John Molene / Sports Writer
Fifth-ranked Cretin-Derham Hall skated to a Suburban East Conference championship Thursday, Feb. 15, with a 5-2 win over Park in the regular season finale at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. The Raiders built a 5-0 lead then cruised home with the victory. Cretin finished with a 14-0-2 record in the SEC, narrowly winning the conference over White Bear Lake (14-1-1). It was the 16th win in the last 18 games for the high-flying Raiders (20-3-2). Park finished the regular season sixth in the conference with a 6-9-1 record and stand 9-14-2 overall.
The first two these two archrivals played this season – a 69-57 Woodbury win at East Ridge back on Jan. 10 – a more experienced Woodbury team took advantage of a still-jelling East Ridge squad. Tuesday night the roles were reversed in a surprisingly lopsided 69-44 East Ridge win in a Suburban East Conference boys basketball game at Woodbury.
WOODBURY — East Ridge junior Carter Smith had two individual wins, and a leg on a winning relay, to help lead the Raptors past Park in a dual swim meet Thursday at Woodbury Middle School. East Ridge won the meet, 101-73, improving to 5-1 in dual meets this season. The Raptors went 1-2-3 in the butterfly and also scored big points in the backstroke, individual medley and 200 freestyle relay to distance themselves from the Wolfpack.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS — East Ridge battled, but top-seeded Eagan skated into the Section 3AA championship with a 2-0 win over the Raptors Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights. Eagan (21-5-2) will play South Suburban Conference rival Apple Valley (12-14-1) for the section title Wednesday. East Ridge ends its season with a 13-14 record.
Park's girls hockey season came to a sudden end as the third-seeded Wolfpack were upset by sixth-seeded Eastview 4-1 in the first round of Section 3AA play Wednesday at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Park ended its season with a 13-12-1 record. Eastview (8-16-2) advances to the section semifinals for a game against second-seeded Apple Valley (13-13-1). Apple Valley edged Hastings 3-2 Wednesday. In Section 4AA girls hockey, seventh-seeded Woodbury dropped a 5-0 decision to second-seeded Mounds View at Aldrich Arena Saturday afternoon.
WOODBURY — Host East Ridge put a late-game scare into visiting St. Paul Central in a rare Wednesday evening game, only to fall 59-52. The Raptors cut a 12-point second-half deficit down to five points with 36 seconds remaining, but could come no closer. It was also East Ridge's first game without sophomore center and leading scorer Kate Burns, who will miss the rest of the season with a fractured bone in her foot. Burns has battled through the injury all season before the pain got to great to continue.
WOODBURY — After one of their worst halves of the season, the Park Wolfpack turned in one of their best. Down 16-7 at halftime, the Wolfpack outscored host Woodbury 29-15 in the second half to win a 36-31 thriller in Suburban East Conference girls basketball Friday.
AFTON — Andrew Thompson of Woodbury finished second overall and the East Ridge boys were a close second in the alpine skiing team race Tuesday evening, Jan. 30, at Afton Alps. Woodbury's girls were second in the varsity team race to cap a big night for the Power Alpine program, made up of teams from Park, Woodbury and East Ridge. Thompson turned in runs of 28.11 and 28.83 for a total of just 56.94. That was just two seconds back of the winning time.
WOODBURY — Junior forward Erin Glancey put in two goals to lead East Ridge to a 3-1 win over Park at Bielenberg Arena Saturday evening in the regular-season finale for both teams. After a 1-1 tie in the first period, East Ridge took a 2-1 lead into the final minute, then scored the clinching goal on an empty net tally. It was the fourth straight win for the Raptors and sends the team into the section playoffs on a high note. Both teams came in skating well. While East Ridge had won three straight, Park had won four of its last five.
COTTAGE GROVE — Park's Mandy Hafner and Brenna Sommerland finished 1-2 in the all-around to lead the Wolfpack to a dual meet win over visiting Woodbury Friday. Park won the competition, 136.5 to 126.775 for the Royals. Hafner edged Sommerland for the all-around title, 35.725 to 35.425. Ella Endrizzi of Woodbury was third in the all-around with a score of 32.650. Sydne Blahnik of Park was fourth with a 31.550, followed by Woodbury's Emma Golden (31.225) and Michelle Kittelson (29.650).