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A season marked by competitive play by the Royals brought a Suburban East Conference win last week, along with a close non-conference loss. Woodbury brings a 2-6 (1-5 SEC) record into its final push toward post-season play for the 2013 season. The Royals started off the week by claiming a 13-4 home win May 7 over Hastings. Blair Fanning was Woodbury's leading runner against the Raiders, scoring six points, including two goals.
Woodbury's six-game winning streak came to a halt last week on a goal in the closing seconds of a Suburban East Conference game against Stillwater. The loss represented the lone blemish on the Royals' otherwise spotless record, and head coach Jason Worwa wasn't the least bit troubled by the outcome. "We kind of chalked it up as a team win anyway," he said of the May 8 road loss. Up to that point, the Royals were playing winning lacrosse, but weren't having a great deal of fun along the way, Worwa explained. "Our ultimate goal is to go out and have fun," he said.
Woodbury used some late-inning dramatics to seal a 6-2 victory Monday in the first game of a doubleheader with Park in Cottage Grove and rolled that momentum into a 10-5 victory in the second game. Senior Sawyer Moon finished 1-for-3 with three RBI, junior Nick Yan went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI and senior Josh Sharp was 1-for-4 with a run and RBI. Seniors Ryan Winter, David Stickels, Quinten Strub and Tom Matejka also scored for Woodbury. Junior Ben Meyer got the win in relief of Royals senior starter Brandon Mazur. Meyer threw a scoreless seventh inning after Mazur went six innings.
Since losing to rival Park 12-1 last season, Woodbury's Brooke Pantilla has been looking forward to the rematch. On Saturday, Pantilla and the Royals got some payback. Woodbury beat the Wolfpack 9-5 on Saturday, May 10, at Park's Charlie Whitbred Field, erasing an early 4-1 deficit. Pantilla, a senior pitcher, led the way for Woodbury, going 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, while earning a complete game win on the mound. "It feels very good," Pantilla said.
Despite the weird spring weather-wise, the East Ridge girls golf team has gotten into the swing of things. The Raptors won the most recent Suburban East Conference match of the year - on Thursday, May 9, at Woodbury's Prestwick Golf Club - and currently sits in second place in the conference standings.
As well as things had gone for East Ridge at the start of the season the Raptors had to battle through adversity last Tuesday in a doubleheader against Mounds View in Woodbury. East Ridge (10-5, 9-5 SEC) split a doubleheader with the Mustangs after delivering a resounding 9-1 victory in the first game, however the Raptors couldn't summon a similar offensive display in a 3-2 eight-inning loss in the second game. East Ridge had built a tidy 8-1 record after winning the first game of the doubleheader but hit a snag in the second game after giving up eight walks.
The Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf has hired a new executive director. The Christian Cupboard announced Monday that Kristin Kinney has been hired as the food shelf's new executive director. Kinney began at the food shelf May 1. Kinney replaces Christian Cupboard's first executive director, and founder, Dick Wolff who retired lat year. Wolff died in January.
I'm sure you've all met someone recently who was inspiring to you. You have probably met someone who intimidated you, also. So what's the difference for us when we feel inspired or intimidated, because the source of those feelings could, quite frankly, be the same person for different people. When we feel inspired by someone, we feel as if we have bumped into another human being who creates an openness for us, a belief that anything is possible, given the right motivation and circumstances.
The Viewpoint by Carol Turnbull on April 17 about gun control is very misleading in at least one critical area.
The Minnesota House of Representatives passed the Omnibus E-12 Education Finance and Policy Bill late last month. The bill puts forth several goals to close the achievement gap, reach a 100 percent high school graduation rate, 100 percent literacy by third grade, and 100 percent career and college readiness by graduation. These goals are a product of the "education session" and will contribute to the goal of building the "world's best workforce" by 2027. We all know that education is vital to the future of Minnesota. I have always thought of our state as a leader in education.