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Two East Ridge High School graduates and University of Minnesota cross country athletes had the opportunity to run in front of a home crowd at this year’s Big Ten Championships. The University of Minnesota hosted the championship races at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul on Sunday. Both Bailey Ness and Emily Betz are runners on the University of Minnesota women’s cross country team who said they had friends and family cheer them on as they competed at the home course.
A memorable season for the New Life Academy football team will continue at least one more game. New Life Academy defeated Hill-Murray 27-15 on Saturday at East Ridge High School for just the second-ever playoff win in program history. The Eagles will now play South St. Paul in the Class 4A, Section 3 championship game next Friday.
The Woodbury football team trailed Prior Lake by just five points as it entered the second half of Friday's first-round Class 6A tournament game. The Royals needed to connect on just one touchdown in the second half to take the lead in the road playoff game. But the Prior Lake defense managed to stop Woodbury's offense the entire half for a 19-12 victory that ended Woodbury’s season.
The East Ridge girls soccer team had a knack of converting scoring chances into goals on its way to a Class 2A, Section 4 championship. The Raptors outscored opponents 11-0 in three section games. But that was not the case in Thursday’s Class 2A state quarterfinals against Andover at Chisago Lakes High School.
Two Woodbury cross country runners punched their tickets to state at Wednesday’s Class 2A, Section 4 cross country meet in Falcon Heights. Joseph Romain led the Woodbury boys cross country team by taking third with a 5-kilometer time of 16 minutes, 26.2 seconds. Freshman Tiffany Holiday will join Romain at state after she placed eighth in the girls race with a mark of 20:02.1.
It has been an up-and-down season for the Woodbury football team. And on Wednesday it was up. The Royals’ offense scored on its first three offensive possessions and did not look back in a 47-25 victory over rival East Ridge. After starting the season with three consecutive losses, it was no surprise that the Royals were excited to wrap up the regular season with a win against the state's fourth-ranked team in Class 6A.
There were two forces at work against Woodbury cross country runner Joseph Romain at the Suburban East Conference championship meet on Tuesday. First of all, he misplaced his running spikes before the race. And on top of that, there was the Jersey Mike’s Subs sandwich from lunch that was still digesting in his stomach. But that did not matter as the Royals’ senior pulled away from the rest of the pack for a conference championship. Romain credited teammate Logan Longworth for loaning him a pair of spikes to use in the varsity race.
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East Ridge head coach Mark Abboud told his players he felt they could score five goals before the start of Tuesday’s Class 2A, Section 4 championship game at Stillwater. The Raptors offense nearly matched the prediction against the state's top-ranked Class 2A team. Emily Bunnell scored three goals as East Ridge defeated the Ponies 4-0 to wrap up a section championship. The Raptors will now play in the Class 2A state tournament starting next week.
The East Ridge defense did not force a turnover in Friday’s district home game versus Roseville. But it did not matter. East Ridge shut down the Raiders’ offense until the fourth quarter when the second team defense was on the field with a running clock. The offense also provided plenty of support in the 42-14 victory.