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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Tuesday night New Life Academy 3, Trinity 3 It was a 0-0 tie for the first 25 minutes of the New Life Academy and Trinity girls soccer game on Tuesday night. Then, the scoring came at a consistent pace. It became a back-and-forth game between the two teams and, eventually, ended in a 3-3 tie after 90 minutes of play. "It's been a good season so far and the girls are working really hard towards the end of the season," said head coach Sam Mann.
Thursday night East Ridge 7, Tartan 0 Seniors Sidney Zavoral and Molly Seif were walking around East Ridge High School on Thursday, Oct. 4 with smiles on their faces because they knew the meaning of the day. It was section tournament day. On Thursday, the Raptors started their section play as they swept Tartan 7-0 for a spot in the quarterfinals. For Zavoral and Seif, they aren't used to having sections in the early part of October. This is the first year the two of them decided to take up girls tennis.
Woodbury, Park and East Ridge traveled south to Red Wing on Friday afternoon for a boys and girls cross country invitational. The boys side had 10 teams, while the girls had a total of nine teams. Red Wing finished on top for both the boys and girls, but the three local teams competed for a top finish. On the boys side, Woodbury finished in second while East Ridge and Park finished third and fourth respectively. The girls side had Woodbury finishing second, while Park and East Ridge finished seventh and eighth respectively.
East Ridge 93, Roseville 72 The Raptors dominated throughout Thursday night as East Ridge captured the victory over Roseville. The night started off with a sweep from East Ridge in the first four events. The Raptors swept in the 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM and 50-yard freestyle. The sweeps and early lead built some confidence for East Ridge as the team went into the middle of the meet. The sweeping came again in the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle.
Thursday night East Ridge 1, Park 0 East Ridge players and coaches have agreed that the last third of a game has been a struggle to score for the Raptors lately. That pattern continued against Park on Thursday night has East Ridge had many opportunities to put a couple ball in the net and take a strong lead late in the second half, but the ball either missed or hit off the goal post or there was a nice save by Park's goalie.
Thursday night East Ridge 3, White Bear Lake 0 The East Ridge volleyball team took the momentum from Tuesday night's sweep against Park into Thursday's home match against White Bear Lake. The result? The Raptors pulled off another three-set sweep and put themselves into perfect position to defend their conference title this season. The players are taking it one match at a time and they know they have some key matches ahead to complete the regular season.
Woodbury 28, Anoka 18 When the game went into halftime, Woodbury was trailing 10-7 to Anoka. The atmosphere around the high school was a little down, but the Royals took those worries away when the second half started. "We never lose confidence in ourselves," said senior Andrew Kraemer. "We might be down, but we know we can come back and get a win if we focus on one play at a time." That's exactly what the Royals did and Zach Ames found the end zone after a 22-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter to get a 14-10 lead.
Cade Keesling wears two different jerseys throughout the fall season. Typically, on Tuesday and Thursday nights, he'll wear No. 10 as he plays boys soccer for the Woodbury Royals. On Friday nights, he wears No. 87 as he becomes the kicker for the Woodbury football team. Keesling had always played soccer throughout his childhood, but when the opportunity came to kick on Friday nights during his junior year, he couldn't say no.
There's another year in the books, therefore there's another year of new Hall of Fame inductees for Woodbury High School. The Royals will have three individuals and one power couple be recognized at Friday, Sept. 28's homecoming football game. Those three individuals include James Cheatham, Amanda Jensen and Ann Sudoh along with power couple Karen and Jon Seashore. These five have shown the characteristics of a strong individual after their time at Woodbury High School, but also helped build programs and traditions at Woodbury that still carry on in the present day.