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The South Washington County Thunderbolts just keep rolling. The defending Adapted Softball CI state champions remained unbeaten with a 20-1 win over New Prague/TCU/LSH/Belle Plaine/Jordan April 21 and a 3-1 victory over Minneapolis Adapted on April 23. The Thunderbolts are a perfect 4-0 this season and have outscored their opponents by an aggregate score of 52-14. The Thunderbolts played Chanhassen/Chaska/Prior Lake/Shakopee April 28 and will meet Burnsville/Farmington/Lakeville April 30.
Woodbury was on the cusp of completing the comeback. Down 4-3 with less than eight minutes to play, the Royals fired on net, and found pipe, just inches away from tying their contest with East Ridge at home April 27. But the pipe proved unkind, East Ridge gained possession. Less than 30 seconds later, the Raptors scored on the other end of the field as Jacob Wetterstrom found the back of the net. Just like that, what was almost 4-4 was 5-3. The Raptors went on to win 6-3 to improve to 5-0 on the season. “Lacrosse is a huge game of momentum,” Royals netminder Chris Rolfing said.
Royals coach Kevin McDermott said it starts on the mound for Woodbury. After a rough start to the spring, Woodbury found its starting rotation – a cycle of Jake Dickmeyer, Max Meyer and Brady Mundahl. Those three have combined to deliver strong performance after strong performance of late, which has led to Royals’ success. Woodbury bested East Ridge 4-2 April 27 to collect the regular season sweep of the Raptors and win its fifth-straight game. “We’ve been hitting as a team better.
On a day filled with a constant drizzle and overcast skies, Taylor Raines provided the lightning at the Park Invite April 24. Raines won both the 100-meter and the 200-meter dashes with times of 13.19 and 26.45 seconds, respectively. Raines performance highlighted a well-rounded day for the Royals, who collected points in multiple events en route to a third-place finish in the nine-team invite. Woodbury scored wins in five events.
Matt Broich continues to swing the clubs well for Woodbury. Regardless of conditions. Broich fired a team-low 78 amid cold, windy, and sometimes even snowy, weather at Stillwater Country Club April 20 to lead the Royals to a team score of 319 -- good for fourth at the Suburban East Conference match. “(He) continued his really strong start,” Royals coach Kent Getzlaff said of Broich,” which was good to see.” Perhaps what was even better for Woodbury to see was the 79 carded by Justin Tschida.
Woodbury needed a win for a couple of reasons at home April 23. The Royals had been on a sizable losing streak, and wanted to hold onto the 7 mile Trophy in their rivalry match against Park. Woodbury got it done in a tight one, edging the Wolfpack 4-3 to get back into the win column and keep its trophy. “Really nice one, much needed one here,” Woodbury coach Brandon Heath said “A little rough start to the season, but the guys played great out there today. It was nice for the moral boost.” Woodbury received wins from Austen Maculus at No. 2 singles, Kenneth Huang at No.
The Royals dropped their first two games last week, falling 6-3 to Mounds View April 15 after the Royals committed five errors. Woodbury then fell 4-2 on the road to rival Park April 17. Five different Royals collected hits in the loss. Still, afterward, Woodbury head coach Bob Samson didn’t exude disappointment. “It’s two really good softball teams playing fastpitch softball,” Samson said. “Both teams know how to play the game. We know how to play and they know how to play. Today they won, next time we play it’ll be another really good fastpitch game.
Brenley Goertzen felt like she was about to run a race April 15. “I was nervous,” she said. But Goertzen wasn’t in her Raptors uniform, getting set to take off on on a track or cross-country course. She was sitting on The Loft stage at East Ridge High School in a purple Texas Christian University light jacket, ready to sign her national letter of intent to run for the Horned Frogs for the duration of her collegiate career. “It gave me those pre-race jitters,” she said. One of the only similarities between race day and National Signing Day was the person next to Goertzen — fellow East Ridg
Woodbury and East Ridge athletes combined to win 11 of 18 events April 17 in a five-team boys track-and-field meet at Simley High School won by the Raptors by an excruciatingly close score. East Ridge finished first with 119 points, just clipping Woodbury, which was second with 118.66. Host Simley was a distant third in the team race with 52.33 points, followed by St.
Eagles head coach Mick Ramey makes a point to have his squad face tough competition — often against bigger schools — in the nonconference slate to help prepare his team for the postseason. “It really sharpens our metal,” he said. The Eagles played three higher-class opponents April 18 in Zumbrota, going 2-1 on the day. New Life lost its opener to the host school Zumbrota-Mazeppa — a Class 2A school — in five innings, 14-0. Ramey didn’t know if his squad had ever made as many errors as it did in that game, and Zumbrota-Mazeppa hit three home runs to quickly expand the lead. But the Eagles