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The East Ridge boys basketball team improved to 16-4 on the year with a pair of wins last week. The Raptors beat Suburban East Conference foe Hastings 65-55 on Thursday, Feb. 7, at East Ridge, before taking down non-conference opponent St. Michael-Albertville by the same score, 65-55, on Saturday in Woodbury. East Ridge (16-4; 9-3) struggled with Hastings, which is last place in the SEC and was coming off a loss to Park that ended the Wolfpack's 68-game conference losing streak. The Raptors had a 25-19 lead at the half and the Raiders (2-16; 1-11 SEC) hung around for the remainder.
Three East Ridge High School student-athletes will compete at the next level next year. Chago Huerta, Katelyn Bergloff and Nate Roese all signed National Letters of Intent in a ceremony at East Ridge High School on Thursday morning Feb. 6. Huerta signed to play football for Concordia University of St. Paul, Bergloff will play soccer for St. Cloud State and Roese will run for the University of Minnesota track and field team. Huerta, a 5-foot, 10-inch linebacker, was named All-Suburban East Conference and set the Raptors' sack records for single-game, single-season and career as a senior.
Though the East Ridge girls alpine ski team was unable to reach a third-straight state meet, Raptors senior Elizabeth Koprucki is returning for one more run. Koprucki, who has now reached the state alpine meet four times for East Ridge individually, took second place in the Section 4AA championship meet at Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls with a time of 1 minute, 3.97 seconds. Eagan's Sally Anderson won the section championship with a time of 1:03.47. "I know she wasn't happy not winning," head coach Kevin Seipel said. "Finishing second is solid, but she wants to win every time.
Strong defense has placed East Ridge as a surging team in the Suburban East Conference and the Raptors continued to display prowess in both areas Saturday in a 1-0 victory over district rival Woodbury at Bielenberg Arena in Woodbury. East Ridge senior forward Jack Greeley put the Raptors (13-9-2, 9-6-2 SEC) in front with a goal on an assist from Jack Dwyer 8 minutes, 33 seconds into the game and East Ridge held that lead the rest of the way. The Raptors held the Royals (6-14-3, 1-11-3 SEC) to 20 shots on net for the game behind a disciplined defense and goaltender Tyler Guck rising to the oc
A shorthanded East Ridge gymnastics team fell 137-130.575 to Forest Lake in a Suburban East Conference meet on Thursday, Jan. 31, in Forest Lake. East Ridge was without junior leader Kelly McKenzie in the meet. But, on the bright side, freshman standout Megan Trollen continued to work her way back from injury and turned in her best all-around performance of the year with a 35.125, including a 9.1 on beam and a 9.125 on the floor exercise - which were both team highs.
The East Ridge Raptors wrestling team won three of its four duals that took place Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Raptors were able to beat Cretin-Derham Hall to give them their second victory in the Suburban East Conference on the year - something no East Ridge squad has done in a single season before. On parents' night for the hosting Raptors, East Ridge hosted CDH and Minneapolis Edison in a triangular that saw many of East Ridge's junior varsity wrestlers seeing action as the illness and injury bugs are still eating away at the Raptors. In their match against CDH, East Ridge won 45-
There was one thing the New Life Academy boys basketball team couldn't afford to do in the second half of the season, and that was slump. However, the Eagles (7-10, 4-6 in Minnesota Christian Athletic Association) have now lost four straight games dating back to Jan. 22. On Tuesday, the Eagles hosted PACT Charter, and lost 76-70 after being outscored 43-37 in the second half. PACT (7-10, 4-6) had a very balanced attack. Senior guard Drew Zieroth led the way with 19 points, while junior forward Daniel Nelson pitched in 18.
The New Life Academy girls basketball team dropped a game against conference foe Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 54-48 at home on Thursday night. The loss puts them in a tie for third place in the conference with Southwest Christian at 6-3 in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association. Abby Thor led the Eagles in scoring against LP/HT with 17 points, followed by Valerie Hohol who had 10. Hohol recorded a double-double as she also led the team with 13 rebounds. Next up for the Eagles is a game against Trinity at 6 p.m. Friday at River Ridge in Eagan.
The Woodbury Royals are the queens of District 833. East Ridge played host to crosstown and Suburban East Conference rival Woodbury on Friday. The Royals (12-7, 9-4 SEC) defeated the Raptors 56-47, after outscoring them 27-20 in the second half. The win made Woodbury 4-0 this year against its fellow District 833 schools East Ridge and Park. The balanced attack from Woodbury proved to be too much in the game, as nine total players scored for the Royals. Senior forward Courtney Schiffler led the way with 11 points while sophomore guard Kayla Bilski added 10.
Though temperatures outside have dipped, the area alpine teams have gotten hot. The PWER (Park, Woodbury, East Ridge) alpine teams put together their best two meets of the year in back-to-back fashion. Park, Woodbury and East Ridge train together and are coached by the same staff, but compete as separate teams. Last week, the PWER teams competed in the Suburban East Conference championship meet on Thursday, Jan. 31, at Afton Alps. In the meet, the East Ridge boys and girls led the way, each taking second place - just behind Stillwater in both cases.