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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At 2:02 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, top ranked basketball prospect and East Ridge sophomore Kendall Brown announced on Twitter his decision to transfer from East Ridge and attend Sunrise Christian Academy next year.
Whether he's on the mound or in the field, Quinn Krueger loves the game of baseball. That love was shown on Friday night as Woodbury Legion started its pool play for the Gopher Classic at Royals Stadium in Woodbury. On the mound, Krueger was hitting his spots on the plate and smiling every time he got off the field. On the field as a second baseman, Krueger was talking to Adam Mazur after almost every pitch and clapping along to Runaround Sue by Dion as it echoed off the speakers in between innings.
It's been an up and down legion baseball season for East Ridge as the Raptors fell 6-1 to Stillwater on Wednesday night. There have been many changes to the lineup with players working and traveling on other baseball teams as well. The lineup hasn't looked the same on a consistent basis, but co-head coach Connor Malcolm is happy with where the Raptors are at in the season.
Woodbury High School announced on Wednesday, July 10, that Connor Ross will be the new head coach for the boys swimming and diving team, according to a press release from the Woodbury Athletics Department. "We are very fortunate to have Connor as our next Boys Swim & Dive coach," said Woodbury activities director Marvin Wooten Jr. "Connor brings enthusiasm and passion for the sport and his ability to make connections with our student athletes has been a great asset to our school community. We are looking forward to Connor continuing the success of our program."
Roshon Roomes never imagined being in this position. Roomes is at the top of his game with the Iowa State University track and field team, but he's not done yet. His goals and aspirations extend further than college and records. There are dreams of being an Olympic athlete and Roomes is ready to make those dreams a reality. "I'm so happy to be able to get up every morning and continue doing a sport I love," Roomes said. "It's a dream come true."
It was a surreal moment for Thomas Miles. The senior goalie at East Ridge heard his name get called as he was announced Jake Anderson Mr. Goalie of the Year. It had been a dream since he moved to Woodbury to be a part of the great names that received this award before him. Miles looked up to these individual players because he knew the hard work and dedication it took to earn this type of award. Once he moved to the Woodbury area, he focused on lacrosse year round, and it's been a part of his life now and forever.
Joe Trollen was camped underneath a pop fly in center field at Target Field on Thursday, June 20. He waited. And he waited. It seemed like it took an eternity for the ball to come down from the dark sky and land in his glove to record the final out of the game. Once it was caught, history was made on the field as East Ridge defeated New Prague 7-2 and won its first ever state tournament in baseball history.
Saturday East Ridge 6, Stillwater 5 (8 innings) When East Ridge head coach Brian Sprout came into the semifinal game against Stillwater, he knew it was going to come down to the little things. Those things included baserunning, errors and playing small ball to score the runs. The Raptors started off the game on the right foot, which led to a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Stillwater showed its No. 1 seed as the Ponies came back to take the lead in the fourth.
It was another beautiful day on the golf course as many golfers came back for day two of the section tournament at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. On Monday, East Ridge and Woodbury sent a total of five individual golfers to the state tournament. On Day 2, the Woodbury and East Ridge boys' teams, along with the Woodbury girls' team, were still competing for the one team spot at state. All three teams had some work to do to reach that goal, but it wasn't an impossible task.
The state golf championships took place at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was two very different days of weather, which caused the younger East Ridge and Woodbury golfers to adapt quickly. Woodbury sent two boys and one girl, while East Ridge had one boy and one girl make appearances at the state championships. The Royals had one golfer reach the top 10, while the rest finished in the middle of the pack but had many learning experiences throughout the two days.