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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The East Ridge girls golf team will take another swing at state this season. The Raptors return every player from last year’s team, which won the Suburban East Conference championship and finished in second place in the Section 3AAA tournament. East Ridge is expected to be led by seniors Taylor Anderson and Andriel Aimua, who last year became the first female Raptors to qualify for the state golf tournament. Anderson carded East Ridge’s top score at the section tourney with a 167. Aimua scored a 170.
With the beginning of the 2014 spring high school sports season this week, comes a fresh start for some and a bittersweet ending for others. Baseball, softball, track, tennis, lacrosse and golf — these are the fresh-air sports many have been waiting for since a year ago and, for many, the last chance for prep glory prior to graduation. This week, we'll begin by taking a look at the Woodbury and East Ridge high school teams hoping to make a difference in our Spring Sports Preview.
When Taylor LeMay was 11 years old she went to a Gophers softball game with her dad Jim and grandpa Pete. She couldn’t take her eyes off the catcher. “From that point on, playing for the Gophers was my goal,” said LeMay, a 2012 graduate of East Ridge High School.
Former East Ridge High School great and current University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire sophomore Leah Robinette made a mark at the 2014 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championship at Ithaca College (N.Y.). Robinette, a 2012 state champion in the vault her senior year at East Ridge, earned a trip to the second day of the two-day National Championship, after tying for 12th place on the uneven bars with a score of 9.625.
Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride registration open now The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride will be returning to Washington County on Sunday, April 27, following a record-breaking year in 2013. Rider registration is open now at www.ironmanbikeride.org . A $10 discount for Early Bird registration is available through Feb. 28. The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride is open to riders of all ages and abilities. Routes have been designed in roughly 15, 30, 60 and 100-mile increments to provide options for all cyclists.
Woodbury’s Scott Swansson and Matt Ambriz will hit the hardwood one more time before they cap their storied high school basketball careers. Swansson, the longtime coach of the Woodbury boys basketball team, and Ambriz, a sharpshooting Woodbury senior guard, will compete in the 32nd annual Minnesota High School All-Star Basketball Series. Swansson, who is retiring from Woodbury High School - where he collected a 240-165 record as head coach of the Royals’ boys basketball program, will coach the Gold team in the four-team all-star tournament.
Twelve high school track and cross country athletes from the area will be competing together in the 2014 Ragnar Relay SoCal on April 4-5 in California.
Once Spring blooms, moms in Cottage Grove and Woodbury will have an opportunity to see the pounds melt away like the snow. Now in its seventh year, Moms on the...
A childhood dream is now a reality for Woodbury’s Eric Miller. Miller, a former Woodbury High School soccer star and 2011 Minnesota Mr. Soccer, begins his professional soccer in MLS (Major League Soccer) with the Montreal Impact this year and will make his debut in Montreal when the Impact hold their home opener on March 22. “Montreal is definitely one of the best clubs in MLS,” said Miller, a 6-foot-tall defender. “They have a tremendous fan support, great staff and a really good core of players returning from their playoff team last year.
The Woodbury “AA” Bantam boys hockey team ran into a buzzsaw at the 2013-14 Minnesota state tournament. Woodbury lost 6-2 to Grand Rapids in the opening round of the state tourney, held Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15, in Rogers. Grand Rapids, ranked ninth in the latest state poll, went on to win the state championship. After beating No. 11-ranked Woodbury, Grand Rapids beat No. 4-ranked Edina 7-3 in the semifinals and No.