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The East Ridge softball team began the year 2-0 with a pair of wins over Cretin-Derham Hall last week. Because of the foul weather this season, softball teams are playing double headers in order to fit as many games in as possible. On Wednesday, April 24, East Ridge welcomed Suburban East Conference foe Cretin-Derham Hall to East Ridge High School, but weren't friendly hosts, taking down the Raiders 8-2 in the first game and 2-0 in the second game. Individual statistics from the games were not made available. East Ridge (2-0; 2-0 SEC) took on Hastings on Monday and Mounds View on Tuesday,
This past week was rivalry week inside District 833 and the East Ridge baseball team earned early-season bragging rights. The Raptors faced off against Suburban East Conference and intra-district rivals Park and Woodbury to open the season and came away 3-0. East Ridge started the year with a 4-3 win over Woodbury on April 26 at East Ridge High School, then took down Park twice - 10-5 and 8-5 - on Saturday, April 27, in Lake City. On Saturday, East Ridge (3-1; 3-1 SEC) and Park needed an extra inning to settle their first head-to-head game of the year.
Ruiz was a positive in students' lives I was in the media center at Park High School on the morning of April 15 to help students deal with their grief after the loss of Rita Ruiz, who I had never had the pleasure of meeting.
There's a familiar face back throwing batting practice to Park baseball players this season. Former head coach Reid Tschumperlin rejoined the Wolfpack this season as an assistant coach under first-year head coach John McGowan. On Friday Tschumperlin threw to hitters in the cage and even took a line drive off his arm, but even that didn't seem to bother him after a two-year coaching absence. "In a weird way it's kind of part of baseball," Tschumperlin said.
ST. PAUL -- A debate about education funding goes beyond helping individual students: There is widespread agreement that a better education system would help the economy. However, there is less agreement about how to achieve those improvements. Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, tied the economy and education together Tuesday as the Minnesota House voted 83-50 to approve a $15.7 billion, two-year funding bill for schools.
It didn't take long for RJ Alowonle to make an impact in Chapel Hill. Alowonle, a 2012 Park graduate and one of the greatest male track and field athletes in Minnesota history, finished with two Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship titles at the 2013 ACC Outdoor Championships on Saturday, April 20, at North Carolina State University. Alowonle, a freshman at the University of North Carolina, finished in first place in the men's 400-meter hurdles and helped the Tar Heels' 1600-meter relay team win the ACC championship.
Tom Westling summer tennis lessons Tom Westling, a Professional Tennis Registry certified teaching pro, is offering tennis lesson for kids of all ages and abilities this summer at the East Ridge High School tennis courts. Session One beings June 11, Session Two starts July 9 and Session Three begins Aug. 6. Each session is comprised of six lessons. The cost is $67 per session.
The South Washington County Thunderbolts softball team has started the season 2-2 and currently sit in a tie for third place in the eight-team CI South Division. The Thunderbolts registered wins over Chanhassen/Chaska/Prior Lake/Shakopee and New Prague and fell to Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville and Dakota United. Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville (3-0) sits in first place in the league, followed by Dakota United (2-1). The Thunderbolts opened the season with an 8-2 win over Chanhassen/Chaska/Prior Lake/Shakopee at East Ridge High School.
The Park boys tennis team kicked off the season last week. Despite the foul weather and snow on the ground, Park got in a pair of matches and went 1-1. The Wolfpack fell 4-3 to Hastings in a Suburban East Conference showdown on Tuesday, then bounced back to beat Bloomington Kennedy 7-0 on Wednesday in a non-conference match. Matches with East Ridge and Woodbury were rescheduled, because of Thursday's snowfall. "I thought we played very solid for our first match of the season versus Hastings," Park head coach Tony Townsend said.
The East Ridge boys tennis team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 5-2 Suburban East Conference victory over Roseville on the road last week. East Ridge won three of its four singles matches and two of the three doubles contests for the win. Last year, East Ridge fell 4-3 to the Raiders, losing three three-set matches. "I'm proud of my guys for winning three of three tie-breakers," East Ridge head coach Suzie Heideman said. "I was very proud of my team." In singles, the Raptors' No.