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PWER nordic skiing will now all race in the same section. East Ridge, Park and Woodbury are all in Section 3 for at least the next two seasons. That’s a change from past years, when East Ridge and Woodbury were in one section, while Park was in another. “I think is geared nicely for each of the programs,” Woodbury Activities Director Jason Gonnion said. In the past, if Park’s section and Woodbury and East Ridge’s section competed on the same day at different sites, the coaches of the District 833 combined team were forced to split up.
The East Ridge girls cross-country team has won three-straight Section 4AA crowns. But there won’t be a fourth straight title — not in that section anyway. The Raptors were shifted into Section 3AA for at least the next two seasons as part of the Minnesota State High School League’s section realignments for all sports, which take place every two years. Now the Raptors have a new section to conquer, new teams to tackle and a new plaque to place their stake to. In Section 3AA, the East Ridge boys and girls cross-country teams will race against a large number of South Suburban Conference scho
Student enrollment at New Life Academy continues to grow, as evidenced by increasing attendance numbers and a step up in athletic competition. The Eagles joined the Class AA ranks in baseball, boys and girls golf, softball and volleyball when the new section alignments for the 2015-16 season were announced by the Minnesota State High School League March 7. The league realigns sections every two years. New Life has grown to a 9-12 enrollment of 241, Eagles Activities Director Curt Wetsel said.
Sid Tomes doesn’t take too many days off away from the gym. A few days after East Ridge’s section semifinal loss to Cretin-Derham Hall, Tomes didn’t retreat to the couch for hours of Netflix and Fruit Loops. He was back on the court, back in the weight room, working to improve. “It never stops. The grind never stops,” Tomes said. “I’m always in the gym. There are no breaks for me, really.” He’ll be back on the floor competing this weekend, as Tomes was selected to participate in the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Series. “I’m really excited for it.
Walk through the dark concourse of Cottage Grove Ice Arena in the waning hours of the night and you’ll hear an usual sound coming from the West Rink. Not the sound of pucks ringing off of pipes or the stopping and starting of skates on the ice, but the sound of a ball bouncing off of the boards. For about two hours a night, three to four times a week, the Minnesota Gophers men’s club lacrosse team migrates east to Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury or the ice arena in Cottage Grove to practice. “They’re really, really nice facilities here,” Cottage Grove native and Gophers freshman Ryan G
Shari Gray almost immediately recognized her daughter Savanna’s love for the ice. “Her brother was skating. He was in the hockey program and she wanted to skate,” Shari said. “I got her the skates and put her out on the ice and she was just a natural. She just loved it and she kept wanting to go back on the ice.
The Royals wrestling program had established itself as a perennial power of sorts in Section 4AAA in recent years, wrestling in the championship match in team sections in each of the past three seasons. But the Section 4AAA run will come to an end next season, as the Royals won’t be around to continue their recent run of success in the section. Instead, the Royals will be wrestling in Section 3AAA as a result of the massive list of section changes handed down by the Minnesota State High School League March 7.
In Year One of the Thunderbolts adapted floor hockey regime, South Washington County afforded itself the opportunity to compete with the state’s best. And that’s exactly what the Thunderbolts saw in their two games at the state tournament over the weekend at Bloomington Jefferson High School. South Washington County went 0-2 at state, falling to eventual state runner-up North Suburban 11-3 in the state quarters, before ending its season in a record-setting 20-13 defeat at the hands of Maple Grove in the consolation semifinals. And while some of the ‘Bolts were visibly upset with the losses
Woodbury junior Will Ho will be in the mix for a state title Saturday night at the state finals of the Class AA state swim and dive meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Ho finished fourth in the prelims of the 100 breaststroke Friday night with a time of 57.32. That put him just .86 seconds behind Eden Prairie's Griffin Beck, who won the prelims. Meanwhile, the Royals 200 freestyle relay wrapped up its season with a 20th place finish. The relay made up of Eric Sortland, Eric Fong, Jaron Kittelson and Austin Kinzie turned in a time of 1:30.12.
James Tidd broke a 17-year old state record when he hit the wall in the 100 free prelims at the state meet Friday night at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Tidd touched in 44.93 -- .03 seconds faster than the previous record set by Minnetonka's Jordan Watland in 1998. Tidd's record likely stood for less than an hour before it was bested in the same meet ... by Tidd. Tidd recorded a 44.81 in the first leg of East Ridge's 400 freestyle relay to best his "old" record. "The first one, I was really shocked," he said. "I wasn't expecting to break it then.