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Sports Announcements: East Ridge trap fall league, Unite the Night coat drive, Drive a Dodge for Park soccer and more

Unite the Night coat drive football game Sept. 13

The Woodbury and East Ridge high school cheer teams, on behalf of the Salvation Army, will be collecting new or gently worn coats for all ages at the East Ridge versus Woodbury varsity football game on Friday, Sept. 13, at Woodbury High School. Clothes go to the Salvation Army’s annual “Coats for Kids” program that serves thousands of children in the twin cities area. Game time is 7 p.m. Please join the teams in this great community event to warm the hearts and bodies of the children that are in need. For more information about The Salvation Army visit

East Ridge High School trap shooting fall league

The East Ridge High School trap shooting team will be participating in the 2013 Fall League. The six-week season begins Sept. 15. Registration is now open and information can be found at the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League web site ( The Fall league is open to new participants as well as returning Spring season trap team members. East Ridge’s range days will be Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. — noon. Students who participated in the 2013 ERHS Spring League do not need to register but need to indicate participation via email to Coach Mike Haas at erhstrapshootingteam@gmail. The $185 fee needs to be paid in full by Sept. 5. The cost covers shells, range fees, and league insurance/registration costs. Payment can be made online via PayPal, by invoice requests to: erhstrapshootingteam@gmail or by sending payment via check payable to “East Ridge Trap Shooting Team” c/o Chris Erikstrup, Treasurer; 3856 Kentwood Lane, Woodbury, MN 55125. Please note a valid/current State of Minnesota Firearms Safety Certification is required. Registration forms can be found online for new participants and must be returned by Sept. 5.

Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser set for Sept. 14 at Park High School

For a second straight year, the Park boys soccer program is hosting the Dodge Booster Club Fundraiser at Park High School. The fundraiser takes place while the Park varsity and junior varsity teams take on perennial Wisconsin power, Eau Claire Memorial, starting at noon on Sept. 14. Dodge will make a $20 donation to the Park boys soccer program for each person who takes a short test drive at the event. Hastings Chrysler will have the new Dodge Dart, Durango, Journey, and Grand Caravan at the event for participants to inspect and drive. Dealership personnel will volunteer their time to assist with the fundraising drives. Anyone age 18 or over, with a valid driver’s license, may drive and earn a donation. Driving times are from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

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.

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 For more detailed information and to register visit or email

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 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.

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. Call 651-458-3400 or visit for more information.

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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