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East Ridge senior Jamie Swanson returns to help lead the Raptors this winter. The 5-foot, 10-inch small forward averaged 16.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a junior. She is a two-time Suburban East all-conference player and needs just 42 points to reach the 1,000 career-point milestone. (Bulletin file photo)

2013-14 Winter Preview: Robinson, Swanson return to help lead East Ridge girls basketball team

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The East Ridge girls basketball team needs to replace five seniors, but brings back its best player this winter.

“We are entering our programs fifth season and look forward to building on each years’ successes,” East Ridge head coach Glen Wurm said.

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Senior Jamie Swanson, the team captain, returns for one last run with the Raptors this season. The 5-foot, 10-inch small forward averaged 16.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a junior. She is a two-time Suburban East all-conference player and needs just 42 points to reach the 1,000 career-point milestone.

“Jamie is a terrific shooter who plays with amazing proficiency,” Wurm said.

Also back for East Ridge is point guard Amanda Robinson, a junior and two-year starter who averaged 5.1 points per game as a sophomore, along with senior guards Hannah Bloomquist and Sarah Griffith, who each have varsity experience and will have an opportunity to take on a bigger role this year, according to Wurm.

In addition, senior forwards McKenna Karas and Kara Curtis return with experience and newcomer Dai Mixson will bring senior leadership and strength as a post player. Wurm said freshman Mariah Sexe and sophomores Taylor Pershe and Sophie Zavoral will also add great depth at the Raptors’ post position. Others who will compete for minutes at the guard positions for the Raptors will be junior Allison Robinson, sophomore Erin Maki, and freshmen Emma Stoehr, Noelle Tomes and Lauren Johnson.

East Ridge needs to replace Megan Amend, Courtney Keefe, Hannah Pignato, Brianna Walker and Ellen Wiggins this year.

“They will all be missed as they were key players in establishing our basketball program,” Wurm said. “We’re excited to see where we stand, however. We had a good offseason.”

Last year East Ridge finished 12-15 overall and 5-13 in the Suburban East Conference. Highlighting the year was the Raptors’ first-ever win over Cretin-Derham Hall. This year, East Ridge will be looking for first-ever wins over Park, White Bear Lake, Roseville and Mounds View.

Forest Lake may be the team to beat in the SEC this year. However, defending conference champ Roseville and rival Park should be tough too, while Woodbury and White Bear Lake are expected to be strong.

In Section 3AAAA, two-time defending section champ Eastview is the team to beat, while two-time runner-up Park is also expected to contend once again.

East Ridge tips off the season with the Henry Sibley Invitational tournament on Dec. 6 and 7.

—Patrick Johnson

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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