I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position.
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Thursday Apple Valley 4, East Ridge 3 It was a back-and-forth game for all three periods, but Apple Valley came out with the extra goal to win 4-3 over East Ridge on Thursday night. Apple Valley scored first, but East Ridge came right back with a goal from Ben Marburger to tie the game at 1-1 heading into the second period. East Ridge gained the lead with a goal from Tyler Wendshau, but Apple Valley tied the game up to head into the third period.
Tuesday Woodbury 52, East Ridge 48 It was a big night in the city of Woodbury as Woodbury and East Ridge squared off for a girls basketball rivalry game. It was a back-and-forth game between the two teams as Woodbury gained a 22-21 lead at the half. That tight game stayed the same in the second half, but the Royals finished on top with a 52-48 victory over the Raptors. "This is always a game we look forward to in the season," said Carley West. "It's nice to earn the win for our team and our high school."
Saturday East Ridge 2, Woodbury 1 East Ridge and Woodbury looked at this Saturday game from two different perspectives. For East Ridge, it was a chance to stop the two-game losing streak and get back on the right track with only about a month left until the section tournament. For Woodbury, it was a chance to extend its winning streak to two after a 1-0 win over Irondale on Friday. Before the game on Saturday, the two teams had pink hockey sticks to support cancer awareness. The two teams were also pretty lose.
Saturday Superior 87, New Life Academy 61 It was a dominating performance by Superior as New Life Academy fell 87-61 on Saturday morning. The Eagles dropped their record to 4-7 on the season as they travel to Legacy Christian on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Friday East Ridge 80, Roseville 43 It took a few minutes for the East Ridge boys basketball team to lock in and focus on Roseville. Once they did, it was all Raptor basketball as East Ridge finished off the Raiders in an 80-43 final score.
In the third episode of the Bulletin Breakdown, Brian Mozey goes in depth about the teams and players from the sports in the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area. It's the halfway point for the winter sports, which means it's time to look back at the first half of the season and get prepared for the upcoming second half of the season.
The Woodbury and East Ridge dual came down to the final weight class of Thursday night, the heavyweights. The match would include Marco Cavallaro from East Ridge and Mason Barrows for Woodbury. The Royals were leading 37-31 heading into this final match. Cavallaro knew that a pin would tie the dual, so that's the only thing he focused on. Cavallaro jumped into an early lead to start the match, but he knew that the Raptors needed a pin and nothing else. He continued to try and push Barrows over on his back and finally did after a few tries.
It's a consistent routine for Tim Rizzo on a meet day. The senior swimmer for Woodbury always starts his afternoon with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, eaten around 4 p.m. He gets to the pool or the bus by 4:15 p.m. so he can be early. Once he gets to the pool, he goes through his normal warmup. Rizzo will be in the water for about an hour, one of the first swimmers to get into the pool and the last to leave. When the meet starts, Rizzo stands off to the side and waits until his event is called. A typical night has Rizzo competing in four or five events.
Wednesday, Jan. 9 Boys Hockey: Roseville at Woodbury at TRIA Rink, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 Boys Basketball: St. Agnes at New Life Academy, 7:30 p.m. Math and Science Academy at Minnesota St. Academy for the Deaf, 7 p.m. Girls Hockey: Irondale at Woodbury, 7:30 p.m. East Ridge at St. Paul Academy and Summit, 7 p.m. Boys Hockey: Apple Valley at East Ridge, 7:30 p.m. Boys Swimming: Woodbury at Stillwater, 6 p.m. East Ridge at White Bear Lake, 6 p.m. Gymnastics: Roseville at Woodbury, 6 p.m.
Tuesday Forest Lake 95, Woodbury 89 After a successful weekend at the University of Minnesota, Woodbury traveled to Forest Lake for a swim meet on Tuesday. It was a close battle, but Forest Lake finished on top with a 95-89 victory over Woodbury. The meet started with Forest Lake winning the 200-yard medley relay, but the Royals bounced back pretty fast. Lukas Hruby won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:51.50, while Tim Rizzo finished in first at the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:04.63.
Saturday The Woodbury boys swimming and diving team participated in the Maroon and Gold Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 5 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The Royals competed in the bronze division with 12 other teams and finished fifth overall with 346 points. The fourth place team was St. Louis Park and it finished with 391 points.