Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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An athlete her entire life, Woodbury’s Sandy Jorgensen was looking for an outlet. What she found was Ultimate Frisbee. Now, she’s one of the country’s top players.
South Washington County Thunderbolts head coach John Culbertson knows he has something special this season. Led by a core of players who have taken the field together for up to six years, the Thunderbolts adapted softball team is sitting at 8-1 on the year and has its eyes fixed on doing big things at the state tournament. “This is our one chance,” Culbertson said. “We’re trying to make it count. They understand that.
East Ridge volleyball Summer Skills Academy The East Ridge Athletic Association and East Ridge High School girls volleyball program invites you to register for the ERAA/ERHS Summer Skills Academy for girls entering grades three through nine. The Skills Academy will focus on all aspects of the game emphasizing fundamentals. Players will be skill-tested and placed in groups of similar age and volleyball ability.
Brian Sprout will be the last baseball player to wear No. 28 at St. Olaf College. The St. Olaf College baseball program retired Sprout’s jersey number on Saturday, May 3, in a ceremony in Northfield. The number retirement is the very first in program history for a player. “The biggest thing I’ve said is it’s because of the team we had,” Sprout said. “We were just a big family. That was the biggest part. We were so successful as a group.” Sprout, a 2002 St.
Some big-time football players took to the turf of Royals Stadium this past weekend. Former Minnesota Vikings stars Randy Moss and David Dixon headlined a list of NFL and collegiate standouts who made a visit to Woodbury High School as part of the Tyrone Carter Elite Training Schools Football Camp on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, in Woodbury. Moss, one of the most prolific wide receivers in NFL history, and Dixon, an NFL offensive lineman for 11 years, were among the coaches who provided hands-on training over the course of the two days to players who came to the camp from all over the metro
Cottage Grove Ice Skating School summer lessons The Cottage Grove Skating School is holding summer lessons on Monday evenings and Tuesday afternoons from June 16 to Aug. 21 at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. The Cottage Grove Skating School and its instructors are ISI certified under the direction of Liatra Oss. Lessons are provided for skaters of all ages and abilities. Their Learn-to-skate program is designed for recreational skating, figure skating, or hockey. Skaters may be shifted to a different class during the first couple of weeks to accommodate their ability.
The Minnesota Sting showed its new league it should be a force to be reckoned with. The Sting, a Woodbury-based amateur football team comprised of players from all over the metro area, opened the 2014 season with a 35-0 home win over the Lake Superior Rage on Saturday, May 3, at East Ridge High School. After rolling through the last two regular seasons and easily winning the past two Minnesota Premier Football League championships, the Sting have stepped up to the Northern Elite Football League this season and will be challenged by perennial power
Woodbury High School conducted a thorough search when hunting for a new basketball coach, but ended up not having took look too far. Kent Getzlaff, an assistant coach for the Royals last season, has been hired as the head coach of the boys basketball program at Woodbury High School.
The East Ridge girls track and field team showed what it could do at the Edina Invitational on May 2. The Raptors girls took first place out of a fairly stacked eight-team field, while the Raptors boys earned fifth place. Led by first-place finishes from three of its four relay teams, the East Ridge girls totaled 178.5 points to edge second-place Eden Prairie (174 points). Edina (118) took third and Burnsville (77.5) was fourth. The East Ridge boys totaled 75 points for fifth place.
The Park girls and boys track and field teams hosted the eight-team Park Invitational on April 25. The Wolfpack girls earned fifth place with 677 points, while the boys took sixth place with 619 points. The Mankato West girls (946.5) and boys (974.5) won their respective meets. For the Park girls, Katelyn Floysand won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 48.58 seconds in the finals and earned third place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.07. In the 1600-meter run, Rebekah Schulte and Cameron Anderson earned second and fourth, respectively.