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Woodbury boys hockey forward Max Gaede was slotted in at the No. 144 spot as the NHL Scouting Combine released its mid-season rankings of North American skaters for the 2010 entry draft in Los Angeles. Bulletin File Photo.

Sports Notebook for January 14

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It's been a good week so far for a pair of teams from local academies as the Math and Science Academy Nordic ski team took second in its Classic Suburban Conference meet, while the New Life Academy boys basketball team earned a win on the hardcourt.

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Over at Woodbury High School, one Royals boys hockey player found out where he stood in the eyes of a professional league this week as his team prepared for the biggest game of the season so far.

Gaede ranked 144th by NHL

Woodbury boys hockey forward Max Gaede was slotted in at the No. 144 spot as the NHL Scouting Combine released its mid-season rankings of North American skaters for the 2010 entry draft in Los Angeles.

The 6-foot, 2-inch, 190-pound senior right winger is the Royals leading scorer on the season. Woodbury travels to Highland Arena in St. Paul to play Cretin-Derham Hall on Saturday night in a battle for the Suburban East Conference lead.

MSA Nordic Ski

The Dragons boys placed second out of five teams skiing the 4.5-kilometer course at Cottage Grove Ravine on Tuesday, accumulating 457 points. St. Thomas Academy won the meet with 480.50 points.

Aren Siekmeier was the top-finishing MSA skier, placing second with a time of 16 minutes, 19 seconds. Jacob Siekmeier took third in 16:25. Kyle Osborne finished 10th overall in 18:59.

"Overall it was a nice day and our boys really skied hard and well," MSA coach Daniel Scheff said.

Up next for the Dragons is a trip to Simley High School for another conference meet on Jan. 19, followed by another Classic Suburban matchup hosted by Tartan at Lake Elmo Park Reserve two days later.

The CSC championship meet is scheduled for Jan. 26 at Battle Creek Park West, followed by the Section 4 championship at the same location on Feb. 3.

NLA Boys Hoop

The Eagles boys cagers improved to 2-1 in Minnesota Christian Athletic Association play and 4-6 overall with a 58-47 defeat of Bethany Academy on the Curt Wetsel Court at NLA on Tuesday night.

After holding a slim 21-19 halftime lead on Bethany, New Life outscored the visitors by a 37-28 count in the second half en route to the 11-point victory. Forward Cody Linton led all scorers with 19 points, with frontcourt mate Kory Kiekhofer logging 15 points and guard Joe Mann chipping in 11 points.

New Life hosts the No. 1-ranked team in Class A on Friday, when Minnesota Transitions Charter School pays a visit to southwest Woodbury. MTS has ended the Eagles season in the Section 4A Tournament in each of the past two seasons.

Tonight's Schedule

A number of local squads are in action on Thursday night, including the New Life Academy girls basketball team, as the Eagles host PACT Charter at 7 p.m. at NLA.

The combined Nordic and alpine ski teams of Woodbury, East Ridge and Park high schools are all competing this afternoon as the Nordic teams host a Suburban East Conference meet at Cottage Grove Ravine at 3:30 p.m., while the P*WER alpine clubs travel to Taylor's Falls for an SEC showdown at Wild Mountain.

While the East Ridge swimming and diving team heads to Chippewa Middle School in St. Paul for a 6 p.m. meet against Mounds View and the Raptors boys hockey team travels to Veteran's Memorial in Inver Grove Heights for a 7:30 p.m. game against Simley, East Ridge hosts both varsity gymnastic and wrestling competitions tonight beginning at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

Woodbury hosts the Stillwater swimming and diving team for an SEC matchup at 6:00 p.m., while the Royals gymnasts host Forest Lake at 6:30 p.m.

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