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Sports Announcements: Park Bring a Friend to Hockey night, Park gymnastics fundraiser and more

Park Bring a Friend to Hockey Night, Sept. 27

Try skating with the help and instruction from high school and mite coaches and most of the Park High School boys and girls teams on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena. Girls skate from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and boys skate from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hockey skates and helmets will be available.(A bike helmet is acceptable, but please bring winter gloves.) There is no cost and treats and drinks will be handed out. Visit or email Chris Rudh at with questions or for more information.

East Ridge traveling softball tryouts

East Ridge Athletic Association traveling softball tryouts for the spring and summer of 2014 will take place Oct. 5 and 6 at the East Ridge High School softball fields (Black 35 and 36). Rain location will be the ERHS gym.

The teams are open to any girls who reside within the East Ridge High School attendance boundary areas of Cottage Grove, Afton, Newport, Denmark Township and Woodbury. The ERAA also offers a number of pitching, hitting, and fielding clinics throughout the winter months. These clinics are conducted by the East Ridge High School Softball coaching staff. No additional fees are charged to attend these clinics if you are a member of the ERAA program. For those not interested in traveling softball or are new to the game, East Ridge Softball also offers recreational teams with a primary focus on learning the fundamentals of softball. This league runs from May to July and plays in a league with teams from CGAA, WAA, Newport and Oakdale. Registration for our in-house program will open in early February. For more details on traveling tryouts and the in-house program please visit or contact Art Plautz at

Park gymnastics spaghetti fundraiser Sept. 21

The Park High School gymnastics team is hosting a spaghetti fundraiser at Demori’s Italian Restaurant in Oakdale on Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The dinner includes salad, roll, drink and dessert. Cost is $8 and can be purchased from any gymnast prior to Sept. 21 or at the door. Funds raised go toward the Park gymnastics program.

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.

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.

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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