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The East Ridge girls hockey team beat the last place team in its conference but lost to the team currently in second place, keeping them in fifth place in the Suburban East conference. On the heels of a week filled with bad breaks and disappointment, the Raptors (10-12-1; 8-7-1 SEC) were able to defeat rival Woodbury on Jan. 22 2-1 on the team's home ice, scoring the game winner on a penalty play.
The New Life Academy girls basketball team won both of its game for the week giving them a six-game conference win streak after losing its first two conference games. The win streak has elevated the Eagles to a 6-2 conference record and sole possession of third place and only a half game out of second in the MCAA conference. On Tuesday, Jan.
Despite scoring 40 or less points in two straight games, the East Ridge girls basketball team was able to split two games last week. On Tuesday, the Raptors (8-9, 3-8 in Suburban East Conference) played a defensive battle against Stillwater and came away with a 40-33 victory. Junior forward Jamie Swanson scored almost half of her team's points, finishing with 19 points. Senior guard Hannah Pignato added 11. Senior forward Paige Becker was the only player from Stillwater to hit double digits. She finished with 11 points. Friday, however, didn't go as well.
Last week was a good one for the East Ridge wrestling team. On Friday, the Raptors hosted a quadrangular against Robbinsdale Armstrong, Minneapolis Roosevelt and Rogers. East Ridge began with a win against Robbinsdale Armstrong 51-22. The Raptors received four wins by forfeit and four wins by fall. The four Raptor wrestlers to pin their opponents were sophomore Emilio Huerta (152 pounds), junior Nate Tigges (170), senior David Kroger (195), and junior Jake Pittman (220).
At the start of January, the New Life Academy girls basketball team didn't have a win on its season.
The East Ridge girls basketball team's tough schedule continued last week, and unfortunately for the Raptors, it ended with two more losses. On Jan. 15, the Raptors hosted a tough Roseville team and lost 51-38 in the Suburban East Conference tilt. No player from Roseville (15-1, 8-0 SEC) stole the show, but in all eight players scored, with six scoring five or more points. Senior forward Larissa Graham led the way with 11 points. Junior forward Jamie Swanson led the Raptors with 16 points while senior guard Hannah Pignato added eight. "We had a tough time scoring against them.
East Ridge used a two-goal third period to hold off district rival Park Thursday for a 4-2 victory at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. The Raptors (8-8-2, 4-5-2 SEC) got goals from Derek Hammer and Nick Leach to defeat the Wolfpack for the second time this season and win the season series. Ryan McDonough and Luke Ringhofer added goals for East Ridge, which went 2-for-4 on the power play. Leach's goal came four seconds after Park had finished serving a penalty. McDonough gave the Raptors a 1-0 lead at 6 minutes, 43 seconds of the first period on an assist from Jacob Nickoloff and Hammer.
Two more meets. Two more wins for the East Ridge boys swimming and diving team. East Ridge took on two fellow Suburban East Conference teams - Forest Lake and Park - last week and won both meets, running its dual meet win streak to 12 straight. First, East Ridge traveled to Park, a meet the Raptors won 110-70. The Raptors next traveled to Forest Lake, where they won the meet 104-64. East Ridge won every event of the Park meet, and there were four events that the Raptors placed first, second and third.
The East Ridge gymnastics team scored a season-high 134.375, but couldn't outgun rival Park on Thursday, Jan. 10 at Park High School. Park, which is just finally getting healthy after myriad injuries slowed progress at the season's start, scored a season-high 139.775 in the win. East Ridge is now 2-3 overall in dual meets and in the Suburban East Conference. Leading East Ridge, which has been dealing with injuries of its own, was junior Kelly McKenzie.
The second Suburban East Conference meet of the season for the PWER alpine teams went better than the first, but the squads still aren't firing on all cylinders. PWER (Park, Woodbury, East Ridge) compete in the same meets and are coached by the same staff, but race as separate teams. In the first SEC meet of the year - held two weeks ago - the boys race needed to be called off because of scoring issues. However, last week, the boys meet went off without a hitch. East Ridge finished in third place at the 10-team meet with 634 points, Woodbury (437) was seventh and Park (188) took 10th.