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Wayne Otto has been hired as the new wrestling coach at East Ridge High School. Most recently, Otto was the head coach at Cherokee High School in Canton, Georgia from 2008-2012, where his team advanced multiple wrestlers to the state tournament and delivered one individual state champion. Otto also increased the participation in the wrestling program from 23 to 49 in his first year of involvement with the program. Prior to coaching at Cherokee High School, Otto was the head coach at Tullahoma High School in Tullahoma, Tennessee for one year.
The New Life Academy baseball team improved its record to 10-3 overall after three wins last week and claimed the No. 2 seed in this week's Section 4A tournament. New Life, currently second in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association conference with a 6-1 record, beat three non-conference foes last week: St. Paul Academy 14-8 on Monday, St. Croix Lutheran 12-7 on Tuesday and Columbia Heights 12-1 on Wednesday. The Eagles have now won 10 straight games.
Stillwater made quick work of Park Tuesday in an 11-1, five-inning victory in Stillwater. Park had six hits in the Suburban East Conference game with JT Bickel and Max Stedt each going 2-for-3. Bickel drove in the Wolfpack's only run in the top of the fifth inning. The Ponies had a 1-0 lead after the first inning when they busted the game open with a seven-run third inning. Stillwater added a run in the fourth and two in the fifth to end the game. Park (1-13, 1-13 SEC) struck out seven times against Ponies starter Andy Peterson.
After a hot start the East Ridge baseball team's road has gotten rockier. After starting the year 8-1, East Ridge is now 12-6. Last week, East Ridge split a doubleheader Wednesday against Roseville in Woodbury. Raptors senior Ryan Gregory went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run while junior Luke Ringhofer finished 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Sophomore Carter Stoehr drove in two runs with a 1-for-5 performance in a 13-12 win over the Raiders. David Wermers started for East Ridge (12-6, 11-6 SEC) and allowed 12 runs, 11 earned, on 15 hits.
Cornell senior baseball player Ryan Nordtvedt of Cottage Grove was honored as the 2012-13 Sportsman of the Year at Cornell College's Athletics Recognition Program on May 6 in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Nordtvedt, a 2008 graduate of Park High School, was recognized for athletic achievement and campus and community engagement during his four years at Cornell.
As the 2013 session nears completion, I am becoming more and more disappointed with the number of taxes and fees legislative Democrats are choosing to raise on all hard-working taxpayers. They told us they were going to "tax the rich," so none of us were all that surprised when they targeted income tax rates on the top 1 or 2 percent of wage earners in this state. But then we discovered that people in every tax bracket-- including the poor -- are subject to income tax hikes.
Scoreboard - Thursday, May 16 BASEBALL Suburban East Conference Thursday, May 16 Woodbury 7, Forest Lake 5 Forest Lake 001 310 0 - 5 11 0 Woodbury 100 303 0 - 7 11 4 W-Yan. S-Sharp. Highlights: WB, Winter 2-4, 3B, 2 RBI. SOFTBALL Suburban East Conference Thursday, May 16 Forest Lake 2, Woodbury 0 Woodbury 000 000 0 - 0 3 1 Forest Lake 001 001 x - 2 3 1 W-LaCasse. L-Pantilla. Highlights: FL, Alexa Bremer 2-3, RBI, run. Forest Lake 10, Woodbury 1 Forest Lake 001 003 6 - 10 11 0 Woodbury 100 000 0 - 1 6 3 W-LaCasse. L-Balsimo. S-Osvick.
Park High School students will don their finest Saturday evening. The school's prom is set for Saturday, May 18. The grand march will start at 4 p.m. Saturday at the school gym in Cottage Grove. Prom runs from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Prom Center in Oakdale. The theme for this year's Park prom is "A Midsummer's Dream."
The Park softball team advanced to the second round of the Section 3AAA playoffs with a 4-1 win over eighth-seeded Simley on the road Wednesday. Park, the ninth seed, broke a scoreless tie with four runs in the top of the seventh inning to take control of the game. After Simley junior pitcher Erin Millerbernd held Park (7-6) to three hits and no runs through six innings, Simley (11-5) brought in freshman Abby Kain for the seventh inning.
Scoreboard - Wednesday, May 15 ADAPTED SOFTBALL CI Division Wednesday, May 15 South Washington County 14, Minneapolis Roosevelt 6 BASEBALL Suburban East Conference Wednesday, May 15 East Ridge 13, Roseville 12 East Ridge 400 306 0 - 13 Roseville 243 003 0 - 12 W-Stoxen. L-Stoehr. Highlights: ER, Gregory 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 walks. Roseville 9, East Ridge 6 Roseville 300 021 03 - 9 East Ridge 100 041 00 - 6 W-Buerkle. L-Schmit.