, where they were unfortunately eliminated by a really good Delano team. 


AHA football concluded their regular season with an overall record of 3-5. The team had impressive victories against Richfield and SMB, both of which were key to their placement in sections. The team went into section play as a top seed and were able to defeat DeLaSalle to advance to the section finals. 

Cross Country:

AHA cross country team saw both the boys and girls experience a wide variety of success. The boys were able to capture their second straight Conference Championship, while the girls placed second in conference. Senior runner Eli Katter qualified for the state meet. 

Girls Tennis:

AHA girls tennis finished with an overall record of 15-2, repeated as Conference Champions, and were seeded second in their section. Both the team record and the seeding number were the best head coach Steve Werle has seen during his fifteen years of coaching AHA girls tennis. The team was led by a mix of leadership from captains Alaina DeCrans ‘24 and Gabby Bartfield ‘24, along with a mix of new talent, including Elizabeth Payne ‘28 and Katie Jung ‘28. However, the most impressive aspect of the season was Madeline Wood ‘24 and her 15 match win streak, which Coach Werle said is the most matches in a row he had ever seen an athlete win. 

Girls Swimming:

AHA swimming athletes compete on a combined team with Richfield and practice at Richfield Middle School. Although AHA does not have its own swim team, the girls swim and dive athletes still had a successful season this fall, particularly in the section meet. This year, AHA had seven athletes compete in section prelims, with four competing in the section finals. Although no one from AHA qualified for the state meet, the girls 200M Medley Relay finished third overall with Sydney Ebner ‘24, Charlotte Mook ‘24, and Isabel Scrafford ‘26 in the event. Mook also finished third in the 200M Individual Medley. 

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