Four New Life Academy track and field athletes broke the school record in the 4x100-meter relay April 16 at St. Croix Lutheran. “Their hand-offs were just seamless,” Eagles coach Kristen Hawkins said. “They all just ran their best 100. It all came together.” The previous record at New Life had stood since 2007. With the current 4x100 team's time of 45.9 seconds, Hawkins believes they have a very good shot at running in June's state meet since the state qualifying time is 44.5. “That's exciting,” Hawkins said. Matt Teigland started the 4x100 for New Life at SCL.
With a score of 170, the New Life Academy Eagles opened their boys golf season with a win over Liberty Classical Academy at White Bear Yacht Club April 14. “They didn't perform probably as well as I would like to see them perform although they performed quite a bit better than they did last year on that course,” Eagles coach Nick Novak said. “Not an easy golf course to play.” The Eagles cut off around 30 strokes from last year's score.
East Ridge dives into a full schedule of meets this week and next as it looks to build on its sixth-place finish at the Suburban East Relays April 7. The Raptors had 107.5 points in the nine-team meet with all of the Suburban East Conference schools. Raptors distance events fared well with three top-six finishes. Two Raptors finished in the top six for the 1600-meter run with Emily Betz taking second at five minutes, 25.24 seconds and Elissa McMaster taking sixth at 5:52.93.
With no track facility on campus at New Life Academy, St. Croix Lutheran has been a home away from home for the Eagles. New Life practices at the West St. Paul school twice a week at the Crusaders’ track. It also means that their April 16 meet at St. Croix Lutheran is as close to home as the Eagles will get. “That kind of feels like our home meet, so that will be fun,” Eagles coach Kristen Hawkins said. The team had to wait for that meet since the St.
Considering how Minnetonka rolled past Woodbury a year ago, the Royals clearly played like an improved team against the Skippers in their season opener April 10. Woodbury couldn't handle Minnetonka in a 12-1 loss during a 2-11 season in 2014. Royals coach Jason Worwa had higher hopes for this year's squad with more experienced players and several collegiate recruits. The Royals delivered by giving the Skippers a tough game in a 6-4 loss.
New Life Academy track and field already has a core of outstanding throwers, and things may improve even more with its new throwing coach. Mandy Federici, who coaches throwing at Concordia University-St. Paul, will guide the Eagles throwers this year on top of her duties at the Division II school in St. Paul. Federici also has notable competition experience herself with All-American honors for the hammer throw at Concordia-Portland in Oregon.
A group of New Life Academy girls will tee off for the first-ever Eagles girls golf team this spring. Wally Bomgren has taken on the coaching position for a team of 10 golfers that has mostly beginners.
The New Life boys golfers can’t forget what happened late last season. With a strong finish in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association, finishing second in the conference, it looked promising to win the section, or at least send golfers to state. Neither happened with an off day at the section meet, but most of the Eagles return with another shot. Luke Berger, a senior, returns as the Eagles top golfer. With his height, he can get strong distance on the ball, and he averages par consistently.
New Life came up with a solid road win but dropped a pair of games at its conference tournament in the second to final week of the regular season. Valerie Hohol scored a team-high 15 points as the Eagles beat West Lutheran 62-40 at the Plymouth school Feb. 17. Sydney Steele posted 11 points, while Hannah Nelson added 10. New Life's double-digit trio led the team to a 36-22 halftime lead. The defense took over in the second half, holding the Warriors to 18 points. As a team, the Eagles had eight steals, led by Steele with three.
Getting through Section 4AA poses the most daunting challenge for boys basketball teams in all of Class AA. New Life gets to take on that challange The Eagles, seeded No. 6, will host Trinity School to open the tournament. New Life beat Trinity twice during the regular season by 15 or more points, but teams seldom have an easy third go-around with the same opponent. Either way, the competition will only steepen for the Eagles should they advance in a loaded section. St. Croix Lutheran (24-2), the No. 2 seed, was ranked No. 1 a recent Class AA poll.