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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.
The new year has been a good one for the New Life Academy girls basketball team. The Eagles snapped its season-long losing streak in a big way, winning four games over a six-day span, giving them a 2-2 MCAA conference record and 4-10 overall record. On Saturday, Jan. 5, the Eagles traveled to Barnum and defeated the Bombers 35-29. Behind a 76 percent effort from the free throw line, NLA scored 13 free buckets, and head coach Ruth Ann Pederson said her team's defensive schemes and double teams allowed the Eagles to get their first win of the season.
It could have been a big week for the New Life Academy boys basketball team to make a run in the conference. Instead, the Eagles took a step back, going 1-2. On Jan. 8, the Eagles faced off against MCAA conference foe Trinity at River Ridge, and came away with a 69-45 win behind Zach Prefer and his 18 points. Jake Wynia also added 14. The Eagles led from start to finish and wore down the Tri Hawks. The rest of the week wasn't so easy, though. On Jan. 10, the Eagles fell 64-38 against Southwest Christian.
East Ridge junior guard Parker Moquist may have had only two points in the Raptors' Suburban East Conference win over Forest Lake. But, none were bigger. Moquist hit the game-winning shot from the corner as time expired to help East Ridge sink Forest Lake 61-59 last week in Woodbury. The game-winner came off an assist by junior Jake Knupp, who drove the lane and kicked it out to Moquist. "Parker is giving us so much more than last-second heroics," East Ridge head coach Paul Virgin said. "I need to get him on the floor more.