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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The Woodbury girls basketball team snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 50-45 win over Henry Sibley, but fell back into bad habits with a 45-25 loss to rival East Ridge. Behind a balanced attack led by Kayla Bilski and Cecile Kieger, Woodbury topped Henry Sibley (3-18; 1-9 Classic Suburban Conference) by five points to earn its first win since Dec. 20. Bilski, a senior guard, and Kieger, a freshman forward, each scored 11 points in the victory.
The East Ridge girls basketball team climbed to fifth in the Suburban East Conference standings with three wins last week. The Raptors (15-4; 8-4 SEC) beat Roseville and rival Woodbury in two SEC games, before taking down Farmington in non-conference play last week. East Ridge beat Roseville 63-54 on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at home, then won 45-25 at Woodbury on Friday and 60-49 over Farmington back at home on Saturday.
When the Section 3AAA individual tournament rolls around Feb. 21 it will mark nearly two years since East Ridge senior Ryan Thompson has competed for a chance at the state tournament. Don’t think for a second that Thompson isn’t relishing another shot in his final season of competition. The route to the state tournament won’t be easy for Thompson, but he’s not the type to shy away from a challenge.
Woodbury Area Little League registration Registrations for the 2014 season of the Woodbury Area Little League are now open. Fees are $110 for Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade and $150 for second grade through the high school league. Register now, as these discounted prices will continue through March 15. For more info visit www.woodburybaseball.org and go to www.waawoodbury.org to register. East Ridge girls lacrosse meeting Feb. 13 The East Ridge High School girls lacrosse program is holding a parent/player/coach meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.
The East Ridge boys basketball team kept its hopes of a Suburban East Conference title alive with a pair of wins over Forest Lake and Park. East Ridge, which is 16-4 overall and 10-2 in the SEC – a game behind seventh-ranked Cretin-Derham Hall (17-3; 12-1) – earned season sweeps of Forest Lake and Park with a couple of lopsided wins. East Ridge beat Forest Lake 76-54 on Friday, Jan.
The East Ridge girls basketball team had a six-game win streak snapped by intra-district and Suburban East Conference rival Park last week, but bounced back with a pair of impressive wins. East Ridge (12-4; 6-4 SEC) fell 51-40 to Park on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Cottage Grove – its first loss since Jan.
The Woodbury girls basketball team lost its 11th straight game, falling to Hastings 50-48 on the road in the Suburban East Conference on Friday, Jan. 31. Woodbury’s last win was on Dec. 20 at home against Hastings.
Sam Boardman and Evan Bonneson led a contingent of 10 area Nordic skiers that earned all-conference or all-conference honorable mention honors at the Suburban East Conference championship meet on Jan. 30 at Battle Creek Regional Park. Boardman, a senior at East Ridge, earned third place at the SEC championships with a time of 36 minutes, 7 seconds in the 10-kilometer pursuit-style race.
The New Life Academy boys basketball team won two important region games last week, starting with an exciting 73-70 win over St.
The New Life Academy girls basketball team split a pair of games last week, but remained undefeated and tied for first place in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association conference. New Life, which is 12-3 overall and 6-0 in the MCAA, had a five-game win streak snapped with a 64-42 loss at St. Croix Lutheran, on Thursday, Jan. 30, before rebounding with a 70-30 pounding of Trinity on Monday, Feb. 3. Sydney Steele led the way for the Eagles in the win over St. Croix Lutheran with a team-high 13 points.