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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Morgan and Mackenzie Werner had a lot of family meetings when they were younger. The family would sit in the living room and talk about serious discussions for an hour or two. Some of those discussions were just updates, but some of them involved action in the sense of moving to another city or state. Whether the Werner family was in Wisconsin or Nebraska or Minnesota, they were always around for holidays and other events going on throughout the year.
East Ridge 45, Stillwater 24 The Raptors were able to even out their record to 1-1 after defeating the Ponies in their home opener on Friday night. It was a big night for three of East Ridge's players including quarterback Zach Zebrowski, running back Kendall Moore and wide receiver Alex Larson. Zebrowski finished the night with three passing touchdowns and all of them coming in the first half of the game. Two of those touchdowns went to Larson, including a 37-yard touchdown.
Woodbury 98, Roseville 80 Out of the 12 events on Thursday night's girls swimming and diving meet, the Woodbury Royals finished first in 10 of the events. This allowed Woodbury it earn its first victory of the season over Roseville. It started off with a team win at the 200-yard medley relay from the team of Lindsay Lutton, Quinn Bruning, Maya Kramer and Natalie Gessner who swam a time of 2:09.56. The Royals also finished second and fourth with their other two teams.
East Ridge 2, Hill-Murray 0 The Raptors traveled to Hill-Murray on Tuesday night and came out with a 2-0 win to improve their record to 3-1 on the season. The two goals came from Linnea Yacovella and Maddie Majewski to give East Ridge the lead and the win. The Raptors will host two straight games against Forest Lake on Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m. and Mahtomedi on Saturday, September 8 at 5 p.m. before hosting rival Woodbury on Tuesday, September 11 at 5 p.m.
Woodbury 2, Bloomington Jefferson 2 The Royals were able to fight through the rain and finish Tuesday night with a 2-2 tie against Bloomington Jefferson. Bloomington Jefferson had its two goals scored by Ben Werner, while Woodbury had two individuals score its two goals. Cade Keesling and Dylan Felth each scored one goal. Tuesday night was the first of four road games for Woodbury as the Royals head to Prior Lake on Saturday, September 8 at 3 p.m. On Tuesday, September 11, the rivalry will reignite as Woodbury heads to East Ridge for its yearly game.
It was a big transition from the first invitational to the second invitational for the East Ridge, Woodbury and Park boys and girls cross country teams. The first course was flat and a fairly easy course to run, which helped the runners gain some confidence and understanding in the first race of the season. The second course, that was run on Thursday night, consisted of many hills and some terrain that became an adjustment for many of the runners throughout the early evening.
It was all smiles for the East Ridge Raptors girls volleyball team as they were going through warm-ups and singing to the songs on their pregame playlist. The smiles continued in the first, second and third sets of the actual match. The 3-0 sweep by the Raptors over the Centennial Cougars allowed the East Ridge players to show that smile more while they were cleaning up and heading home from the one-hour match.
Once again the fall season has come and Friday nights are filled with cheering fans, intense rivalries and bright lights shining down on the football field. The football season is back. As East Ridge, Woodbury and Academy Force prepare for the upcoming season, each team is looking at continue learning the game of football resulting in the increase of wins overall.
The sound of volleyballs being slapped echoes throughout the gym and the hallways of East Ridge, Woodbury, New Life Academy and Math & Science Academy. Besides the volleyballs, people can hear the communication between setters and hitters and defensive specialists. The volleyball season has returned and the competition is better than ever before. "It's so nice to be back on the courts and playing with your school once again," said New Life senior Kate Rogers.
This past June was the FIFA World Cup for men's soccer and the momentum shifted into the high schools for the upcoming fall boys soccer season. East Ridge, Woodbury and New Life Academy are facing its own individual problems, but all of them have the same goal in mind. That goal is to win sections and put themselves into the state tournament. "You need the whole team to do their part for a team to be successful," said East Ridge junior Reese Dodd.