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This spring, Andriel Aimua and Taylor Anderson became the first girls golfers from East Ridge to qualify for the state tournament. Last week, they showed they belonged. Both juniors, Aimua finished in a tie for 19th place out of 88 golfers and Anderson came in a tie for 26th place. Aimua shot a 164 at the two-day Class AAA tournament, held June 11 and 12 at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids, including a 81 on the first day and a 83 on the second day.
Sources have said a meeting will take place this week between administrators from Park, Hastings, North St. Paul, Tartan, Simley, Henry Sibley, South St. Paul and Mahtomedi high schools to discuss forming a new conference, which could start the fall of 2014. Park star Jackie Voigt has been hired as the director of basketball operations for the women's team at the University of North Dakota.
The East Ridge boys golf team earned first place in last week's Suburban East Conference Championship Tournament, held Wednesday, May 22, at Indian Hills Golf Club in Stillwater, and came just one point shy of winning the overall SEC championship crown. East Ridge scored a 297 as a team and earned the maximum 18 points in the final conference competition of the season, finishing with 46.5 points on the year. Hastings won the overall SEC championship title with 47.5 points, earning second place at the conference tournament with a 303.
The hits keep on coming for Jenny Ramey. Ramey, a Cottage Grove native and New Life Academy graduate, picked up her third All-Conference honor in as many years, as she was named to the 2013 All- Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team. Ramey, a junior at Carlton College in Northfield, was an integral part of the Knights climb in the standings, which included Carleton's highest win total in the last nine seasons and the team's first MIAC playoff victory. In the postseason win, the Knights beat St.
The New Life Academy baseball team improved its record to 10-3 overall after three wins last week and claimed the No. 2 seed in this week's Section 4A tournament. New Life, currently second in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association conference with a 6-1 record, beat three non-conference foes last week: St. Paul Academy 14-8 on Monday, St. Croix Lutheran 12-7 on Tuesday and Columbia Heights 12-1 on Wednesday. The Eagles have now won 10 straight games.
After a hot start the East Ridge baseball team's road has gotten rockier. After starting the year 8-1, East Ridge is now 12-6. Last week, East Ridge split a doubleheader Wednesday against Roseville in Woodbury. Raptors senior Ryan Gregory went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run while junior Luke Ringhofer finished 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Sophomore Carter Stoehr drove in two runs with a 1-for-5 performance in a 13-12 win over the Raiders. David Wermers started for East Ridge (12-6, 11-6 SEC) and allowed 12 runs, 11 earned, on 15 hits.
In only its second year as a solo program, the East Ridge girls lacrosse team broke new ground last week. The Raptors beat Suburban East Conference rivals Park and Roseville for the first time amidst a three-win week in four games played. Second-year head coach Amy Fortney said it was "absolutely the best week in the program's history." "We have a lot to proud of so far this season, but last week was definitely a big week for us," Fortney said.
The New Life Academy softball team finally got to start Minnesota Christian Athletic Association play last week and took out their frustration with the continuing inclimate weather this spring by pounding out lopsided victories over PACT (28-1) and Bethany Academy (19-1). Against PACT, sophomore Theresa Baranick led the Eagles with 6 RBI and senior Amanda Pastirik followed close behind with 5 RBI of her own, including a 3-run homerun in the fifth inning.
Scoreboard - Tuesday, April 30 BASEBALL Suburban East Conference Tuesday, April 30 East Ridge 11, White Bear Lake 3 GIRLS LACROSSE Non-conference Tuesday, April 30 Park 16, Tartan 8 BOYS TENNIS Non-conference Tuesday, April 30 New Life Academy/St. Croix Lutheran 6, Heritage 1
The East Ridge boys tennis team tied for first place with Hudson, Wis., in the eight-team Royal-Raptor Invitational on Saturday, April 27. Leading the way for East Ridge was Ben Van der sman, who took first place at third singles, beating Woodbury's Joe Schubert in the finals, and the Raptors' doubles team of Phillip Cai and Evan Lu, which took first place with wins over Lakeville North, Woodbury and Hudson, at second doubles. "We had lots of great battles at the Royal-Raptor tourney with some great teams," East Ridge head coach Suzie Heideman said.