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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.
A year ago, the East Ridge girls golf team finished second in the Suburban East Conference standings. The Raptors weren't about to come up just short again. East Ridge won this year's conference championship title, leapfrogging Forest Lake with a third-straight first-place finish at the SEC Championship Tournament on Thursday, May 23, at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater. "I don't know how they did it," East Ridge head coach Mark Retica said. "It's extremely satisfying. It's been such a challenging spring with the weather. It was fun. There was no shortage of smiles.
Theft A Newport woman reported May 8 that someone stole cash from an apartment in the 1400 block of 10th Avenue. The amount of money stolen was not released. Highland Sanitation and Recycling, 1811 Century Ave., reported on May 9 the theft of 36 gallons of gas valued at $144. The gas was stolen from a vehicle parked in the lot. A Newport woman reported May 10 that someone siphoned roughly $20 worth of gasoline from her vehicle's gas tank while the car was parked in the 400 block of Sixth Street. Park after hours A police officer patrolling Bailey Park around 11:30 p.m.
The New Life Academy softball team took one step closer to history. After an impressive run of resounding victories in its first three section tournament games, the Eagles are just one win away from reaching eight consecutive state tournaments, which would tie the state record. If it reached an eighth straight state tournament, New Life, which is ranked second in Class A, is 15-3 and was a perfect 8-0 in MCAA play, would tie Winona Cotter for the most consecutive state tournament appearances in state history.
The East Ridge softball team put itself in the driver's seat. The Raptors are two wins away from the state tournament after beating perennial power North St. Paul 3-1 in the third round of the Section 4AAA playoffs. East Ridge, the third seed in the section, opened up a 3-0 lead on second-seeded North St. Paul in the game, which took place at McKnight Fields in North St. Paul on Thursday, May 23, then held on for the win. East Ridge head coach Tom Nemo said the win over North St.
Thieves recently stole about $6,000 worth of equipment from the Super Walmart construction site in Cottage Grove. Police were called to the site along East Point Douglas Road north of Keats Avenue about 6:30 a.m. May 21. Workers reported that a trailer had been entered and tools and copper valued at $6,000 were stolen. Additionally, there was $300 damage to the trailer. There were no suspects. -Scott Wente
Prior to the season, the South Washington County Thunderbolts came up with the mantra "believe." Last week, the 'Bolts turned their conviction to reality when they beat White Bear Lake and qualified for the state tournament for the second time since 2007 and for the second year in a row. "No matter what happens we're going to stick together and believe in each other - that's been our motto this year," said John Culbertson, who is in his first year as head coach of the Thunderbolts, after being an assistant coach for the past 10 years under Denny Larson.
Memorial Day poem As we gather here today To pray our special way Let us forever remember What our heroes had to pay Most of them were very young Who gave to us their all With dreams and hopes of future days As their loved ones still recall But they fell upon the battlefield A twist of fate they say And now we honor all of them Who gave to us each day So as we stand here tall and proud With some or hundreds more We're united in our deepest thoughts Of those we lost to war The cost of freedom is quite high And today brings home that fact Bu