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The Junior Raptor Elementary Cheer Team is a competitive cheer team open to third through fifth graders who are interested in trying out the competitive side of cheer. The team will begin weekly practices in August, culminating in a competitive performance at the East Ridge Extreme Cheer Challenge on Oct. 14. Raptor cheer head coach Sara Mercado, along with the nationally ranked East Ridge competitive cheer teams, will teach stunts, tumbling, dance, jumps and cheer so participants are ready to perform. The team is for third through fifth graders, and practices will be held at East Ridge High School on Saturdays from Aug. 12 through the competition on Oct. 14. The team will cost $85 for the two month season, including a T-shirt and bow. Registration information can be found on the website at http://www.erhsactivities.com/page/show/1148760-cheer .
Woodbury native Brennan Menell is an offensive-minded defenseman looking for his first professional contract. The Minnesota Wild organization is searching for players to help fill its depth in the NHL and AHL rosters. Could Menell help fill that need? Menell earned some exposure with the Minnesota Wild during the organization's developmental camp July 8-13 in St. Paul. During the final camp scrimmage on July 13, Menell often skated on the same defensive pairing as Carson Soucy, a former University of Minnesota-Duluth player who has an entry-level contract with the Wild.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel grew up playing hockey at what was then known as the Bielenberg Sports Center. On Thursday, July 13, Guentzel returned to HealthEast Sports Center to give fans a few hours with the Stanley Cup. Guentzel and a large group of family and friends arrived just before 1 p.m. By then, hundreds of people were already in line for their 10 seconds of Stanley Cup glory.
Any concerns of pitching depth for the Woodbury Legion Blue Post 501 baseball team were answered during the Gopher Classic last weekend and July 10. Woodbury finished 5-0 during pool play, which was hosted at Woodbury High School The pool victory placed Post 501 into a 16-team championship bracket against the other pool play winning teams. Woodbury won the first game of the playoff round 6-5 against Omaha Burke #1 on July 10 in Bloomington. But the run ended just short of the tournament's semifinals when Creighton Prep came back in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 5-4.
Some people might find relief in playing a tournament at a familiar golf course. But for East Ridge graduate Andriel Aimua, playing in a U.S. Women's Amateur Sectional Qualifying tournament at her former home course Prestwick Golf Club on July 6 did not end up being much of an advantage. Aimua tied for 14th in the tournament after shooting a five-over-par round of 77 on a muggy day in Woodbury. She ended up five shots back of qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur, as two of the four qualifiers and the two alternates from the sectional finished with rounds of 73.
East Ridge graduate Luke Ringhofer was standing in a boat on a lake near St. Cloud when his phone started ringing last month. The news started pouring in when the Baltimore Orioles selected Ringhofer in the 22nd round of the MLB amateur draft June 14. The Cottage Grove resident was in St. Cloud playing summer ball with the Northwoods League's Rox at the time. Hearing enough to know there was a good chance his name would be called in the draft, Ringhofer took some advice to do anything besides watch the continuous coverage.
Woodbury's Jake Guentzel is bringing the Stanley Cup to Healtheast Sports Center on Thursday. The public will have the opportunity to see the cup and take photos from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at the Healtheast Sports Center ice arena building. Guentzel will also be available for photos. Fans are suggested to arrive early to have the best chance for a photo. The Woodbury Area Hockey Club is also planning to take a group photo with Guentzel and the Stanley Cup.
The Woodbury Legion Blue Post 501 baseball team showed off some of the talent that has helped it gain a No. 5 state ranking with an 11-2 win over New Prague on Wednesday, July 5.
Noelle Tomes waited longer than most seniors to decide where she was going to play college basketball once she graduated from East Ridge. But when it was time, her brother and a longtime friend were factors in the decision. Tomes decided late in this winter's basketball season to make a commitment to the Air Force Academy women's basketball team. It was a decision her brother Sid Tomes, a freshman guard this past season on the Air Force men's team, helped talk her through.
Packing up all your possessions and moving 1,000 miles away might seem like a hassle to most families. But for Marvin Wooten, Woodbury's new activities director, he and his family are looking forward to a fresh start from life in Virginia, near Washington, D.C. When Wooten and his wife, Safiya, saw an open activities position in Woodbury, they decided to take a look.