East Ridge won its most lopsided victory of the season Jan. 30, overwhelming visiting Forest Lake 71-36. The eighth-ranked Raptors warmed up with a 32-18 halftime margin, and turned on the heat even more in the second half, outscoring the Rangers 39-18. The 35-point win was the largest of the season for the Raptors. Tomes scored 24 points to lead the Raptors.
East Ridge flexed its considerable gymnastics muscles Jan. 29, sweeping the top four places in the all-around en route to a 144.85-129.825 win over visiting Woodbury. Wren Anderson finished first in three of four events, and placed second in the other, to easily capture the all-around title. Anderson was first in the vault (9.35), first in the beam (9.6), first in the floor exercise (9.55) and second in the bars (9.15). “I felt they did well, they did wonderful,” East Ridge coach Chris Muras said. “A lot of them pulled together really well.
Park seems to have East Ridge’s number, and the number is five, at least this season. The first time these two teams met, back on Dec. 12, Park pulled off a 62-57 win in overtime. Jan. 27 at East Ridge, the visiting Wolfpack scored a 43-38 victory. Park also kept alive its unbeaten record against the Raptors, improving to 13-0 all-time. “All-in-all it’s a win, it’s a conference win,” Park head coach Stephanie Tolkinen said. “It’s a good way to start the second half of the conference. They’re also a section team so that helps a little bit. There’s a pride factor, too.
With star senior guard Sid Tomes battling an illness and a couple of other players nursing ankle injuries, the East Ridge Raptors needed someone to step up Jan.
Two weeks ago East Ridge was 4-6 and seemingly dead in the water. The Raptors had lost six of seven games and were struggling mightily to put points on the scoreboard. They had averaged just 37 points a game in four straight losses. That was then. And this is now. The Raptors won their fifth straight game Jan. 21, beating visiting nonconference foe North St. Paul 77-57 in the team’s highest scoring output of the season. The Raptors had five players in double figures, led by sophomore center Kelen Kenol’s 15 points.
Woodbury got a look at the Suburban East Conference’s best the last two games, but the jury is still out as to which team is the top dog. White Bear Lake made a strong case for that slot Jan.
Coaches like to preach that every point counts. And in this case they were right. Host Woodbury swam past visiting Park Jan. 15 by a 96-90 score that left both coaches happy. “It was probably the most exciting meet I’ve had here as a boys coach at Woodbury,” Royals head coach Martin Hoven said. “We came off a hard loss to Roseville last week and to come back and win as close a meet as this was excellent. We really needed the boost.” “I felt my boys did really well,” Park head coach Amanda Johnson said. “They knew it was going to be a close meet.
Woodbury got a top three finish in jazz and all three District 833 teams did well in the Suburban East Conference dance team meet Jan. 14 at Park High School. Dance powerhouse Forest Lake won all four team titles awarded, finishing first in both the overall conference high kick and jazz, as well as in the meet high kick and jazz. But Woodbury, with the smallest team in the competition with just five dancers, more than punched above its weight. “I’m so happy,” Woodbury coach Saige DeCleene said. “Just overall from where we came at the beginning of the season until now.
Ranked No. 1 in the pre-season, visiting Cretin-Derham Hall looked the part Jan. 13 in a hard-fought 65-60 win over eighth-ranked East Ridge. The Raiders overcame a 31-26 halftime deficit to snap the Raptors 12-game winning streak and move into a first-place tie in the Suburban East Conference with East Ridge and Roseville. “I just thought down the stretch we didn’t execute,” East Ridge coach Paul Virgin said. “We just have to trust each other and execute and I think if we do that we would have been fine.
Heavy underdog Woodbury challenged the East Ridge Raptors for most of two periods, but in the end, the Raptors powered past the Royals 4-1 in girls hockey Jan.