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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Starting in 2014, the Minnesota United FC will have a new reserve team joining the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) in 2014, named the Minnesota United Reserves, which will play at East Ridge High School.
New Life Academy student-athletes received postseason honors following successful fall seasons.
After finishing second in this year’s Class AA state meet, the East Ridge girls cross country team proved it was one of the top teams in Minnesota. Now the Raptors get to show what they can do on a national stage.
New Life senior Chloe Westlund, junior Stephanie Pohl and sophomore Carolyn Stacey earned all-conference honors in the MCAA for the Eagles’ girls soccer team. All-conference honorable mention awards were also given to New Life senior Tessa Homuth and sophomore Tori Rogness. The players were given the awards at New Life’s soccer banquet on Sunday, Nov. 3.
Merit Chevrolet of Maplewood, one of the 55 Chevy dealers from the metro that partnered with local youth baseball leagues in 2013, concluded a successful season with the East Twins Babe Ruth League.
Florida State’s Kassey Kallman was recognized as one of the best defenders in the nation when the senior captain became the first Seminole in school history to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year accolades.
East Ridge Junior Olympic volleyball tryouts Nov. 17 The East Ridge Athletic Association volleyball program will hold tryouts for the 2013-2014 Junior Olympic volleyball season. JO volleyball tryouts will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, at Cottage Grove Middle School and Sunday, Nov. 17, at Woodbury High School. Each player must be present both days to complete the tryout. There is a non-refundable fee: $30 in advance (online) or $40 at the door. JO Volleyball is competitive team play for girls age 9-16.
The South Washington County Thunderbolts adapted soccer team is returning to the state tournament with hopes of bringing home some hardware.
Four East Ridge Raptors will finish their high school swim careers on the state’s biggest stage.
Billy Cuevas, the head coach of the East Ridge girls swimming and diving team, was pegged as the new head coach of the East Ridge boys swimming and diving team, too.