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Local cross country teams from East Ridge, Woodbury and Park all competed in the prestigious Milaca Mega Meet last week. In its 42nd year, the Mega Meet draws a number of the state's top running teams to the Milaca Golf Club. Last year, the East Ridge girls won the meet - topping Andover and Prior Lake. However, this year, the Raptors couldn't defend their title as No. 2-ranked Wayzata took the crown. East Ridge, ranked third in Class AA, finished in second place in the 28-team meet with 98 points. Wayzata had 75 points.
The East Ridge volleyball team ended its week with a win and a loss in Suburban East Conference matches against Cretin-Derham Hall and White Bear Lake. The Raptors dropped a tough match to Cretin-Derham Hall Tuesday night before beating White Bear Lake on Thursday.
The East Ridge boys soccer team picked up two wins last week with victories over White Bear Lake and Lakeville North. The Raptors started the week with a 2-0 loss to Suburban East Conference foe Roseville (6-3-2; 4-1 SEC) at East Ridge High School, but notched a pair of one-goal victories against White Bear Lake and Lakeville North.
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The New Life Academy volleyball team won the Silver Championship at its recent Visitation Tournament. The Eagles have started the season 7-3 overall. Team members are: From left, front row, Julia Stone, Kara Stenerson, Sydney Mortenson, Anna Lehn, Maddie Stocker; and, back, head coach Wally Bomgren, Jess Lamb, Morgan Frazier, Hannah Nelson, Abby Gorter, Matty Steele and Abby Thor.
The East Ridge boys soccer team got ample opportunities Saturday against Chanhassen in Woodbury but it took 88 minutes before the Raptors got the goal they needed for a 1-0 victory. Steven Vang hit a low shot to the right corner of the net with 1 minute, 30 seconds left to play in overtime to lift East Ridge to its third victory in four games. "We had a lot of chances, couldn't find the back of the net," Vang said.
New Life Academy lost its first game of the season Friday as they got beat-up by Providence Academy. Mental mistakes and player miscues plagued the New Life Academy football team Friday night, and the Providence Academy Lions were able to capitalize when they needed to in a 41-15 victory over the Eagles. NLA showed promise right out of the gates when senior co-captain Cameron Mehls returned the opening kickoff to midfield.
The East Ridge girls volleyball team won its first match of the season at home against Edina on Tuesday. Through a great team effort, the Raptors were able to edge out Edina 3-1 in front of the home crowd. The scores of the games were 25-22, 25-17, 23-25 and 25-22. The team improved its overall consistency, playing well as a unit from top to bottom. The Raptors followed up their win over Edina with a 32-team tournament in Marshall with some of the state's best talent on display. East Ridge went 2-3 in the tournament and finished in 22nd place.
Last week, the youthful East Ridge girls tennis team played tough against three of the state's top teams, but couldn't pull off an upset. East Ridge lost 4-3 to Mounds View and 5-2 to Stillwater in a pair of Suburban East Conference matches and 5-2 to Lakeville South in non-conference play. East Ridge is now 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference. "We had our chances in all three matches, but came up short," said Suzie Heideman, who is filling in for head coach Jon Rydberg temporarily while he is in London competing in the Paralympic Games.
The New Life Academy Eagles improved their record to 2-0 Friday evening against the St. Paul Academy Spartans at SPA's Randolph Campus field. The Eagles followed their 400 yards on the ground against Breck in the season opener a week ago with 315 yards on Friday. Senior co-captain Matt Michaud led the charge rushing for 190 yards on 11 carries with three touchdowns. Michaud finished the night with five touchdowns in the game.