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The Woodbury football team’s season comeback continued on Friday night at White Bear Lake. The Royals put together more than 300 yards of offense in the first half to take a 28-point lead into the locker room. The first half lead proved to be insurmountable for a 50-23 victory over the Bears. The win was Woodbury’s third straight, raising its season record to 3-3.
The Woodbury girls soccer team has some momentum heading into the Section 4AA tournament next week.
Joseph Romain led the Woodbury boys cross country team to a second-place finish at the Red Wing Invitational on Friday. The senior won the boys race by nearly 20 seconds, as he crossed the finish line in 16 minutes and 25.87 seconds. Winona’s Carter Briggs was second in the 5-kilometer race with a time of 16:45. Ryan Murphy also cracked the top-10 of the boys varsity field by taking eighth with a time of 17:06. Rounding out the Woodbury boys varsity top-five was Peter Michalowicz in 16th (17:32), Grant Wittman in 19th (17:43) and Aidan Browne in 22nd (17:52).
The New Life Academy boys soccer team was looking forward to Saturday’s non-conference road game with Richfield. The Eagles marked the rematch game on this year’s schedule after Richfield defeated them in the section playoffs last October 1-0. It was another close battle for the Eagles, but Richfield again won 1-0. New Life Academy head coach Robb Rupp said the Eagles had a few good scoring chances in the first half. But Richfield came back in the second half to control possession. Yinka Famodu scored the only goal of the game in the second half to put Richfield ahead 1-0.
The Woodbury girls swimming and diving team had all three of its varsity divers set personal records in Thursday’s meet against Cretin-Derham Hall at St. Catherine University. Cretin-Derham Hall won the team dual meet 101 to 84. Woodbury diving coach Sherry Gross said senior Meghan Miller set new school record with her personal best score of 296.65. The score beat her old personal best of 281.50.
The East Ridge girls tennis team is gearing up for the section team tournament this week. The Raptors wrapped up the regular season with two Suburban East Conference wins against Roseville and Forest Lake. The Raptors squeaked out a 4-3 win against Roseville, and head coach Jon Rydberg said Roseville will be tough again next year with strong underclassmen in all four of the singles spots. Celina Ough was the only winner in the singles lineup. She pulled out a victory in two sets 6-1, 6-2.
Meet offers opportunity for JV runners
The New Life Academy girls tennis team added to its winning streak with two more victories in dual match play this week. Wins against St. Paul Como Park and St. Paul Humboldt helped New Life Academy increase its winning streak to six games heading into this week. “The last time we lost was Sept. 8, which means it’s at least six in a row here,” head coach Marcia Bussey said. “So that is very fun.”
Eighth-grader is top-ranked runner in Class 1A
The New Life Academy girls soccer team looked ahead to the final two games of the season and the section playoffs after Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to St. Paul Academy on Tuesday. With the wind at their backs, the Spartans scored all of their goals in the first half of the game. Lauren Hansen led St. Paul Academy by scoring two of the four first-half goals.