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East Ridge forward Ian Penvose's second-period power-play goal proved the game-winner last Thursday in a 2-1 victory over Eastview at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Penvose put home the game-winner with 15 seconds left in the second period on an assist from Derek Hammer. The Raptors (5-5-1, 2-2-1 SEC) maintained the lead with a dominant third period where they outshot the Lightning 10-3. East Ridge finished with 42 shots and went 1-for-3 on the play.
Welcome to the big time, East Ridge. The Raptors boys swimming and diving team proved to be for real, earning the biggest win in its four-year history with a 95-91 victory over perennial Suburban East Conference and state power Stillwater on Thursday, Dec. 21. With a win over Mounds View already under East Ridge's belt, the Raptors (2-0) are now the clear favorites to win this year's Suburban East Conference championship crown.
There's something special brewing at East Ridge. Off an eighth-place finish in last year's state meet, the Raptors boys swimming and diving team is slowly climbing up the ladder. "Slowly" is probably the wrong word, because these guys are fast. Really fast. At last week's Suburban East Conference-opening win over Mounds View, East Ridge's 200-yard freestyle relay made the biggest splash to start the season.
Kelly McKenzie and Libby Lawrence put together solid all-around performances, but it wasn't enough to top a tough foe like Stillwater on Thursday, Dec. 13, in Stillwater. The Ponies scored 131.375 to edge East Ridge, which scored 125.925. The Raptors are now 1-2 in the Suburban East Conference. Against Stillwater, McKenzie, a junior, had the Raptors top all-around score with a 33.475. Lawrence, a senior, had the third-best all-around score of the night with a 32.1.
East Ridge's Morgan Maxwell and Woodbury's Nick Bruesehoff turned in the top times in the girls and boys races, respectively, as the Park, Woodbury and East Ridge (PWER) alpine racing teams took on Hill-Murray at Afton Alps on Thursday, Dec. 13. With standouts Elizabeth Koprucki and Jack Midtlien skiing in a FIS Alpine Ski Racing Team of Minnesota event and not at the meet, Maxwell - a senior - took the top spot in the girls race with a combined time of 1 minute, 5.8 seconds in the two-race meet. Bruesehoff, a sophomore, had the best time in the boys race with a combined 1:00.5 finish.
The East Ridge boys swimming and diving team is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. The Raptors, last week, won easily over fellow Suburban East Conference power Mounds View, 101-83, clinching the meet with one event remaining.
The New Life Academy girls basketball team lost two tough games last week at the hands of some great opponents. On Dec. 11, the Eagles faced St. Croix Lutheran at home and lost 48-30. Sophomore Valerie Hohol led the team in scoring and rebounding with 9 points and 15 rebounds. Junior Emily Bouldan added 6 points. On Thursday night, the Eagles ran into the top-ranked team in state section 1A and lost 91-43, dropping New Life Academy to an 0-6 record on the year. Hohol again led the team in both scoring and rebounding, recording a double-double. She scored 13 points and got 14 rebounds.
The East Ridge girls basketball team saw its undefeated season end late last week, but not before it earned another big win. On Tuesday, the Raptors defeated Suburban East Conference foe Stillwater 53-37 at home. Raptors' senior guard Hannah Pignato led the way for East Ridge, scoring 16 points and finishing with eight rebounds. Junior Jamie Swanson added 13 points as well on 6-of-10 shooting. In addition, sophomore guard Amanda Robinson scored 10 points and led the team with five assists. Not one player on Stillwater (2-4, 0-2 SEC) scored in double-digits.
The East Ridge boys swimming and diving team got off to a good start last week. The Raptors opened their season with a third-place finish at the annual Suburban East Conference Relays meet, held Thursday, Dec. 6 at Stillwater Junior High School. Stillwater won the meet with 120 points, just ahead of Mounds View, which placed second with 112 points. East Ridge placed third with 98 points, followed by Hastings in fourth with 88 points, and Woodbury in fifth with 68 points. District rival Park also placed seventh out of the 10 teams with 42 points.
East Ridge routed Apple Valley 5-0 Thursday at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. After a scoreless first period the Raptors put 18 shots on goal in the second period and scored four times. Luke Ringhofer started the scoring in the second period while Ian Penvose, Devin Donohue and Derek Hammer added goals. Penvose later added a power-play goal in the third period. East Ridge finished with 38 shots for the game, compared to just 13 for the Eagles. But the Raptors couldn't sustain that offensive punch Saturday in a 5-2 loss to Cretin-Derham Hall in St.