Raptors running back Dominik London still remembers walking off the field at TCF Bank Stadium last season.
Here’s a brief look at how the Raptors, Royals, and Wolfpack might fare this season. Lewis likely to lead Raptors Lauren Lewis is without a doubt the star returner for East Ridge. Lewis, competing last season as an eighth-grader, took sixth-place in the 500-yard freestyle at the last year’s state meet.
After one of the best seasons in program history, the Eagles girls soccer team looks very, very different heading into this season. New Life Academy graduated some talented seniors, including Tori Rogness, Carolyn Stacey, and Tatiana Lee, among others. It also lost coach Blake Bracket.
The overall expectations rarely change for Raptors girls tennis coach Jon Rydberg heading into each new season. He wants his team to compete at a high level, knowing the rest will take care of itself as the matches play out. It’s the same story this season, though with the crop of returning talent, the potential of the team is higher than it has been in past seasons. Aside from losing two key players -- Min-Tu Van and Sophie Stark -- to graduation, East Ridge brings back most of its varsity roster from last season.
Raptors boys soccer might still have a sour taste in their mouths after losing a heartbreaker to Anoka in last year’s Class 2A state finals. That, however, is not something...
With most of its lineup from last season’s team intact, the Royals baseball team isn’t shying away from the expectations on the diamond this season.
As the Raptors boys tennis team prepares for the upcoming season with by far the most hype that’s ever surrounded the program, coach Suzie Heideman wants her team to remain grounded. “It’s nice to be recognized,” she said. “We also know it puts a big target on our backs. I like that aspect of it. It puts some pressure on us. It’s good because it recognizes this group has worked really hard to get that ranking. Now we have to work extra hard to prove we belong there.”
As he jumped into the water before the start of the 100-yard breastroke last Saturday night at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, a rush of emotion came over senior Will Ho.
Royals star wrestler Austin Braun saw an otherwise incredible season come to a sour conclusion on Saturday night at the Xcel Energy Center. Braun was disqualified in the third-place match after the referee deemed he illegally slammed Tanner Cole of Owatonna who was unable to finish the match. “It’s tough,” coach Justin Smith said. “It didn’t look like he slammed him from my vantage point. It looked like he returned him. It’s a tough way to go out.” Braun, who finished in fourth place at 138 pounds, held a 1-0 lead before the move the referee classified as a slam.
Royals wrestler Austin Braun punched his ticket to the semifinals of the individual state tournament with an 8-6 win over Luke Dorn of St. Cloud Tech on Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center. Braun will wrestle undefeated Mitchell McKee in the semifinals on Saturday night.