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After a strong start to the year, the East Ridge girls swimming and diving team lost a second-straight dual meet to one of the Suburban East Conference elite. Last Thursday, Oct. 4, East Ridge hit the pool against conference rival Mounds View. Mounds View won the meet 108-76, making the meet the second straight dual meet loss for East Ridge. Despite the loss, the Raptors did pull off a number of first place finishes, both in the varsity and junior varsity races.
As the temperatures are starting to fall, the East Ridge cross country teams seem to be just warming up. The Raptors rounded the final turn of the season last week and are looking good heading down the home stretch. In their final tune-up before the Suburban East Conference and Section Championship races, the East Ridge girls - ranked third in the state - finished in first place at the Blaine Invitational last week, while the East Ridge boys earned seventh place in the 15-team meet. "We have a very tough conference on both sides (boys and girls)," East Ridge head coach Chad Cronin said.
East Ridge High School winter athletics registration will take place on Monday, Oct. 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 5-8 p.m. in the foyer inside the Main Entrance to East Ridge High School. Late registration will take place on Monday, Oct.
The East Ridge volleyball team defeated Park on Tuesday night and Hastings on Thursday night to end the week without dropping a game. To start the week, East Ridge defeated Suburban East Conference opponent Park 3-0 in Cottage Grove on Tuesday night. The Raptors (12-7; 5-1 SEC) won all three games against the Wolfpack (6-14; 0-6 SEC) while serving for 15 aces as a team. East Ridge junior Maddie Christenson led the charge with five aces. Senior Margaret Eggert led East Ridge with 16 kills.
After finishing its Suburban East Conference schedule with a tie game with Park, Connor Stevenson had two goals Saturday for the East Ridge boys soccer team as it rolled past South St. Paul 2-0 in Woodbury. Both goals came in the second half after Zach Boerjan served balls into the box.
When Jeremy LaCroix was putting together a 3-on-3 basketball league, he didn't really know what to expect. "We needed at least 40 teams to make it go and my goal was 60 teams, so obviously, we greatly exceeded that," LaCroix said. In its first year, 103 teams and roughly 450 kids from grades 3-10 are participating in the competitive league, held Sunday nights at Park High School. Most teams are comprised of kids from Cottage Grove, Woodbury and Hastings, but players from surrounding communities are also taking part -- from as far as Lake City.
Though their fans often sit on opposite sides of the field, area football programs and their followers are teaming up to try and take down cancer. This season, East Ridge, Park and New Life Academy are each trying to make a difference.
The East Ridge Raptors volleyball team concluded a busy week containing a total of six matches with a third-place finish at the Cretin-Derham Hall Invitational Saturday. Prior to the tournament, the Raptors were defeated in a non-conference contest by the Eagan Wildcats 3-1 at Eagan on Tuesday. They lost the match with scores of 15-25, 25-19, 10-25 and 18-25. East Ridge senior Margaret Eggert led the Raptors with 14 kills. Fellow senior Tess Kelzenberg scored a team-high two aces during the match, and junior Maddie Christenson led the team with 17 digs.
East Ridge girls soccer head coach Mark Abboud has said all along the regular season serves as preparation for the postseason and he wants his team playing its best prior to the section tournament. Lately the Raptors have started to show signs of improvement at the right time and Saturday's 3-0 victory over non-conference foe Tartan served as further evidence. East Ridge senior Noelle Arcand scored two goals and senior Katelyn Bergloff added another goal to give the Raptors (4-8-1, 2-5 Suburban East Conference) their third consecutive victory. "This is point in the season where we wanted to
New Life Academy couldn't overcome a couple of costly mistakes on offense and special teams in what NLA head coach Paul Mork said was the Eagles' "finest effort of the year." After beginning the season 2-0, the New Life Academy football team has seen its record dip below the .500 mark after a tough loss to the St. Anthony Village Huskies Friday night at NLA's Homecoming 28-9. With both an interception and a punt returned for touchdowns, St. Anthony was able to capitalize on the mistakes that the Eagles made.