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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.
Pressured all night by a vaunted St. Croix Lutheran defense and getting bit by the injury bug, the New Life Academy's offense was stifled Friday night. The New Life Academy football team was beaten 48-7 Friday night by the Class AAA defending champion St. Croix Lutheran at the Crusaders' home field in West St. Paul. From the opening kickoff, St. Croix - currently ranked sixth in Class AAA - was able to set the tone in the Tri-Metro Conference contest, scoring the bulk of their points early in the game.
The East Ridge Raptors volleyball team opened Suburban East Conference play with a sweep over Mounds View and followed that performance with a sweep over Moorhead. The Raptors notched two wins over a three-day period and started off conference play on the right foot with a sweep of Mounds View. East Ridge beat Mounds View 3-0 on Thursday night on their home court with scores of 25-20, 29-27 and 25-23.
Fifth-ranked Eastview found two second-half goals Saturday to beat the East Ridge girls soccer team 2-0 in Woodbury. It's the third consecutive loss for the Raptors (1-5-1, 0-3 SEC), who have endured a rash of injuries and illness.