Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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Any concerns of pitching depth for the Woodbury Legion Blue Post 501 baseball team were answered during the Gopher Classic last weekend and July 10. Woodbury finished 5-0 during pool play, which was hosted at Woodbury High School The pool victory placed Post 501 into a 16-team championship bracket against the other pool play winning teams. Woodbury won the first game of the playoff round 6-5 against Omaha Burke #1 on July 10 in Bloomington. But the run ended just short of the tournament's semifinals when Creighton Prep came back in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 5-4.
Some people might find relief in playing a tournament at a familiar golf course. But for East Ridge graduate Andriel Aimua, playing in a U.S. Women's Amateur Sectional Qualifying tournament at her former home course Prestwick Golf Club on July 6 did not end up being much of an advantage. Aimua tied for 14th in the tournament after shooting a five-over-par round of 77 on a muggy day in Woodbury. She ended up five shots back of qualifying for the U.S. Women's Amateur, as two of the four qualifiers and the two alternates from the sectional finished with rounds of 73.
East Ridge graduate Luke Ringhofer was standing in a boat on a lake near St. Cloud when his phone started ringing last month. The news started pouring in when the Baltimore Orioles selected Ringhofer in the 22nd round of the MLB amateur draft June 14. The Cottage Grove resident was in St. Cloud playing summer ball with the Northwoods League's Rox at the time. Hearing enough to know there was a good chance his name would be called in the draft, Ringhofer took some advice to do anything besides watch the continuous coverage.
Woodbury's Jake Guentzel is bringing the Stanley Cup to Healtheast Sports Center on Thursday. The public will have the opportunity to see the cup and take photos from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 at the Healtheast Sports Center ice arena building. Guentzel will also be available for photos. Fans are suggested to arrive early to have the best chance for a photo. The Woodbury Area Hockey Club is also planning to take a group photo with Guentzel and the Stanley Cup.
The Woodbury Legion Blue Post 501 baseball team showed off some of the talent that has helped it gain a No. 5 state ranking with an 11-2 win over New Prague on Wednesday, July 5.
Noelle Tomes waited longer than most seniors to decide where she was going to play college basketball once she graduated from East Ridge. But when it was time, her brother and a longtime friend were factors in the decision. Tomes decided late in this winter's basketball season to make a commitment to the Air Force Academy women's basketball team. It was a decision her brother Sid Tomes, a freshman guard this past season on the Air Force men's team, helped talk her through.
Packing up all your possessions and moving 1,000 miles away might seem like a hassle to most families. But for Marvin Wooten, Woodbury's new activities director, he and his family are looking forward to a fresh start from life in Virginia, near Washington, D.C. When Wooten and his wife, Safiya, saw an open activities position in Woodbury, they decided to take a look.
The St. Paul Park Post 98 and Woodbury Post 501 East Ridge Legion baseball teams offered a glimpse into the future of their high school baseball programs during a doubleheader June 27 at East Ridge High School. East Ridge won both games, pulling away in the first contest for a 15-4 victory and also coming back to win 6-4 in game two. Coupled with a 5-2 win against Red Wing on June 29, Post 501 held a summer record of 8-4 heading into a June 30 matchup at Sibley.
Linnea Yacovella did not want to waste any more time once she made up her mind about where she plans to play soccer when she graduates. Yacovella was only a sophomore at the time, but in late March she gave the University of Minnesota a verbal commitment to play for the women's soccer program. It was an exciting step for a player who said she wanted to be on Minnesota's roster since she was 12 years old.
For the past 35 years, runners from across the Twin Cities would block off a weekend morning in August for the Woodbury Country Mile. But this year, those runners will need to find another late August race. Citing lower participation numbers, organizers this year have decided not to hold the Woodbury race.