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After losing their first three games of the year a combined 19-0, the East Ridge girls hockey team has put together a string of good games, capped by its most recent triumph - a 4-3 overtime win over Suburban East Conference and intra-district rival Park on Tuesday.
State tournament basketball will have a different look starting in 2014. Beginning in 2014 and for three years, the Minnesota State High School League boys basketball state tournament will be played one week before the girls tournament, and the girls will play a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. During those same years the boys will play a familiar Wednesday through Saturday schedule. In addition to the flip-flop of weeks, the use of Mariucci Arena for both tournaments will come into play.
When East Ridge needed it, Parker Moquist gave his team a lift. Moquist, a junior guard, hit a key 3-pointer in overtime as part of an 11-point night as East Ridge edged non-conference foe Red Wing 52-48 on the road last Tuesday. Tied 44-44 at the end of regulation with Red Wing, East Ridge (2-1) outscored the Wingers 8-4 in the extra frame to earn its second win of the 2012-13 season. Moquist's late 3 sealed the win for the Raptors. "Our defense is getting better, but rebounding continues to haunt us," East Ridge head coach Paul Virgin said.
The young East Ridge wrestling team lost two dual matches in a triangular at Stillwater against Suburban East Conference foes Forest Lake and the host Ponies on Friday night, but head coach Hans Horning saw some things he liked. The Raptors lost both team dual matches, but Horning, in his fourth year as head coach, said he was able to walk away from the night with a smile. "No one likes losing," said Horning. "But these are ranked teams, and we are young. We didn't back down and we pulled a couple of upsets.
The first week couldn't have gone much better for the East Ridge girls basketball team. The Raptors started their 2012-13 campaign a perfect 3-0 and no opponent came within 20 points. Talk about getting off to a hot start. One player who has had early success is junior forward Jamie Swanson, who has been a major threat from the 3-point line. East Ridge started the season against Burnsville and came away with a 67-46 win. Swanson led the team with 21 points, nine of them coming from deep.
After a rough start to the 2012-13 season, the East Ridge girls hockey team looks like it may be turning things around. The Raptors notched its first win of the season Nov. 27 with a 1-0 victory over Suburban East Conference rival White Bear Lake behind a commanding shutout performance by goalie Katie Flanders. After a first period goal by Katherine Scheibner in the 16th minute, the Raptors (1-5; 1-1 SEC) were able to play stellar defense to stop any scoring chances that White Bear had. East Ridge was able to outshoot the Bears (2-2-1; 0-1-1 SEC) by six with 26 shots on the night.
It didn't take long for Park and East Ridge to renew their rivalry Saturday at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Before the puck even dropped the two teams waited each other out at their respective blue lines to see who'd break first for the bench.
For East Ridge wrestling head coach Hans Horning, the wrestling season is about progression and improvement.
A year ago, first-year head coach Joe Wacker just wanted to rejuvenate the struggling Nordic skiing program in District 833. This year he's hoping to build on last winter's accomplishments. Wacker, a Nordic skier at Park just six years ago, was able to inject some life back into the Nordic program last season. This year, the program has nearly doubled in size overall. The number of skiers went from 45 in 2012 to 82 currently. "We are still laying the foundation for a successful program, and this dramatic increase in numbers is a step in the right direction," Wacker said.
Under third-year head coach Jenn Reillo, the East Ridge dance team will field a competition squad this season. A school can have both performance and competition squads. Performance squads practice during the week and show off their skills at other varsity sporting events like basketball games. Competition squads bring things to another level, competing in conference and additional invitational meets. "We are excited to be a MSHSL competitive team this year," Reillo said.