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The boys swim and dive state meet starts this Thursday with the diving prelims and semifinals, and wraps up Saturday night with both the swimming and diving finals at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Bulletin sports editor Jace Frederick caught up with East Ridge head coach Billy Cuevas this week to preview the meet, as the Raptors aim for a team podium finish for a second straight season. East Ridge finished as the Class AA state runner-up in 2014.
Woodbury worked its way back from down 10 with two minutes left with a ferocious comeback to tie the game on a pair of free throws from Elizabeth Jordahl with seven seconds to play in the Royals Section 4AAAA quarterfinal with St. Paul Central. Then in one drive to the bucket it was all erased. Central’s Chelcie Kizart went down to the other end and hit a runner as the clock expired to give the Minutemen a 49-47 victory and end Woodbury’s season. Still, though it wasn’t capped with a victory, the Royals comeback provided fitting end to an up-and-down season. “We’re like a family.
The Eagles faced one tall task heading into its section semifinal matchup with St. Croix Lutheran -- the top-ranked team in Class AA and No. 2 seed in Section 4AA. Well actually, two tall tasks. The Crusaders sported two 6-5-plus big men in juniors Ade Lamu and Trenton Krueger. Those two proved to be too much for New Life (16-12) to handle as the big men combined for 31 points and St.
Bulletin sports editor Jace Frederick and South Washington County Bulletin editor Scott Wente preview the girls basketball postseason as East Ridge, New Life, Park and Woodbury head into section play.
The Thunderbolts are heading back to state. But in a new sport, this time. The defending adapted softball and adapted soccer state champion Thunderbolts qualified for the adapted hockey state tournament with a 12-9 victory over the Mounds View/Irondale/Roseville at Woodbury High School March 3. “I think we’ve come really far,” Thunderbolts forward Dylan Kubitschek said. That much is clear. This is the Thunderbolts first season competing in adapted floor hockey, after establishing themselves as perennial soccer and softball powers.
The district football plan the Minnesota State High School League rolled out last year signaled the end of Suburban East Conference football. And the East Metro sub districting, which was completed last fall, signaled an entirely new slate of opponents for Park. Gone are the games versus the Wolfpack’s traditional Suburban East opponents, here are matchups with traditional Metro East Conference squads such as St. Thomas, South St. Paul and Hill-Murray. The Wolfpack will open the 2015 season at Simley.
The girls basketball section tournament brackets were revealed over the weekend. With all tournament action set to tip this week, here's a look at each team's early section matchups: Woodbury Section: 4AAAA Seed: #4 First round matchup: Home vs. St. Paul Central on Wednesday Previous meeting: Woodbury 34, St. Paul Central 32 on Dec. 16. Probable second round matchup: No.
The final day of their Woodbury wrestling careers didn’t go the way either Ben Donnelly or Ty Johnson had hoped. Donnelly won his first two matches at the state tournament in the 145 pound division to work his way into the state semifinals Feb.
East Ridge sophomore Ty Okada can thank the shoes on his feet for the feats he’s accomplished on the mat this season. He wouldn’t be where he was without them. They’re the same shoes he got before his freshman wrestling season, which he never wrestled during, thanks to a broken hand. And Okada wasn’t planning on wrestling this year, either. He wasn’t on the team at the outset of the season. But while in the process of whether or not to return to the squad, Okada pulled out the shoe box and tried on his white, red and blue Asics. They still fit well. That was the deciding factor.
Though he doesn't know where yet, Ty Okada will be standing on the podium for the 120 pound Class AAA tournament at the end of the night. Okada locked up All-State honors with a 3-1 overtime victory over St. Paul Harding senior Keinnan Thacker Saturday morning to advance to the consolation semifinals. Okada is assured of at least a sixth place finish. He'll compete Saturday afternoon against the loser of today's championship semifinal between Farmington's Jamin LeDuc and Brainerd's Andy Scholosser.