Joe Brown is a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia. Prior to becoming regional editor, he was the sports editor of the Red Wing Republican Eagle from 2012-2018. He also worked as the sports editor for the Marshall Independent (2010-2012) and as a sports/news clerk for the St. Cloud Times (2008-2009). He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication.
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COTTAGE GROVE — With changes to the school boundaries in District 833, all four principals of the district's middle schools have worked to find common ground. During the May 10 school board meeting, the four principals — Cottage Grove Middle School's Elise Block, Lake Middle School's Molly Roeske, Oltman Middle School's Joni Hagebock and Woodbury Middle School's Kari Lopez — presented a look at the 2018-19 school year and how to provide consistent education for the students switching schools.
Making the trek to Mankato on Saturday, the Woodbury girls' golf team took top honors with a team score of 357 at North Links Golf Course. The Royals score was enough to hold off Mankato West's 384 and St. Peter's 405. With two of the meet's top three scores, the Royals were led by medalist Aayushi Sarkar's 78, which was eight strokes better than second-place Camryn Steinberg of Mankato East. Maddi Hanson finished in a tie for third place with a round of 90. Hannah Daly added a 93, and Michelle Yang rounded out the team score with a 96.
2019-20 calendar approved South Washington County Board School unanimously approved the 2019-20 K-through-12 school calendar on April 26. "We looked at some work time and incorporated in this calendar professional development time," Superintendent Keith Jacobus said. "And coupled with the assessment days, we put in last year, this calendar moves us forward in a number of ways."
Woodbury's Aayushi Sarkar took medalist honors Friday, helping the Royals' girls golf team to a second-place finish at the Mount Frontenac Girls Invite. Woodbury's score of 363 was three strokes behind first-place Lake City's 360. Visitation was third with 384, followed by Kasson-Mantorville's 401, Byron's 413 and East Ridge's 424. Sarkar finished the round with a score of 74, winning by nine strokes over Lake City's Ava Wallerich. Maddi Hanson tied for fourth with an 88, and Michelle Yang was in a three-way tie for eighth with a 95.
RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Competing in the River Falls High School Border Battle on Friday, the East Ridge boys' and girls' track and field teams emerged as one of the top Minnesota teams in the field. The Raptor boys finished in third place with a team score of 78.5 points, bested only by River Falls' 135 and Anoka's 124. The East Ridge girls finished tied for fifth with Stevens Point with 54 points. Ahead of those two teams were Hudson (128), White Bear Lake (72), River Falls (66) and Anoka (60.5).
WOODBURY — Jessie Diggins brought a gold medal back to the U.S.A. in this year's Winter Olympics. On Friday, Diggins brought her gold medal to her former stomping grounds. Diggins — who with teammate Kikkan Randall won the U.S.A.'s first ever cross-country skiing gold medal with a win in the women's team sprint in February at Pyeongchang, South Korea — visited Valley Crossing Elementary School in Woodbury to have a talk with the kids in the school's gymnasium.
The photo in the March 28 issue of the Woodbury "Woodbury track mourns Moore" incorrectly stated that James Scott was the head boys track coach at Woodbury High School. The head boys track coach for the Royals is Lane Swansson.
District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus gave a first reading for the 2019-20 school year calendar Thursday, April 12, 2018. The first day of school for grades 1-9 will be on Sept. 3, 2019, followed by the first day for grades 10-12 on Sept. 4. Kindergarten will start on Sept. 5, with pre-K starting on Sept. 9. Trimester breaks will take place on Nov. 26 and March 5, with the end of the 2019-20 school year coming on June 3 (pre-K-5), June 4 (12), and June 5, 2020 (6-11).
Woodbury softball is not about to dwell on the past. Reaching state for the third straight year, the Royals duked it out with Anoka over 13 innings in the Class AAAA semifinals. In the end, one run made the difference for the Tornadoes with a 1-0 victory, bumping Woodbury to the third-place game, where it lost 1-0 to Chanhassen. If the Royals plan on making it back to state for the fourth straight time, they'll do so while not letting the Anoka loss linger.
The growing pains were evident in 2017. After losing 20 seniors due to graduation, the Woodbury boys' lacrosse team had 19 varsity players that were sophomores or younger, leading to a 2-12 record. The Royals took their lumps last spring. But now, they hope to spring out of that slump with an experienced group of players back on the field.