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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Tuesday PWER Boys The boys traveled to Elm Creek on Tuesday to compete with three other schools in their conference. The Park, Woodbury and East Ridge team finished in last place with a score of 422. The team was right behind White Bear Lake, which finished third with 433 points. The winner of the race on Tuesday was Stillwater, while Roseville finished in the second-place spot.
Tuesday Forest Lake 3, East Ridge 1 Coming into Tuesday, East Ridge knew it was going to be a tough game against Forest Lake. The game was tight for the first two periods, but Forest Lake continued its undefeated conference season with a 3-1 win over the Raptors. The first period went scoreless, but Forest Lake went on the board first in the second period. About a minute and a half later, East Ridge scored from the stick of Anne Larsen to make it a 1-1 tie heading into the third period.
Thursday Park 5, East Ridge 4 It was a rollercoaster of emotions from both sides of the bench in Thursday night's game between Park and East Ridge at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. After 10 minutes of playing the first period, it looked like East Ridge was heading home with the win. Park made the slow comeback and used all 51 minutes of the game. The game was tied 4-4 with about six minutes left in the third period. During those last few minutes, the puck was being hit back-and-forth with even possession from both teams.
Wednesday, Jan. 16 Boys Basketball: Math and Science Academy at Academy for Sciences and Ag, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 Nordic Skiing: Woodbury and East Ridge at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 3:45 p.m. Gymnastics: Woodbury at St. Anthony Village, 6 p.m. East Ridge at Stillwater, 6 p.m. Boys Swimming: Stillwater at East Ridge, 6 p.m. Boys Hockey: Park at East Ridge, 7:30 p.m. Woodbury at Cretin-Derham Hall, 7:15 p.m. Girls Basketball: Forest Lake at East Ridge, 7 p.m. Spectrum at New Life Academy, 6 p.m.
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.