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The East Ridge girls hockey team lost its 3AAA Section playoff game on Wednesday at Hastings, ending the Raptors' season. The Raptors were outshot 24-17 and lost the game 3-0. Fourth-seeded Hastings (13-9-5) scored in the first period and twice in the second to end any chances of fifth-seeded East Ridge advancing to the next round. East Ridge senior goalie Katie Ahmann stopped 21 of Hastings' 24 shots in a game that saw only three penalties total.
Park's Evan Bonneson put it all together at just the right time. The junior Nordic skier finished in ninth place at the Section 1 Championship meet to punch a ticket to his first state meet. "I think some people were surprised by it, but I wasn't," said second-year head coach Joe Wacker. "He put together two really strong races, which he really hadn't done all year, and picked the best time to do it." The top seven individuals not on the championship team earn a state berth. Bonneson finished the pursuit-style race in a time of 32 minutes, 52 seconds on Tuesday, Feb.
Last week, the East Ridge boys swimming and diving team made it the second season in a row without a loss at home with a 105-73 Suburban East Conference win over Cretin-Derham Hall. East Ridge opened the meet with first- and second- place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay. Sam Scholz, James Tidd, Mason Pflieger and David Scholz won the event with a time of 1 minute, 44.65 seconds. Garrett Verhoeven, Alex Heide, Kent Rabideaux and Ryan Schiferl earned second place, just four hundredths of a second ahead of the third place team from CDH, with a time of 1:45.21.
The East Ridge girls hockey team played games last Monday and Friday, tying Hastings before losing to Cretin-Derham Hall in the regular-season finale. Power plays and late goals once again kept the Raptors out of the win column and supplanted in the fifth position of the Suburban East Conference. Last Monday the Raptors hosted Hastings at the Bielenberg Ice Arena and skated to a 2-2 tie against the Raiders. In a game in which the Raptors were penalized eight times, including four times in the third period, East Ridge (10-13-2; 8-8-2 SEC) scored first with a goal in the first period by Vale
East Ridge accomplished two firsts last week with victories over Stillwater and Roseville. The victories marked the first time the Raptors have beaten either school since the program began four years ago. The wins also capped off an impressive stretch for East Ridge as it's gone 6-2-1 in its last nine games and vaulted to fifth place in the Suburban East Conference. Raptors head coach Doug Long credited the team's defense as the impetus to improved play.
Sam Boardman led the way as the East Ridge, Park and Woodbury Nordic skiing teams competed in the Suburban East Conference championship meet on Friday, Feb. 1, at Troll Hollow. Boardman, a junior at East Ridge, took 17th place in the SEC boys race to earn all-conference - which goes to the top 20 finishers. In the pursuit-style race, the meet is broken into two parts - a classic race in the morning and a freestyle race later in the day. Starting points for the second race are based on each individual skier's finish from that first race.
The East Ridge gymnastics team was able to top cross-town rival Woodbury last week - and Kelly McKenzie was a big reason why. East Ridge scored a season-high 137.825 and improved to 4-3 in dual meets on the year with the win. McKenzie jumped, flipped and twisted to a 34.75 all-around score in the meet, which was good for second place. McKenzie tied for first place in the vault (9.25), tied for first place on the beam (9.0) and placed third on the bars (8.4) in the meet.
The East Ridge wrestling team had two tough triangular meets over the past week that were made worse by illness and match count limits. Throughout the four dual meets over a two-day span, the Raptors won just 10 individual matches, though many of the varsity wrestlers were not participating. On Thursday, East Ridge traveled to Suburban East Conference power Hastings to take on the eighth-ranked Raiders and the Mounds View Mustangs.
The East Ridge boys swimming and diving team now has 14 straight dual meet wins, after a win over the Roseville team last Thursday. East Ridge won the meet 133-53, and won all but one individual event of the meet. East Ridge's two relay teams in the first event of the meet (the 200 medley relay) placed first and second with only 0.4 seconds separating their times.
Scoreboard - Tuesday, Jan. 29 BOYS BASKETBALL Suburban East Conference Tuesday, Jan. 29 East Ridge 59, White Bear Lake 54 White Bear Lake 26 28 -- 54 East Ridge 31 28 -- 59 White Bear Lake: Vinson 4, Rost 8, Hjelmberg 12, Smit 5, Hink 17, Bennett 2, Rost 3.