Host Woodbury made quick work of visiting White Bear Lake in a Section 4AAA volleyball first-round game Oct. 21. The Royals won in straight sets, 25-18, 25-15 and 25-17. The next step gets considerably harder. Woodbury advances to a second-round game at top-seeded and sixth-ranked North St. Paul (26-2) Oct. 23. For Oct. 21, at least, the Royals got a chance to savor one of the team’s best wins of the season. “I think we really came together as a team and we were positive throughout everything,” Woodbury’s Taylor Nelson said.
Five days after suffering their first loss of the season, East Ridge took out some of their frustrations against a winless Forest Lake in a 42-3 Suburban East Conference mismatch Oct. 15. Junior quarterback Seth Green – who earlier in the day committed to play football at the University of Oregon – passed for three touchdowns and caught a pass for another score.
Sixth-ranked Stillwater – upset last week in its first loss of the season – took out at least some of its frustrations with a 47-20 victory against the host Royals Oct. 10. The Ponies improved to 6-1 in the Suburban East Conference and 7-1 on the season. Stillwater got out in front early, capitalizing on Woodbury turnovers and errors, and led 20-0 after one quarter and 34-7 at the half.
It took fourth-ranked East Ridge a while to get rolling, at least offensively, but when they got rolling the Raptors easily dispatched visiting White Bear Lake 37-0 Oct. 3. The win sets up a Suburban East Conference showdown against No. 5 Mounds View next weekend. Mounds View, however, was bushwhacked at Menasha, Wis., 21-0 Oct. 10, taking away just a bit of the pregame hoopla. Still, for East Ridge’s part, the Raptors are just where they wanted to be at this point in the season. “The way the defense shut ‘em down early on to give us a chance” East Ridge head coach Mike Pendino said.
Third-seeded Woodbury kicked past sixth-seeded Stillwater in the first round of Section 4AA girls soccer, winning 2-1 Tuesday in Woodbury. But now the going gets tougher for the Royals, champions of the Suburban East Conference. Woodbury (11-5-1) will play at second-seeded Mahtomedi (12-2-3) Thursday.
The Woodbury Royals got a win – albeit a rather shaky 2-1 win -- over visiting White Bear Lake Tuesday to advance past to the second round of the Section 4AA boys soccer tournament. “I was happy to get back to the semifinals. We haven’t been there for three years,” Woodbury head coach Joe Quintavalle said. “We did some good things, but we gave the ball away too much needlessly, that’s what’s frustrating. Possession is kind of what we thrive on, keeping the ball. We made a few good passes and then we gave it away too much.
Leading two games to one, the visiting Woodbury Royals couldn’t quite deliver a knockout punch and dropped a five-game volleyball decision at White Bear Lake High School Sept. 30. The host Bears won 25-16, 17-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 15-11. Woodbury fell to 2-2 in Suburban East Conference play and 4-8 overall. White Bear Lake improved to 1-3 in the conference and 3-10 on the season. “I told them to hold their heads up high,” Woodbury head coach Tara Schubring said. “They did a great job as far as playing strong. They played good volleyball.
Even after a sweep of visiting White Bear Lake in a Suburban East Conference volleyball matchup Sept. 23, there was still plenty of work to be done for the Raptors. The Raptors faced a long line of young fans who queued up for autographs after the game. East Ridge (7-3, 2-1 in SEC) slammed visiting White Bear Lake (2-9, 0-3) in straight sets, winning 25-16, 25-14 and 25-17. It was the second straight 3-0 sweep for the surging Raptors, who took charge early and never let the Bears really get in the match. “I was happy with the intensity,” East Ridge head coach Erin Nickleby said.
Winless in nonconference games, the Woodbury Royals just needed the Suburban East Conference volleyball season to get going. The Royals improved to 2-0 in the conference with a 20-25, 25-8, 25-20, 25-23 hard-fought road win over rival Park Sept. 16. Park took the opening game, and Woodbury easily won the second. But the third and fourth games were thrillers. The third game was tied at 20-all, before a combination of savvy Woodbury net play and some unforced Wolfpack errors did in Park in and put it down 2-1. The fourth was also back-and-fourth.
A crucial third-quarter turnover shifted momentum in White Bear Lake’s favor Friday night as the Bears dropped visiting Woodbury 27-6 in a Suburban East Conference contest at White Bear Lake. Tied at 6-all at the half, the Bears recovered a Woodbury fumble on the first play of the third quarter at the Royals’ 14-yard line. The Bears scored five plays later and never looked back. “(That was a) killer.” said Woodbury head coach Andy Hill. “That play shouldn’t kill us, and my kids kept fighting, and that’s why we love ‘em.