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 girls basketball team opened the season with a pair of lopsided wins at the Henry Sibley Invitational.
To open the season, East Ridge nearly pulled off a major feat.
A light dusting of snow brought smiles to the faces of some area student-athletes this past week. As temperatures dropped, the East Ridge, Park and Woodbury Nordic ski teams’ seasons began to heat up. “The snow draws us in,” said East Ridge senior Madelyn Carpentier. “We’re all attracted to it. It makes you kind of giddy inside to see snow.
Five East Ridge student-athletes made it official recently — they will be taking their talents to the next level next year.
Ranked as high as ninth in the state by some publications in the preseason polls, the East Ridge boys basketball team learned last week opposing teams will be ready for them.
The New Life Academy boys basketball team opened the year with a split.
Last year the East Ridge boys swimming and diving team made waves at the state meet. This year, with everyone back, the Raptors have a legitimate shot at becoming the school’s first state championship team.
A year ago, the East Ridge gymnastics team finished fifth in the conference and in the section, but failed to send a gymnast to the state meet for the first time in the school’s four-year history.
The East Ridge dance team is back in action this season with new head coaches Ashley Stoffel and Melissa Vogler.
Last year, a talented group of freshman made a splash for the Woodbury boys swimming and diving team. They return a year older and stronger this season to join forces with strong upperclassmen to form what should be a formidable squad.