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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Woodbury cheer stunt clinc runs April 7-9 The Woodbury High School cheerleaders will be hosting a stunt clinic for anyone in grades 5-10 who are interested in cheer. The clinic will take place at Woodbury High School from April 7-9. The cost is $37, which includes a T-shirt and all three clinic days. Participants will learn how to safely execute cheer stunts, jumping and performance. Tryouts will start the following week.
With the substantial costs associated with playing hockey, Cottage Grove’s Chad and Lise’ Rediske didn’t plan on having their two boys Connor and Aaron play the sport.
The season came to an end for the New Life Academy girls basketball team with a 74-39 loss to St. Croix Lutheran in the Section 4AA semifinals on March 11. St. Croix Lutheran, ranked sixth in Class AA and the No. 1 seed in Section 4AA, opened up a 34-20 halftime lead on New Life, then ran away with the win with a 40-19 second half. Senior forward Molly Saum led the way for the Eagles (17-11) in the loss with a team-high 10 points. Senior guard Jennie Scislow led the way for St.
Woodbury head girls basketball coach Nathan McGuire is out of the job. School District 833 did not renew McGuire’s coaching contract for next year. The non-renewal came at the season’s end and nearly two months after McGuire was placed on a leave of absence pending a district investigation of a complaint against him. District 833 School Board members approved McGuire’s non-renewal without comment at their March 6 meeting.
Football University Twin Cities camp at East Ridge June 27 Football University’s Twin Cities football camp will take place June 27-29 at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. Football University is an invitation-only, one-of-a-kind football training experience focusing on developing and enhancing the playmaking ability and skill of elite-level athletes in 6th to 11th grade. The training is provided by the NFL coaches and players.
Former Park standout softball player Lauryn Morris is now an assistant student coach with the Minnesota State University-Mankato softball team. The 2009 Park grad, who will primarily work with the Maverick’s outfield, played centerfield for Minnesota State University-Mankato for four years. She will graduate this May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in social and behavioral science from the School of Law Enforcement and will graduate from the Police Academy this June. At Park, Morris was a four-year starter and letterwinner for the Wolfpack.
A late-season injury left John Conlee as the lone goalie for the Woodbury “AA” Bantam boys hockey team heading into the postseason. Before the playoffs began, Conlee sent a text message to his coach Curt Southward that read “don’t worry, I got this covered.” He did just that. Conlee and the fifth-seeded Woodbury “AA” Bantams earned a trip to the state tournament by upsetting some of the state’s top teams along the way. “It’s a big achievement,” said Southward, who is in his 24th year of coaching hockey and third with the “AA” Bantams.
An upset of St. Paul Central fell short for the youthful Woodbury girls basketball team in the opening round of the Section 4AAAA playoffs. Woodbury, the sixth seed, led 22-14 at the half over third-seeded St. Paul Central. However, the Royals’ grip slipped in the second half as St. Paul Central (23-5) won the second half battle 35-16 and escaped its home court with a 9-point win. Woodbury freshman forward Cecile Kieger led the Royals with a team-high 15 points. Junior forward Ellie Blanchfield added 12 points for Woodbury (6-21). The loss capped a tough season for the Royals.
It was a big week for the New Life Academy girls basketball team.
In the Section 3AAAA tournament, the East Ridge girls basketball team ran into a buzzsaw in No. 1-ranked Eastview, but not before it made a little history. East Ridge, the fourth seed in the section, lost 71-40 to Eastview in the semifinals to end the year.