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It was a big week for the East Ridge girls basketball team, as it had three games on its schedule. Unfortunately, the Raptors lost all three games and took a hit in the Suburban East Conference. On Jan. 8, East Ridge (7-6; 2-5 SEC) fell 55-39 to Forest Lake.
After losing three straight games, it was pretty apparent that the New Life Academy boys basketball team may have needed a break. That break came thanks to the holiday vacation that gave the Eagles two weeks off. The vacation might have been just what the Eagles needed. In their first game of 2013, New Life Academy defeated Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity 89-64 on Jan. 4. The Eagles (4-3, 1-1 Minnesota Christian Athletic Association) had a fairly balanced attack. Three players scored 10 or more points, while 12 total players scored. Sophomore guard Sam Horner led the way with 19 points.
The New Life Academy girls basketball dropped four games over a 10 day span and is still looking for its first win of the 2012-13 season. On Thursday and Friday, Dec. 27 and 28, the Eagles (0-10; 0-2 MCAA) participated in the Fridley Tiger Holiday Tournament, taking on Minneapolis Roosevelt on Thursday and Minneapolis Southwest on Friday. Against Roosevelt, the Eagles lost 43-57. Natalie Hager led New Life in scoring with 15 points. Emily Bouldan was next in line with 12.
The East Ridge wrestling team ended the 2012 calendar year with a trip to Fargo, N.D., for the 65-team "Rumble on the Red" Invitational, which also hosted competitions for junior varsity and youth divisions. "Our young wrestlers get to see some great competition taking place on 19 mats," East Ridge head coach Hans Horning said. "It is very impressive to see - a great experience for our kids." Of the nine East Ridge wrestlers, junior Reid Lyden was the lone place winner, taking eighth place at the 65-team tournament in the 120 pound weight class.
The East Ridge boys basketball team continued to roll last week. The Raptors improved to 7-1 overall and stayed perfect at 3-0 in the Suburban East Conference with a 73-43 win over an overmatched Hastings club. The Raptors went up 37-22 at the half and didn't let up after the break, outscoring Hastings 36-21 in the second half. However, East Ridge head coach Paul Virgin wasn't overjoyed about the 30-point win. "We were very sluggish in the first half, probably because we haven't played a game for two weeks," Virgin said.
The East Ridge girls hockey season played four games over nine days, with three games falling on three consecutive nights in the Burnsville Ice Garden Tournament, finishing in third place. In the Burnsville tourney opener, on Dec.
Since a 4-3 Suburban East Conference victory Dec. 13 against Hastings and a 5-5 overtime tie against Mounds View Dec.
The East Ridge gymnastics team won its second Suburban East Conference meet of the season, topping White Bear Lake 129.775 to 127.2 on Thursday, Dec. 20, at East Ridge High School. Junior gymnast Kelly McKenzie buoyed the Raptors (2-2 SEC) in the win. McKenzie won the all-around with a 32.95, which included a first-place finish in the vault (9.2) and in the floor exercise (9.35).
It's a whole new ballgame in Woodbury. On the heels of a 10-18 season, the Woodbury girls basketball team is on its way to matching its win total from a year ago, improving to 6-2 with a 48-32 win over intra-district and Suburban East Conference rival East Ridge on Friday, Dec. 22, at Woodbury High School. Under the guidance of new head coach Nathan McGuire, Woodbury is implementing a team-first approach - and it's working. In the win over East Ridge, Woodbury got scoring contributions from nine different players and shut down the Raptors with a stifling defensive effort.
East Ridge started Suburban East Conference play with a bang last week. Jake Knupp was a big reason why. Knupp, a junior guard, led the way for the Raptors with a game-high 21 points as East Ridge beat White Bear Lake 76-57 on the road in its first conference game of the 2012-13 season. The 5'10" sparkplug is averaging 12.3 points per game and the Raptors are 5-1 on the year.