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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Saturday Park participated in the Tartan Invitational on Saturday and earned first place out of the 11 total teams at the event. The Wolfpack scored 423 points and controlled first place for the majority of the day, while Woodbury finished second with 392.5 points. Park started the invitational off with a win in the 200-yard medley relay as the group of boys swam a time of 1:43.62.
As the Park gymnastics team sat and waited for their team score on Friday night, they were hoping to do something that hadn't been done since Alison Flaata became the Park head coach four years ago. That was to break a score of 140. When the announcer said Park's score of 140.725, the Wolfpack gymnasts, coaches and fans cheered as loud as they could. They had reached a goal the gymnasts set at the beginning of the season.
Before the Park and Woodbury girls basketball game on Friday night, the two teams stood together for a bigger cause than basketball. They stood together for a cause that impacts too many lives. The Wolfpack and Royals were standing alongside each other for their fight in finding a cure for cancer. At Park High School, the entire gym was filled with pink shirts and socks and pants as the two teams were apart of Coaches vs. Cancer night. Park and Woodbury wore the same pink t-shirts for warm ups and they said "United We Fight."
Friday Woodbury 65, Park 56 It was a game of runs for both teams on Friday as Woodbury and Park went head-to-head for a second time this season. Woodbury finished the game on the last run, which resulted in a 65-56 win for the Royals. "Basketball is a game of runs and we were just fortunate enough to come out with the win," said Woodbury's Solape Amusan. Before the game started, the two teams came together to recognize Megan Diediker, a Park teacher who's battling breast cancer, in their Coaches vs. Cancer game.
Friday Park 79, Woodbury 67 It was an offensive half that coaches dream about in their career for Park and head coach Mike Weah. The Wolfpack was untouchable in the first half of Friday's game against Woodbury as various player were hitting 3-pointers consistently. Specifically, Domenik Block as he was making baskets almost five or six feet behind the 3-point line. "These are shots that players make once in a while and Domenik was making three or four of them in a row," Weah said. "He was on a hot streak and helped us get a lead at the half."
Saturday East Ridge 5, Park 2 Before the game started on Saturday morning, East Ridge head coach Kim McClintick was sitting by herself on the bench. She wasn't looking at anything, but just stared at the ice on the rink. Nobody else was around her as the East Ridge and Park girls hockey players were already in their locker rooms. As McClintick was sitting there, the nerves sank in as she began to realize she was coaching in a section semifinal game. As a first-year head coach, this was all new territory for her.
After the PWER nordic ski team had a handful of skiers advance to the state meet on Tuesday, the PWER alpine ski team had the opportunity to send their own skiers to state as well. The co-op team were able to achieve that goal by sending seven individuals to state and placing in the section meet on Wednesday at Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls. Even though the teams didn't qualify for state, head coach Scott Melander is excited to have a few skiers returning back to state and a few skiers that are new to the state meet.
A basketball team consists of different roles for players, each tasked with helping the team win with their specific skills. If the players are able to fulfill those roles, the team as a whole will accomplish big things. If they aren't able to perform those tasks, the team suffers the consequences. That mentality has translated to the basketball court of New Life Academy and three Eagles that have embraced their roles. It took some time in the beginning of the season, but now it's time for New Life to fly in a different direction.
The nordic ski teams have been wanting snow all season long and the teams received plenty of snow on Tuesday for their section 3A meet at Theodore Wirth Park. The PWER and Math and Science nordic ski teams knew what was on the line as the top two teams and top six individuals not on those two teams would qualify for the state meet.
In this episode of the Bulletin Breakdown, Brian Mozey discusses the upcoming week with big regular season games and important section tournaments/meets. The section playoffs are starting to get underway for nordic skiing, alpine skiing, girls hockey and dance team. Mozey gives his thoughts on the four sports and also looks ahead to what teams and individuals could make a run to the state championships. The updated schedules and detailed week ahead is all right here at the Bulletin Breakdown.