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 boys swimming and diving team improved to 5-3 on the year with a 95-86 Suburban East Conference win over Forest Lake on Thursday, Jan.
The Woodbury gymnastics team fell 136-129 to Cretin-Derham Hall in a Suburban East Conference dual meet on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Woodbury High School. Woodbury’s Maddie Pearson led the way for the Royals with a 34.025 all-around score. Pearson scored a team-high 9.35 in the vault, an 8.375 in the beam, an 8.1 in the bars and an 8.3 in the floor exercise. Tessa Halada scored a 31.825 in the all-around and Rose Peterson scored a 30.375 in the all-around for the Royals. Halada’s top score was an 8.4 in the vault.
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.
Though slowed by injuries, the East Ridge gymnastics team continued to roll in the Suburban East Conference, defeating Forest Lake 142.075 to 136.175 on Thursday, Jan. 30, at East Ridge High School. It was the seventh-straight dual meet win for East Ridge, which is ranked 10th in Class AA, and improved the Raptors to 7-1 on the year in the Suburban East Conference. East Ridge sophomore standout Wren Anderson returned to the Raptors’ lineup off an injury to lead the way with a meet-best 37.25 in the all-around.
James Tidd and Kent Rabideaux are two of the top swimmers in the state and good pals out of the pool. Their friendly rivalry in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races is maximizing their potential and helping East Ridge become one of the elite boys swimming and diving teams in Minnesota. “James and Kent both have tremendous talent and are two of the top swimmers in the state,” East Ridge head coach Billy Cuevas said. “You can see day to day how they interact with everybody.
The annual C.H.E.C.K.
Woodbury cheer clinic Feb. 11 The Woodbury High School cheerleaders will be hosting a clinic for anyone in grades K-6 at Woodbury High School on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The cost is $30 and includes T-shirt and dinner. Participants will cheer before the basketball game that night and at the beginning of half time.
The Woodbury girls basketball team will probably be happy when January is over. The Royals have yet to win in the month of January and are currently riding a nine-game losing streak. Woodbury’s last win was on Dec. 20 against Hastings. Most recently, Woodbury got doubled-up by Suburban East Conference rival Park in a 66-33 loss at home on Tuesday, Jan.
The East Ridge boys basketball team is hoping to put a tough loss to Mounds View behind it. East Ridge lost just its second game since Dec. 3 when the Raptors fell 77-64 at Suburban East Conference foe Mounds View on Friday. Mounds View (15-3; 8-3 SEC) took a 27-24 first-half lead on the ninth-ranked Raptors, then outscored East Ridge 50-40 in the second half to earn the 13-point win. “We played our worst half of basketball in two years,” East Ridge head coach Paul Virgin said. “Nothing was working.
The East Ridge girls basketball team stretched its win streak to six straight games with Suburban East Conference wins over Mounds View and Hastings last week. The Raptors (10-3; 5-3 SEC) beat Hastings 66-43 at The Perch at East Ridge High School, before taking down Mounds View 66-40 in Woodbury. Though East Ridge was without leading scorer Jamie Swanson against Hastings, the game was pretty much over at halftime, as the Raptors were up 36-16 on the Raiders (1-12; 0-9 SEC). East Ridge senior center Mariah Sexe led the way for the Raptors in