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Senior Andriel Aimua is back to help lead the East Ridge girls golf team this spring. (Bulletin file photo)

2014 Spring Preview: All East Ridge girls golfers return with eye on state

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The East Ridge girls golf team will take another swing at state this season.

The Raptors return every player from last year’s team, which won the Suburban East Conference championship and finished in second place in the Section 3AAA tournament.

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East Ridge is expected to be led by seniors Taylor Anderson and Andriel Aimua, who last year became the first female Raptors to qualify for the state golf tournament. Anderson carded East Ridge’s top score at the section tourney with a 167. Aimua scored a 170. Also back is senior Molly Richardson, who also scored a 170 at sections, and senior Jaedyn Walz, who shot a 177 at sections. Other key players are expected to include seniors Danielle Mischke and Allison Bugel along with junior Morgan Butler. Richardson, Anderson and Walz were named the team captains this year.

As a team, East Ridge lost a tie-breaker with Eagan at last year’s Section 3AAA championship for the right to go to the state tournament.

East Ridge led the tournament by three strokes over Eastview after the first day, shooting a 325 at Phalen Golf Course. However Eagan, which was 18 strokes back heading into the second day, leapfrogged Eastview and tied East Ridge by shooting a 341 on the second day at Bunker Hills. East Ridge shot a 359 and Eastview scored a 364 on day two.

East Ridge head coach Mark Retica thought the teams to beat in the Suburban East Conference are Forest Lake, Stillwater, Mounds View and Woodbury. Eagan and Eastview will likely be the Raptors’ main competition in the section once again.

East Ridge begins the season with a conference meet on April 14 at Stillwater Country Club.

“Our early season practices should set up the opportunity to have a very successful year,” Retica said. “Our conference competition will be strong, which allows the chance to measure our development as a team.”

—Patrick Johnson

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