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’s girls soccer team will embark on what may be the final season of Bill Ebertz’s storied coaching career with the Royals.
With no seniors, New Life Academy is fielding the youngest volleyball team in the state, according to fourth year head coach Wally Bomgren. But, that doesn’t mean the Eagles won’t be really good — the Eagles are ranked 15th in the state in Class A to start the season.
The Woodbury boys cross-country team returns with a talented cast poised for more success following the 2012 campaign where the Royals took fourth at the Section 4AA meet.
After last year’s state meet, the East Ridge girls cross country team felt like there was some unfinished business. Their chance to complete it is now.
There are some new faces in and out of the pool for the Woodbury girls swimming and diving team this year.
Head coach Billy Cuevas returns for a third year as head coach of the East Ridge girls swimming and diving team in 2013 to lead an experienced squad that seeks a section championship and has hopes of sending numerous athletes to the state meet.
With three returning all-conference players, the Woodbury Royals will shoot for greater heights in 2013.
The East Ridge girls soccer team started last season meekly, but went on a tear through the final six games of the regular season. Now the Raptors will have to find a way to carry that momentum into this season following the exit of several important contributors.
Last season the East Ridge boys soccer team emerged as a fifth seed in the Section 4AA tournament to reach the championship game and with the majority of the pieces returning from that squad, the Raptors should figure as a strong contender for the section title again this season.
East Ridge didn’t have to look too far to find a replacement for Tom Nemo, making Raptors’ assistant coach Afton Murray its new head softball coach.