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LAKEVILLE—As Eastview players and coaches ran together to celebrate, the East Ridge boys tennis team saw the end of their season come to a close. After a 16-4 regular season and a win against South Saint Paul and Eagan in the 3AA sectional tournament, the Raptors came up a little short with a 4-3 final against Eastview. Even though the season is done, the memories and moments throughout this season will be cherished not only by head coach Suzie Heideman, but every player on this team.
It was a shutout performance with the help of three Woodbury pitchers as the Royals took a 7-0 victory over North St. Paul on Tuesday. Woodbury got on the scoreboard early with a run in the top of the first inning as Rodney Erickson doubled and scored Quinn Krueger. That 1-0 lead stayed the same until the fifth and sixth innings.
ST. PAUL—It ain't over, till it's over. That's the motto this year's Woodbury Royals softball team lives by and it was shown on full display in the opening round of the 4AAAA sectional tournament against White Bear Lake. It was a roller coaster of emotions from stress to excitement to happiness to fear and, finally, excitement again with a 12-11 victory in eight innings.
It was a chilly day for a round of golf on Monday, but the girls teams from the Suburban East Conference were ready to compete in the conference match. Forest Lake might've won the match as a team with a 163 score, but it was a close round with the top five teams having a 13-stroke difference in the nine-hole round. The Park Wolfpack, Woodbury Royals and East Ridge Raptors were three teams that competed in the nine-team conference match.
After the 5-2 win in the 3AA sectional quarterfinals last Thursday, East Ridge's head coach Suzie Heideman said she wanted more intensity from her players for the semifinals. Well, her team heard her request loud and clear and showed it on Monday with another 5-2 win over No. 4-seed Eagan. There were many shouts across the tennis courts after a point or match was won. The majority of shouts came from the doubles area of the courts where the Raptors swept the Wildcats one, two, three to not only take the lead, but win the match for East Ridge.
COTTAGE GROVE—It was a battle between the pitchers and the defenses of the East Ridge Raptors and the Park Wolfpack on Friday night. That battle resulted in a close 2-1 win for the Raptors on the back of pitcher Blake Ritzer and a strong defense behind him. "I wanted to throw strikes and not walk many people," Ritzer said. "The defense was huge. They made some big plays back there and they played really well."
After a win against Park in the opening round of the 3AA boys tennis sectional tournament, the Woodbury Royals couldn't advance any further with a 7-0 loss on Thursday night against Hastings. Every match, except the No. 2 doubles, ended in two straight sets. The Royals lost previously to Hastings earlier in the season 5-2. The Royals No. 1 singles player Corbin Johnson said he was looking forward to this match after the win against Park on Tuesday. He just wanted the team to play hard every point and every game and let the results fall with the effort.
The Woodbury Royals were trailing on Wednesday night against the Stillwater Ponies with a score of 3-1 in the sixth inning. Then, Reece Impola and Cameron Matz helped out the Royals with their bats in the top of the sixth. Impola singled scoring a Woodbury runner and Matz scored another runner with his sacrifice fly making it a tie game. This tie resulted in extra innings for the two teams, which ended in the 10th inning when Evan Parker bunted to Woodbury's pitcher Rodney Erickson.
The Tanners Brook Golf Club hosted nine teams from the Suburban East Conference on Tuesday including teams like the Woodbury Royals, the Park Wolfpack and the East Ridge Raptors. It was a nine-hole invitational and the Roseville Raiders won with a score of 160. Woodbury wasn't too far behind the Raiders as the Royals scored a 163 as a team.
WOODBURY—The East Ridge Raptors came into the 3AA boys tennis sectionals as the No. 1 seed. They showed why they're the top seed with a 5-2 win over the No. 9-seed South Saint Paul Sir Lions on Thursday night. Coming into sectionals, the Raptors were 16-4 and had their sights on not only sectionals, but state. East Ridge finished second at the state tournament last season. Now 17-4, East Ridge is one step closer and two matches away from reaching the state tournament. Even though that's the goal, that's not the focus for head coach Suzie Heideman.