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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The Royals are coming into the 2019 season with confidence and experience from a 2018 season that ended just short of the section finals. Woodbury ended its regular season with an 11-9 record, including 8-8 in league play which placed the Royals in a tie for fourth place in the Suburban East Conference. In the section tournament, the Royals defeated Tartan 8-3 and lost in the semifinals to Stillwater in a close 2-1 game. Woodbury went into a win-or-go-home mentality for the rest of the double elimination tournament.
After the semifinal game against Hopkins at the boys' basketball state tournament, sophomore Kendall Brown received a message from USA Basketball. It was an invitation to compete in the 2019 3x3 National Championships as part of a USA Basketball Select Team. Brown said he was honored to have received an invite and couldn't wait to compete with some of the top basketball players in the country. Brown will head to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Friday, April 12, through Sunday, April 14.
The snow has finally started to melt, which means winter is coming to an end. The spring season is right around the corner and that means warmer temperatures and more activities to be done outdoors. In my opinion, winter can be hard to workout consistently with the cold temperatures and the inches of snow that come almost every other day. There were plenty of days that I didn't want to workout because of the weather outside, but now that spring is here I'm so excited.
A simple phone call changed Ryan Fritze's life. On Friday, March 8, Fritze was with his fiancée when his phone rang. He answered and put it on speaker phone. On the other end were staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks. They wanted to tell Fritze that they wanted to purchase his contract and have him come down for the rest of spring training.
It takes three deep breaths as Ava and Ellie Wagner hold hands for the two sisters to get focused and prepared in their upcoming dance routine. That routine happened once again as the two sisters stood offstage at the "World of Dance." Moments later, they were standing in front of Jennifer Lopez, Ne-Yo and Derek Hough.
On Wednesday, March 20, Kory Kiekhoefer announced on Twitter his decision to step down from the head coach position of the New Life Academy boys' basketball team. Hours after his post, New Life Academy activities director Kevin Kleiner confirmed Kiekhoefer's resignation. Kiekhoefer has coached the Eagles the past two seasons, and had five years of coaching experience prior to his position with New Life.
Third-place game Park Center 61, East Ridge 59 It might've been a third-place game, but it felt like a championship game to East Ridge. The No. 3 seed Raptors took on the No. 1 seed Park Center Pirates for the final game of the season. The atmosphere felt like a championship game with the final minute of the game. About 36 seconds left in the game, Park Center led 58-56 over East Ridge and the Pirates were heading to the line. Park Center connected on one of the two shots as the Raptors grabbed the rebound.
This was a memorable season for Jeff Figlmiller and the South Washington Thunderbolts. On Saturday, the Thunderbolts earned the second-place trophy at the state tournament for adapted floor hockey CI. The team was built around players that had state playoff experience and they carried the team to a state tournament. "The coaches knew that we had a lot of state playoff experience," Figlmiller said. "And that began to show more and more at the end of the season as they wanted to get back this point."
Thursday night East Ridge 71, Cretin-Derham Hall 45 With 15 seconds left in the section finals game on Thursday night, East Ridge's Zach Zebrowski was passed the basketball. He held onto it for 13 seconds. The last two seconds were used to throw the ball as high as he could into the air. When he let go of the ball, the entire team ran onto the court with smiles and hugging one another. The East Ridge boys basketball team had done it.
Former Woodbury baseball player Ryan Fritze will be heading to the Arizona Diamondbacks as his contract with the Sioux Falls Canaries was purchased by the Diamondbacks on Monday, March 11. Fritze announced his signing on Twitter at 5 p.m. on Monday as he said, "I am excited to announce that I have officially signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. I am in Scottsdale, AZ for the remainder of Spring Training and can't wait! Thank you everyone for all the support it means a lot!"