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Class 2A state meet begins on Wednesday
Raptors finish third in section team standings
A cooperative agreement for the Woodbury girls hockey team has helped revitalize the high school careers of three players new to the program. Students such as Amy Holmberg, who is a freshman at St. Croix Preparatory Academy, were faced with no opportunity to play hockey at the high school level while attending their current schools. The only option that remained was to leave.
Redemption came in the form of a win for the Woodbury girls hockey team on Tuesday. The Royals headed into the home opener after losing twice to start the season, including Saturday’s game against Rosemount where they led in shots on goal. But Woodbury turned things around on Tuesday with a 2-1 overtime win against Simley. Shannon Motzko scored the game-winning goal in overtime after shooting an Isabel Chmielewski pass into the upper-left corner of the Simley net.
Senior divers from the Woodbury area dominated the Class 2A, Section 3 diving competition on Thursday evening at Cottage Grove Middle School.
Four East Ridge students marked their commitments to universities and colleges across the country with a national letter of intent signing ceremony on Wednesday. Kelen Kenol, Mariah Sexe, and Allison Barber signed their official letters of intent at East Ridge High School, while Emily Bunnell signed an unofficial letter.
Abby Witte ran the third state meet of her career on Saturday on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield. So the East Ridge junior was no stranger to the Class 2A state course. But the was one difference for Witte on Saturday: The absence of her teammates. East Ridge had sent a team to state the past six seasons heading into this year. However, Witte was the only Raptor who qualified for state this season.
Woodbury's Joseph Romain did not have the race he was hoping for at Saturday's Class 2A boys state cross country meet. The senior runner started out well in the early portions of the race at St. Olaf College in Northfield. However, as the meet dragged on he began to feel the effects of the heat with temperatures climbing past 70 degrees.
Math and Science Academy eighth grader Tierney Wolfgram set out with some big goals for this season. She was able to achieve most of them at the Class 1A state girls cross country race on Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Wolfgram cruised to a state title with a 5-kilometer time of 18 minutes, 23.6 seconds. Although it was not a personal record for Wolfgram, she was able to reach her goal of winning a Class 1A state title.
The season came down to one play for the East Ridge football team in Friday’s Class 6A section championship game at home against Champlin Park. The Raptors made a furious rally from a 21-point deficit with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to force one last shot to tie the game on a two-point conversion. But the pass attempt fell incomplete with just one second left on the clock, and Champlin Park held on for a 35-33 victory in section playoffs.