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Math and Science Academy freshman Tierney Wolfgram added to her big fall by competing with the nation's top runners at the Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships in San Diego on Saturday.
The Woodbury boys' basketball team graduated more than half of its starters from last year's varsity team. But with one of the state's best players in Michael Jones returning, the Royals should be OK. Jones is back for his senior season after signing with Davidson College during the offseason. But most of the team's starters have graduated from last season, meaning the program has spent the first few weeks of practice getting players adjusted to new roles on the varsity team.
There will be more change for the Academy Force football team next season. Head coach Gene Teigland and the Academy Force football cooperative team agreed to part ways after the end of this fall's season. Teigland coached the New Life Academy football team for three years before the school teamed up to start the Academy Force program this fall. The Academy Force football program is a cooperative team with Bethany Academy, New Life Academy of Woodbury, Mounds Park Academy, Twin Cities Academy High School, St. Croix Preparatory Academy and Liberty Classical Academy.
The Park boys' hockey team did not waste any time getting a sneak peak of its roster for the season. The Wolfpack made the trip to Apple Valley over Thanksgiving weekend to start its season. Those games did not go the way Park had hoped in two high-scoring losses. Park first lost 5-3 to Eastview Friday, following that with a 6-5 loss to Apple Valley Saturday. Ryan Lucas, Keegan Oberding and Mason Porter scored goals against Eastview. Grant Glazier scored twice in Saturday's game against Apple Valley, with Travis Montez, Matthew Moreland and Zakk Morse also adding one goal each.
The East Ridge boys' hockey team is looking for improvement in the first year under new head coach Dustin Vogelgesang. Vogelgesang met with team captain Luke Landin last April to get an idea of what the Raptors were hoping to accomplish this winter. The brainstorming session produced significant goals: to finish with a .500 winning percentage, finish in the top half of the Suburban East Conference and earn a high enough section seed to host a home playoff game and get at least one win in the section tournament. Last year, the Raptors finished with a record of 4-21-2.
The East Ridge girls' swimming and diving team wrapped up its dual meet schedule on the winning side of a dual meet with Forest Lake on Thursday, Oct. 26. Contributing with first-place finishes for the Raptors were Chloe Wangensteen in the 200 individual medley (2:22.68), Kyra Bachman in the 50 freestyle (25.83), Kolbe Bachman in the 100 freestyle (58.04), Paige Smoley in the 100 backstroke (1:03.24) and Shivani Kolla in the 100 backstroke (1:14.48). East Ridge also got a win in the 200 medley relay as Smoley, Ali Smith, Max Smith and Daphne Smoley swam to a time of 1:58.76.
The East Ridge volleyball team is set to face Rosemount on Wednesday, Nov. 1, for a spot in the section championship game. Seeded second in the Class 3A, Section 3 playoffs, the Raptors took care of business against seventh-seeded Cretin-Derham Hall. East Ridge won the home playoff match 25-12. 25-16, 25-12 on Thursday, Oct. 26.
A big second quarter for Hill-Murray did in the Academy Force football team in a 56-30 loss to the Pioneers in the Class 4A, Section 3 playoffs on Oct. 24. Academy Force scored its only touchdown of the first half on a touchdown pass from Ben Teigland to Cooper Falteisek, but the defense could not slow Hill-Murray from taking a 24-6 lead at halftime.
The New Life Academy volleyball team is gearing up for postseason play this week. The Eagles wrapped up the regular season with a nonconference loss to Concordia Academy on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Concordia won the match in three sets, 25-23, 25-17, 25-14. New Life Academy will have the opportunity to play at least one home match in postseason play after earning the fourth seed in the Class 1A, Section 4 playoffs. The Eagles finished the regular season with an 8-1 record in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association and a 14-13 mark overall.
East Ridge did not have much time to breathe before last week's MEA break. The Raptors played back-to-back weekend tournaments at St. Michael-Albertville and Lakeville North to wrap up the regular season schedule. Between those two tournaments, five-set victories against Stillwater and Forest Lake helped clinch the first Suburban East Conference title in program history. "It was a great way to end the season and kind of push us to our max going into sections," head coach Steve Anderson said.