Led by Kyle Kaemingk’s game-high 23 points, New Life Academy stayed tied for the top spot in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association. Kaemingk led the Eagles to a 60-56 road win Thursday, Jan. 12, at Southwest Christian in Chaska. Both the Stars and Eagles came in vying for a first-place spot in the conference. “It was one of those games where it seemed like we could never quite put them away,” Eagles coach Doug Linton said.
win total for team wrestling duels for the season in one day. “Earlier in the season, we were very inexperienced, so we’re starting to see the fruits of our labor take off,” Raptors coach Matt Everson said. “These kids are learning positions and what to do in different situations where they find themselves in and we worked on, which is great.”
Carson Lesher, Hunter Lyden, Roman Rogotzke and Marco Cavallaro all won individual titles for East Ridge at the Hopkins Paul Bengtson Tournament on Saturday. It helped the Raptors take fifth as a team in the 12-team tournament with 112.5 points. Lakeville South won the tourney with 193 points. Lesher won the 170-pound title in an 8-6 decision over Phil Skeps of St. Thomas Academy. The Raptors senior improved to 17-3 overall with the wins at Hopkins. He beat Irving Sereno of North St. Paul in a fall at 1:01 to advance to the championship.
Rachel Hakes stepped up for Woodbury in a crucial Suburban East Conference road win over Mounds View to keep things in even in the win-loss column. Hakes led the Royals with 23 points as her team beat the Mustangs 62-41 on Friday. The Royals took control of a 29-24 game with a 33-17 second half. “We played loose and had balanced scoring from multiple players,” Royals coach Megan Kirchenwitz said. “We were able to adjust and to both man and zone and execute our offensive looks.”
While Woodbury has yet to find the net in the new year, the Royals will get rematches with a couple of opponents that squeaked by the Royals earlier this winter. Woodbury (1-14), 0-9 Suburban East Conference) gave SEC front-runner Mounds View (11-4, 8-1) a scare on Dec. 3 when the Royals scored late in a 2-1 loss. The Royals will get another shot at the Mustangs on Saturday at the Schwan Super Rink. “Every game, we’re getting stronger in certain areas that we need to,” Royals coach Chris Lepper said. “We’re starting to make strides towards to where we want to be.”
A formidable conference slate had Woodbury’s record dropping like the recent temperatures, but the Royals could get some momentum Thursday night. Woodbury (1-10, 0-6 Suburban East Conference) hosts winless Chisago Lakes (0-8, 0-4 Mississippi Eight) at 7:30 p.m. in the Bielenberg Ice Arena. The Royals haven’t won a girls’ hockey contest since Nov. 15, a 2-1 overtime victory against Simley.
Several East Ridge wrestlers are off to strong starts this season despite some losses in team duals recently. East Ridge (1-3, 0-2 Suburban East Conference) fell to Maple Grove 42-29 and Forest Lake 51-24 in a home triangular Thursday. As a team, the Raptors have injuries and youth to work past. While head coach Matt Everson said there are times where the inexperience shows, tough opponents give his team a barometer.
Abbey Bakken threw her way into the New Life Academy track and field record books with a couple conference titles last week
New Life Academy suffered a tough loss amid a 7-0 win over Maranatha Christian Academy last Thursday night. Eagles starting goalkeeper Maya Binsfeld was injured during the opening half and had to be replaced by Carolyn Stacey, a senior attacker that filled in in goal for the first time in her varsity career. “It’s not a usual occurrence, but you’ve got to adjust where you can,” coach Blake Brackett said. Stacey adjusted quite well in helping her team maintain the shutout. New Life Academy moved to 1-0 in Minnesota Christian Athletic Association play with the win. “She did great job, but I
Woodbury boys soccer gave the top-ranked North St. Paul everything it could handle over the weekend in the midst of a tough 2-1 loss. Royals player Kohei Adams put his team up 1-0 in the opening half, and it took a late goal from the Polars to escape with a 2-1 victory. North St. Paul scored its first goal on a free kick late in the second half. “We played them pretty strong,” coach Joe Quintavalle said. Woodbury had already played a pair of big games during the course of the week.