A solid crew of returning players bodes well for New Life Academy boys basketball this winter. The Eagles return several key players from their 20-6 season in 2013-14, which includes leading scorer and captain Conrad Engstrom. A senior power forward, Engstrom averaged 16.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season. Fellow captain Sam Horner also returns and gives the Eagles additional leadership on the floor.
One desire for victory has trumped any win on the field for East Ridge boys lacrosse player Grant Edwards. His father has been battling cancer, and the team dedicated their postseason to Edwards’ father. One can hope that he will beat cancer as convincingly as the Raptors won their first Section 4 tournament games on May 29-31. “Our team is like a family, and through these tough times, we want to let the Edwards know we support and care about them,” Raptors coach Aime Caines said. Edwards and company have also taken care of business on the field. The Raptors throttled North St.
Woodbury came a goal shy of Park in a game that counted for cross-district bragging rights and section seeding on Monday, May 19. The Royals fell 10-9 to the Wolfpack at home in a back-and-fourth game that often features playing for the Warrior Cup, a trophy that travels among the South Washington schools. Unfortunately, East Ridge claimed the cup earlier in the season with a victory over Woodbury, and Park subsequently lost to the second-place Raptors later.
East Ridge found a good way to prepare for the postseason in a late-season non-conference battle. The Raptors scored six goals in the third quarter and held off a furious comeback from Minneapolis on Wednesday, May 21. East Ridge went on to win 13-12 over a Minneapolis squad that hadn’t lost since April 19 and had only one blemish overall. Randy Wilson led the Raptors with four goals and two assists. Additionally, Killian Wilson netted three goals, and Drew Nicholson and Jacob Wetterstrom each scored two. Mac Webb and Grant Edwards both added goals for the Raptors.
Woodbury closed out the regular season strong against Rosemount before beginning section tournament play. The win preceded the Royals’ first game of the Section 4AAA tournament, where Woodbury lost 4-3 to Stillwater. The loss sent No. 4-seeded Woodbury into the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament, where they faced No. 8-seeded Henry Sibley on Monday, May 26. Full playoff results were not available by press time. A win over Sibley would pit the Royals against the loser of the Cretin-Derham Hall-East Ridge game.
Woodbury lost its chance for a conference title as Mounds View and Forest Lake played spoiler. The Royals, sitting in first place for the Suburban East Conference, visited a Forest Lake team that had been off to a tough start for 2014 on Tuesday, May 13. Woodbury took a rough 2-1 loss after giving up two runs in the sixth, hurting its chances for the SEC title. The Royals had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning, but they could not come up with another run on their five hits.
Perseverance paid off for East Ridge as it won its fifth-straight conference game and the Suburban East Conference title on Friday, May 16. “Baseball is a long season,” Raptors coach Brian Sprout said. “We know we have to play well at all aspects of the game to beat great teams like Woodbury and Cretin-Derham Hall. We are capable of winning big games when we focus in on those things and compete for the entire game.” Entering the week, the Raptors needed to win all of their remaining SEC games in order to win the title.
East Ridge hopes a potentially rainy week can end with a reign of its own. The Raptors baseball team has a 12-4 overall record with an 11-4 mark in the Suburban East Conference. By running the table and with a little bit of help, the third-place Raptors could end the week as Suburban East Conference champs. They took care of business last week with big innings to beat Forest Lake and Stillwater. The Raptors had a five-run seventh in the win over the Rangers in a 6-1 win on Friday, May 9.
Wins include 20-0 defeat of Hastings By Matthew Davis firstname.lastname@example.org After a tough loss to Roseville, Woodbury never allowed a run again in the second week of May. The Royals downed Park 6-0, Tartan 5-0 and Hastings 20-0 as they look to claim the Suburban East Conference title this week. They will need to beat Cretin-Derham Hall this week and most likely run the table to secure the crown. “We played defense and a little better offense as the week went on,” Royals coach Kevin McDermott said. Defense hurt the Royals against Roseville in their Monday, May 5, loss.