Sports Briefs – Oct. 6, 2016

12U Rangers win Tier I state title

SP 12U softball champs
Photo submitted by Becky Thomas. Click for full-sized version.

The Forest Lake Tier I softball team shows off their championship prizes after winning the state tournament last week. The team finished its fall season with a record of 11-1. Front: Madison Larrabee, Greta Reifschneider. Middle: Sydney Larson, Ruby Lamere, Amber Dunaski, Aryn Blumenthal. Back: Matt Arntzen, Sean Hall, Faith Owens, Bethany Weiss, Brooklyn Hanson, Ella Arntzen, Bailey Thomas, Megan Baniecke, Mark Bayers.

MN Alliance scores 14U Tier II championship

Photo submitted by Angie Ryan. Click for full-sized version.
Photo submitted by Angie Ryan. Click for full-sized version.

The MN Alliance 2003 softball team, composed primarily of Forest Lake girls and coached by a pair of Forest Lake High School alumnae, claimed the top spot at the Minnesota Metro Fastpitch Tier II state tournament on Sept. 25. The Alliance beat Mankato 13-1, Becker 10-2, Wayzata 7-6, and Bloomington 10-3 en route to the title. Front: Shelby Ringwelski, Olivia Ferderer, Abigail Bruers, Paige Swanson, Emma Whitson, Emma Passeri. Back: Coach Kathy Crudo (FLHS 2008), Paige Bakkestuen, Lauren Palmer, Megan Wolff, Olivia Pekron, Anna Weiss and coach Micah McGuiness (FLHS 2012).

Tennis completes regular season

Brecken Carr prepares to swat an overhead shot while doubles partner Annika Lamppa moves to cover the backcourt.
Brecken Carr prepares to swat an overhead shot while doubles partner Annika Lamppa moves to cover the backcourt.

The Ranger girls tennis team finished out its regular-season schedule with a 3-14 record, capped by a 7-0 loss to East Ridge on Thursday, Sept. 29. The Rangers earned the No. 8 seed for the Section 7AA team playoffs and will train this week for their first-round match against Chisago Lakes on Oct. 10 at home. In the individual tournament, which commences on Oct. 13, Ava Munoz (No. 2 seed) and Caitlyn Culver (No. 12) will compete in singles while Avery Jorgenson/Mckenzie Rugland (No. 4) and Carrie Voss/Taylor Berglund (No. 7) will be in doubles.

Boys soccer held scoreless

The boys soccer team was twice beaten 2-0 last week at home against Suburban East Conference opponents.
Cretin-Derham Hall was the perpetrator on Sept. 27, with White Bear Lake equally their margin on Sept. 29. Bear striker Toheeb Adegoke scored on the game’s first offensive movement less than a minute into the match and later added his and his team’s second.
The Rangers are 1-9-2 this season, and 1-4-1 within the SEC. This week they face road tests against Stillwater (14-0-0) and Woodbury (1-8-2) before coming home on Oct. 8 for their regular season finale at home against Coon Rapids (4-8-1).

Cross-country wins again

The Ranger varsity girls cross-country squad won their fourth team championship in five meets when they took top honors at the Swain Invitational in Duluth on Oct. 2. Sophomore Regan Duffy picked up her third individual win of the season against the 154-strong 2A field, completing the 5,000-meter race in 18:55 and avenging an early-season loss against South At. Paul junior Star Costa (19:02, second). Junior Caroline Schoessow (19:36, sixth), middle-schoolers Amelea Hauer (19:37, seventh) and Ava Wilson (20:33, 23rd), and senior Amanda Forliti (20:38, 25th) also contributed to the Rangers’ score of 62 points, which easily outdistanced the other 23 schools in the race. Both the girls and boys teams are looking forward the run-up to the SEC Championships, which they will host on Oct. 18. The two teams will travel to Blaine on Oct. 6.