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Alpine skiing: Kennedy leads way for Raptors at state

East Ridge’s Oliver Kennedy took 11th place overall at the state alpine ski meet. The Raptors boys finished seventh overall as a team. (Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker)

Buoyed by an 11th place finish by senior Oliver Kennedy, the East Ridge boys alpine ski team finished in seventh place in its second-straight trip to the state meet. 

As a team, East Ridge scored 102 points to finish ahead of eighth-place Minnetonka (88 points), just three points behind sixth-place Chanhassen and 15 points back of fifth-place Edina. The Blake School won its second-straight state downhill skiing championship, scoring 162 points, easily beating out second-place Forest Lake (142 points) and third-place Orono (141 points).

The seventh-place finish by the Raptors matched the team’s finish in its first state meet a year ago.

Kennedy led the way for East Ridge, taking 11th place overall with a time of 1 minute, 13.65 seconds in the two-run race. Kennedy had a time of 37.62 seconds in his first run and finished in 36.03 in his second run. The finish gave Kennedy all-state honors for a second consecutive season.

Chanhassen’s Louis Nguyen won the individual state championship title with a time of 1:06.97.

Also scoring for East Ridge was senior Collin Mead, who had the team’s second-best time with a finish of 1:23.07, taking 25th place. Eighth grader Phillip Brady had the Raptors’ third-best time at 1:29.01, which was good for 29th place. Sophomore Holton Sailer finished with East Ridge’s fourth-best time at 1:39.04, taking 35th. Sailer had the team’s best first run, with a time of 37.54, but had a time of 1:01.50 on the second run. Eighth grader Alessandro Miguel Amores and senior Michael Youngstrom also skied for East Ridge at state.

The East Ridge boys alpine ski team qualified for its second-straight state meet by taking second at the 20-team Section 4 championship meet.

The Blake School took first place in the section race.

Woodbury junior Nicholas Bruesehoff also brought home all-state honors as an individual.

Bruesehoff, the Royals’ lone representative at state, finished in 21st place overall with a time of 1:14.40. He had a time of 37.96 in his first run and a 36.44 with his second run.

In the girls race, East Ridge sophomore Abby Eggers earned 43rd place overall, representing the Raptors girls team. Eggers had a time of 1:30.43, with a first run of 48.46 and a second run of 41.97.

Minnetonka’s Megan Greiner won the individual state title with a time of 1:18.28. Minnetonka also won the team competition with 161 points, topping Blake (151 points) and Minneapolis Southwest (136 points).

-Patrick Johnson

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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