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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Friday East Ridge 10, Eastview 4 East Ridge came into Friday with the No. 1 seed and had to win one of the two games to advance to state. The Raptors only needed one game on Friday to advance to the state tournament for the first time in program. For this group of players, this postseason run is really special because it's been a dream not only in high school, but throughout youth leagues.
It was a memorable day for Caleb and Luke Fridinger and the best part was the two were able to share the memories together. The two brothers had been competing in the individual doubles section tournament for the past weekend and, on Tuesday, reached the semifinals of the tournament. They knew that two more wins and they were guaranteed a spot in the state tournament again.
Wednesday Woodbury 28, St. Paul 3 Since Woodbury received one of the bottom four seeds in the section tournament, the Royals had to compete in a play-in game on Wednesday. The No. 7 seed Woodbury faced off against No. 10 seed St. Paul at Woodbury High School on Wednesday. The Royals didn't just compete, but dominated resulting in a 28-3 win and continuing their season for one more game.
Suburban East Conference On Thursday, Woodbury and East Ridge competed in the conference track meet. It was a day filled with top finishers and memorable moments for the Royals and Raptors. The two teams finished in the middle of the pack as a whole, but individuals stood out amongst the two teams. In the girls 100-meter dash, Woodbury had two runners reach the finals of the race. Anna Muellner finished in second place with a time of 12.85, while Alexandrya Paulson ended in seventh place with a time of 13.28.
Every team wants to end the regular season with a win to create some momentum heading into the section tournament. But East Ridge head coach Steve Van Sloun knew it was going to be tough. "It's never easy to play three games in three days against strong opponents," Van Sloun said. "It was great to see this team work together and win all three games. I hope it gives us some confidence heading into sections."
After a dominating win to open up the Section 3AAAA tournament, East Ridge found itself in a fight on Thursday afternoon. It was a defensive battle between the Raptors and Eagan and East Ridge looked to Abbey Cook for a strong pitching performance. She pitched all seven innings and gave up zero runs on three hits, while striking out nine batters. Cook needed at least one run to help her get the win, and she received that support in the bottom of the fourth inning.
New Life Academy had an interesting game against Minneapolis Edison to start off the Section 4AA tournament. The game started on Tuesday, but the rain kept the two teams from finishing. The game was moved to Wednesday until HealthEast Sports Center closed all fields because of the wet conditions. So the game was moved to Thursday, where the Eagles were able to stay in control and win 10-6 and advance to the next round.
Thursday It was the final day of golfing for the regular season for Woodbury and East Ridge as the two teams traveled to Oak Glen on Thursday morning. Woodbury finished third with a score of 357, while East Ridge took sixth and ended with a score of 391 in the 18-hole contest. Aayushi Sarkar led the Royals with a score of 82, while Michelle Yang finished with an 87. Maddi Hanson also ended her day in the 80's with a score of 89.
Tuesday Mounds View 19, Woodbury 4 Woodbury hosted Mounds View on Tuesday for a conference game, but the Royals fell 19-4. No individual statistics were available. Woodbury will have one more regular season game at Rosemount on Thursday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. before the section tournament begins.
Tuesday It was the final golf match for the conference as the teams traveled to the University of Minnesota to play at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Tuesday. East Ridge and Woodbury had strong days to create some momentum heading into the section match next week. The Raptors finished the day at second place with a team score of 317, while the Royals finished in fourth place with a team score of 329.