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It's becoming a habit. After reaching its first-ever section soccer final last year, the New Life Academy girls soccer team reached the Section 4A championship game for a second-straight year last week, only to be done in by South St. Paul once again. Last year, South St. Paul dashed the Eagles' hopes of a state tournament berth with a 1-0 win in the Section 4A final. In the game, top-seeded South St. Paul scored the game-winning goal with 13.1 seconds remaining on the clock. This year, the top-seeded Packers didn't have to wait as long to celebrate.
Last week, the East Ridge girls swimming and diving team swam in two meets. The first was on Wednesday at home against the Roseville Raiders. East Ridge won the Suburban East Conference meet 96-89. The second meet was True Team State, in which the Raptors placed 11th with 1078.5 points. Earlier in the week, the Raptors found out that they were ranked eighth in the state, the first top-10 ranking in the swim team's history.
The East Ridge volleyball team won its last regular season game of the 2012 season, beating Suburban East Conference and section foe Stillwater at Stillwater last Tuesday night. The East Ridge Raptors defeated Stillwater 3-2. The Raptors won 27-25, 15-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-12. The victory gave East Ridge a 7-2 conference record, which helps their overall seed in playoffs. As a team, the Raptors recorded 45 digs, with junior Makayla Sauro leading the team with 24.
The Concordia Academy rushing attack proved to be too much for the New Life Academy Eagles as the Beacons ran for 487 yards on the ground, winning 35-24. The New Life football team has had much success on the ground this season, winning many games on the legs of its running backs. On Wednesday night, the team met its match against Concordia Academy as the Beacons ran for 487 yards on the ground and amassing 508 yards of total offense. The Eagles lost Wednesday night at Concordia Academy's home field in Roseville 35-24 in the last game of the regular season.
The annual District 833 cross-country race was held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, as hundreds turned out at Bailey Elementary School to watch over 150 local children in grades three to six run the 1.5-mile course around the Woodbury school. In the third-and-fourth-grade race, Newport fourth-grader Moses Yazachew was the overall winner, finishing in a time of 9 minutes, 23 seconds. Yazachew was followed by Bailey fourth-grader Jake Thomas with a time of 9:28.
The East Ridge volleyball team won one of its five matches last week by beating rival Woodbury on Thursday night at East Ridge High School. As the prep volleyball season nears the end of the season, the East Ridge Raptors concluded a busy week with two conference matches throughout the week and a tournament over the weekend at Eastview High School. On Tuesday, the Raptors traveled to Roseville and lost 3-0. The scores of the three matches were 16-25, 18-25 and 15-25.
The New Life girls soccer team advanced to the Section 4A semifinals with a 2-1 win over Concordia Academy of Roseville in the section quarterfinals on Saturday, Oct. 13, in Woodbury. New Life junior Chloe Westlund and freshman Maddie Sosa each had a goal and assist in the victory, while goalie Theresa Baranick made six saves for the Eagles (15-0-2). New Life, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, earned a first-round bye prior to beating Concordia Academy. The Eagles took on third-seeded St. Paul Harding on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print.
East Ridge nearly pulled off the upset of the season. After beating White Bear Lake 5-2 in the quarterfinals of the Section 4AA tournament, East Ridge battled top-seeded Stillwater to within one point, before falling 4-3 to the Ponies in the semifinals.
The East Ridge volleyball team defeated Park on Tuesday night and Hastings on Thursday night to end last week without dropping a game. To start the week, East Ridge defeated Suburban East Conference opponent Park 3-0 in Cottage Grove on Tuesday night. The Raptors (12-7; 5-1 SEC) won all three games against the Wolfpack (6-14; 0-6 SEC) while serving for 15 aces as a team. East Ridge junior Maddie Christenson led the charge with five aces. Senior Margaret Eggert led East Ridge with 16 kills.
Unbeaten in their last 13 matches, the New Life Academy Eagles volleyball team wrapped up last week with a couple more wins over Minnesota Christian Athletic Association conference rivals Maranatha Christian Academy and West Lutheran to improve to 16-3 overall on the year. New Life Academy, which is 4-0 and tied with fourth-ranked Southwest Christian for first place in the MCAA, beat both Maranatha and West Lutheran 3-0 last week.