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Hopefully, the summer season is finally here. This means you can open your windows, let some fresh air in, do some yard work, enjoy walks, bike riding, and enjoy many other outdoor activities. The kids are out of school which means more outside activities and more free time for them too. However, from a criminal's viewpoint summer can be an open door of opportunities. With just a little attention paid to a few things around the home and while traveling, hopefully we can all have a crime-free summer.
East Ridge High School will be well represented at the state Class AA track meet. The fleet-footed East Ridge girls team took second place at the Section 4AA meet on Thursday, May 28 at Stillwater Area High School.
Park freshman Allison Gorres made a splash at the Section 3AA meet by securing two spots at the Class 2A state meet. Gorres qualified in the 100-meter dash Thursday to add another event after qualifying in the long jump Tuesday at the University of St. Thomas to make her first trip to the state meet. "She's an athlete and doing great," Wolfpack head coach Matt Maher said. "She's really doing great and doing it at the right time.
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.