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East Ridge baseball coach Brian Sprout (above, with three-month old son, Ryne) is getting his first chance as the head coach of a high school baseball team this season with the inaugural Raptors club. Staff photo by Patrick Johnson. Grady Rolando (below) and his Raptor teammates are scheduled to take on River Falls (Wis.) in their first-ever game on Thursday, April 8 at ERHS.

Thirty years in the making

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Brian Sprout always wanted to be a baseball coach.

This year, he's getting his chance.

Sprout, a two-time All-American player at St. Olaf College who spent seven years in the minor leagues, is a head coach for the first time this spring at East Ridge High School.


Sprout said he wanted to be a baseball coach since he was a little kid.

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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