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The East Ridge boys tennis team did something it's never done before. The Raptors advanced five players -- two doubles teams and one singles player -- to the Section 3AAA individual quarterfinals. East Ridge junior singles player Zekeria Nigatu won both his matches in straight sets over Park and Rosemount in the first two rounds. Nigatu, the seventh seed, beat Park senior Charlie Link 6-1, 6-0 in the opener and Rosemount junior Sairam Sunkam 6-1, 6-2 in round two. He will now face the section's No.
A year ago, the East Ridge girls golf team finished second in the Suburban East Conference standings. The Raptors weren't about to come up just short again. East Ridge won this year's conference championship title, leapfrogging Forest Lake with a third-straight first-place finish at the SEC Championship Tournament on Thursday, May 23, at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater. "I don't know how they did it," East Ridge head coach Mark Retica said. "It's extremely satisfying. It's been such a challenging spring with the weather. It was fun. There was no shortage of smiles.
The New Life Academy softball team took one step closer to history. After an impressive run of resounding victories in its first three section tournament games, the Eagles are just one win away from reaching eight consecutive state tournaments, which would tie the state record. If it reached an eighth straight state tournament, New Life, which is ranked second in Class A, is 15-3 and was a perfect 8-0 in MCAA play, would tie Winona Cotter for the most consecutive state tournament appearances in state history.
The East Ridge softball team put itself in the driver's seat. The Raptors are two wins away from the state tournament after beating perennial power North St. Paul 3-1 in the third round of the Section 4AAA playoffs. East Ridge, the third seed in the section, opened up a 3-0 lead on second-seeded North St. Paul in the game, which took place at McKnight Fields in North St. Paul on Thursday, May 23, then held on for the win. East Ridge head coach Tom Nemo said the win over North St.
Prior to the season, the South Washington County Thunderbolts came up with the mantra "believe." Last week, the 'Bolts turned their conviction to reality when they beat White Bear Lake and qualified for the state tournament for the second time since 2007 and for the second year in a row. "No matter what happens we're going to stick together and believe in each other - that's been our motto this year," said John Culbertson, who is in his first year as head coach of the Thunderbolts, after being an assistant coach for the past 10 years under Denny Larson.
Last month, the community had the opportunity to hear a few of the many student success stories that are being acknowledged across the district. Our staff also has many reasons to be proud this time of the year. The stories of special staff come alive at our annual employee celebration in May. With hundreds in attendance, the event is the opportunity to recognize those retiring from the district, those with milestone years of service, and also our Education All Stars.
An open letter to Rep. Andrea Kieffer It was nice to see you had the courage to not follow "party" lines on this debate and to allow all people the freedom to legally marry in a civil ceremony.
Today is Memorial Day, also known to some as "Decoration Day." Originally, this was a day when southerners after the Civil War took time to turn their attention to their cemeteries, as a sign of honor for the ones they had lost in the conflict between the North and the South. Many people think this was the precursor to Memorial Day, which we mark on Monday. Surrounding cities, such as Shakopee and St. Paul, will help us recognize and show respect for those who have so bravely served our country.
Who's ready for summer? Or late spring. Or whatever it is we'll be calling what hopefully is the end to this roller coaster of a weather trend. Either way, this weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. For many of us, that will mean wetting the first line of the season after the blustery fishing opener kept most anglers ashore.
Scoreboard - Wednesday, May 22 SOFTBALL Section 4AAA playoffs Second round Wednesday, May 22 East Ridge 9, Tartan 7 Woodbury 7, Hill-Murray 5 BOYS LACROSSE Non-conference Wednesday, May 22 Park 19, Cooper 2 Woodbury 9, Tartan 6 GIRLS LACROSSE Non-conference Wednesday, May 22 East Ridge 15, Hill-Murray 10