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 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.
If one overtime game wasn't enough, Woodbury had a second overtime game this week. This time the Royals scored in overtime to capture the 3-2 win over White Bear Lake on Saturday night. White Bear Lake scored one goal in the first and second periods to give the Bears a 2-0 lead. Woodbury came back in the third period as Isabel Lippai and Amelia Karelitz each scored a goal for the Royals to tie the game. In overtime, Isabel Chmielewski scored the winning goal for Woodbury as the Royals improved their record to 2-4-3 on the season.
Woodbury scored four goals in the first period, five goals in the second and three goals in the third to win 12-2 over North St. Paul on Saturday. Ben Tarlton, Kevin O'Connor, Quinn Krueger and Ben Tschida each scored goals in the first period. Krueger, Zach Brenstein, Zach Lanz, Luke Danielson and Brad Mauder each scored goals for the Royals in the second period. Finally, Tschida, O'Connor and Jaxon Hill each scored goals in the final period to give Woodbury the final score of 12-2.
The Royals hosted the Woodbury Duals on Saturday with eight teams in attendance. Woodbury fed off of the home attendance throughout the entire day and it led to some good duals for the Royals. The first dual for Woodbury was against Cambridge. After all the matches, the two teams were tied 33-33 causing the dual to go to the ninth tiebreaker which is most first points earned by a team. That tiebreaker went to Cambridge and Woodbury lost the first dual with a final score of 34-33.
It was an in-town rivalry on Thursday night as East Ridge hosted Woodbury in the season-opener for girls gymnastics. It was a big night for three girls on East Ridge and two other girls on Woodbury. The Raptors came out with the team win over the Royals, 140.2-118.725. Cassie Kahrer for East Ridge was the all-around winner as she finished with wins in three of the four events and total score of 35.6. Kahrer finished first in the vault (9.525), parallel uneven bars (9.175) and floor exercise (9.55), while also earning fifth in the balance beam (7.35).
It was a close game heading into the half as East Ridge trailed White Bear Lake 29-27, but the Bears ran off with the 56-43 win on Friday night. Kate Burns led the Raptors with 20 points, while Madalyn Slavin finished with 13 points as the only two players to score in double digits. East Ridge will host Mounds View for its first conference home game of the season. The Raptors tip-off on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Thursday Concordia Academy 59, New Life Academy 47
On Thursday night, the boys swimming and diving season started with a bang as Woodbury and East Ridge competed in the Suburban East Conference Relays. East Ridge In the 400-yard medley relay, the Raptors finished third, sixth and eighth with their teams. The third place team included Carter Smith, Jakow Heide, William Cho and Casey McGrath who finished with a time of 3:46.70.