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Despite the weird spring weather-wise, the East Ridge girls golf team has gotten into the swing of things. The Raptors won the most recent Suburban East Conference match of the year - on Thursday, May 9, at Woodbury's Prestwick Golf Club - and currently sits in second place in the conference standings.
As well as things had gone for East Ridge at the start of the season the Raptors had to battle through adversity last Tuesday in a doubleheader against Mounds View in Woodbury. East Ridge (10-5, 9-5 SEC) split a doubleheader with the Mustangs after delivering a resounding 9-1 victory in the first game, however the Raptors couldn't summon a similar offensive display in a 3-2 eight-inning loss in the second game. East Ridge had built a tidy 8-1 record after winning the first game of the doubleheader but hit a snag in the second game after giving up eight walks.
East Ridge senior pitcher Chris Richardson threw six innings of three-hit ball Thursday in a 4-1 victory over White Bear Lake in White Bear Lake. Richardson's only blemish came in the first inning when he gave up one run that gave the Bears a quick 1-0 lead, but it was smooth sailing after that.
Travis Dorf, a senior East Ridge High School, signed a Letter of Intent last week to attend Concordia University in St. Paul and continue his passion for playing golf. Dorf has been a varsity player for the Raptors for three years. Last season, he qualified for the state tournament as an individual, placing 42nd overall. "Travis has developed into a leader and top golfer for East Ridge," East Ridge head boys golf coach Bret Brookins said. "It's been a pleasure to have him on the team and watching him continue to grow into a college caliber golfer.
Last Saturday, the New Life Academy softball team made hay while the sun shined. The Eagles finally got to play outside and made the most of it by picking up a nice early season tournament win by defeating Class AAA school North Branch 3-1 and Class AA school Zimmerman 8-1. The wins improved New Life's record to 3-2 on the year. This year, New Life Academy - which won four Class A state championships in a row between 2008 and 2011 - is hoping to reach its eight-straight state tournament, which would tie Winona Cotter for the most consecutive state tournament appearances in state history. T
With the weather historically bad this spring, the New Life Academy softball team took things inside. The Eagles played a triple-header on Saturday, April 20, at the Vadnais Heights Sports Center, going 1-2 against three formidable foes. New Life Academy, which finished fourth in the state in Class A last year, fell 10-0 to Class AAA power Eagan, lost 6-4 to Rice Lake, a big school in Wisconsin, before beating Totino-Grace, another Class AAA school, 9-7 in the finale.
Last year, Cottage Grove's Eric Rislove along with Woodbury's Joel Johnson and Greg Murphy helped Team Minnesota win the Culver's Midwest Cup Golf Tournament - a team and individual amateur tournament pairing the best golfers from the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. This year, however, things will be a little more difficult. The Midwest Cup has recently expanded to eight states - adding Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and South Dakota to the fold to create the only eight-team amateur tournament in the United States. The Midwest Cup has now earned the title as the premier amat
It didn't take long for East Ridge's Drew Molin to settle into the varsity rotation last season and establish himself as one of the Raptors' top pitchers. Molin threw five innings of no-hit relief in the first game of the season last year as a sophomore with East Ridge trailing 4-0 in the second inning. The Raptors rallied to win the game 5-4 and Molin continued to find ways to win on the mound. He finished the season as the team's leader in innings pitched and wins with five.
In-between the snow and rain the East Ridge boy tennis team was able to squeeze in a match. The Raptors started their season last week with a 6-1 non-conference win on the road over St. Paul Central. On Wednesday, April 4, East Ridge took down Central sweeping doubles and winning three of four singles matches. In the win, East Ridge No. 1 doubles team of junior Greg Sharrow and eighth grader Ben Van der Sman won 6-0, 6-1 over Central seniors Simon Lancaster and Jonas Toghai.
Last year, East Ridge golfers Brady Hanson and Travis Dorf represented the Raptors at the state tournament. This year, they hope to bring the whole team along for the ride. A year ago, East Ridge was the surprise team of the Section 3AAA tournament. Out of section play, only one team advances to state, along with five individuals not on the top team. In the two-day, 36-hole tourney, the Raptors held a four-stroke lead after the first day, shooting a 309 at Keller Golf Course in St. Paul.