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 another 7-0 sweep for East Ridge as the Raptors defeated Mounds Park Academy on Wednesday. The Fridinger brothers started it off with two wins. Caleb won 6-4, 7-6 at No. 1 singles, while Luke finished with a 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 2 singles. Eli van der Sman won at No. 3 singles with a 6-0, 1-6, 6-2 final score and Kevin Chen ended No. 4 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 win.
The Woodbury girls hockey team has found their new head coach as activities director Marvin Wooten Jr. hired Tony Scheid. Scheid has had many different coaching opportunities throughout his career and will bring 30 years of experience to his role as head coach for the Royals. "I think, for us, what we really wanted was somebody that had experience," Wooten Jr. said. "We had some really good candidates... [we wanted] someone who could teach the game. That was really important for us."
Tuesday East Ridge 8, Park 4 After facing a 1-0 deficit, the East Ridge softball team didn't get worried. Instead, they focused on coming back and getting a win. The girls came together and strung up many hits to take a strong lead and end the game with an 8-4 victory over crosstown rival Park. "It's always great to get a win against a rival like Park," said Josie Dorf. "You always know it's going to be a tough game every time you face a team like Park. I'm just glad we were able to come out on top today."
The Woodbury boys' and girls' teams bring back veteran power to 2019 as there are plenty of seniors that are looking for one more strong season before graduating. The boys have 14 seniors on their team, while the girls have seven. A handful of them were able to compete in the state meet last season, and their goal is not only to reach it, but to bring more of their teammates to state.
The Woodbury boys' golf team will look very similar to last year as the Royals bring back five starters from 2018. Head coach Shawn Mahady is excited for the 2019 season because he has experience from returning starters and he has talent from both the older and younger players on the team. "It's been great seeing these players start from where they left off last season," Mahady said. "I've been looking forward to the first few practices and I can't wait to get on the golf course this season."
Thursday East Ridge 8, Eagan 7 The East Ridge boys lacrosse team had this game circled on their calendar since practice started in March. It was a revenge game and the Raptors wanted to make sure that happened for last year's and this year's teams. East Ridge was taking on Eagan, who is ranked sixth in the state, on Thursday night at home. It was a section finals rematch from last season as the Wildcats defeated the Raptors to advance to the state tournament.
Thursday East Ridge 4, Cretin-Derham Hall 0 The undefeated season continues to stay alive for East Ridge as the Raptors defeat Cretin-Derham Hall 4-0 on Thursday night. The Fridinger brothers have a strong day as Caleb wins 6-1, 6-1 and Luke wins 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches. Jeffery Deng gets the win in the No. 4 singles spot with a 6-1, 6-1 final score. In the doubles matches, Eli Van der sman and Sujay Garlapati won the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-1, 6-2 final score.
Friday Woodbury 4, Mounds View 2 Woodbury took a no school day to enjoy an afternoon of baseball as the Royals earned a 4-2 victory over Mounds View on Friday. The Royals continued its undefeated season with a strong fifth inning. Woodbury was trailing 2-0, but the Royals scored four runs in the fifth inning to take the lead. That lead is all Adam Mazur needed as he dominated the last two innings against Mounds View to earn the victory. Mazur pitched a complete game giving up one earned run and struck out 11 batters on Friday.
First, congratulations on being less than a month away from the end of the Slim Down with RiverTown. I'm sure there have been highs and lows throughout this process, but the ability to continue focusing on your goals is an incredible victory. Once May is over, then the real part kicks in. You won't have an event or contest pushing you to continue these practices. Instead, you have to rely on yourself and maybe friends or family to continue these healthy practices.
Tuesday Woodbury 11, Tartan 10 (OT) It was a back-and-forth game between Woodbury and Tartan on Tuesday night, but the game needed an overtime to determine a winner. In overtime, Tartan won the faceoff and brought it down to its side of the field. Woodbury forced a turnover allowing eighth grader Alli Hoschka to find the open net and win the game 11-10 for the Royals to start the season.