While the number 666 is widely thought of as bad, it was perfectly fine for East Ridge on July 8. And after opening with a run in the first inning, the Raptors put up 6s in the second, third and fourth innings to make short work of visiting Hastings in a dominant 19-3 win. East Ridge pounded 12 hits in the shortened game, including three doubles by infielder/pitcher Dylan Blake. “It was a good game,” Blake said.
As the team continues to roll, 11 was the magic number for Woodbury Blue on July 1. Now winners of 11 of 12 games to start the season, Woodbury Blue made short work of visiting Inver Grove Heights in an 11-1 win that only took about an hour. Woodbury pitcher Jake Dickmeyer threw another masterful game. He allowed just two hits in six innings, struck out five while walking one, and faced just four batters over the minimum.
Woodbury Blue’s season-opening roll continued on June 23 as the home-standing team dusted visiting St. Paul Park 6-3. Woodbury got standout pitching from Max Meyer, timely hitting from across the lineup, and solid play in the field to improve to 7-1 on the season. “(It was a) slow start and a slow game all the way around,” Woodbury Blue coach Kyle Hunt said. “They came out with the win. I like the way this team plays. What they do well is they show up every day, ready to go It’s great. I don’t mind it at all.
In the midst of an up and down start to the season for East Ridge, the visiting Northfield River Rats took advantage of a big fourth inning to break open a tight game and defeat host East Ridge 8-1 in a game played on June 24. Northfield led 2-1 before erupting for six runs in the top of the fourth to put the game away. East Ridge made some defensive mistakes and pitching miscues, and the visitors took full advantage. East Ridge’s bats were mostly silent the rest of the way as it managed just six hits for the game a
At one end of the field, defensive tackle Zack Dean busted through a hole in the offensive line. At the other, precocious freshman-to-be Jenaro Ocama went up in heavy coverage to bring down a clutch reception. Dean and Ocama were two of the 58 young football players that attended the Tyrone Carter Elite Training Schools camp held Saturday and Sunday at Woodbury High School. Carter, a two-time Super Bowl Champion, 11-year NFL veteran, two-time collegiate All-American, and 1999 Jim Thorpe Award winner, led a team of f
As Karina Joiner’s times got faster this season, her goals got bigger. Now, with a state championship under her belt, she’ll have to readjust her goals again. Joiner, a junior at East Ridge, hurdled her way to the Class AA state championship in the girls 100-meter hurdles Saturday in the state track and field championships at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Mahtomedi has done it to East Ridge again. Though the Zephyrs trailed early in the meeting last week, they managed to outscore the Raptors down the stretch to knock them out with a 10-7 win in the finals of the Section 4AAA Tournament on June 2. Mahtomedi outscored top-seeded East Ridge 6-1 in the middle of the match to earn the win.
It’s no secret at this point that New Life Academy has spent most of the season — and a bulk of the Section 4A Tournament — pounding teams with its bats. In the finals of the Section 4A Tournament on June 4, however, the Eagles triumphed with strong defense in the field and solid pitching on the mound.
It was two races and two section meet records for East Ridge junior Karina Joiner. Not a bad day at the office. Joiner jumped her way into the Section 3AA record books Thursday night, hurdling to two wins, both in record times, to highlight Day Two of the Section 3AA Track and Field meet at the University of St. Thomas. Joiner easily qualified for the state track and field meet June 5-6 at Hamline University in St.
This one was sweet. There’s no doubt about it. Woodbury knocked off rival and sixth-ranked North St. Paul with a convincing 9-2 win on May 28 in the Section 4AAA finals to advance to the state tournament for only the second time in the history of the program. It qualified back in 2006, finishing with a consolation championship.