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ST. PAUL — Allyson Weiss admits to being very superstitious. Just a few of her quirks before a track and field meet: "I wear the same warm-ups and everything the exact same way for every meet. I eat the same pre-meet meal. I've worn the same socks — this is super weird — the past five years at every meet. I have the same lunch every day: trail mix, oranges, peanut butter, jelly and granola bar." Weiss continued after a laugh, "Probably not the healthiest, but I do it."
ROSEVILLE — Before the first pitch of the 2018 season, New Life Academy head coach Dave Darr knew the team's season hinged on beating Minnehaha Academy. And for the third straight year, the Eagles and Redhawks met with the Section 4AA championship on the line, with New Life needing to win two-straight to go to state for the first time since 2015. "Scotty (Glenn, Minnehaha's coach) and I said afterwards, 'See you next year at this time,'" Darr said.
COTTAGE GROVE — With changes to the school boundaries in District 833, all four principals of the district's middle schools have worked to find common ground. During the May 10 school board meeting, the four principals — Cottage Grove Middle School's Elise Block, Lake Middle School's Molly Roeske, Oltman Middle School's Joni Hagebock and Woodbury Middle School's Kari Lopez — presented a look at the 2018-19 school year and how to provide consistent education for the students switching schools.
Making the trek to Mankato on Saturday, the Woodbury girls' golf team took top honors with a team score of 357 at North Links Golf Course. The Royals score was enough to hold off Mankato West's 384 and St. Peter's 405. With two of the meet's top three scores, the Royals were led by medalist Aayushi Sarkar's 78, which was eight strokes better than second-place Camryn Steinberg of Mankato East. Maddi Hanson finished in a tie for third place with a round of 90. Hannah Daly added a 93, and Michelle Yang rounded out the team score with a 96.
2019-20 calendar approved South Washington County Board School unanimously approved the 2019-20 K-through-12 school calendar on April 26. "We looked at some work time and incorporated in this calendar professional development time," Superintendent Keith Jacobus said. "And coupled with the assessment days, we put in last year, this calendar moves us forward in a number of ways."
Woodbury's Aayushi Sarkar took medalist honors Friday, helping the Royals' girls golf team to a second-place finish at the Mount Frontenac Girls Invite. Woodbury's score of 363 was three strokes behind first-place Lake City's 360. Visitation was third with 384, followed by Kasson-Mantorville's 401, Byron's 413 and East Ridge's 424. Sarkar finished the round with a score of 74, winning by nine strokes over Lake City's Ava Wallerich. Maddi Hanson tied for fourth with an 88, and Michelle Yang was in a three-way tie for eighth with a 95.
RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Competing in the River Falls High School Border Battle on Friday, the East Ridge boys' and girls' track and field teams emerged as one of the top Minnesota teams in the field. The Raptor boys finished in third place with a team score of 78.5 points, bested only by River Falls' 135 and Anoka's 124. The East Ridge girls finished tied for fifth with Stevens Point with 54 points. Ahead of those two teams were Hudson (128), White Bear Lake (72), River Falls (66) and Anoka (60.5).
WOODBURY — Jessie Diggins brought a gold medal back to the U.S.A. in this year's Winter Olympics. On Friday, Diggins brought her gold medal to her former stomping grounds. Diggins — who with teammate Kikkan Randall won the U.S.A.'s first ever cross-country skiing gold medal with a win in the women's team sprint in February at Pyeongchang, South Korea — visited Valley Crossing Elementary School in Woodbury to have a talk with the kids in the school's gymnasium.
The photo in the March 28 issue of the Woodbury "Woodbury track mourns Moore" incorrectly stated that James Scott was the head boys track coach at Woodbury High School. The head boys track coach for the Royals is Lane Swansson.
District 833 Superintendent Keith Jacobus gave a first reading for the 2019-20 school year calendar Thursday, April 12, 2018. The first day of school for grades 1-9 will be on Sept. 3, 2019, followed by the first day for grades 10-12 on Sept. 4. Kindergarten will start on Sept. 5, with pre-K starting on Sept. 9. Trimester breaks will take place on Nov. 26 and March 5, with the end of the 2019-20 school year coming on June 3 (pre-K-5), June 4 (12), and June 5, 2020 (6-11).