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The season is still very much alive for the New Life Academy boys basketball team despite going 1-1 last week. On Tuesday, the Eagles traveled to play St. Croix Prep and didn't give themselves much of a chance, losing 64-43. New Life trailed by just three at half, but the Eagles couldn't defend St. Croix in the second, as it exploded for 38 points. St. Croix Prep had a very balanced attack, having four players hitting the double-digit mark. Senior forward Jakob Schollmeier led the way with 15 points.
The New Life Academy girls basketball team defeated St. Paul Academy-Summit in the first round of sectional playoffs on Thursday only to lose to Minnehaha Academy on Saturday. After an 0-10 start to the season, a playoff win seemed all but a pipedream for the New Life Academy girls basketball season, however, the No. 7 seeded Eagles were able to fight their way to an even 13-13 record before knocking off St.
The East Ridge boys basketball team looks to right the ship in the final week of the regular season after losing its last three games. Last week, East Ridge lost 74-63 to 10th-ranked Roseville at home and 75-57 to Cretin-Derham Hall on the road in St. Paul in a pair of Suburban East Conference contests. Roseville (19-5; 13-3 SEC) opened up a 46-22 lead at the half on the Raptors, before East Ridge responded.
The New Life Academy girls basketball regular season came to an end on Tuesday, Feb.
Few teams have found a way to compete with fourth-ranked Eagan's speed this season and East Ridge proved no different in a 5-2 loss Saturday in the Section 3AA semifinals at the Lee and Rose Warner Coliseum in St. Paul. The top-seeded Wildcats (23-3-1) showcased that speed immediately in a dominating first period, which saw them go up 2-0 and outshoot the Raptors (14-11-2) 21-2. Eagan appeared in control and took advantage of any mishap East Ridge made in its own zone. "We haven't seen a team that fast in a long time," Raptors head coach Doug Long said.
Woodbury High School assistant coach Michael Moran has been named the new head coach of the Royals boys and girls tennis teams, replacing Derek Otto. Moran, an English teacher at Woodbury High School and Park High School graduate, has acted as the junior varsity coach for the boys and girls teams the past three years and runs the summer tennis programs through the City of Woodbury. Otto spent four years as the boys and girls head tennis coach at Woodbury High School.
The New Life Academy girls basketball team continued its 2013 winning ways over the week, knocking off three conference opponents, giving the team a 13-2 record in 2013. The Eagles also earned third place in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association last week, defeating West Lutheran on Saturday. NLA visited Southwest Christian (16-8; 7-6 MCAA) on Feb.
Eighth-grade wrestler Ty Okada took third place at the Ninth Grade State competition held on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Blaine High School, making him the highest-placing East Ridge wrestler ever in the team's history at the tournament. Okada competed at the 94-pound division, winning a thriller in his first match against Curtis LeMoir of Prior lake 4-2 in overtime. Okada was able to score a 7-0 victory in his quarterfinal match against Gram Nistler of St.
If progress is measured against where a team was a year prior, the 2012-13 season would be marked as a great step forward for the East Ridge wrestling team. The Raptors continued to take steps forward as it won its 12th dual meet of the season Thursday, playing host to Minneapolis Southwest in the first match of the 3AAA sectional tournament, giving the team a 12-12 season record. East Ridge won six of eight matches on Thursday, Feb. 14, and received an additional four forfeits on its way to a 54-12 victory. Ty Okada (106) got the wins started in a hard fought 3-1 match to begin the dual.
Time is ticking for the New Life Academy boys basketball team.