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 East Ridge High School dance team continued to establish themselves after taking home second-place honors in the Kick division and third place in the Jazz category at the 16th-annual Simley High School Dance Team Booster Club Invitational. “We continue to get better,” East Ridge co-head coach Ashley Stoffel said. “This competition was challenging because we had some girls away on a mission trip.
The East Ridge boys swimming and diving team proved to be the kings of Woodbury on Thursday. The Raptors beat the Woodbury Royals 99-82 in the first head-to-head showdown of the year between the two Woodbury-based high schools. East Ridge, the defending Suburban East Conference champion, won 10 of the 12 events and earned first and second in five races to mathematically clinch the meet with two events remaining. The win was East Ridge’s 23rd straight victory in dual meets. East Ridge won each relay race over Woodbury. The Raptors won the 200-yard medley relay as the team
Friends were foes on Thursday as the East Ridge and Woodbury gymnastics teams faced off at Woodbury High School. In the battle of the two Woodbury-based high schools, East Ridge topped Woodbury 140.85 to 132.85. East Ridge sophomore Megan Trollen led the way for the Raptors, who are ranked ninth in Class AA, winning the all-around with a 36.85. Trollen won the floor exercise with a 9.425, took first on the beam with an 8.925, had the top score in the uneven bars with a 9.2 and was third in the vault with a 9.3. Fellow East Ridge sophomore Wren And
Though temperatures keep dropping, the PWER (Park, Woodbury, East Ridge) alpine ski teams are heating up. The PWER boys and girls teams recently competed in their third Suburban East Conference meet of the year – on Jan. 14 at Afton Alps. Park, Woodbury and East Ridge practice together, compete in identical races and are administrated by the same staff, but race as individual high schools. “The temps were hard on the athletes, coaches, volunteers and the timing,” PWER head coach Kevin Seipel said.
Woodbury head girls basketball coach Nathan McGuire has been placed on administrative leave from his coaching duties by the South Washington County School District because of an investigation following unnamed allegations. “We cannot comment on the situation regarding Nathan McGuire,” said South Washington County Schools Director of Communications Barbara Brown.
Prep football got a big shakeup on Thursday. Starting in 2015, Minnesota high school football teams will be arranged into “districts” in hopes teams will play schools with similar enrollments and in a closer vicinity to each other. The Minnesota State High School League approved the action at its board of directors meeting Thursday. All the details of the plan still need to be worked out. However, the districts will be comprised of either 14 or 16 teams and teams will play eight-game schedules.
Diana Getzlaff , a Park High School graduate of 2005, has been hired as the new volleyball coach at her former high school. She takes over for R.T. Luczak, who resigned from the position this winter. Luczak was the head coach at Park for the past three seasons, and this past year co-coached with Jon Hackbarth. “R.T. did a good job continuing to develop our program,” said Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel. “I appreciate all that he and Jon have done for Park athletics.” After graduating from Park, Getzlaff played volleyball at Maryville College in Tennessee.
East Ridge soccer club spring season starts soon Looking for a competitive soccer team to join for the 2014 spring/summer season? The East Ridge Soccer Club is excited for the spring/summer season to start and have openings on some of its competitive teams. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us or for more information. Spring/summer fees are $335 per player for U9-U10 and $350 for U11 – U18. There is a one-time registration fee of $40.
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