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Raptors visit their namesake

Future East Ridge High Schoolers Kaylee Peterson and Peyton Ihns took in the sights and sounds of The Raptor Center on July 31. Submitted Photo.

The East Ridge girls basketball program ended its initial summer camp by learning all about the school's mascot with a trip to The Raptor Center on the University of Minnesota's Saint Paul campus July 31.

"This was a great educational and team building/bonding experience for our program," coach Glen Wurm said.

Wurm noted that the impetus for the field trip came one day during the camp.

"A group of girls asked me to make the sound of a raptor," he said. "I asked which raptor and they looked at me a bit puzzled. I knew then that a visit to the Raptor Center would be a great educational experience."

Campers and coaches, including Wurm as well as assistants Megan Kirchenwitz and Amanda Nisleit, were treated to a classroom visit with a trio of raptors, including a great horned owl. Following the lecture, the Raptors took a tour of the center, witnessing their namesakes in a number of different environments and learning all about the ERHS moniker.

"It was exciting for the girls to hear that the female raptors were the bigger, faster, and stronger bird when compared to their male counterpart," Wurm said. "This was a very positive experience for our girls basketball program and one that we will forever remember."