John Molene / Sports Writer
East Ridge senior Allyson Weiss won both the triple jump and the long jump to lead area athletes in the Suburban East Conference track and field meet Thursday at East Ridge. Weiss set a personal best in the long jump, winning with an effort of 18.04.00. She went 41-02.25 to outdistance the field in the varsity triple jump. Weiss is the Class AA defending state champion in the triple jump and a second-place finisher in the 2017 long jump. White Bear Lake narrowly won both the boys and he girls team events.
COTTAGE GROVE—After 10 innings of a fierce back-and-forth battle, Park coach Bob Loshek had had enough, and dialed up the squeeze play. Loshek sent star shortstop Delaney Young barreling in from third base and Riley Perryman made it work at the plate with a perfectly executed bunt as the host Wolfpack edged visiting East Ridge 5-4 in a terrific battle Thursday.
As a Park player slowly makes her way into the dugout following a miscue in a recent game, it was Tony Young who nods, looks her in the eye, and says: "Everybody's got your back." That's how the Wolfpack, and Young, roll.
It's back to state for the South Washington County Thunderbolts. The Thunderbolts qualified with a fairly easy 18-5 section win over the visiting Buffalo/Monticello/STMA Coyotes Adapted in a game played at Woodbury High School Wednesday. The adapted softball state tournament will be held at Coon Rapids High School, June 1 and 2. It's the 18th appearance at state in the Cognitive Impaired Division (CI) for the Thunderbolts. Two years ago the Thunderbolts won the consolation championship. But last year's team dropped its first two games and was eliminated.
East Ridge coach Afton Murray has got this softball thing finally figured out. Pitch well, play good defense and let Sidney Zavoral and Josie Dorf hit home runs. For the second game in a row, Zavoral and Dorf let their big bats do the talking—both homering—to drive in all six runs and lead the Raptors to a 6-1 section-opening win over visiting Rosemount Tuesday.
In a game of wild back-and-forth spurts, Stillwater won the opening and closing minutes to escape upset-minded Park in girls lacrosse Tuesday. The host Ponies romped to an early 6-1 lead and looked like they might turn the matchup into a rout. Instead, it was Park which played championship lacrosse for a 25-minute stretch at the end of the first half and for much of the second.
The first question stumped East Ridge sluggers Josie Dorf and Sidney Zavoral only for a moment. "Who had the better home run?" the pair was asked following East Ridge's 5-4 softball win over Woodbury in the final regular season game for both teams Friday at Ojibway Park. "Josie," said Zavoral. "I think they were both equally pretty good home runs," said Dorf. And that settled that. Dorf hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Zavoral added a two-run shot in the fifth to lead the Raptors to the 5-4 victory.
Park junior Justus White was a triple winner and Woodbury's Maya Cochran and Runo Egi each won two events to lead their teams to team titles Thursday in a three-way track and field meet at Park High School. White won the 110-meter hurdles in 20.11, finished first in the 300-meter hurdles in 45.92 and took first in the high jump at 5-8. Cochran threw her weights around for a pair of top finishes, winning both the shot put at 38-04 and the discus at 85-06. Egi jumped 16-00.5 to win the long jump and took the triple jump with a top mark of 34-05.50.
COTTAGE GROVE—It was a game the Wolfpack had waited for, and a win they dearly wanted. Heather Degler's two-run home run in the second inning highlighted a rousing 7-4 Park win over Forest Lake Tuesday afternoon before an overflow crowd at Charlie Whitbread Field. "I was just looking away, away, away and every time she pitched it I just kept fouling them off," said Degler. "I just stayed in there and I was confident and I knew I could do it, and I did it. "It hit the perfect part of my bat and it just went flying," Degler added.
WOODBURY — Woodbury had it all Monday — good pitching, defense and timely hitting — in a drizzly 9-1 baseball win over visiting Park at home. Senior Jack Horman pitched the Royals to the victory, going 4 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits and one run. He struck out two and walked none.