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Sports Announcements: Woodbury marching band to play at Vikings game, Woodbury Hall of Fame induction and more

East Ridge traveling softball tryouts

East Ridge Athletic Association traveling softball tryouts for the spring and summer of 2014 will take place Oct. 5 and 6 at the East Ridge High School softball fields (Black 35 and 36). Rain location will be the ERHS gym.

The teams are open to any girls who reside within the East Ridge High School attendance boundary areas of Cottage Grove, Afton, Newport, Denmark Township and Woodbury. The ERAA also offers a number of pitching, hitting, and fielding clinics throughout the winter months. These clinics are conducted by the East Ridge High School Softball coaching staff. No additional fees are charged to attend these clinics if you are a member of the ERAA program. For those not interested in traveling softball or are new to the game, East Ridge Softball also offers recreational teams with a primary focus on learning the fundamentals of softball. This league runs from May to July and plays in a league with teams from CGAA, WAA, Newport and Oakdale. Registration for our in-house program will open in early February. For more details on traveling tryouts and the in-house program please visit or contact Art Plautz at

Woodbury High School marching band invited to play at Vikings game Sept. 22

The Marching Royals, Woodbury High School’s marching band, has been invited to play at halftime at the first home game of the Minnesota Vikings 2013 season. The musicians and color guard will be there when the Vikings take on the Cleveland Browns at Mall of America Field. Kick-off is at noon on Sunday, Sept. 22. The Marching Royals are the first high school band to march at a Vikings game since 2001. They were selected by submitting videos of performances from this year and the previous two years. “The Royals are thankful for the supportive Woodbury Community and all their help in getting the word out about our talented marching band,” said Tark Katzenmeyer, Woodbury High School Band Director.

Woodbury Hall of Fame induction on Sept. 27

Woodbury High School’s Royals Booster Club celebrates Royal Pride on Friday, Sept. 27, for the Woodbury High School Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony as part of the Homecoming week festivities. The activities begin with a welcome reception at 3 p.m. in the Woodbury High School Media Center to share refreshments and meet with this year’s inductees and their families. This event is open to the public. 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees include: Louis Ayeni (1999 graduate), Abby Frost (1999 graduate), Bob Longo (1981 graduate), Lindsey Huff (1997 graduate), Dwayne Tannahill (1975-2001); and members of the 1993 “Bring Our Teams Home” stadium group (George Gossman, Bill Hargis, Mike Mularoni, John Norris and Bruce Soma). Hall of Fame Inductees will be introduced at the stadium at approximately 6:45 p.m., prior to the Homecoming game against Forest Lake. Visit www.royalsboosterclub

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City of Woodbury Pee Wee sports programs

The City of Woodbury Pee Wee sports programs start this week. Have your preschooler join the fun with the Pee Wee sports programs. Boys and girls, with an adult, will learn the basic skills and rules of the chosen sport. This program will allow children to have fun, be active, socialize and learn sportsmanship, all in a noncompetitive environment. Pee Wee Basketball: For ages 4-5 (with an adult) from Tuesday, Sept. 17-Oct. 8 from 6:55-7:40 p.m. at Valley Crossing Community School, cost is $29 (includes team shirt). Pee Wee Combo (one night of basketball, soccer, T-ball and floor hockey): For ages 4-5 (with an adult) from Thursday, Sept. 19-Oct. 10 from 6:55-7:40 p.m. at Valley Crossing Community School. Cost is $29 (includes team shirt). To register, or for more information on any of these programs, contact Parks and Recreation at (651) 714-3583 or sign up online.

WAA hockey registration under way

The Woodbury Area Hockey Club is accepting registration for its intro to hockey program, held at Bielenberg Sports Center. Fall session starts Sept. 7 and consists of 12 one-hour practices. Cost is $88. Equipment packages (limited quantity) are available. To register, visit

East Ridge football youth night picnic and tailgate party

The East Ridge Athletic Association is hosting the fourth annual ERAA Football Youth Night Picnic and Tailgate Party before the East Ridge High School Homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 20 from 4-7 p.m. at the East Ridge High School practice field. The event will feature family fun, food, music and games with food provided by O’Malley’s. Don’t forget to wear your East Ridge flag or tackle football jersey to get free admission to the high school game. Tickets can be purchased at the event.

Registration open for 2013 fall volleyball

Registration is now open for the 2013 Fall Recreational Volleyball season. Fall Recreational Volleyball gives girls in grades 3-6 the opportunity to start learning the basics of volleyball. For more information please go to and click Sports, then Volleyball.

Second-annual 3-on-3 basketball league at Park High School

The Cottage Grove Athletic Association, in association with Midwest 3-on-3, will be hosting the second-annual 3-on-3 Basketball League this fall at the Park High School Activity Center. The league will run five Sunday evenings from Sept. 15 through Oct. 13. The league with have boy and girl divisions from fourth grade and lower through 10th grade. Teams will play two games per evening (10 total) and will receive team T-shirts. The league is a non-coached league and kids are encouraged to form their own teams and register. Last year the league had 103 teams in its first year and we are expecting more this year. Kids from Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Hastings, Hudson and other communities will be participating. The cost of the league is $55 per player. More detailed information and how to register is available at This league offers an exciting, affordable opportunity to enhance individual and team skills. The smaller team size increases offensive and defensive opportunities for each player as well as encourages teamwork through basic fundamental team play (pick and rolls, give and go’s, back-door cuts, etc. The intent of this program is to provide a fun, competitive learning environment for all players.

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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