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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.
A newly signed law bans formaldehyde from children's products. Things such as shampoo, lotion and bubble bath now may contain the toxic substance, but they will not be allowed to be on store shelves after Aug. 1, 2015.
The Park softball team has been crushing the ball lately. The Wolfpack has scored 52 runs in their past three games and are riding a three-game win streak as they head into the playoffs. Most recently, Park beat Suburban East Conference foe Roseville 10-2 on Tuesday in Roseville. The win came on the heels of 15-11 and 27-13 wins over Cretin-Derham Hall on Monday. (Yes, 27-13). In the win over Roseville (4-11; 4-11 SEC), Park scored all 10 of its runs in the final three innings, overcoming a 1-0 deficit.
I'll keep this brief. When you're done reading this you'll know why. For student-athletes, coaches and administrators it's been a rough spring. The historically foul weather has wreaked havoc with spring sports. The sporadic schedule has made things tough on sports reporters, too. I've received a number of concerns from readers wondering why there hasn't been much coverage of their favorite team or sport in recent weeks. One reason is, because of the bad weather, we went without high school sporting events for an unusual number of weeks.
Every two years, the Department of Education requires the district to survey our students to gather information about student participation and interest in athletics. The district is evaluating its athletic programs because of its commitment to providing equal opportunities under the regulations of Title IX and Minnesota Statute 126.21. This is a required survey mandated by the state. I am asking all students currently in 7th through 11th grade to complete the survey (seniors do not have to fill it out).
Wolfpack basketball Skills Challenge 2013 Whether it's your first time picking up the "rock," or you're a fully seasoned varsity star, the Wolfpack Skills Challenge is the off-season program for all Wolfpack basketball players to improve shooting and ball handling skills. Players choosing to accept the challenge have three levels of achievement to shoot for (Cub, Wolfpack, and Pride in the Pack). Complete an age-appropriate level of shooting and ball handling and be recognized for your dedication and success.
With the amount of gun violence in the country today, putting firearms in the hands of high school students may seem counterproductive to some. However, that's just what's happening as the sport of trapshooting is growing rapidly in area high schools. Currently, 114 schools in Minnesota have trapshooting clubs -- including East Ridge and Woodbury high schools -- and roughly 3,400 kids are participating in the sport. Last week it was deemed trapshooting will have the backing of the Minnesota State High School League in 2014.
Scoreboard - Tuesday, May 14 BASEBALL Results Suburban East Conference Tuesday, May 14 East Ridge 9, Cretin-Derham Hall 8 Cretin-Derham Hall 002 200 4 - 8 East Ridge 000 063 x - 9 W-Richardson. L-Arend. Highlights: ER, Ryan Gregory 3-4, 2 RBI. MCAA Tuesday, May 14 New Life Academy 12, St. Croix Lutheran 7 SOFTBALL Suburban East Conference Tuesday, May 14 Park 10, Roseville 2 Park 000 051 4 - 10 12 2 Roseville 100 001 0 - 2 7 2 W-Galloway (7-1). L-Knoche.