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Three individuals wrapped up their PWER cross-country ski seasons at the MSHSL state meet on Thursday, Dec. 15 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. East Ridge senior Eleasha Mckenzie was the top-finisher among the three skiers in the 10-kilometer pursuit results. Mckenzie set the pace in the morning's 5-kilometer freestyle race, finishing in 92nd place with a time of 18 minutes, 45 seconds. She ended up in 93rd place on the day after skiing to a time of 20:11 in the 5-kilometer classic race for a combined time of 38:56.3.
For the second straight season, three PWER cross-country skiers will be making the trip up north for this week's state meet at Giants Ridge near Biwabik. For one of those qualifiers, senior East Ridge skier Eleasha Mckenzie, it is an opportunity that is a year in the making. Mckenzie qualified for the state meet last season as a junior, but she was unable to race due to illness.
The Park girls' hockey team decided to emphasize offense this season, and the decision has started to pay off in 2018. Park is 3-0 in games played since New Year's Day, building on that streak with wins against Rosemount and North/Tartan. Wolfpack head coach Steve Morse said Park entered this season with a new mindset to be more aggressive on offense and carry the puck up ice. The change has started to pay off as the Wolfpack won two games this week with a combined 11 goals on offense.
The East Ridge boys' basketball team has settled nicely into the middle of its season, winning five of its past six games. The Raptors' finished off a 2-0 week with a 70-58 Suburban East Conference victory at Stillwater on Friday, Jan. 5. The win improved the season record to 7-3. "I think we still have a long way to go in terms of reaching our potential as a team," head coach Bryce Tesdahl said. "But with the new system and new philosophy and new expectations, the kids are starting to buy in more and more each day."
The Park boys' hockey team finished 1-1 over the previous week against Suburban East Conference opponents. The Wolfpack won a 4-1 game at Mounds View on Saturday, Dec. 16, helping to balance out a 6-3 loss to Stillwater on Thursday, Dec. 14. Matthew Moreland and Anthony Brings each scored twice in the win against Mounds View. Keegan Oberding, Grant Glazier and Brandon Greeder each scored once against Stillwater. East Ridge The East Ridge boys' hockey team finished 1-1 last week, including a 4-1 win against rival Woodbury on Thursday, Dec. 14.
The Park girls' hockey team did not have any problem generating offense in two wins last week. The Wolfpack picked up a 7-0 win at home against Woodbury on Tuesday, Dec. 12 before also winning on the road at Roseville 8-3 on Saturday. Tina Press scored three goals in the 7-0 win against Woodbury on Dec. 12. Goaltender Jocelyn Veary made 21 saves. Eight different Wolfpack skaters scored in the win at Roseville. East Ridge The East Ridge girls' hockey team lost twice last week, including a 4-1 game against a Suburban East Conference opponent.
The Woodbury boys' basketball team rebounded on a busy week after two losses to start the season. The Royals picked up three wins, including a 77-74 victory at Forest Lake to kick off the Suburban East Conference schedule. Three games is a lot for one week, but head coach Kent Getzlaff said the Royals were relieved to have the full lineup back after absences in the first two games of the season.
Math and Science Academy freshman Tierney Wolfgram added to her big fall by competing with the nation's top runners at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships in San Diego on Saturday.
New East Ridge head coach Bryce Tesdahl saw both negatives and positives in the Raptors' season opener against Minnehaha Academy on Saturday, Dec. 2. East Ridge, ranked sixth in the state among Class 4A teams, squared off with Class 2A's top-ranked team in Minnehaha Academy at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic in Hopkins. It was a challenging matchup to start the season, with the opponent's lineup including one of the nation's top high school basketball players in Jalen Suggs.
The Woodbury boys' basketball team graduated more than half of its starters from last year's varsity team. But with one of the state's best players in Michael Jones returning, the Royals should be OK. Jones is back for his senior season after signing with Davidson College during the offseason. But most of the team's starters have graduated from last season, meaning the program has spent the first few weeks of practice getting players adjusted to new roles on the varsity team.