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With the vast majority of the roster back this season for East Ridge, the expectations have started running high for the boys hockey team. After an 8-17-2 season and graduating five seniors, the Raptors return four of their top five point scorers and have plenty of experience in big-game situations.
After starting last season 3-1, things looked good for the East Ridge girls basketball team last year. However, the Raptors finished with an 8-19 record and had two losing streaks of five games or more. In the Suburban East Conference, only Hastings finished below East Ridge in the standings. This season for East Ridge, it's all about improvement.
With only one senior returning, the New Life Academy girls basketball team is young but experienced. The Eagles might look young on paper, but many of last year's underclassmen saw a lot of playing time.
In its return to the state tournament, the South Washington County Thunderbolts provided some fireworks. The 'Bolts finished in sixth place at the 2012 State Adapted Soccer Tournament, held Nov.
East Ridge's Meredith Ubel, in her second state meet, finished 10th in the 100-yard butterfly. Ubel set a personal best time by a tenth of second and swam a time that she hadn't neared for two years.
Fresh off its fifth-place finish in the state meet, the East Ridge girls cross country running team took sixth place out of 29 teams at the Nike Heartland regional meet in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Sunday, Nov. 11. With seven different states competing in the regional, East Ridge was the third-best Minnesota team at the meet. The Raptors finished with 243 place points.
The 2012-13 season got off to a rough start for the East Ridge girls hockey team. The Raptors were outscored 13-0 in their first two games of the year last week. East Ridge (0-2) fell 6-0 to Shakopee in their first game, held Friday, Nov. 9, at Bielenberg Sports Complex, then lost 7-0 at North St. Paul on Saturday, Nov. 10, in a pair of non-conference games. Neither Shakopee or North St. Paul was ranked in the top 20 at the end of last season. In game No. 1, Shakopee (2-0) outshot the Raptors 30-14, scoring four goals in the first period and two goals in the second period.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, the East Ridge girls swimming and diving team's junior varsity team had its season-ending meet - the JV Suburban East Conference meet, held at Stillwater Junior High School. East Ridge placed second out of five teams with a total of 399 points. Stillwater won the meet with 668 points, and Mounds View, Woodbury, and Hastings placed third, fourth and fifth respectively. "It was the final meet of the year for our JV squad. They came into the meet with a lot of energy and enthusiasm," East Ridge head coach Billy Cuevas said.
The South Washington County adapted soccer team is getting hot at the right time. The Thunderbolts won four of their last five games to finish 6-2-1 in the CI South Division, which was good for a tie for third place in the league. Most recently, the 'Bolts beat Minneapolis Roosevelt 8-1 at East Ridge on Oct. 15, then traveled to Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville and falling 9-2 on Oct. 23, before rebounding with a 4-2 win at South Suburban and a 16-0 win at home against Minneapolis Edison. Last week, the Thunderbolts capped the successful stretch with a 7-3 win over St.
Already a state champion in the 400-yard dash, Nate Roese is proving to be one of the state's better distance runners as well. Roese, a senior, took fourth place overall in the Raptors' Section 4AA championship meet with a time of 16:01.5 to earn a second trip to the State cross country meet. In 2010, East Ridge's Nate Roese became the first boys cross country runner to earn a trip to the state meet, finishing in fifth place at the Section 4AA Championships as a sophomore.