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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Monday Eagan 4, East Ridge 3 Many coaches tell their athletes to give everything they have for the game or match. East Ridge head coach Brendan Fitzpatrick was able to see that saying come into full light on Monday as No. 3 seed East Ridge took on No. 2 seed Eagan at Simley High School in the team section semifinals. The three doubles matches were won in a dominant fashion by the Raptors to take a 3-0 lead quickly. Then, the Wildcats needed to win all four singles matches to get into the section finals.
Thursday Woodbury and East Ridge rounded out the week with a competition at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids on Thursday. The two teams competed against 22 teams in 18 holes and Woodbury ended the day in fifth place, while East Ridge finished in ninth place. Aayushi Sarkar led the Royals with a score of 74, while Maddi Hanson ended the day with a score of 89. Waverly Yang was right behind her with a score of 93. Allison Beix and Laine Aeilts helped Woodbury with their scores of 99 and 104, while Elizabeth Molnau rounded out the team with a score of 124.
Wednesday The New Life Academy boys golf team were leading by one point over Legacy Christian in the conference standings heading into Wednesday's final match of the season. There were 18 holes played at Eagle Valley as the teams played two nine-hole matches. In the first nine holes, Legacy took a two-stroke lead to earn first over second-place New Life. That win gave Legacy the lead in the conference standings.
Thursday East Ridge 6, Woodbury 1 There's nothing like a friendly rivalry to start a quarterfinals section match on Thursday. The No. 3 seed East Ridge hosted the No. 6 seed Woodbury for a spot in the section semifinals and similar to the regular season, the Raptors finished the day with a strong 6-1 win.
Thursday East Ridge 2, Roseville 1 East Ridge finished the regular season with a 2-1 win over Roseville on Thursday. The win didn't just give the Raptors an 18-2 regular season record, but East Ridge also shared the Suburban East Conference championship with Forest Lake this regular season. It's the first time in East Ridge softball history that the Raptors are bringing home a conference championship.
Thursday East Ridge 9, White Bear Lake 2 East Ridge came back from a tough loss on Tuesday to capture a conference win over White Bear Lake on Thursday night with a 9-2 final score. No individual statistics were available. East Ridge will look to continue that winning streak on Saturday, May 18 at 4 p.m. as the Raptors host Eastview. Cretin-Derham Hall 17, Woodbury 12 Woodbury kept it close, but couldn't grab the lead as Cretin-Derham Hall defeated the Royals 17-12 on Thursday night. No individual statistics were available.
Thursday Woodbury 7, Cretin-Derham Hall 6 (OT) It took some extra time for Woodbury to capture the 7-6 win over Cretin-Derham Hall on Thursday night as the two teams went into overtime. It was a big win for Woodbury in the conference as the Royals improve their record to 7-5 on the season. Jonah Kopinski led the team with two goals, while Garet Long saved eight of the 14 shots on goal. Joe Rossebo, Colin Olson, Zach Bernstein, Andrew Thompson and Conor Hooley each recorded a goal on Thursday night.
Friday Woodbury 4, Stillwater 3 After losing to Stillwater in the first game of the series, Woodbury was determined to get this win against the Ponies on Friday. The Royals were down 3-0 in the last inning and came back to win the game 4-3 and earn a big road win. The bases were loaded with two outs as Woodbury faced a 3-0 deficit with one out left in the game. Riley Frisk came up to the plate and knocked a single to the shortstop allowing one run to score and it became a 3-1 game.
Kevin Kleiner will be leaving New Life Academy as athletic director after this spring season as he accepted an assistant activities director position with New Prague Area Schools for the 2019-20 school year. Kleiner has been the athletic director at New Life for the last three years and even though it was a tough decision, he knew it was the right decision for him and his family.
Tierney Wolfgram participated in the True Team Section 2AAA meet on Tuesday, May 7, at Eagan High School. According to the Star Tribune's David LaVaque, who first reported it, Wolfgram unknowingly broke Minnesota State High School League rules at the meet. South Washington County Schools director of communications and community relations Shelly Schafer confirmed the report.