Sports Notebook for January 29Woodbury wins, East Ridge falls in Thursday night gymnastics; Royals swim/dive comes up short versus Forest Lake; Raptors boys hockey still searching for first conference win.
The Woodbury-based District 833 gymnastics teams split their respective competitions on Thursday night, while the Royals boys swimming and diving team lost to Forest Lake at home as the Raptors boys hockey team fell on the road to White Bear Lake.
WHS Boys Swim/Dive
Senior diver Andy Dixon was topped for the first time in seven dual meets as the Woodbury boys swimming and diving team lost to visiting Forest Lake, 98-88, at the WHS pool.
Dixon, who took first at the sectional True Team meet last Saturday, took second in an SEC meet as Connor Florand became the first conference diver to unseat the Royal off the 1-meter board this year.
Woodbury's Greg Norsten claimed two individual wins (50-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly) while Talib Khan claimed first in the 500-yard freestyle.
The WHS 200-yard freestyle relay team of Norsten, Jordan Heir, Justin Ludescher and Victor Lugg claimed the host's final event win of the night and gave the Royals a 71-69 lead late in the competition, but Forest Lake would claim the top spot in the final three races to clinch the overall win.
ERHS Boys Hockey
A 7-1 loss to White Bear Lake at Aldrich Arena in Maplewood was the fourth-straight setback for East Ridge and the squad's eighth defeat in its last nine games.
The Bears took a 6-0 lead with three goals in each of the first two periods before Jack Leiviska broke the shutout with a score at 5:04 of the third interval. White Bear notched the final goal of the game while short-handed en route to the six-score differential.
Raptors goaltender Andrew McDonough made 28 saves in the loss that dropped the first-year team to 3-15-1 overall and 0-12 in Suburban East Conference play.
The Woodbury gymnastics team won its second-straight dual competition, defeating Mounds View, 136.925-127.175 at WHS. Erin Kohlbeck took individual honors in the all-around competition with a four-event score of 35.3.
Host Forest Lake topped the 140-point mark to outshine a respectable showing for the East Ridge gymnasts in a 140.7-135.125 decision in the north metro. Rangers gymnast Taylor Brett claimed the all-around title.
Results were not currently available for the Thursday night competitions of the East Ridge boys swimming and diving team or the Woodbury wrestling squad.