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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Thursday Stillwater 4, Woodbury 1 In the first four games of the season, Stillwater had averaged 8.25 points per game. Woodbury knew they had to play strong defense to compete with Stillwater on Thursday night at the HealthEast Sports Center. It was a battle for the first two periods between the two teams, but Stillwater came out in the third period to claim the 4-1 victory and continue its undefeated record this season.
It was a busy weekend for both East Ridge and Woodbury. The Royals hosted a quadrangular on Thursday night and took off for the Chisago Lakes Invitational on Friday night. The Raptors wrestled Roseville and Forest Lake on Thursday night before heading down to Rochester for the big Christmas tournament on Friday and Saturday. Both teams had their eyes on having most to all their wrestlers place on the podium and those expectations were met on Friday and Saturday. Woodbury
Park head coach Steve Morse wanted to see the Wolfpack fight hard from the opening puck drop. The first period was hard fought, but it ended in a 0-0 tie. Then, the Wolfpack offense exploded in the second period with five goals and added one more goal in the third period to end the game with a 6-0 win over local rivalry Woodbury. "We need to fight hard starting at the opening puck drop instead of at the beginning of the third period," Morse said. "It was good to see us fight every minute and it showed with a good win."
As East Ridge was heading to the HealthEast Sports Center on Thursday night, head coach Dustin Vogelgesang handed out the game plan sheets. The players and coaches went through it, but at the bottom of the sheet there was one word that made no sense to the players. The word said China. After going through everything, Vogelgesang told the players that there are 1.6 billion people living in China and none of them care about this game. He was using this to ease the tension and stress of the night. Well, it worked.
Friday Cretin-Derham Hall 47, East Ridge 35 It was a close game at the half as Cretin-Derham Hall took the 21-16 lead over East Ridge, but the Raptors fell in the end with a 47-35 final score. Chloe Stoehr led the Raptors with 16 points, while Kate Burns finished the night with eight points. The loss puts East Ridge's record down to 4-3 on the season, but the Raptors will be looking to make it five wins on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. East Ridge will host Tartan on Tuesday. Forest Lake 66, Woodbury 26
Saturday The Woodbury boys swimming and diving team scored early and often and never looked back as the Royals finished in first place at the Woodbury Invitational on Saturday afternoon. After breaking the pool record in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday, Timothy Rizzo continued his success this week with some top performances on Saturday. He finished in first in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly, while helping his relay teams win the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Friday East Ridge 83, Cretin-Derham Hall 71 It was a packed night at the Perch as East Ridge hosted SEC rival Cretin-Derham Hall for Friday night basketball. The Raptors put on a show and took a 48-38 lead at the half. They kept that momentum going in the second half to defeat the Raiders with an 83-71 final score. The starting five for East Ridge had big contributions for the win. Ben Carlson led the team with 26 points, along with 18 rebounds. Courtney Brown Jr. was right behind him with 25 points.
It was a day to remember for Joe Rossebo, Jack Mohler, Simon Stark and Payton Shafer. The four of them went into the locker room this morning and each of them put on their purple South jersey. Then, they walked out of the tunnel and looked around U.S. Bank Stadium. A smile appeared on each of the their faces as they knew this was the final game of their high school football career.
Welcome to the Bulletin Breakdown. This will be a weekly podcast published on Fridays to recap the past week and the upcoming weekend of sports within the five high schools around the Woodbury and Cottage Grove communities. It will recap games, but also provide some depth on particular games that were covered that week. The podcast will have interviews from players and coaches from around the community as well as describe some of the feature stories that will be coming out that particular week.
Playing golf outside right now might be hard. The snow on the ground and the cold temperatures make it impossible for golfers to enjoy their sport, so X-Golf is fixing all those problems. Starting on Friday, Dec. 14, golfers can swing their clubs indoors at X-Golf Woodbury and play at golf courses like Pebble Beach, Hazeltine and many other golf courses across the country.