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New Life Academy had an interesting game against Minneapolis Edison to start off the Section 4AA tournament. The game started on Tuesday, but the rain kept the two teams from finishing. The game was moved to Wednesday until HealthEast Sports Center closed all fields because of the wet conditions. So the game was moved to Thursday, where the Eagles were able to stay in control and win 10-6 and advance to the next round.
Park ended the regular season with a 15-1 win over Grand Rapids at home on Thursday night. No individual statistics were available. Park will wait to see what seed it received as they prepare for the section tournament next week. Wednesday East Ridge 13, Simley 9 Every team wants to end the regular season with a win to create some momentum heading into the section tournament. But East Ridge head coach Steve Van Sloun knew it was going to be tough.
After a dominating win to open up the Section 3AAAA tournament, East Ridge found itself in a fight on Thursday afternoon. It was a defensive battle between the Raptors and Eagan and East Ridge looked to Abbey Cook for a strong pitching performance. She pitched all seven innings and gave up zero runs on three hits, while striking out nine batters. Cook needed at least one run to help her get the win, and she received that support in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Thursday It was the final day of golfing for the regular season for Park and East Ridge as the two teams traveled to Oak Glen on Thursday morning. Park finished fourth with a score of 371, while East Ridge took sixth and ended with a score of 391 in the 18-hole contest. Carissa Oberding led the Wolfpack with a score of 90, while Maddy Bloedel was right behind her with a score of 91.
Wednesday Park 15, Rochester Century 0 Park finished off the regular season and senior night on a high note with a dominating game and a 15-0 win over Rochester Century on Wednesday night. No individual statistics were available. Park will now wait for the seeds to be released on the section tournament as the Wolfpack prepares for playoffs. Tuesday Stillwater 14, Park 4
Tuesday It was the final golf match for the conference as the teams traveled to the University of Minnesota to play at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Tuesday. East Ridge and Park had strong days to create some momentum heading into the section match next week. The Raptors finished the day at second place with a team score of 317, while the Wolfpack finished in fifth place with a team score of 335.
Monday Eagan 4, East Ridge 3 Many coaches tell their athletes to give everything they have for the game or match. East Ridge head coach Brendan Fitzpatrick was able to see that saying come into full light on Monday as No. 3 seed East Ridge took on No. 2 seed Eagan at Simley High School in the team section semifinals. The three doubles matches were won in a dominant fashion by the Raptors to take a 3-0 lead quickly. Then, the Wildcats needed to win all four singles matches to get into the section finals.
Thursday Park and East Ridge rounded out the week with a competition at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids on Thursday. The two teams competed against 22 teams in 18 holes and Park ended the day in sixth place, while East Ridge finished in ninth place. Carissa Oberding led the Wolfpack with a score of 81, while Emily Waldo finished with a total of 90 on the day.
Wednesday The New Life Academy boys golf team were leading by one point over Legacy Christian in the conference standings heading into Wednesday's final match of the season. There were 18 holes played at Eagle Valley as the teams played two nine-hole matches. In the first nine holes, Legacy took a two-stroke lead to earn first over second-place New Life. That win gave Legacy the lead in the conference standings.
Thursday East Ridge 6, Woodbury 1 There's nothing like a friendly rivalry to start a quarterfinals section match on Thursday. The No. 3 seed East Ridge hosted the No. 6 seed Woodbury for a spot in the section semifinals and similar to the regular season, the Raptors finished the day with a strong 6-1 win.