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The New Life Academy Eagles volleyball team continued to soar last week. New Life, the third in the playoffs, advanced to the Section 4A semifinals with a pair of 3-0 wins - over North Lakes Academy and Maranatha Christian Academy. The Eagles, which improved its impressive record to 19-9 overall with the wins, first beat 14th-seeded North Lakes 25-9, 25-12, 25-3 on Wednesday, Oct.
East Ridge's doubles team of Taylor Anderson and Natalie Robinson got a rude introduction to the State Tennis tournament last week. Anderson, a junior, and Robinson, a freshman - the first Raptors tennis players in history to reach the State Tournament - went 0-2 in their first appearance at State. "I know they were expecting some tough competition, but I'm not sure they were aware how tough. It was a good stepping stone," East Ridge head coach Jon Rydberg said. "They've never been (to State) before and didn't know what to expect, so this was definitely an eye-opener for them.
The South Washington County Thunderbolts adapted soccer team improved to 3-1 overall on the year with a 9-1 win over Minneapolis Roosevelt last Monday at East Ridge High School. Junior team co-captain Amanda Henderson led the way in the win with a team-high five goals. Henderson's third goal was a beauty. It came on a three-way, one-touch passing combination: John Stutelberg had a free kick, he passed to Tristan Rankin, who then one-touched the ball to center court where Henderson one-timed it into the back of the net. The Thunderbolts emptied their bench in the win.
Even though the East Ridge varsity team is starting a freshman at quarterback, the East Ridge ninth-grade football team didn't skip a beat in 2012. The Raptors recently completed a third consecutive undefeated season in the Suburban East Conference with a 34-28 win over Mounds View on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Led by head coach Mike Tollefsbol, aka Toz, going undefeated again was probably not a goal of East Ridge to start the season, but it became an unspoken one as the season progressed.
Connor Stevenson was a force to be reckoned with as the East Ridge boys soccer team celebrated its most remarkable stretch of games in school history last week. Stevenson, a sophomore attacker, had a goal, an assist and also created a penalty kick opportunity in the Raptors' 4-1 section win over Woodbury - their first ever over the rival Royals; then scored a goal in East Ridge's 2-0 upset of No. 1-ranked North St. Paul to help the Raptors reach the section final. Stevenson, who leads East Ridge in scoring, has six goals in his past four games.
The New Life Academy football team ran away with the victory against Brooklyn Center Friday night. With only one game remaining in the regular season, the New Life Academy bettered its record to 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the conference as it rolled over Brooklyn Center 41-6. The Eagles amassed 346 yards of total offense in the win with senior captain Matt Michaud carrying the ball 12 times for 127 yards. He also scored two touchdowns.
The South Washington County Thunderbolts adapted soccer team kicked off the season recently and are off to a fine start. Through four games, the 'Bolts are 2-1-1 and currently in fourth place in the CI South Division. The Thunderbolts started the year with a 9-3 win at home over St. Paul Johnson and followed it up with a 5-1 win on the road against North/Tartan. The 'Bolts suffered their only loss thus far, in game No.
Last week couldn't have gone much better for the East Ridge girls swimming and diving team. East Ridge earned two wins in both meets they competed in, beating rival Park in a head-to-head Suburban East Conference dual, then winning the Section 3AA True Team championship. East Ridge placed first at the True Team section meet, earning 1010 points, over Rosemount with 980.
The East Ridge girls soccer team staged a dramatic comeback Thursday against Stillwater in the first round of the Section 4AA playoffs, but didn't come away with a victory. After falling behind 2-1 with 8 minutes left to play the Raptors tied the game with one second left in regulation on a shot from Payton Goulding that trickled over the goal line. Neither team scored during the two overtime periods and it ended with a shootout.
The East Ridge cross country team had a new frontrunner for the first time in a long time last week. East Ridge sophomore Emily Betz earned the gold medal at the Blaine Invitational, edging standout teammate Bailey Ness for first place overall. Betz' time in the 4K race was 14 minutes, 55.9 seconds. As a team, the Raptors - ranked third in the state - won the meet by a large margin.