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Junior Zekeria Nigatu and the East Ridge boys tennis team defeated Simley in the first round of the Section 3AA team tournament, but the Raptors fell 6-1 to Burnsville to end the team portion of the season.

East Ridge boys tennis: Raptors season ends with 6-1 loss to Burnsville

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The East Ridge boys tennis team defeated Simley in the first round of the Section 3AA team tournament on Tuesday, May 14, with a 5-2 score. However, the Raptors fell 6-1 to Burnsville on Thursday, May 16, to end the team portion of the season. The Raptors' lone win came from its No. 1 doubles team of junior Greg Sharrow and sophomore Riley Pratt, who won 6-2, 6-2.

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East Ridge finished the year 10-3 overall and 7-2 in the Suburban East Conference, finishing in second place behind Mounds View.

"We had a great season," East Ridge head coach Suzie Heideman said.

This Friday, six players from the Raptors will play in the individual Section 3AA tournament at the Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville. Singles players representing East Ridge will be junior Zekeria Nigatu and Pratt. The doubles teams will be junior Greg Sharrow and eighth grader Ben Van der sman and brothers Vishaal Gupta, a sophomore, and Nikhil Gupta, a freshman.

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