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As Park Activities Director, I have a few responsibilities besides just athletics. One of these activities is prom. The end of the school year brings many happy memories for high school students, and prom is one of those. I think most people can fondly remember their high school prom. I actually look forward to chaperoning prom every year. The grand march was held in the gym on Saturday, and the prom committee did a great job decorating it, using this year's colors of silver, lime green, and pink.
Woodbury High School graduate Casey Dittel just completed his senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The infielder was selected to the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) All-Sportsmanship Team. "We had a good season and were right in it until the last day of the season, and that is a testament to the leadership that all of these players, as well as the other upperclassmen provided during the year," head coach Eddy Morgan said. "You will only be successful if you have good leadership and they did a great job of guiding the team this year.
Scoreboard - Tuesday, May 21 BASEBALL Suburban East Conference Tuesday, May 21 Cretin-Derham Hall 14, Park 0 Park 000 000 0 - 0 1 3 Cretin-Derham Hall 507 200 x - 14 10 0 W-Garibay (2-0). L-Domeier. HR-Lacina (3). SOFTBALL Section 3AAA playoffs Second round Park 4, Lakeville North 1 Park 111 000 1 - 4 7 0 Lakeville North 000 001 0 - 1 4 1 W-Galloway (9-1). L-Zins. Highlights: Park, Mary Turitto, 2-3, 2 2B, Paige Hill, 2-4, 2RBI.
The Park softball team pulled off one of the biggest wins of the year on Tuesday. The ninth-seeded Wolfpack upset top-seeded Lakeville South - the No. 1-ranked team in the state - 4-1 in the second round of the Section 3AAA tournament at Dred Scott Field in Burnsville. Park (9-7) will take on fifth-seed Lakeville South in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at Dred Scott Field at 6 p.m. with the winner moving onto the semifinals of the double-elimination tournament on Friday.
Scoreboard - Monday, May 20 BASEBALL Non-conference Monday, May 20 East Ridge 5, Edina 2 Edina 200 000 0 - 2 East Ridge 200 201 x - 5 W-Stuempert. L-Larson.
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.