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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STILLWATER—It was a five-run fourth inning for Lake Elmo (Stillwater) and that one inning made it difficult for East Ridge to come back. The Raptors faced a 5-2 deficit heading into the top of the fifth inning and they made sure to keep it close with a couple runs. It was a 5-4 game until the bottom of the sixth when Lake Elmo scored three runs and made it 8-4. East Ridge couldn't come back from that four-run deficit and ended up losing 8-4 to the No. 1 seed Lake Elmo on Tuesday night.
Four wins. It sounds simple, but it's going to be a fight to the end. "This tournament is one of the toughest to play in because everyone knows what's on the line," said Ryan Scanlon, a coach for the Woodbury legion team. "We just need to keep fighting until the last out." That tournament is the sub-state playoffs for legion baseball. Woodbury and East Ridge will be playing on Wednesday afternoon to start an extended weekend of baseball for a chance to reach the state tournament.
WOODBURY — It was a quick night for both East Ridge and Woodbury last night as the two teams advanced further into the district playoffs. East Ridge had a memorable evening from its starting pitcher, Kennedy Sanneman, who pitched one of his greatest games in his career. "It was a fun night and a memorable night," Sanneman said. "I'm just glad I had a great defense behind me to help me throughout the night."
WOODBURY — It two completely opposite games, but the same outcome for the East Ridge VFW team. The district playoffs started for East Ridge, Woodbury and Cottage Grove this weekend and the teams didn't disappoint with some strong games to start the opening rounds. "It was great to see this team stay strong towards the later part of the game," said Jereme Quinnell, East Ridge's coach. "I'm really proud of this team and being able to get the win in the end."
The VFW regular season is coming to a close and that means the district playoffs are coming up during the weekend of July 20-22 and extending into the following week. Woodbury, East Ridge and Cottage Grove will be three of the 14 teams in the playoffs with higher seeds including the No. 2 and 3 seeds for Woodbury and East Ridge respectively. Cottage Grove will go into the playoffs with the No. XX seed.
MINNEAPOLIS—It was the end of the All-Star game for Kaitlyn Rocco, from Woodbury, and Delaney Young, from Park, and the two of them were asked to go up to the podium for a moment. The two had no idea why they were going up to the podium and were slightly nervous. Once they went up there, they were told that the two of them were selected for Team Minnesota. "At first, we weren't sure what that meant," Rocco said. "Once they explained it, we became really excited to be a part of this border battle tradition."
It wasn't looking good on Friday morning with wet fields and about 90 teams coming to Woodbury to participate in the Black and Blue lacrosse tournament during this past weekend. Luckily, the fields dried up fast with the hot weather and the rain and storms stayed away for the weekend tournament allowing the teams to play competitively for three straight days.
It may be the end of July, but the East Ridge and Woodbury legion baseball teams are preparing for the most important weeks of their seasons. The two teams are getting ready for the weekend of July 27-29 when the district playoffs begin and the chance to play at state is on the line. Woodbury and East Ridge prepared for that weekend this past weekend in the Gopher Classic, which is a large tournament based in 16 different sites across the state of Minnesota.
It started with war and instability. It ended with soccer and a love for coaching. Sam Mann was born in Liberia during a time of civil war. The country was unstable and his family was fighting to stay alive. It was unpredictable what would happen each day and Mann said he knew his family would be better if they could go to the United States. "My father came to the United States in 2000 and was trying to get my family over here," Mann said. "In 2002, my father was able to get us over to the states."
Annika Johnson and Lexie Decker were already looking forward to this upcoming Woodbury Area Royals girls hockey season. The two of them are going to be seniors this year as well as hold the captain and assistant captain roles. They will be responsible for how the team is led and they're excited about the opportunities that will be coming.