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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Tuesday Park 4, Woodbury 1 The leadoff hitter is one of the most important batters for a softball team. She's the first to step up to the plate and her responsibility is to take pitches to see a pitcher's arsenal. It's recommended that she reaches base, so a rally can start and runs can be scored. The leadoff job can be difficult, but senior outfielder Madi Meduna is ready for the challenge.
Tuesday The Woodbury and East Ridge girls track and field teams traveled to Mounds View High School on Tuesday for one of the first meets of the season. It was a good chance to open the season and have different opportunities for many of the girls on the team to do field and track events. It was a strong day for the Royals and Raptors as many runners ended in the top 10 or top 20 to finish a day full of sun and warmer weather. Woodbury
On Tuesday, the East Ridge and Woodbury boys golf teams competed in its first match of the season. The two teams traveled to River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove and both teams finished in the top half of the standings. The Raptors finished three strokes behind the top finisher, Stillwater, and earned second place overall. The Royals also had a strong day finishing in fifth place and was nine strokes behind fourth-place White Bear Lake.
Tuesday Woodbury 5, East Ridge 2 A rivalry game typically has a close game and each run is deserved by each team. That rivalry atmosphere was shown on Tuesday as Woodbury and East Ridge took the field in an early conference and crosstown baseball game. It was a close, back-and-forth game for the first four innings. The Raptors created a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Royals came back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Monday Forest Lake 17, Woodbury 2 At the beginning of the season, Woodbury knew there would be no easy game in conference play. The Royals started the season at Cretin Derham-Hall last Thursday and captured the 2-1 close win. On Monday, Woodbury faced off against Forest Lake and the Royals couldn't extend the winning streak as they lost 17-2. "I think every season, every team has a humbling experience and this was ours," said head coach Michelle Benusa.
East Ridge After a third-place finish in the conference last season, the East Ridge Raptors are looking to continue to climb up the standings in the 2019 season. The Raptors finished the 2018 season with a 12-7 overall record and a 9-7 conference record. The placement in the standings helped East Ridge earn a strong seed in the section tournament. During section play, the Raptors defeated Rosemount in the opening round with a 6-1 final score. After that win, East Ridge lost to Park and Eagan in one-run games to end their season.
It was a memorable afternoon for East Ridge's Courtney Brown Jr. and Chloe Stoehr on Friday. "This is a chance of a lifetime," Stoehr said. "I'm just glad to be a part of this event. It was so much fun." That once-in-a-lifetime event was the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships. It took place at East Ridge High School on Friday, April 5, and was aired on CBS this past Sunday to a national audience.
Adam Mazur took a lap around the outfield fence before he threw his bullpen session on Tuesday night. That lap has become a step in his pregame ritual anytime he's the starting pitcher for Woodbury. Head coach Kevin McDermott gave him the ball to start the regular season for the Royals as they took on North St. Paul at Northwestern College. The lap in the outfield allows Mazur to focus and lock in on his responsibilities on the mound that night.
The sport of boys' volleyball has been growing throughout the state of Minnesota. Now, the city of Woodbury will be welcoming the sport this spring. East Ridge will have a club team this season, and the hope for players and coaches is to have this sport sanctioned in the next year or two with the Minnesota State High School League. "I've played this sport all my life," said head coach Wally Bomgren. "It's great coaching these players in a sport that I've grown up with all my life."
As the Final Four comes to Minneapolis this upcoming weekend, there are a handful of activities going on besides the two games on Saturday and the championship game on Monday. One of the events is the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk & 3-point Championships. The championships are taking place at East Ridge High School where some of the best high school players from across the country will come and show off their skills. East Ridge boys' basketball player Courtney Brown Jr., and East Ridge girls' basketball player Chloe Stoehr will represent the Raptors.