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Graduation season is just behind us and I wanted to say what an honor it is to be part of our education system. As an assistant principal at Minnesota Connections Academy, an online public school serving K-12 students from across the state, this is a particularly exciting and rewarding time.
The Woodbury Blue American Legion baseball team bounced back from a pair of losses Sunday against Forest Lake in a big way Monday with a 15-hit outburst in a 12-2, six-inning rout of East Ridge in Woodbury. Quinten Strub and Ryan Scanlon each drove in three runs for Woodbury Blue (3-4) while David Stickels went 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs. Woodbury Blue starter Nick Bentley made his first American Legion start and turned in a solid start by giving up just two runs on six hits in six innings. "We haven't been taking very good at-bats, swinging at pitches out of the zone," Woodbury Blue
The Woodbury Area American Legion baseball team fended off a late rally from East Ridge Thursday to hang on for a 4-3 victory at East Ridge High School. Built mainly of players from New Life Academy and playing Legion baseball for the first time this summer, Woodbury Area built a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but East Ridge scored two runs and had runners on second and third with two outs before Woodbury got a fly ball to end the game. East Ridge got three consecutive hits with one out in the seventh with catcher Luke Ringhofer driving in a run.
Nate Roese's record-breaking 400 wasn't the only standout performance for the Raptors at this year's state track and field meet. With 17 athletes competing, East Ridge earned six all-state honors - reserved for the top nine finishes in each event - at this year's Class AA state meet, held June 7-8 at Hamline University in St. Paul. "Overall, I'm thrilled," East Ridge head coach Shannon Rainey said.
Stillwater shutout East Ridge 6-0 in the Section 4AAA playoffs at Midway Stadium in St. Paul to end the Raptors' season. The Ponies took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning and extended the lead to 5-0 in the third inning before adding a run in the sixth. Stillwater's Andy Peterson went 3-for-4 with two RBI while TJ Galenti threw a four-hit shutout for the win. Galenti allowed three walks and struck out two. Chris Richardson suffered the loss for East Ridge, which finished the season with a 13-8 record.
East Ridge kept its season alive Monday with a 7-1 victory over Tartan in the consolation round of the Section 4AAA playoffs in North St. Paul. Josh Stuempert gave up three hits in a complete-game victory and did not allow a walk. Raptors senior Ryan Gregory had three hits and three RBI while sophomore Sam Cobbs had an RBI double. "It was a good day overall for us as team," East Ridge head coach Brian Sprout said. "I think we were ready to go right away at the start of the game.
The East Ridge boys tennis team did something it's never done before. The Raptors advanced five players -- two doubles teams and one singles player -- to the Section 3AAA individual quarterfinals. East Ridge junior singles player Zekeria Nigatu won both his matches in straight sets over Park and Rosemount in the first two rounds. Nigatu, the seventh seed, beat Park senior Charlie Link 6-1, 6-0 in the opener and Rosemount junior Sairam Sunkam 6-1, 6-2 in round two. He will now face the section's No.
The East Ridge boys tennis team defeated Simley in the first round of the Section 3AA team tournament on Tuesday, May 14, with a 5-2 score. However, the Raptors fell 6-1 to Burnsville on Thursday, May 16, to end the team portion of the season. The Raptors' lone win came from its No.
The New Life Academy softball team has kept one streak alive, and this week it hopes to continue another historic run. Last week, the Eagles extended their string of Minnesota Christian Athletic Association conference championship titles to an amazing eight-straight seasons and secured a No.
Kelsey Ihns was spectacular on Wednesday, helping the East Ridge softball team sweep White Bear Lake. East Ridge beat White Bear Lake 4-0 and 2-1 in the Suburban East Conference doubleheader. Ihns, a junior starting pitcher, won both games to improve to 7-4 on the year. In the 4-0 win in the opener, Ihns threw a complete-game no-hitter. In game two, Ihns allowed just one run on five hits, while striking out 15. In the 4-0 win, East Ridge (9-8; 9-8 SEC) scored all four of its runs in the first inning and rode Ihns to the win.