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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East Ridge High School trap shooting fall league The East Ridge High School trap shooting team will be participating in the 2013 Fall League. The six-week season begins Sept. 15. Registration is now open and information can be found at the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League web site ( http://www.mnclaytarget.com/leagues/2013-fall-league ). The Fall league is open to new participants as well as returning Spring season trap team members.
Park High School’s head softball coach Bob Loshek recently returned from the North American Fastpitch Association national tournament in Des Moines, Iowa. His team, Wilber Lime, captured the men’s “AA” national championship. The Wilber Lime, out of Galesville, Wis., rallied for a 5-4 victory over Palazzo’s Java House of Des Moines to claim the NAFA AA World Series title. Park High School is recognizing the 25th anniversary of the 1988 girls track state championship at its Hall of Fame banquet this year.
The Woodbury boys cross-country team finished 13th and the Royals girls took 14th overall Friday at the St. Olaf High School Showcase in Northfield, Minn.
To kick off 2013, the East Ridge girls took first place out of 26 teams at the season-opening St. Olaf High School Showcase on Aug. 30 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, winning the meet for the second-straight year.
The East Ridge girls tennis team opened Suburban East Conference play with a 7-0 sweep of White Bear Lake on Thursday, Aug. 29, in Woodbury.
The youthful New Life Academy volleyball team took Class AA and Tri-Metro Conference power St. Croix Lutheran to the brink last week, but couldn’t get over the edge in a five-set loss.
The East Ridge volleyball team started the season with a split.
The Woodbury girls swimming and diving team won its first head-to-head meet of the 2013 season, 101-77, over Suburban East Conference and intra-district rival Park last Thursday at Woodbury High School.
Woodbury native and current Florida State senior defender Kassey Kallman is one of 30 student-athletes in the running for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award for women’s soccer.
The question on many minds entering the 2013 season was whether or not the East Ridge football team would be able to live up to its preseason hype. The Raptors answered the critics in their home opener on Thursday night in Woodbury.