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New Life Academy's quest for a fifth state championship in the past six years was cut short by last year's Class A runner-up Blooming Prairie and star pitcher Shelbi Swenson. Swenson, a senior, held powerful New Life Academy (18-4) to four hits and one run, striking out eight, in a 3-1 win over the Eagles in the Class A state championship game on Friday, June 7, at Caswell Park in North Mankato. Swenson allowed just three runs total in three state tournament games for the Awesome Blossoms (23-3). "She's a very good pitcher," New Life head coach Mick Ramey said.
For the Woodbury boys track team it wasn't as much about the start of Saturday at the Class AA state meet as it was about the finish. The Royals crowned a state champion in the long jump with senior Johnathan Osifuye taking the top spot with a jump of 22 feet, 3 inches, finished second in the 1600-meter relay with a school-record time of 3 minutes, 17.88 seconds and placed fifth in the 400-meter relay, improving on its sixth seeding. Woodbury battled with Wayzata in the 1600-meter relay final in an entertaining end to this year's state meet.
Nate Roese's record-breaking 400 wasn't the only standout performance for the Raptors at this year's state track and field meet. With 17 athletes competing, East Ridge earned six all-state honors - reserved for the top nine finishes in each event - at this year's Class AA state meet, held June 7-8 at Hamline University in St. Paul. "Overall, I'm thrilled," East Ridge head coach Shannon Rainey said.
Now that it appears summer is here, it's time to pull out our clothes that are more form fitting and revealing. Are you ready for this? Did you stay in shape over this incredibly long winter so that you can put on last year's wardrobe, or do you need to succumb to a trip to the mall? Taking time each day to notice what we're eating, how much we're moving and taking in good exercise and how much stress we allow to permeate our lives is the concern of Dr. Mark Hyman, a family physician interested in Functional Medicine.
Recently District 833 announced the plan to discontinue class ranking. Beginning next year, East Ridge, Park and Woodbury high schools will no longer report student ranking, "unless there is an unlikely event in which not doing so puts our students at a disadvantage." The decision was made by the district's secondary school principals. I was surprised and disappointed by the decision.
Randy Melbourne, please move over. East Ridge senior Nate Roese broke Melbourne's 20-year-old Minnesota all-time record in the 400-meter dash to win a second state championship in the event at the Class AA state track and field meet, held Saturday, June 8, at Hamline University in St. Paul. Roese, the defending state champion in the 400, sprinted to a time of 47.56 seconds in the finals, edging Melbourne's time of 47.59 when he ran for Minneapolis Washburn back in 1993.
Woodbury senior Johnathan Osifuye leapt into the record books to become the Royals' first-ever individual state title winner Saturday at the Class AA state track and field meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Osifuye's jump of 22 feet, 3 inches in the preliminaries of the long jump held up as the best jump of the day and crowned him as the state champion. "I never would have thought about this a couple of years ago," Osifuye said.
It has been an incredibly emotional period for many of us in the Stillwater Area Public Schools' community. In a few short days we've celebrated with hundreds of our young people as they prepare for the next exciting stage of their lives, and we've cried as a school family as we've said goodbye to an inspirational young man who left us far too soon.
Sen. Susan Kent along with other legislators ran on a platform they were going to pay back the school shift. The school shift suddenly was not important to pay back at the end of the session. Besides not paying back the school shift, they added more money to the budget to pay the schools. Does anyone really believe this money is going to improve the schools? Does Sen. Kent believe we have a balanced budget, even though the school district has not been paid back? Karen Bauman - Woodbury
You thought there was a big crowd last weekend at East Ridge High School for graduation? Just you wait. On Friday evening, the school's football stadium will fill with scores of people dedicated to fighting cancer. They will be part of the Relay for Life of South Washington County -- an event that raises money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The event commemorates those who have survived cancer, as well as those who have lost the battle. Both sides of the battle will be honored during Relay's moving Luminaria ceremony, where illuminated bags encircle the stadium's track.