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The East Ridge girls cross country had three girls finish in the top-five of the Dewey Minnaert Invitational on Thursday at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park. Although that would be good enough to win most meets, the Raptors finished second behind a talented Red Wing team. The Wingers put six girls in the top-15 to finish in front of the 17-team field.
The Woodbury cross country teams are trying something new early this season. Instead of going out and having each runner compete as individuals, the Royals are trying to stick together as a pack. Head coach Mark Andrews said that was the main goal for the Royals in Thursday’s Dewey Minnaert Invitational at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park.
The New Life Academy volleyball team had two very different matches last week versus St. Croix Lutheran and Spectrum. The Eagles started out the week with a three-set loss to St. Croix Lutheran last Tuesday. Head coach Wally Bomgren said St. Croix Lutheran proved to be the better team against New Life Academy. The Eagles lost six starters last year to graduation, which has left some inexperience. “They’ve got a good coach, and they are a good feder program that is always a good early match for us,” Bomgren said. “They were definitely a little stronger than we were.”
The East Ridge girls swimming and diving team fell to Mounds View last Thursday to start the Suburban East dual meet schedule at 0-1. Mounds View won the dual meet with 96 team points while East Ridge finished with 90. Three individuals and one relay team placed first in the dual meet for the Raptors. The 200-yard medley relay team of Paige Smoley, Chloe Wangensteen, Callie Kunz and Gretchen Olson finished first in 1:59.35.
The New Life Academy boys soccer team is working to get its players familiar with each other through the early portion of the season’s schedule. Head coach Robb Rupp said many of their players came into the season without much experience competing as a team. In a team sport like soccer, unfamiliarity can pose a challenge.
A big win and a scoreless tie were the results of two games played last week by the New Life Academy girls soccer team. New Life Academy defeated Minneapolis Roosevelt High School 13-0 to start the week last Wednesday. The Eagles went into halftime with an 8-0 lead before adding five goals in the second half. Senior captain Kayla Binsfeld and sophomore Claire Maple each scored four goals in the game. Senior captain Nicole Hager scored twice, and Rachel Mueller, Sophia Sosa and Jessica Hase each also scored once.
The East Ridge girls tennis team was able to pick up some momentum from its two wins in dual matches last week. The Raptors defeated section opponent Visitation 4-3 last Tuesday and also started the Suburban East Conference season with a 7-0 win against White Bear Lake. Assistant coach Suzie Heideman said the Visitation roster is strong at the first through third singles spots. So East Ridge was able to put out a lineup to sweep the doubles and win at fourth singles.
Woodbury boys soccer head coach Joe Quintavalle credited the Royals for playing with some enthusiasm last Tuesday versus North St. Paul. But he added that same effort wasn’t as apparent Thursday in a 2-1 loss to St. Paul Central. The Royals (0-3) began the week with a 2-1 loss to North St. Paul, ranked eighth in the latest Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaching Association’s Class 2A poll. They followed that with a loss to 15th-ranked Central, one which with Quintavalle didn’t sound too pleased.
The Woodbury girls tennis team hopes to continue winning dominant matches like the one it played Thursday versus Cretin-Derham Hall. The Royals defeated Cretin by a team score of 6-1. With six seniors in the lineup, head coach Brandon Heath said the Royals hope to continue putting pressure on other teams.
The Woodbury girls soccer team lost two games last week to a pair of tough opponents. The Royals first dropped a road game 2-1 to Mounds View last Wednesday, a team that head coach Pat Malicki said was ranked second in the state. Despite the tough ranking, the Royals were able to stay within striking distance. “Rankings don’t really mean too much right now, but they were a good team,” Malicki said. “We were in the game the whole time, so I feel pretty pleased about that. We’ve just got to find a way to finish the game.”