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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.
After a shaky beginning of the 2012-13 prep hockey season, the East Ridge girls hockey team is gelling more as a team and getting a few wins under its belt. With two big conference games played last week, East Ridge was able to defeat both Forest Lake and Woodbury, giving them a 4-2 East Suburban Conference record and a four-way tie for third place in the standings. The Raptors battled Forest Lake on Tuesday night at Bielenberg Ice Arena and defeated the Rangers 3-2. After a scoreless first period in which East Ridge outshot Forest Lake 16-7, Jessie Anderson was able to give the Raptors an
White Bear Lake used the first two periods to build an insurmountable lead Tuesday en route to a 6-2 victory over East Ridge at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. The Bears scored two goals in the first period and added three more in the second to take a 5-1 lead into the third period. Nick Leach cut it to 5-2 with a goal 9 minutes, 34 seconds into the third period, but Jake Wahlin's second goal of the game five seconds after Leach's goal ended any comeback effort from the Raptors. Kevin Donohue scored a power-play goal on an assist from Tyler Hart at the 13:28 mark of the second period, but the goal
The New Life Academy boys basketball team had two blowout games last week. Unfortunately for the Eagles, one of those games resulted in their first loss of the season. The Eagles opened the week with an 80-60 win over St. Croix Lutheran (3-1) on Tuesday, despite 27 points from senior guard Cody Sticha. New Life Academy was led by junior guard John Horner, who finished with 19 points. Nine of those points came from the 3-point line. Senior forward Zach Prefer added 12 points, while senior Cameron Duffy added 10. Help came on the defensive side for the ball as well.
The East Ridge boys basketball team earned a pair of lopsided nonconference victories last week as it tuned up for Suburban East Conference play this week. The Raptors improved to 4-1 overall, beating North St. Paul 71-41 on the road on Wednesday, Dec. 12, before traveling to Minneapolis Southwest on Friday, Dec. 14, and coming home with an 86-52 win. Nine different players scored in East Ridge's win over North St. Paul (1-3). Sophomore guard Sid Tomes led the way with a game-high 22 points. Senior center Conrad Sexe and junior swing man Brian Ishola each netted 11 points as well.
After falling to perennial power Roseville in the season-opener two weeks ago, the East Ridge gymnastics team earned its first win of the year with a 129.225 to 125.125 victory over Hastings in a Suburban East Conference matchup in Hastings. East Ridge junior Kelly McKenzie led the way for the Raptors in the meet, taking first place in the all-around with a score of 33.5. Her night included first-place finishes on the vault (9.125), the beam (8.5) and in the floor exercise (8.65).
The East Ridge wrestling team ended its week with the Trinity Invitational after a conference dual victory against Roseville. With a dual meet and the Trinity Invitational, the East Ridge wrestling team was able to get a good deal of matches under its belt to get the wrestlers into mid-season form. On Friday, the Raptors defeated Roseville 43-33 to give East Ridge its first Suburban East Conference victory of the season and second in four years.
The New Life Academy boys basketball team continued its hot start last week. Perhaps more important than the victory, the Eagles learned they can depend on a plethora of players to lead the team if need be. On Tuesday, the Eagles name beat St. Paul Academy (1-1) on the road 61-57. Junior guard Alex Bush scored 12 points, while senior guard Cameron Duffy and junior guard Kyle Linton both finished with 11 points.
The New Life Academy girls basketball team dropped two close games over the week against non-conference foes Randolph and Hastings. With two road games during the week, the New Life Academy girls basketball team fought hard on the road, but were on the losing end for both games. On Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles (0-3) traveled to Randolph High School and battled the Rockets (4-1) to a 48-53 final score. NLA sophomore center Valerie Hohol led the team with 17 points and had eight rebounds for the Eagles.