I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position.
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Saturday night East Ridge had been in this position before and knew what it took to win. The Raptors played Eagan in the section finals last season and won the first two sets, but mistakes caused East Ridge to allow the Wildcats to come back and win 3-2. The same two teams squared off on Saturday night in the section finals again as the Raptors focused on minimizing the mistakes against No. 1 seed Eagan. "Eagan is a really good team," said Stephanie Barber. "We knew it was going to be a battle all night."
Woodbury 16, Wayzata 14 There was about two minutes left in the game and No. 1 seed Woodbury was leading 16-14 over No. 4 seed Wayzata. The Trojans had the ball and started their drive on their side of the field. With less than a minute left in the game, Wayzata converted a fourth down to continue the drive and their chance of winning the game.
It will be a busy day for East Ridge, Math and Science Academy and Woodbury on Saturday, Nov. 3, as the three schools have teams and individuals competing in the state cross-country meet at St. Olaf College. Here's everything to preview the runners and teams from the three schools in preparation for the state meet. East Ridge The Raptors will have many runners representing East Ridge at the state meet as the boys have the entire team coming and the girls will be represented by two runners, Halle Mestery and Gwyneth Gerlach.
Friday night East Ridge 44, Forest Lake 16 It wasn't an ideal night for football with rain, wind and cold temperatures. That didn't effect East Ridge on Friday night as the Raptors hosted Forest Lake in the first round of the Class 6A State Football Tournament. The Raptors used all parts of their game with offense, defense and special teams to pull out a strong 44-16 victory and advance to the next round of the playoffs.
Thursday night East Ridge 3, Hastings 0 The Raptors had about two weeks of preparation from their last regular season match to the first match in the section tournament. That time to rest and refocus showed on Thursday night as East Ridge started with the momentum against Hastings and never let it go. It allowed the Raptors to complete the 3-0 sweep over the Raiders and advance to the section semifinals.
Thursday night It was a big day for the East Ridge Raptors and the Math and Science Academy Dragons as both schools sent individual runners as well as teams to the state meet next Saturday. East Ridge and Park competed in the section 3AA cross country meet on Thursday at Valleywood Golf Course in Apple Valley, while Math and Science Academy competed in the section 4A cross country meet at Battle Creek Regional Park in Maplewood.
The perfect record continues for the South Washington County Thunderbolts as they won on Tuesday night 12-3 against St. Paul Humboldt. The Thunderbolts went out to an early lead and never looked back. It was a good performance for the team as they have two regular season games left before the section tournament. "We had a really good game tonight," said coach John Culbertson. "We were able to play a lot of kids in the game and it was nice seeing their skills continuing to grow."
Family. That's the one word that's yelled after each huddle the East Ridge boys soccer team breaks. That one word was still said after a heartbreaking loss to Stillwater on Tuesday night that ended in a shootout. "This team really reflects that family aspect," said senior Drew Kansas. "We are truly a family this season." East Ridge came into Tuesday's match as the No. 2 seed in the section tournament. The only team above them was the Stillwater Ponies.
Woodbury 33, Stillwater 7 The Royals had control of their own destiny heading into Wednesday night. With a win over Stillwater, Woodbury would be the sole winners of the Metro East sub district for the first time in program history. The Royals did exactly that and defeated the Ponies 33-7 to win the Metro East sub district title and finish the regular season with a 7-1 record and a 5-1 conference record. "We never gave up this season," said senior defensive lineman Raphael Orubo. "That hard work paid off with this conference title."
Brotherhood. Every player on the 2018 Woodbury football team has used that word to describe this team and this season. Every season has its ups and downs, but the ability to stay together and work together as a team is what head coach Andy Hill likes to see. When the football season started in the middle of August, Hill and the rest of the Woodbury football team had one main goal to achieve. That goal was to be the sole winners of the Metro East sub district title.