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South Washington County public and private schools begin their 2013 commencement ceremonies this weekend. The following graduation ceremonies are planned: n Park High School: 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1; Aldrich Arena, Maplewood n East Ridge High School: 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1; East Ridge gymnasium, Woodbury n Woodbury High School: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2; Aldrich Arena, Maplewood n New Life Academy: 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2: New Life gymnasium n Hope Christian Academy: 7 p.m. Friday, May 31; St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, St. Paul Park n Math and Science Academy: 6 p.m.
Scoreboard - Wednesday, May 29 BASEBALL Section 4AAA tournament Fourth round Wednesday, May 29 Stillwater 6, East Ridge 0 Stillwater 000 000 0 - 0 4 2 East Ridge 104 001 x - 6 12 0 W-Galenti. L-Richardson. BOYS GOLF Section 3AAA Championship Round One at Goodrich, par 70 Tuesday, May 28 Hastings 303, East Ridge 306, Eastview 311, Eagan 312, Woodbury 313, Simley 313, St. Thomas 314, Henry Sibley 336, Rosemount 336, Park 348, Apple Valley 348, St. Paul Highland Park 379.
East Ridge lost to Stillwater, but secured a spot in its first-ever section title game after a 10-4 victory over North St. Paul in the Section 4AAA tournament in North St. Paul. The third-seeded Raptors (13-9) bounced back from a 7-5 loss earlier in the day to top-seeded Stillwater to earn a rematch with the defending state champions Thursday at McKnight Field with a section title on the line against Ponies ace Heather Heacox, who struck out 14 Wednesday against East Ridge. "We've got a tough battle ahead of us," Raptors head coach Tom Nemo said. "We can hit her.
Park High School Athletic Awards Night May 29 Park High School will host its annual Athletic Awards Night at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, in the Park High School cafeteria. This year's guest speaker is Steve DuVal, a 1986 graduate of Park High School and a Park Hall of Fame Inductee in 2012. Seventh-annual Strawberry Fest 5K June 15 Don't miss the seventh-annual Strawberry Fest 5K Race and Walk on June 15 at Kingston Park. Check in starts at 7 a.m., with the race beginning at 8 a.m. and the walk taking place immediately after the race.
Each spring the Park Coaches Association sponsors an athletic awards ceremony. This tradition was started by Park coaches 14 years ago to honor our student-athletes. The coaches took this task on themselves because there was not a building athletic director at the time. They have done a great job through the years and I am glad to say that the tradition has continued. This year's ceremony will be Wednesday, May 29 in the Park cafeteria. Pizza and beverages will be served at 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards presentation.
Ally Gorres earned a Suburban East Conference championship in the long jump to highlight the Park boys and girls track teams' solid showings at the SEC Championship meet, held Tuesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 23, at East Ridge High School. Gorres, a freshman, won the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 11.75 inches, well ahead of the second-place finisher, Mounds View sophomore Elizabeth Menne (16-02.25). In all, Gorres earned all-conference in four events - the long jump, the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and as part of the Wolfpack's 800-meter relay.
A Suburban East Conference record 400-meter dash by East Ridge senior Nate Roese highlighted the Raptors boys and girls track teams' strong showings at the SEC Championship meet, held Tuesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 23, at East Ridge High School. Roese, the defending state champion in the 400-meter dash, ran the event in an SEC-record time of 48.26 seconds, beating the previous record of 48.50 by Paul Harris in 2004. East Ridge junior Augie Ollrich was second place in the event with a time of 49.80.
They did it. The New Life Academy softball team tied a state record by reaching an eighth consecutive state tournament, beating Minneapolis Washburn 2-0 in the Section 4A Championship game on Tuesday, May 28, at Hamline University. "Last year wasn't really expected, but this year we set some goals and this was one of them," New Life head coach Mick Ramey said. "No. 8 was the goal." With the eight straight state appearances, New Life ties Winona Cotter for the most in the history of Minnesota high school softball.
The East Ridge boys golf team earned first place in last week's Suburban East Conference Championship Tournament, held Wednesday, May 22, at Indian Hills Golf Club in Stillwater, and came just one point shy of winning the overall SEC championship crown. East Ridge scored a 297 as a team and earned the maximum 18 points in the final conference competition of the season, finishing with 46.5 points on the year. Hastings won the overall SEC championship title with 47.5 points, earning second place at the conference tournament with a 303.
Park junior pitcher Sam Domeier did just about everything in his power to give his team a chance to win in the opening round of the Section 3AAA playoffs Friday against St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, but the Wolfpack offense couldn't deliver in a 2-1 season-ending loss. Domeier threw three innings of no-hit ball before giving up a harmless infield single in the fourth inning. Domeier went six innings and kept fifth-seeded St. Thomas Academy at bay for most of the game. The Cadets (10-7) got to Domeier in the fifth inning after No.