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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It was all smiles in the Perch at East Ridge High School as the Raptors boys basketball opened up their season on Friday night. East Ridge hosted the Raptor community for Raptor Madness and a fun night of dunks, 3-pointers and a basketball game. During this past offseason, the East Ridge boys basketball team has been busy preparing for a season where they're highly ranked heading into the 2018-19 season. The Raptors are actually ranked No. 1 to start the season for boys basketball.
Tuesday night Mounds View 5, East Ridge 3 After winning their first two games of the season, the East Ridge Raptors were looking to keep that undefeated record alive on Tuesday night against Mounds View. The scoring started early when Mounds View scored the first goal in under a minute of the game. The two schools combined for eight total goals, but Mounds View finished the game with a 5-3 final score. "It wasn't our best game, but I hope these girls were able to learn a lot tonight," said head coach Kim McClintick.
Mounds View High School was filled with costumes, jazz shoes and many makeup kits as the girls prepared for another season of dance team. East Ridge, Woodbury and Park all competed in the Suburban East Conference competition on Monday, Nov. 19. The Raptors received fifth place, while the Royals and Wolfpack followed them in sixth and seventh place respectively.
This was a weekend to remember for the South Washington County Thunderbolts. The Thunderbolts traveled to Stillwater High School for the state tournament in adapted soccer. After a successful today on Friday and a win on Saturday afternoon, the Thunderbolts were only one win away from winning the state championship. It came down to a Saturday afternoon game between the Thunderbolts and St. Cloud Area. It was a battle for 40 minutes, but the Thunderbolts weren't able to win as they fell 3-0 to earn second place in the state.
Thursday night After the diving preliminaries on Wednesday, the state swimming preliminary round came on Thursday. It was time for East Ridge's Callie Kunz and Elli Moss to have their time to showcase their talents. It was the first time for both of them to compete in the state swimming championships and both enjoyed every moment of the experience. "It's always fun to compete against the best swimmers in the state," Kunz said. "I'm just glad I was able to make it to this point of the season and be able to compete at state."
It's been the same goal for the past couple of seasons as Carter Spalding, Parker Sands and Justin Luan prepared for this year's PGA Jr. regional championship. The past two seasons, the TPC Twin Cities PGA Jr. League has lost to Cog Hill PGA Jr. League, but this year Cog Hill, of Lemont, Ill., wasn't in their regional championship. TPC Twin Cities took full advantage of it and became the first Minnesota team to reach the national championship. Nationals will take place from Nov. 16 to Nov. 19 at Grayhawk in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Wednesday was a big day for a handful of student athletes from East Ridge, Woodbury and New Life Academy as they signed their National Letters of Intent. Woodbury and East Ridge had eight students each sign on Wednesday while New Life Academy had three. Here's a list of all the students and where they are heading for colleges next fall. East Ridge Courtney Brown Jr.—University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
East Ridge 6, Hastings 1 The Raptors had a consistent night of scoring in each period as East Ridge took the 6-1 victory to improve its record to 2-0 on the early part of the season. East Ridge started off the night with two goals in the first period. The first one came 26 seconds into the game from Fiona Claugherty, but Hastings tied it up at 1-1 three seconds after the Raptors goal. Then, Addi Scribner gave the Raptors the lead again in the first period with a goal about seven minutes in the game.
Friday night It was a big night for East Ridge, Woodbury and Park as the three schools competed in the finals of the section meet on Friday night. Even though Eagan won the section meet, East Ridge had a couple swimmers qualify for the state meet next week. Woodbury and Park might not have had swimmers reach state, but they are happy looking forward to the 2019 season and the experience each coach will have heading into the offseason. East Ridge
It was all smiles and laughs before the match as the New Life Academy girls volleyball team made their way onto the court at the Xcel Energy Center for the state tournament. A handful of players on the team knew what to expect since the Eagles were in this same position last year. They knew it was going to be tough no matter the opponent and, most importantly, they knew to enjoy every second because it goes by so fast.