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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.
Forest Lake's big first period and strong third period snapped East Ridge's five-game winning streak in the regular season finale Thursday at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. The Rangers got a 5-3 victory after taking a 3-1 lead in the first period and following up with two third-period goals to erase a second-period comeback from the Raptors. East Ridge (13-10-2, 9-7-2 SEC) closed out the regular season with a 7-3-1 mark in its last 11 games but couldn't muster much of the magic it had during that stretch. "Any time that we go to work, with our depth when we decide to work, we can pin them in and
The East Ridge girls basketball team had two home games over the last week and there was optimism that the Raptors could finish the season strong. Unfortunately for Glen Wurm's squad, that wasn't the case. East Ridge lost 59-41 on Feb. 12 to Forest Lake and again on Friday, Feb. 15, to Mounds View. Wurm said his players showed up with "little fight" in them against Forest Lake, allowing the bigger, more athletic team to prevail. "We didn't compete hard enough to even give ourselves a chance," he said. It was a pretty balanced attack for Forest Lake.
The New Life Academy boys basketball team has somewhat of a relaxing week, playing just one game. The Eagles took advantage of the light-loaded week, as they beat Trinity at River Ridge on Friday night, 59-48. The game was close at halftime, as the Eagles led just 25-22, but New Life Academy outscored Trinity 34-26 in the second half at home in front of a packed crowd. Junior guard Kyle Linton led the way with 18 points, while senior guard Cameron Duffy added 11. In total, eight Eagles scored.
The New Life Academy girls basketball team found out that a week off can put a little rust on a club as it found itself in close games this past week. The team was able to shake the rust, however, and bounce back to defeat Breck High School on Thursday and Trinity High School on Friday to give the Eagles two big late-season wins and a sense of confidence as tournament play looms. On Thursday night the Eagles traveled to Minneapolis to take on Breck High School (3-14, 2-7 in Tri-Metro Conference) in a non-conference game.
The East Ridge High School competitive cheer teams participated in the MCCA Minnesota State Cheerleading Competition on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. Each of the squads -- varsity, junior varsity and junior varsity-non-tumbling -- won their respective divisions, bringing home three state championships.
The East Ridge gymnastics team nearly scored a season-high to earn its fifth Suburban East Conference victory of the year in the regular-season finale on Thursday, Feb. 7, at East Ridge High School. East Ridge scored a 137.35 in the win, topping Mounds View's 136.95. Junior Kelly McKenzie and freshman Megan Trollen led the way for East Ridge in the win. McKenzie had the Raptors' top all-around score with a 34.475 to take third overall in the event. McKenzie won the floor exercise with a 9.45 and earned second in the vault with a 9.05.
Last Thursday, the East Ridge boys swimming and diving team earned its final win for the season, making them undefeated in dual meets for the year and earning the Raptors the right to call themselves Suburban East Conference champions for the first time in history. The boys beat the Hastings Raiders, who also went into the meet with no losses, 106-80 for the conference title and the undefeated season. Hastings won the first two events of the meet, the first time this season that East Ridge has not opened a dual meet with a win.