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Boys Basketball: East Ridge, Woodbury, Park, New Life Academy, Math & Science Academy earn seeds for section tournaments

The section seed meetings have concluded and the tournaments are finalized for every Woodbury and Cottage Grove school for boys basketball.

The section tournaments begin this week and the five schools are in various sections. Here's a breakdown of where each team is seeded and path they will need to take to reach the finals and continue their seasons into the state tournament.

East Ridge and Woodbury

The Raptors ended their season with a 24-2 record along with a 21-game winning streak. The last time East Ridge lost was on Dec. 18 at Eden Prairie.

Due to their success in the regular season, the Raptors earned the No. 1 seed in the 4AAAA section tournament.

"This seed just shows how hard these players have worked to reach this point in the season," said East Ridge head coach Bryce Tesdahl. "They've bought into the process and have continued to grow throughout the season. It's great to see as a coach."

East Ridge will start the tournament at home against the No. 8 seed Woodbury for one last in-town rivalry game for the 2018-19 season.

The Royals ended the regular season with a 6-20 record, which included some close games in the conference season.

East Ridge and Woodbury have played each other twice in the regular season and both times the Raptors have come out on top. The first game took place on Jan. 8 and East Ridge won on the road 74-42, but the second game was a close game with a 67-60 final in favor of the Raptors at home.

The Royals will travel to East Ridge on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. for the quarterfinals game. The winner of the rivalry game will head to the semifinals and play the winner of No. 4 seed White Bear Lake and No. 5 seed St. Paul Central at Hastings High School on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

If the Raptors or Royals should win the semifinals game, they will play on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the finals game at Hastings High School for a chance to go to the Target Center at the boys' state tournament.

"We are taking one game at a time and focusing on the opponent in front of us," Tesdahl said. "Each team will be playing their best basketball and we need to be prepared for every opponent."

Park

The Wolfpack will be playing in the Section 3AAAA tournament this week and have earned the No. 4 seed. This means the first game of the tournament will be a home game for the Park boys basketball team.

Park finished the regular season with an 11-15 record, but emerged in the Suburban East Conference with big wins against Woodbury, Mounds View, Forest Lake and Roseville.

The quarterfinals game will take place on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at Park High School as the Wolfpack hosts No. 5 seed Apple Valley.

If Park gets the home win on Tuesday, the Wolfpack will play in the semifinals on Friday, March 8 at 7 p.m. and will play the winner of No. 1 seed Eastview or No. 8 seed Henry Sibley. If Eastview wins, Park will hit the road for the game. If Henry Sibley wins, Park will be hosting another home game.

If the Wolfpack wins the semifinals game, they will play in the section finals game on Thursday, March 14 at 7 p.m. at Farmington High School. That means it'll take three wins for the Wolfpack to reach the state tournament.

New Life Academy and Math & Science Academy

The boys basketball teams of New Life Academy and Math & Science Academy will both be playing in the Section 4AA tournament this week.

For both teams, it'll take five wins to reach the state tournament as their section is larger than the AAAA schools.

New Life Academy will be heading into the tournament with the No. 11 seed as the Eagles finished up an 11-15 regular season record. They finished the regular season with some confidence as the Eagles won three out of their last four games.

New Life will host their opening round game on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. against No. 14 seed St. Paul Washington Technology Magnet. The Eagles won the game against St. Paul Washington back on Dec. 20 with a 76-64 final score.

If the Eagles win on Tuesday, they will travel to St. Paul Academy and Summit School to take on the No. 6 seed on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

If New Life should win that game, the Eagles will play again on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. against the No. 3 seed Cristo Rey Jesuit at Minneapolis Washburn.

The semifinals game will take place on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the high seed, while the finals will take place on Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at St. Paul Washington Technology.

Math & Science Academy will have a similar path in the section tournament as the Dragons earned the No. 15 seed and will travel to No. 10 seed St. Agnes on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m.

If the Dragons win on Tuesday, they will travel to High School for Recording Arts and take on the No. 7 seed on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

The quarterfinals game will take place at No. 2 seed St. Croix Prep Academy on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m., while the semifinals game will take place on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at the high seed.

Finally, the finals will take place at St. Paul Washington Technology on Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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