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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Thursday Results A 6-5 win tonight makes it three straight wins in three straight days for the Woodbury Royals. It was a 6-1 game heading into the top of the sixth with rival East Ridge up to bat. That five-run lead vanished into only one with three singles and a ground out led to four runs being scored for the Raptors. The Royals brought in Bradlee Felton to record the save as he pitched one and two-thirds innings giving up one hit and striking out two.
WOODBURY—Calm. Cool. Collected. That was the mentality that Cooper Falteisak had heading to the mound to start the game. In the beginning, it was difficult to find the strike zone for Falteisak, but once again he stayed calm and trusted his catcher Riley Grohn. "It's really important to have that chemistry between a pitcher and catcher," Falteisak said. "It makes it easier to trust him and relieves some of the stress."
Mother Nature. It's a great thing when it's sunny and 80 degrees. It's another thing when there's snow on the ground or rain falling down. That type of weather leads to cancellations of sports and rescheduling. Those two words, cancellation and reschedule, are words that athletic directors don't like to hear because it condenses the spring season and also makes it hard to schedule transportation with the bus system.
LAKEVILLE—As Eastview players and coaches ran together to celebrate, the East Ridge boys tennis team saw the end of their season come to a close. After a 16-4 regular season and a win against South Saint Paul and Eagan in the 3AA sectional tournament, the Raptors came up a little short with a 4-3 final against Eastview. Even though the season is done, the memories and moments throughout this season will be cherished not only by head coach Suzie Heideman, but every player on this team.
ST. PAUL—It ain't over, till it's over. That's the motto this year's Woodbury Royals softball team lives by and it was shown on full display in the opening round of the 4AAAA sectional tournament against White Bear Lake. It was a roller coaster of emotions from stress to excitement to happiness to fear and, finally, excitement again with a 12-11 victory in eight innings.
It was a chilly day for a round of golf on Monday, but the girls teams from the Suburban East Conference were ready to compete in the conference match. Forest Lake might've won the match as a team with a 163 score, but it was a close round with the top five teams having a 13-stroke difference in the nine-hole round. The Park Wolfpack, Woodbury Royals and East Ridge Raptors were three teams that competed in the nine-team conference match.
After the 5-2 win in the 3AA sectional quarterfinals last Thursday, East Ridge's head coach Suzie Heideman said she wanted more intensity from her players for the semifinals. Well, her team heard her request loud and clear and showed it on Monday with another 5-2 win over No. 4-seed Eagan. There were many shouts across the tennis courts after a point or match was won. The majority of shouts came from the doubles area of the courts where the Raptors swept the Wildcats one, two, three to not only take the lead, but win the match for East Ridge.
COTTAGE GROVE—It was a battle between the pitchers and the defenses of the East Ridge Raptors and the Park Wolfpack on Friday night. That battle resulted in a close 2-1 win for the Raptors on the back of pitcher Blake Ritzer and a strong defense behind him. "I wanted to throw strikes and not walk many people," Ritzer said. "The defense was huge. They made some big plays back there and they played really well."
After a win against Park in the opening round of the 3AA boys tennis sectional tournament, the Woodbury Royals couldn't advance any further with a 7-0 loss on Thursday night against Hastings. Every match, except the No. 2 doubles, ended in two straight sets. The Royals lost previously to Hastings earlier in the season 5-2. The Royals No. 1 singles player Corbin Johnson said he was looking forward to this match after the win against Park on Tuesday. He just wanted the team to play hard every point and every game and let the results fall with the effort.