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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Playing lacrosse at East Ridge has become a family affair. Ten sets of siblings are part of the girls lacrosse program at East Ridge High School this season. Jane and Margaret Ahmann, Michelle and Rebecca Bailey, Bridget and Elizabeth Bregel, Anika and Ella Frazer, Jenna and Kayla Griffith, Veronica and Victoria Gruett, Jessica and Samantha Hammer, Chloe and Grace Heiting and Alyssa and Maria Wallace all play for the Raptors.
East Ridge volleyball summer camps meeting April 29 East Ridge is holding a meeting for girls in all grades interested in participating in volleyball camps over the summer. The camps take place at East Ridge High School and are open to all girls in the district. There will also be information at the meeting regarding the upcoming high school volleyball season for girls entering ninth grade at East Ridge High School. The meeting will take place at Cottage Grove Middle School on Monday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
The Woodbury boys tennis team earned a big win over Forest Lake on Tuesday to stay unbeaten in the Suburban East Conference. Woodbury, which is 3-0 in the SEC so far this season, beat Forest Lake 4-3 on Tuesday, April 15, in Woodbury. In the win, Woodbury’s Ben Sajevic won 6-2, 6-1 at second singles, while the remainder of the victories came in doubles play. Woodbury’s No.
The East Ridge boys tennis team picked up two more wins last week to improve to 4-0 on the season. East Ridge beat Suburban East Conference foes Roseville and Stillwater, only dropping two sets in the process, to stay unbeaten on the year. East Ridge is now 3-0 in conference play and has won its four matches a combined 27-1. East Ridge head coach Suzie Heideman said having all 15 players on varsity pushing each other has helped lead to the Raptors’ early season success. “Every player has played a counting position and we’re only four matches in,” Heideman said.
The Woodbury boys golf team opened the season with a second place finish in its Suburban East Conference match at Woodbury’s Prestwick Golf Club on Monday, April 14. Woodbury’s Nick Sheak won medalist honors in the 10-team match, shooting a 1-under 71 on the par-72 course, to lead the way for the Royals.
The Woodbury softball team continued to get contributions from a number of players as it remained undefeated with a pair of wins last week. Woodbury, which is now 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Suburban East Conference, beat SEC foe Cretin-Derham Hall 8-5 on Monday, April 14, at home before taking down non-conference opponent Eastview 2-1 this past Saturday in Woodbury. Woodbury freshman pitcher Ashley Mickschl scattered seven hits with seven strikeouts and was 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the win over Cretin-Derham Hall (1-4; 1-4 SEC).
A year removed from playing for a section championship, the East Ridge softball team has stumbled out of the gates this season. With three losses last week, East Ridge fell...
The East Ridge girls golf team opened up Suburban East Conference play with a first-place finish. The Raptors won the first SEC match of the 2014 season with a 180 at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater on Monday, April 14. Forest Lake and Stillwater tied for second with matching 183 scores. East Ridge senior Danielle Mischke had the low score of the day for East Ridge, shooting a 42. Also, senior Andriel Aimua carded a 44, senior Molly Richardson shot a 46 and senior Taylor Anderson shot a 48 to round out the Raptors’ top four.
The East Ridge girls lacrosse team erupted for 16 goals in a season-opening victory over Section 4 foe Mahtomedi on Thursday, April 17, at East Ridge High School. The Raptors (1-0) won 16-9 over the Zephyrs (0-1). East Ridge senior attacker Jenna Griffith led the Raptors’ offense with six goals, while her twin sister, Kayla Griffith added four goals. Jenna Griffith scored East Ridge’s first three goals, giving the Raptors a 3-0 lead less than three minutes into the game.
Former Minnesota Wild player has been hired as the head boys hockey coach at East Ridge High School. Walz has coached the East Ridge girls hockey team the past two years. Prior to that, Walz assisted the boys hockey program for the 2010-11 season and was an assistant coach for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning from 2008-2010.