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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.
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.