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The New Life Academy varsity girls soccer team put the finishing touches on a very special regular season last week. A week after winning the MCAA regular season conference title, the Eagles captured the MCAA conference tournament title Sunday. It was a total team effort defensively anchored by senior Sarah Stacey. "She kept our defense together through several surges from the other team" NLA head coach Lynn Atkinson said. It has been a very special year for the Eagles. After graduating just two seniors off of last year's team, there were high hopes for the season.
After a six-game losing streak and a 1-8-1 start, things were looking dire for the East Ridge girls soccer team.
After losing its last three games, the New Life Academy football team got rolling. The Eagles defeated the St. Agnes Aggies Friday night 21-7 at home for its first Tri-Metro Conference win of the season. New Life (3-3; 1-3 TMC) endured harsh weather conditions and a few mental mistakes Friday night to secure the conference victory over visiting St. Agnes (1-2; 2-4 TMC). On a blustery October evening reminding everyone that Fall is here, the Eagles were able to overcome early penalty trouble and a St.
Last week, the East Ridge girls swimming and diving team swam in two of its toughest meets so far this season. On Thursday, Sept. 27, the East Ridge girls swim and dive team traveled to Hastings to take on the Raiders. Hastings won the meet 95-88, delivering the first loss of the season for the Raptors. "Hastings has a very good team, it was cool to see how well we stayed with them," East Ridge head coach Billy Cuevas said.
On the heels of winning a fourth-straight Mounds Park Academy tournament championship, the New Life Academy volleyball team earned a pair of wins last week to improve to 14-3 on the year. The Eagles are on an 11-game win streak and haven't lost a match since Sept. 8. Last week, NLA collected a Minnesota Christian Athletic Association conference win over rival Bethany and a non-conference win over St. Agnes on Homecoming night. Both wins went only three games.
East Ridge sophomore Samuel Ruiz Plaza and senior Alec Fitts began playing together last season, but at times it looks like the two have played their whole lives together. Fitts and Ruiz Plaza have developed into a dangerous duo in the midfield for the Raptors and they showed off their playmaking abilities Saturday in a 7-0 thumping of Tartan in Woodbury. Fitts had a goal and two assists and Ruiz Plaza had two assists in the non-conference rout. "At practice we're always talking about how we work so well because we can read each other's movements," Fitts said.
The East Ridge girls tennis team is learning the hard way about the old adage that close only counts in horseshoes. East Ridge lost two 4-3 matches last week - to Cretin-Derham Hall and Forest Lake - and now has five 4-3 losses on the year, three to teams ranked among the top 15 in the state. East Ridge is now 7-6 overall and 3=4 in the Suburban East Conference. Last week, against Cretin-Derham Hall, the Raptors had chances to win the match but lost in three sets at No. 1 singles, and lost very close matches at second and third doubles.
The Math and Science Academy cross country teams took part in the prestigious Milaca Mega Meet last week. In its 42nd year, the Mega Meet draws a number of the state's top running teams to the Milaca Golf Club. In the Class A competition, the Math and Science Academy girls took fourth place out of 26 teams and the Dragons boys placed 14th out of 25 teams. In the boys meet, MSA senior Jacob Siekmeier finished in second place out of 181 runners with a time of 16 minutes, 25 seconds -- just a hair back of Pelican Rapids senior Cody Bekkerus, who won the race in a time of 16:24.
The New Life Academy volleyball team continued its torrid start and earned a championship trophy at the Mounds Park Tournament this past weekend. New Life improved to 12-3 overall with 2-0 wins over St. Paul Academy, West Lutheran, Mounds Park Academy and St. Anthony in winning the Mounds Park Tournament for a fourth-straight year. Prior to winning the tournament, New Life defeated Heritage Christian Academy on Tuesday, Sept.
East Ridge's scoring drought stretched to four games Tuesday after a 1-0 loss to Roseville at East Ridge High School. The Raptors went four games without a goal since a 2-0 victory over Hill-Murray on Sept.