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Suburban East runners rule in Milaca meet

09/28/2013, 4:04pm CDT
By Star Tribune

Teams from the Suburban East took the first place in both races in Class 4A, the class with the largest schools.


With 189 teams competing, the Milaca Mega Meet, held Sept. 21 at Stones Throw Golf Course, is considered the biggest high cross-country meet in the nation. So big, in fact, that meet organizers divide the boys’ and girls’ meets into four classes based on school size.

Teams from the Suburban East took the first place in both races in Class 4A, the class with the largest schools.

East Ridge won the girls’ 4A race led by Bailey Ness and Emily Betz who finished second and third, respectively.

Stillwater took first among Class 4A boys, placing three runners in the top 10: Tayler Aarness was sixth, Bailey Hesse-Withbroe seventh and Allen-Michael Burback 10th.

Bouncing back strong

Pity the opponents who had to face the Mahtomedi girls’ soccer team after its only loss of the season, a 1-0 defeat against Woodbury on Sept. 14. In their three games since that loss, the Zephyrs have outscored their opponents 22-0. Leading scorer Chelsey Henry has two goals in each of the past three lopsided victories.

Security blanket

East Ridge suffered a big loss when running back Nick Leach, who was leading the metro area in rushing, suffered a knee injury. But the Raptors stellar offensive line, considered one of the metro’s best, still is creating holes. Freshman running back Dominik London rushed for 188 yards on just 11 carries in a Sept. 20 victory over Park of Cottage Grove.

Serving notice

The New Life Academy girls’ volleyball team, made up of freshmen and sophomores except for one junior, had an impressive showing in the Class 1A Volleyball Showcase tournament in Burnsville. The 16-team tournament had six of the top 10 teams in Class 1A.

Jim Paulsen

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