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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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.
Saturday night East Ridge 2, Apple Valley 0 The Raptors started off their season with a win to make it a 1-0 record. East Ridge hosted Apple Valley on Saturday night and played some strong defense to earn the win. Fiona Claugherty scored the only two goals of the night for East Ridge. The first period was scoreless between both teams, but Claugherty scored one goal in both the second and third period to give the Raptors the lead and eventually the win.
Brotherhood. Fight. Grit. Family. These are the words that head coach Andy Hill used to describe the Woodbury football team throughout the season. On Friday, the No. 1 seed Royals took on the No. 6 seed Lakeville South in the state quarterfinals. Even though Woodbury came out with a 28-14 loss, the Royals showed all four of those words throughout the entire night. "I couldn't be more proud of this team," Hill said. "Lakeville South is a hot team right now and hats off to them for executing a great strategy tonight."
The St. Olaf College campus was packed with parents, relatives, teammates, coaches and, most importantly, the runners as the state cross country meet took place in Northfield, Minnesota. The Woodbury and Cottage Grove area had representation from three different schools and all of them finished with learning opportunities for the offseason and the 2019 season. "It was so much fun running with the best runners in the state," said Woodbury's Anna Muellner. "The nerves were less than the section meet because you knew you were here and all you can do is run your best."
Saturday night East Ridge had been in this position before and knew what it took to win. The Raptors played Eagan in the section finals last season and won the first two sets, but mistakes caused East Ridge to allow the Wildcats to come back and win 3-2. The same two teams squared off on Saturday night in the section finals again as the Raptors focused on minimizing the mistakes against No. 1 seed Eagan. "Eagan is a really good team," said Stephanie Barber. "We knew it was going to be a battle all night."
Woodbury 16, Wayzata 14 There was about two minutes left in the game and No. 1 seed Woodbury was leading 16-14 over No. 4 seed Wayzata. The Trojans had the ball and started their drive on their side of the field. With less than a minute left in the game, Wayzata converted a fourth down to continue the drive and their chance of winning the game.
It will be a busy day for East Ridge, Math and Science Academy and Woodbury on Saturday, Nov. 3, as the three schools have teams and individuals competing in the state cross-country meet at St. Olaf College. Here's everything to preview the runners and teams from the three schools in preparation for the state meet. East Ridge The Raptors will have many runners representing East Ridge at the state meet as the boys have the entire team coming and the girls will be represented by two runners, Halle Mestery and Gwyneth Gerlach.
Friday night East Ridge 44, Forest Lake 16 It wasn't an ideal night for football with rain, wind and cold temperatures. That didn't effect East Ridge on Friday night as the Raptors hosted Forest Lake in the first round of the Class 6A State Football Tournament. The Raptors used all parts of their game with offense, defense and special teams to pull out a strong 44-16 victory and advance to the next round of the playoffs.