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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Before every East Ridge boys' basketball game, the starting five get together and huddle up. Those 30 seconds allow Courtney Brown Jr., Zach Zebrowski, Patrick Lynott, Ben Carlson and Kendall Brown to take a deep breath and focus on one task: winning. This isn't new for these five players as they grown up playing together in youth basketball and especially last season. Lynott wasn't a starter for the Raptors, but had a share of minutes and created a strong dynamic heading into the 2018-19 season.
Editor's note: This column is one in a series as three RiverTown Multimedia reporters take part in the Slim Down with RiverTown weightloss challenge. After a snowy February and the frigid temperatures from this winter, I'm sure it's hard to find workouts to do besides going to the gym. I'm here to tell you that there are plenty of fun activities that also are workouts. Since I've been living in Minnesota all of my life, I thought it would be good to try some outdoor, snow activities.
Wednesday night East Ridge 77, Woodbury 41 Tempo. That was the focus for both East Ridge and Woodbury on Wednesday night. Woodbury started the game with a slower tempo similar to what the Royals did the last time they played East Ridge. The Raptors wanted to speed up the pace and continue scoring. "It was a battle for tempo at the beginning of the game," said East Ridge head coach Bryce Tesdahl. "We started to use our full-court pressure to keep the tempo up and it helped us get an early lead."
The section and state tournaments for the winter seasons are almost completed and it's time to review the past month. Bulletin sports writer Brian Mozey goes through each tournament for each sport during the winter season and reflects on a strong season for the Woodbury and Cottage Grove schools.
The section seed meetings have concluded and the tournaments are finalized for every Woodbury and Cottage Grove school for boys basketball. The section tournaments begin this week and the five schools are in various sections. Here's a breakdown of where each team is seeded and path they will need to take to reach the finals and continue their seasons into the state tournament. East Ridge and Woodbury The Raptors ended their season with a 24-2 record along with a 21-game winning streak. The last time East Ridge lost was on Dec. 18 at Eden Prairie.
Six minutes. For a wrestler, that's all they have in a match before it's over. During those six minutes, the wrestler needs to get the win and soak in every aspect of the state tournament. For some wrestlers, that moment lasts multiple matches while others have a couple matches to fully engage themselves in the state tournament. It's a hard task, but the wrestlers from East Ridge, Woodbury and Park did exactly that in this year's state wrestling tournament. On Thursday, the East Ridge team finished in sixth place and recorded many first in the program's history.
For any high school athlete, the end goal is to make it to state. The goal was reached for a handful of East Ridge, Park and Woodbury swimmers this season as they competed in this year's state championships. It's a memory that they will hold for many years to come. For the seniors, it's a way to end their high school careers at the biggest stage. For the non-seniors, it's an opportunity to learn and bring some knowledge heading into next season. East Ridge
The girls basketball season has officially come to an end as every Woodbury and Cottage Grove high school team has been eliminated from its section tournament either Wednesday or Saturday of last week. For every team, it's always sad to see a season come to an end. But it also means that a new season is coming with returners and incoming impact players for each team. Woodbury
Tuesday East Ridge 62, White Bear Lake 36 It was senior night at the Perch on Tuesday night and the seniors didn't disappoint with a 62-36 win over White Bear Lake. Patrick Lynott led the Raptors with 14 points, while Ben Carlson was right behind him with 12 points. Courtney Brown Jr. ended the game with 11 points and his brother, Kendall Brown, scored 10 points to help earn the victory.
After scoring nine goals in Saturday's section quarterfinals game, the Woodbury boys hockey team had confidence and momentum heading into the semifinals game on Tuesday night. The Royals also knew their opponent. They knew it would be a fight to reach the section finals as No. 1 seed White Bear Lake played them on Tuesday night. The two teams squared off twice during the regular season and both games ended closely. White Bear Lake won both of the meetings with a 5-4 overtime win in January and a 1-0 win in February.