Fourth-seeded East Ridge put a bit of a scare into top-seeded Hastings Friday before falling in the 2018 Class AAA Section team tournament held Friday at Cretin-Derham Hall. The Raptors wrestled well but dropped a 39-22 decision to the eventual state qualifier in the section team semifinals. Hastings edged Eagan 28-25 in the section finals to advance to state, winning the match on a pin at 285. East Ridge dominated the lower weights in its match against Hastings, but the Raiders got rolling starting at 145 pounds, winning seven of the last eight matches.
Junior Cassie Kahrer won the bars and finished third in the all-around competition to lead the East Ridge Raptors to another section gymnastics title and another trip to state. Two individual Park High School students also will compete Feb. 23-24. It will be the third-straight trip to the Minnesota state meet for the high-flying Raptors, who finished first in all four team events Friday, Feb. 16, at Woodbury High School.
Woodbury's Royals went on an 18-4 run to open the second half and bust a tight game wide open en route to a convincing 69-57 victory Wednesday, Jan. 10 over host East Ridge. Superstar senior guard Michael Jones was at his best for the Royals, scorching the nets for 33 points before a standing-room only crowd at the Raptors Perch. Jones — who had 20 points in the first half — scored in just about every way possible, draining 3-point field goals and short jumpers and scoring on powerful drives to the basket.
Woodbury put together one of its best first halves of the season Tuesday, Jan. 9, en route to a 68-37 win over crosstown rival East Ridge. The Royals, who edged Park 45-42 in their last game, had that many points by halftime in taking the measure of the visiting Raptors. Woodbury jumped out to leads of 10-0 and 30-10 in the first half and led 45-17 at the break.
Woodbury's Royals made the clutch plays down the stretch to knock off rival Park in a dynamic girls basketball game Friday, Jan. 5. The visiting Royals scored a gritty 45-42 victory at Park for their best win of the season. For Park it was a stunning home-court loss and an early-season blow to their hopes of winning a Suburban East Conference basketball title.
Park went into the Bemidji Invite allowing an average of just 42.7 points a game. The Wolfpack girls did the defense even better Wednesday and Thursday, roughing up Detroit Lakes and host Bemidji to improve to 10-1 on the season. Park overwhelmed Detroit Lake 65-30 Wednesday in the tournament opener, then dropped Bemidji 42-28 in the finale Thursday.
The first time these two teams met this season — a 58-55 Woodbury win back on Dec. 8—it was the Royals who made the clutch plays down the stretch. Saturday night it was Apple Valley's turn. Apple Valley went on an 11-2 run over the final four and a half minutes to edge the Woodbury Royals 47-45 in the consolation championship of the 2017 Roseville Holiday Girls basketball tournament. Apple Valley's 6-3 junior forward Mykel Parham drained a short jump shot at the buzzer to break a 45-all tie and give the Eagles the win.
It was a tough finish to a pretty good tournament for the Woodbury Royals Saturday. Woodbury skated in with a modest 1-7 record, but won two of three games in the tournament. Unfortunately for the Royals, the closing game, a 4-0 loss to host South St. Paul, was a disappointing end at Doug Woog Arena in South St. Paul. But Woodbury played well in victories in Games 1 and 2 in the South St. Paul Premier Tournament, topping St. Paul Johnson 4-1 in the opener and then edging Eagan 2-1 in the semifinals.
After lopsided road losses to two teams ranked in the top-10, Woodbury was more than happy to open the home season on Dec. 12. Playing with a full lineup for the first time this season, the Royals dominated visiting Rosemount, winning easily, 71-36. Senior guards Michael Jones scored 21 points and DJ Fleming added 17 to pace the Woodbury offense. Senior guard Raysean Treadwell and senior center David Alston added seven each. It was Alston's first game for the Royals this season and he made his inside presence felt against the Irish.
Class 3A's 10th-ranked East Ridge volleyball team recorded its fifth-straight win Tuesday, Sept. 26, with a sweep of visiting Park. The Raptors won 25-9, 25-6 and 25-9. "They just have a level of comfortability with each other," Park head coach Damon Liberatore said. "They pass the ball well. They play great defense. I thought both teams played great defense. They just have some real nice offensive threats that they were able to use. It's a war of attrition at that point. They're digging; we're digging. But their hitters are a little bit more seasoned than we are."