John Molene / Sports Writer
WOODBURY — The Raptors saved the best for last Friday as first baseman Luke LeMay knocked in two runs with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift East Ridge to a wild 4-3 win over visiting Woodbury. "I was just looking for a good first pitch to hit," said LeMay. "I've usually been swinging at the first pitch a lot so when I saw it was a fast ball down the middle I just tried to put it in play and see if we could get that last run in." "It felt really good," LeMay added. "I knew it was going to land over the shortstop.
WOODBURY — East Ridge junior Jack Mohler scored a hat trick and the Raptors played its best lacrosse of the season to earn an 8-3 win over host Woodbury Thursday night. "I thought we moved the ball around well," Mohler said. "We got to our offense, that's what we were struggling on in the beginning of the season. But I feel like we really improved on that this game and our defense had an outstanding job. Our goalie, Peyton Bixby, outstanding job. It was overall a very good team effort."
WOODBURY — Head coach Dave Darr's post-game meeting with his New Life Academy players out in left field took almost as long as the game itself. "I think we settled today, I do," said Darr. "I think we came in — St. Croix Lutheran has been a rival and we usually play a pretty tight games and we won decently—and then tomorrow is another big game against Southwest Christian. So, you hate to say we're overlooking somebody and maybe that happened. Maybe we're tired because we've played five games in five days."
WOODBURY — Coming off a grueling 7-6 three-overtime victory against Roseville Monday night, it was understandable that the Park Wolfpack would look a little fatigued Tuesday. And while the Wolfpack weren't at their sharpest, they still had enough in the tank to claim an 11-4 win over host Woodbury. "I think we transitioned really well and that helped us get in front of their defense," said Park junior Amanda Elton, who led the Wolfpack with five goals. "We moved the ball around well and we keep good possession so that helped us, too."
WOODBURY — Park's hitters connected up and down the lineup in an 11-5 win over Woodbury in softball Monday at Ojibway Park. In all, the Wolfpack rapped out 16 hits against Woodbury pitchers Nicole Stickels and Hailey Neubauer. Senior shortstop Delaney Young had a home run, two singles and two RBIs to lead the Park hitters. Madi Meduna had two doubles, a single and an RBI, Heather Degler had a single, a double and drive in three runs, Saren Croker socked three singles and an RBI and Nayeli Pallais hit three singles and drove in a pair of runs.
ST. PAUL — When Woodbury coach Kevin McDermott dials up a game-winning squeeze play, he said the eyes of the players affected don't necessarily get big. "It's pretty much routine," said McDermott. "It's early in the year but it's routine. But it's routine because we've been talking about it all through the practice sessions. We've had a month to harp on it and talk about it because we haven't been able to play."
COTTAGE GROVE — Park got the offense cranked up again — scoring 10 runs or more for the fourth time in five games — in a 10-5 win over conference rival Woodbury Wednesday at Cottage Grove. It was a game of wild swings. Park jumped out to a 2-1 lead after one inning and then held a comfortable 6-2 lead after four, but the Royals made them sweat more than a little bit with a three-run fifth that closed the gap to 6-5. Park then put the game out of reach with a four-run sixth inning.
WOODBURY — Senior Heather Degler drilled a two-out double in the seventh to lift Park to a 4-3 softball thriller over East Ridge Tuesday at the HealthEast Sports Center.
WOODBURY — Juniors Cayla Quade and Amanda Elton scored three goals each to lead the Park Wolfpack to a 12-1 win Tuesday in girls' lacrosse at East Ridge. Park dominated the action, leading 7-1 at halftime and then blanking the Raptors 5-0 after the break. It was the season-opener for the Raptors. Park opened Monday with a 10-4 win over Rosemount. Junior Taryn Leonard scored two goals for the Wolfpack. Adding single goals were Victoria Michaud, Makayla Krohn, Kristina Press and Jessica Juhl.
Finally able to get outside, the East Ridge Raptors rolled to another impressive win Tuesday, April 24, winning at Woodbury 6-1 in boys tennis. The Raptors improved to 8-1 in dual meets, including a perfect 3-0 against Suburban East Conference opponents. East Ridge swept the singles and won two of three doubles. The Raptors were dominate in singles play, dropping just one game in the top three matches. Elias Ramirez of East Ridge defeated Corbin Johnson of Woodbury 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.