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Sports Announcements: Special Olympics volunteers needed, Park Hall of Fame golf tourney, District 833 football registration and more

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Volunteers needed for Special Olympics Fall Games

Special Olympics Minnesota is looking for volunteers for the Fall Games, which will take place Aug. 16-18 in Oakdale and in Woodbury. At the Fall Games, volunteers help with scorekeeping, handing out awards, staging competitions, preparing for lunch, set up, tear down and much more. Volunteers are needed for all three days of competition. Please contact Jay Pedersen, Volunteer Manger, to sign-up or for more information at jay.pedersen@somn.org or 612-604-1267.

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District 833 middle school football registration

District 833 Community Education is currently accepting registrations for its 2013-14 middle school football program.

Equipment handout will be Aug. 12 and 13, with practices starting Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 4:30 p.m. After that, practices are after school from 2:45-4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday from Sept. 3 to Oct. 11 with games on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:45 p.m. August practices may run late afternoon/early evening to stay out of the heat. No nights or weekends. Cost is $120. Visit www.cecool.com to register or for more information.

Park Hall of Fame golf tournament fundraiser

The seventh annual Park High School Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be Sunday, Aug. 11, at Mississippi Dunes Golf Links. The scramble tournament will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Dinner will follow around 6 p.m. with a brief awards ceremony and door prizes. Cost is $90. Proceeds from this fundraiser help support the Park High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony held in November. Registration information can be found at http://www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/phs/Sports/HoF/HallOfFame.asp. 

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 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.

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.

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. District 833 Community Education will offer football, volleyball and girls tennis this 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 at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. 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. Registration also can be completed online at www.cecool.com. Please contact Community Education at 651-458-6600 with any questions.

Football equipment handout dates are as follows. Only pick up equipment at the middle school the child will be participating.

  • Cottage Grove Middle School: 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, for all eighth-graders and from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, for all seventh-graders.
  • Lake Middle School: 6-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, for all eighth-graders, and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, for all seventh-graders.
  • Oltman Middle School: 3-5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, for all eighth-graders, and 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, for all seventh-graders.
  • Woodbury Middle School: 5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, for all eighth-graders, and 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, for all seventh-graders.

CGAA basketball registration now open

Online registration is open for the 2013-14 Cottage Grove Athletic Association (CGAA) youth basketball programs. There are programs and teams for all ages and skill levels, both recreational and competitive. The goal is to develop smart, skilled, hard-working and team-oriented players. The CGAA is offering four basketball programs this year. The Little Dribblers Basketball Clinic is an introduction to basketball for preschool- and kindergarten-aged boys and girls. The players will learn the basic fundamentals of shooting, dribbling and passing. The clinic is approximately 12 sessions and runs from late October through the end of December. The clinic will meet twice a week at Grey Cloud Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The first and second grade Junior Wolfpack In-House Basketball League builds on what the players learned in the Little Dribblers Basketball Clinic by offering real game experience. The players will meet twice per week, with one night being a clinic-style practice setting and the other night the players will be playing games. This league runs from the first week of November through the end of January and meets at Grey Cloud Elementary School on Mondays and Wednesdays. The CGAA In-House Basketball program includes 10 -12 league games played on Saturdays and a season ending league tournament. Teams have two practices per week on weeknights spread over the season which starts in November and ends in February. The CGAA Traveling Basketball program includes 8-11 tournaments and two practices per week spread over the season that starts in early October and ends in mid-March. Boys tryouts will be Sept. 21-22. Girls tryouts will occur Sept. 23-26. For more information on Wolfpack basketball and registration visit www.cottagegrovebasketball.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.
(651) 319-4505
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