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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In the dugout before its games, the New Life Academy baseball team breaks its huddle with a cheer of “family.” New Life head coach Dave Darr said he’s attempting to instill a strong sense of brotherhood in his team this season. “We try to preach that we’re a family,” Darr said. “If one person in our family is successful, everybody is successful.” The concept of unity at New Life is likely embodied best by brothers John and Sam Horner. John Horner is a senior shortstop who also pitches and bats third in the Eagles’ lineup.
East Ridge High School students Dom Campion and Joey Sicoli represented their school and the Woodbury Blazing Stars Special Olympics Team at the State Special Olympics swimming competition at St. Thomas University on March 29-30. Campion competed in the 25-meter freestyle, 25-meter backstroke, 50-meter backstroke and 25-meter relay.
A group of area runners showed California what they could do. Twelve high school track and cross country athletes from the area competed together in the 2014 SoCal Ragnar Relay on April 4-5 in California. The Minnesota Polar Vortex team, which included runners from Woodbury and East Ridge high schools, finished an impressive eighth overall out of 724 teams and was one of only eight teams to break 24 hours in the grueling 194-mile race. Minnesota Polar Vortex finished the race in 23 hours, 42 minutes and 22 seconds, which was first among 10 teams in the High School
Woodbury Royal Rouser April 25 Mark your calendars for the 2014 Royal Rouser at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25 at the Prom Center in Oakdale, where Woodbury High School will have a great time celebrating all things “Royals” and announce the 2014 WHS Activities Hall of Fame inductees. Buy tickets today at www.royalsboosterclub.org .
Though the future looks bright for the Woodbury softball team, things don’t look too shabby in the present either. Woodbury won its first two Suburban East Conference games of the 2014 season last week, including an exciting 4-3 win over rival East Ridge to kick off the year on April 9. Woodbury freshman pitcher Ashley Mikschal earned her first varsity win over the Raptors (1-2; 0-2 SEC) with freshman catcher Shannon Motzko behind the plate. Mikschal scattered five hits and struck out seven Raptors in the win for the Royals (2-0; 2-0 SEC). At the plate, Woodbury sophomore Alexis Jacobs wen
The East Ridge softball team had trouble putting up runs in its first two games Suburban East Conference of the 2014 season and has started 1-2 on the year. East Ridge opened the year with a 4-3 loss to conference and intra-district rival Woodbury on April 9, followed up with a 12-5 win over non-conference foe Blaine on April 10, and rounded out week No.
The East Ridge boys tennis team started the year on the right foot. East Ridge opened the 2014 season 2-0 in its first two matches, including a Suburban East Conference win over Park. Through two matches, East Ridge has yet to lose a set. The Raptors started the year with a 7-0 non-conference win over Section 3AA foe St. Thomas Academy on Wednesday, April 9, at East Ridge High School, then took down SEC rival Park 7-0 on Thursday, April 10, at Park High School. In the win over St. Thomas, freshman Anuraag Bukkuri won 6-1, 6-2 at No.
The East Ridge boys golf team opened the season in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., last week to take fourth place in the 20-team Wisconsin Dells Invitational, held Saturday, April 12, at Trappers Turn Golf Club. The Raptors shot a 322 team score to tie Suburban East Conference rival Forest Lake for fourth place in the first division of the two-division tourney. Lakeville North and Middleton, Wis., had the top scores with scorching 304s. Senior Sam Cowley and junior John Haering shot matching 79s to lead the way for the Raptors.
The Woodbury girls track and field team opened the 2014 season by taking eighth place out of nine teams in the annual Suburban East Conference Relay meet last Tuesday at Roseville High School. In the meet, which is run with all relays or by adding the top four athletes’ finishes together, Woodbury scored 60 points as a team. Mounds View won the meet with 145 points.
The Woodbury boys track and field team started the 2014 season with a dual meet against St. Thomas Academy at St. Thomas Academy on Thursday, April 10. St. Thomas topped Woodbury 80-66 in the meet. Oladipupo Lawal earned first place in three events for Woodbury – the 110-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles and the triple jump. Lawal, a senior captain, ran the 110 hurdles in 15.0 seconds, the 300 hurdles in 42.21 seconds and had a mark of 40 feet, 2.25 inches in the triple jump. Fellow senior captain Steve Bunch won both the throwing events.