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Sports Announcements: Cottage Grove skating school, new carpetball league and more

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Cottage Grove Skating School fall lessons

Is your family looking for a way to stay healthy and active this fall? Sign up for skating lessons at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. CGIA is offering inexpensive lessons for all ages and abilities year round. All that's required are skates and helmets for participants 5 and under. The fall lessons start the week of Sept. 18. All registrations received before Sept. 4 will receive a 10 percent discount. Call 651-458-3400 or visit www.cottage-grove.org for more information.

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Cottage Grove carpetball league starting

The Cottage Grove Recreation Department is offering fall carpetball leagues starting Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Lamar Softball Complex. The league fee is $200 and the season will last eight to 11 games with a one-night playoff to determine the league champion.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, is the start date for the men's league and Thursday, Aug. 22, is the start date for coed. All games begin at 6 p.m., and league fees cover softballs, league champion, plaques, and T-shirts and field maintenance. Games are played with a "carpet" placed behind home plate and a player from the team at-bat acts as umpire.

Registration can be completed at www.cottage-grove.org search "carpetball" or call 651-458-3400. Registration must be completed by Aug. 9.

CGAA rec volleyball sign-ups open

The Cottage Grove Athletic Association rec volleyball league is open for girls in grades 3-6. Log on to www.cgaa.org and click "Volleyball" to register. The cost is $90. For details, email cgaavolleyball@yahoo.com. Practices and games run September through October with games on Saturday mornings at Woodbury High School.

East Ridge football youth night picnic and tailgate party

The East Ridge Athletic Association is hosting the fourth annual ERAA Football Youth Night Picnic and Tailgate Party before the East Ridge High School Homecoming football game on Friday, Sept. 20 from 4-7 p.m. at the East Ridge High School practice field. The event will feature family fun, food, music and games with food provided by O'Malley's. Don't forget to wear your East Ridge flag or tackle football jersey to get free admission to the high school game. Tickets can be purchased at the event.

East Ridge football/cheer golf tournament

The fourth-annual East Ridge End Zone Club Golf Extravaganza event will be held Aug. 25 at Stone Ridge Golf Course. New this year we will be partnering with the East Ridge Cheer Program. The event, played in best ball format, begins with a noon shotgun start. Danny's Restaurant will provide a buffet-style dinner afterward.

Cottage Grove basketball registrations now open

Registration is now open for the 2013-14 Cottage Grove Athletic Association Youth Basketball programs. The programs focus on skill development, teamwork and basketball knowledge. There are programs and teams for all ages and skill levels, both recreational and competitive. The CGAA's goal is to develop smart, skilled, hard-working and team-oriented players. The CGAA is offering four basketball programs for the 2013-2014 season: The Little Dribblers Basketball Clinic (Pre-K/Kindergarten); Junior Wolfpack (grades 1-2); In-House (boys grades 3-6 and girls grades 3-8)and Traveling (grades 3-8). Tryouts will occur September 21-26 (specific days/times are listed at www.cottagegrovebasketball.com). For more detailed information and to register visit www.cottagegrovebasketball.com or email traciedaymom@msn.com.

East Ridge Athletic Association football registration now open

Register today for East Ridge Athletic Association Football. Youth from the local area will fine tune their skills during an exciting football season with the East Ridge Athletic Association Football (ERAAF) program. The season runs from early August through late October. Practice time and dates will be available closer to the start of the season. To participate in the football program, you must live in the East Ridge High School boundary area, played ERAA sports in the past, or obtain a waiver from the ERAAF Board prior to registering. Groupings are: Kindergarten flag, first/second grade flag and third grade through eighth grade tackle. Register today through www.eraamn.com.

Second-annual 3-on-3 basketball league at Park High School

The Cottage Grove Athletic Association, in association with Midwest 3-on-3, will be hosting the second-annual 3-on-3 Basketball League this fall at the Park High School Activity Center. The league will run five Sunday evenings from Sept. 15 through Oct. 13. The league with have boy and girl divisions from fourth grade and lower through 10th grade. Teams will play two games per evening (10 total) and will receive team T-shirts. The league is a non-coached league and kids are encouraged to form their own teams and register. Last year the league had 103 teams in its first year and we are expecting more this year. Kids from Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Hastings, Hudson and other communities will be participating. The cost of the league is $55 per player. More detailed information and how to register is available at www.cottagegrovebasketball.com. This league offers an exciting, affordable opportunity to enhance individual and team skills. The smaller team size increases offensive and defensive opportunities for each player as well as encourages teamwork through basic fundamental team play (pick and rolls, give and go's, back-door cuts, etc. The intent of this program is to provide a fun, competitive learning environment for all players.

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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