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The East Ridge boys tennis team tied for first place with Hudson, Wis., in the eight-team Royal-Raptor Invitational on Saturday, April 27. Leading the way for East Ridge was Ben Van der sman, who took first place at third singles, beating Woodbury's Joe Schubert in the finals, and the Raptors' doubles team of Phillip Cai and Evan Lu, which took first place with wins over Lakeville North, Woodbury and Hudson, at second doubles. "We had lots of great battles at the Royal-Raptor tourney with some great teams," East Ridge head coach Suzie Heideman said.
The Park boys tennis team swept non-conference foes Richfield and Farmington 7-0 last week in addition to losing a close 4-3 match to Suburban East Conference opponent Forest Lake to improve to 3-2 on the season overall. In the loss to Forest Lake, Charlie Link, Pele Le and Alec Strauss provided big straight-set wins at second, third and fourth singles, respectively. All three players went 3-0 on the week. Link beat Richfield 6-0, 6-0, Forest Lake 6-0, 6-1 and Farmington 6-4, 6-4.
The skies cleared, the diamonds dried out, and it was time for the Park softball team to take the field in the Suburban East Conference. Because of the spell that Mother Nature cast on Minnesota sports this spring, the teams are having to play double headers in hopes to catch up with their season. A day after practicing outdoors for the first time all spring, the Wolfpack traveled to Stillwater and split a pair of games against the defending Class AAA state champion, winning 1-0 and losing 7-4. Game No.
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.