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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.
Cross-town gymnastics teams East Ridge and Woodbury went head-to-head last Thursday at East Ridge High School. East Ridge (4-3) topped Woodbury 137.825 - 131.75 in the meet. The Raptors' 137.825 was a season-best. Individually, for Woodbury (1-5), seventh grader Ally Trebesch won the all-around competition in the meet with a 35.25, edging East Ridge junior Kelly McKenzie, who scored 34.75 to take second in the all-around. East Ridge freshman Kelsey Deverell took third in the all-around with a 33.775. McKenzie and Trebesch tied for first place in the vault with matching scores of 9.25.
Cretin-Derham Hall handed East Ridge's its second consecutive loss Tuesday after a 4-1 Suburban East Conference victory at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. The Raiders (12-6-1, 10-3 SEC) have the lead for the conference title and beat the Raptors 5-2 earlier in the season. Cretin-Derham Hall pumped in its first goal at 15 minutes, 11 seconds of the first period when Kendall Bolen-Porter scored. East Ridge (9-9-2, 5-6-2 SEC) tied it 3:05 into the second period with Tyler Hart's goal on an assist from Jack Greeley and Ian Penvose. But the Raiders went on to score the next three goals of the peri
The New Life Academy boys basketball team thought it had found its rhythm after winning two straight games going into last week. Unfortunately for the Eagles (7-7, 4-3 in Minnesota Christian Athletic Association) couldn't keep the momentum rolling against West Lutheran and Heritage Christian Academy. On Tuesday, the Eagles lost 74-59 to West Lutheran. Senior guard Cameron Duffy finished with a team-high 15 points, but no other Eagle scored in double figures. Four players from West Lutheran (14-3, 6-2 MCAA) scored 10 or more points. Senior guard Dustin Barth led the way with 20 points.
Off a lackluster effort in a Suburban East Conference loss to Stillwater, East Ridge wasn't about to have another letdown. The Raptors made it look easy at times against their cross-town rival Park in the two teams' first head-to-head meeting of the year on Friday night in Cottage Grove, beating the Wolfpack 76-50. "The word all week was intensity," East Ridge head coach Paul Virgin said. "For the first time all year, we felt like we didn't give an honest effort against Stillwater.
The East Ridge gymnastics team edged Cretin-Derham Hall 133.15 to 131.85 for its third Suburban East Conference win of the season last week. East Ridge junior Kelly McKenzie and freshman Megan Trollen led the way for the Raptors in the win. McKenzie had the Raptors' top all-around score, taking second place in the overall competition with a 34.975. Cretin-Derham Hall's Becca Wilcox won the all-around with a 36.075. McKenzie took second place in the vault (9.2), on the beam (8.675) and tied Wilcox for second place in the floor exercise (8.925) in the meet.
The East Ridge boys swim and dive team has now won 13 straight dual meets after sinking intra-district and Suburban East Conference foe Woodbury 128-58 last week. East Ridge opened the meet with first- and third-place finishes in the 200 medley relay. The team of Sam Scholz, James Tidd, Mason Pflieger and David Scholz won the event with a time of 1 minute, 45.28 seconds, and the team of Garrett Verhoeven, Alex Heide, Ryan Schiferl and Josaiah Vrannyes placed third with a time of 1:52.43.
It was a good week for the New Life Academy boys basketball team as it came away with two wins by 10 or more points. On Jan. 15, the Eagles (8-6; 3-1 MCAA) soared against Bethany Academy, coming away with a 64-49 win. NLA junior guard Sam Nelson led the way for the Eagles with 19 points, while senior forward Zach Prefer added 10.
The East Ridge boys basketball team may have taken one step back last week. However, it also took two steps forward. The Raptors suffered their first Suburban East Conference loss of the season on Tuesday, falling 84-58 at No. 3-ranked Roseville, but rebounded with a pair of wins - over Cretin-Derham Hall and Chanhassen - to improve to 12-2 overall on the year. "Roseville is too good of a team to not bring your 'A' game," East Ridge head coach Paul Virgin said. "Our kids were more upset with the way they played than with the result.
Coming off a three-game win streak, the East Ridge girls hockey team dropped two crucial Suburban East Conference games last week, dropping them out of a tie for third in the conference into fifth place. On Tuesday night the Raptors took on conference leader and No.