Sports Update for December 9Woodbury girls basketball tops Tartan, while SWC hockey ties Forest Lake; Royals boys hockey falls to Edina; East Ridge boys cagers lose at home, as do Eagles in season opener; Royals boys hoopsters throttled at Johnson.
By: Tom Carothers, Woodbury Bulletin
Tuesday was a rough night on several Woodbury-based teams, whether they competed at home or journeyed out on the wintry evening for competition.
WHS Girls Basketball
The Woodbury girls basketball team was the lone local squad to earn a win on Tuesday night as the Royals defeated visiting Tartan, 71-43, on Tuesday night in "The Lion's Den" behind 18 points from forward Mary Kroening and 14 points from guard Kristina White. Woodbury is 2-1 on the season heading into a Thursday night matchup at Roseville.
SWC Girls Hockey
Up in Forest Lake, the South Washington County girls hockey squad logged a tie for the first time this season, knotting the Rangers, 2-2, with Royal Raptors goals coming from defender Clare Shaw and forward Rachel Letsche. Goaltender Jessica Taplin made 28 saves. SWC is 4-2-1 on the year and is off until next Tuesday.
WHS Boys Hockey
The Woodbury boys hockey team fared better in its second game of the season against a team from the Classic Lake Conference, yet was defeated by No. 10-ranked Edina, 4-1, at the Bielenberg Sports Center. Individual statistics were not available. The Royals are 3-2 on the year as they prepare to host Park on Thursday night.
WHS Boys Basketball
It wasn't the kind of start the Woodbury boys basketball team had hoped for, but the Royals — playing without a suspended Nick Quicksell, the team's leading returning scorer from last season — fell hard at St. Paul Johnson, 80-35. Guard Hans Backlund led Woodbury with 12 points against the Governors — ranked third in Class AAA — with forward David Smith scoring 10 points as the only other Royal to muster double-digits in scoring. Woodbury hosts Shakopee on Friday.
ERHS Boys Basketball
The East Ridge boys hoopsters did not fare much better than the Royals as the Raptors dropped a 62-27 decision to visiting St. Louis Park in "The Raptors Nest." Individual statistics were not available. East Ridge travels to St. Bernard's on Friday night.
NLA Boys Basketball
The New Life Academy boys basketball team opened its 2009-10 season against Mahtomedi at home on the Curt Wetsel Court, falling to the Zephyrs by a score of 80-61. Forward Kory Kiekhofer led the Eagles with 13 points, with guard Sam Penwell chipping in 10 points in the loss. New Life plays in the North St. Paul Tournament this weekend, taking on South St. Paul Friday night before playing the hosts on Saturday.