East Ridge swimmers dominated the five-team Suburban East Conference Relays meet last Thursday, easily claiming the team title with 156 points.
The Eagles suffered a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Visitation to open their season Friday.
Tierney Wolfgram, a rising eighth-grader at the Math and Science Academy in Woodbury — a school most famous for its robotics program — earned a second-place finish in the 3,200-meter run in June at the Class 1A meet. “Last year was her first time on a track team,” MSA athletic director Shannon Froberg said. Wolfgram’s silver medal at the state meet is the most prominent result achieved by an MSA athlete as the program as a whole continues to grow.
The greatest season in Woodbury boys lacrosse history came crashing to an unexpected end last Tuesday in the Section 3 semifinals. The previously unbeaten Royals trailed all night against a surging Eagan squad, which eliminated them from the playoffs with an 11-6 win. Woodbury had beaten Eagan 12-10 on May 14, but the 4th-seeded Wildcats caught fire late in the year. They went on to dominate East Ridge, which had also beaten them earlier in the year, in the Section 3 final to advance to the state tournament.
There were a lot of similarities between East Ridge’s Section 3 quarterfinal win over Rosemount two weeks ago and its season-ending semifinal loss to Cretin-Derham Hall last Tuesday. In both games, the Raptors scored 10 times. In both games, the difference was one goal. In both games, the winning team trailed in the very late stages before netting twice to turn the tables and stun their opponent.
The Raptors boys and girls track and field teams lost a pair of dual meets at Shakopee last Thursday. East Ridge fell 84-47 on the girls side of competition, while the boys fell 95-42.
Last week the Woodbury boys and girls track and field teams competed separately for the final time. The boys won a triangular meet at Park. The girls traveled to St. Francis for a late-season invitational.
Coming into last week, the East Ridge girls lacrosse team was undefeated in four Suburban East Conference games and winless in three nonconference games.
The Eagles took advantage of errors by Columbia Heights last week en route to a win. New Life Academy knocked in three runs in the second inning and batted around in a six-run fourth inning. “We really came to play,” coach Emily Evans said. “We had really good pitch selection. It was energy thing, we were just having fun playing softball. One person would start out (with a hit) and the next batter would continue it.” Eagles freshman ace Emmy Erickson, who also holds down the cleanup spot in the order, allowed just three hits in a complete game victory.
East Ridge went 2-1 last week, dropping a decision to Cretin-Derham Hall last Wednesday before winning on back-to-back nights against White Bear Lake and Blaine. “The last few weeks have been interesting as we have had three starters out with injuries,” coach Afton Murray said. “We are slowly recovering from that and hope to have everyone back and healthy for sections.” The Raptors also earned a win over the rival Royals on Monday night.