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Sports Announcements - July 2

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Community Education fall sports registration

Fall is approaching quickly and District 833 Community Education is gearing up for the middle school athletics program. A fall sports brochure has been mailed to all boys and girls in grades 7-8 at Cottage Grove, Lake, Oltman, and Woodbury Middle Schools.

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District 833 Community Education will be offering football, volleyball and girls tennis this upcoming fall. Volleyball and girls tennis will start the first day of school - Sept. 3. The football season will begin with equipment hand out dates listed below. The first football practice will be on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 4:30 p.m. Please read the brochure carefully for starting dates, fees and transportation details.

Brochures can also be picked up at each area middle school. Youth financial assistance is also available on a limited basis. One can also register online at www.cecool.com. Please contact Community Education at 651-458-6600 with any questions.

Football equipment handout dates are as follows. Only pickup equipment at the middle school the child will be participating at. Cottage Grove Middle School: Monday, Aug. 12, 5-7 p.m. for all eighth graders and Tuesday, Aug. 13, 5-7 p.m. for all seventh graders. Lake Middle School: Monday, Aug. 12, 6-8 p.m. for all eighth graders and Tuesday, Aug. 13, 6-8 p.m. for all seventh graders. Oltman Middle School: Monday, Aug. 12, 3-5 p.m. for all eighth graders and Tuesday, Aug. 13, 3-5 p.m. for all seventh graders. Woodbury Middle School: Monday, Aug. 12, 5-7 p.m. for all eighth graders and Tuesday, Aug. 13, 5-7 p.m. for all seventh graders.

Second-annual Braedon Hyland Foundation Golf Benefit July 23

The second-annual Braedon Hyland Foundation Golf Benefit is scheduled for a 1 p.m. shotgun start at Prestwick on July 23. The tournament will serve two purposes - to raise money for the foundation, and to bring those that were touched by Braedon together for a celebration of his life. Braedon was a senior at East Ridge High School when he died in a car accident in October of 2011. He was loved by many and left an impact on the community. He was a superb multi-sport athlete, but he loved hockey most of all. His family as started the Braedon Hyland Foundation to allow kids to afford the fees to play hockey, when they otherwise could not afford to play. Tickets for golf/dinner, or dinner only can be purchased at www.braedon23.com. There will be music to follow dinner. Be advised to get your foursomes early. This event sold out fast last year.

East Ridge Athletic Association football registration now open

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.

CGAA looking for basketball coaches

The Cottage Grove Athletic Association is now accepting applications for those seeking to coach a 2013-2014 traveling basketball team. Volunteer coaches will be selected from those who interview during the open coaches interview period. A coaches selection committee (appointed by the CGAA Traveling Director) will interview all coaching candidates. The selection committee will be made up of CGAA Basketball Board members and/or additional members appointed by the Traveling Director. Coaching candidates will submit an application and background check prior to their interview. Criteria for selection include the application, the background check, and the interview. Coaches will be selected based on experience, knowledge of the game, past involvement and positive attitude. Coach's applications should be submitted online by June 30. The online application can be found on the Traveling page of www.cottage grovebasketball.com. Interviews will be conducted in August. If you have any questions you may contact Girls Traveling Director Jeremy LaCroix at jeremy.lacroix@comcast.net or Boys Traveling Director Mark Benshoof at mark.benshoof@comcast.net.

Wolfpack basketball Skills Challenge 2013

Whether it's your first time picking up the "rock", or you're a fully seasoned varsity star, the Wolfpack Skills Challenge is the off-season program for all Wolfpack basketball players to improve shooting and ball handling skills. Players choosing to accept the challenge have three levels of achievement to shoot for (Cub, Wolfpack, and Pride in the Pack). Complete an age appropriate level of shooting and ball handling and be recognized for your dedication and success. You will become a better basketball player, get a T-shirt (different colors for Cub, Wolfpack, and Pride in the Pack), be recognized by the varsity coach in front of crowd at varsity games, listed in the newspaper, on social media, and on cottagegrovebasketball.com. Grades 1-8 must complete their goal by Sept. 30. Grades 9-12 must complete their goals by Oct. 30. Register by emailing player's name, 2013-2014 grade, telephone number, and shirt size to wolfpackhoops1@gmail.com or tweet it to @cgaabasketball. More information, including recommended workouts by the varsity coaches, can be found at www.cottagegrovebasketball.com.

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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.
(651) 319-4505
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