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Aayushi Sarkar finished one shot off the podium at the Class 3A state golf tournament on June 13 and 14 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. While the Woodbury freshman did not take home a medal by the slimmest of margins, she still finished as one of the top young golfers in the tournament. Sarkar finished in an 11th place tie with Orono eighth-grader Camille Kuznik with a two-day score of 156. Those two golfers were one shot back of ninth-place finishers Isabelle Ouyang of Edina and Isabella McCauley of Simley, both with scores of 155.
New Life Academy put in its best effort in the Class 2A, Section 4 championship against Minnehaha Academy on June 8 at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. But a three-run bottom of the second inning was too much for the New Life Academy baseball team to overcome in a 3-2 loss to No. 2 ranked Minnehaha Academy. New Life Academy head coach Dave Darr said the three-run third inning was not aided by misplays or errors by the Eagles. The Redhawks just used some timely hitting.
Math and Science Academy's Tierney Wolfgram has finished her season of dominance in Class 1A distance running this season. Wolfgram won the 1,600-meter run on June 10 to clinch all three Class 1A distance races this season. After winning the Class 1A cross-country state title this fall, the Woodbury resident won the 3,200-meter and 1,600 runs at the state track and field meet this weekend at Hamline University.
The East Ridge boys' track and field team did not qualify for the Class 3A True Team state meet or win a section title this season. However, none of that mattered when the Raptors won the Class 2A boys' state track and field team championship after producing multiple state champions on June 10 at Hamline University. East Ridge won championships in the boys' 4x400 and 4x200 relays to bolster its team score. Marcus Haskins had a busy day as he was the anchor of the 4x400 and also won an individual state title in the 800.
The pressure was immense for East Ridge's No. 1 ranked singles player Ben van der Sman in the Class 2A singles championship match at Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota campus. The Raptors senior fell behind Rochester Mayo's Sebastian Vile 5-1 in a third set, best-of-seven tiebreaker to determine the match. But van der Sman prevailed, winning the next six points to win the tiebreaker 7-5 and finish his senior season as an undefeated champion.
The East Ridge girls' lacrosse team tried not to panic when facing an early 5-0 deficit in the Section 3 championship game at ERHS on June 8. The Raptors fell behind Cretin-Derham Hall 5-0 early in the first half of the playoff game. Just like in a section semifinals win against Visitation two days earlier when they faced a similar shortfall, a comeback was in their mind.
The East Ridge boys' tennis team bet on its doubles lineup in the Class 2A championship match against Minnetonka on June 7 at the Baseline Tennis Center at the University of Minnesota. Elias Ramirez, who played a majority of his matches at singles this season, switched to the doubles lineup to play alongside Evan Fridinger at No. 1 doubles. With Minnetonka having talented players throughout the lineup, the move was made to give East Ridge the strongest doubles lineup possible.
The journey to a second straight section title concluded for the Woodbury baseball team with a 4-1 victory over Stillwater at CHS Field on June 6. The Royals used a three-run fifth inning to take their first and final lead of the game to clinch the section championship. Not only did junior Jack Horman deliver a two-out single that drove in two RBIs, including the go-ahead run, but he also was the winning pitcher after starting the game and holding the Ponies to one run in four innings.
Pole vault camp A free camp for students interested in pole vaulting will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during June and July at the East Ridge High School track. The camp is for students going into sixth grade and up who are interested in pole vaulting. Students are asked to bring a water bottle and proper shoes. Poles and helmets are provided. The first day of camp will be held on Tuesday, June 20. Contact Mark Haesly with questions at 651-815-3855 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . T-Wolves, Lynx basketball camp
East Ridge's new boys' basketball coach has grown up with basketball in his blood. The Raptors recently named Bryce Tesdahl as the next head coach of the boys' basketball program. With his grandfather Bob McDonald, holding the record for most career boys' basketball head coaching victories in state history, it would be hard not to know the game. "I'm very fortunate to grow up in a basketball family, it all starts with him," said Tesdahl about his grandfather, who coached 59 years at Chisholm and won 1,012 games.