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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Longtime District 833 educator Nathan McGuire has been hired as the new head coach of the Woodbury High School girls basketball program. Since 1998 McGuire, a Cottage Grove resident, has taught kindergarten at Armstrong Elementary. "I'm very excited to have this opportunity to work within the district and to take over this storied program," McGuire said. "There are high expectations here and it's great to be a part of this program." McGuire said he believes he's "home" at Woodbury High School.
Cottage Grove's Eric Rislove and Woodbury's Joel Johnson and Greg Murphy helped Team Minnesota win the Culver's Midwest Cup Golf Tournament - a team and individual amateur tournament pairing the best players from the states of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. "We were all pretty pumped about it," said Murphy, the Minnesota team captain. "This is a big deal for us." The event is a Ryder-Cup Style invitational for amateur golfers, from the age of 25 and over.
Sometimes in sports, you just have to tip your cap to your opponent and say "Well done." Defending state diving champion and East Ridge junior Jenna Karrow finished in second place at this year's Class AA Minnesota State High School League state meet held Nov. 17-19 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. In the diving contest, competitors perform five dives in the preliminary round before cutting to 20 divers for the semifinals on day No. 1. Then, the top 16 divers reach the finals on day No. 2.
Scoreboard - Wednesday, Dec. 29 BOYS BASKETBALL Non-conference Wednesday, Dec. 29 Trinity Tournament Semifinal East Ridge 81, Trinity at River Ridge 54 East Ridge 36 45 - 81 Trinity 21 33 - 54 East Ridge: Idowu 6, Pahl 27, Hawkins 5, Hietpas 20, Johnson 4, Rieck 11, Schwartz 6, Sexe 2. Trintiy: Kuplic 19, Louiselle 4, Dahl 3, Koletar 1, Brickweg 5, Gregg 10, Stanton 12. GIRLS BASKETBALL Non-conference Wednesday, Dec. 29 Rochester Rotary Holiday Classic Rochester Lourdes 62, New Life Academy 43 BOYS HOCKEY Non-conference Wednesday, Dec.
Brian Sprout always wanted to be a baseball coach. This year, he's getting his chance. Sprout, a two-time All-American player at St. Olaf College who spent seven years in the minor leagues, is a head coach for the first time this spring at East Ridge High School. Sprout said he wanted to be a baseball coach since he was a little kid. "I knew eventually I was going to be a coach someday, so every chance I got to learn something different I did that," Sprout said. "I tried to pick up different things from all kinds of guys everywhere.
Citing conflicts with her full-time job, Stacy Anderson, head coach of the East Ridge-Woodbury girls hockey team this past year, stepped down this past week, leaving all three District 833 high schools -- East Ridge, Park and Woodbury -- looking for girls hockey coaches. Anderson is the Girls Membership Program Director for FHIT -- a hockey development and advancement company, based in Mendota Heights. "I love my job," Anderson said. "I'm working with the top girls in the state on a year-round membership program.
The East Ridge boys hockey team was dealt the ninth seed (out of 11 teams) in Section 4A and will take on No. 8 seed Minnehaha Academy in a play-in game at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Wakota Arena in South St. Paul. East Ridge was 3-20-2 overall in its first season and 0-17-1 in the Suburban East Conference. Minnehaha Academy was 9-16 overall and 4-8 in the Tri-Metro Conference. The winner of the Raptors' first-round game will then face off with No. 1 seed St. Thomas Academy -- the No. 2-ranked team in Class A -- on Thursday, Feb. 25 at the St. Thomas Arena. Mahtomedi -- the No.
If Mark Abboud had a time machine, he said he'd go back and do it all differently. Back in mid-May, Abboud -- the East Ridge High School girls head soccer coach and a coach in the Minnesota Thunder Academy youth soccer program -- directed his 12-year-old girls soccer team to intentionally lose a game to another Minnesota Thunder Academy team. Since then, Abboud has been relieved of his duties as Technical Director of the Thunder Youth Academy, fined $600, sanctioned by the USYSA State Cup and compared to Will Ferrell's character in the movie "Kicking & Screaming" on national Web sites. Howe