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PJ's Perspective: Hauswrith commits to Washington, Hassenauer reads sportsmanship announcement

East Ridge senior center J.C. Hassenauer read the Suburban East Conference sportsmanship announcement prior to the Raptors’ Homecoming football game against Park. Hassenauer, a University of Alabama recruit, was suspended for the game after drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and being ejected the prior week against Woodbury.

Woodbury High School’s marching band, the Marching Royals, played at halftime of the Minnesota Vikings home opener on Sunday at Mall of America Field. The Marching Royals are the first high school band to march at a Vikings game since 2001. They were selected by submitting videos of performances from this year and the previous two years.

A new program has been developed by the Cottage Grove Hockey Association this year to help 6- to 8-year-old boys and girls hockey players mature into positive community members. A committee will organize events that will see the high school players intermix with the boys mite and girls U6 and U8 players. They will read together, do charity as a group, go sledding as well as other fun and positive ideas. The CGHA program states is more than just hockey, it is about having positive role models, learning to give back, building friendships and developing great kids.

Woodbury senior Luke Hauswirth has verbally committed to the University of Washington to play soccer for the Huskies in 2014. Hauswirth currently plays in the U.S. Development Academy with the Minnesota Thunder.

Woodbury 2013 graduates Ethan Turner and Jonathan Osyifuye are attending Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, this fall on a four-year athletic and academic scholarship from Track Minnesota Elite. Founded and managed by Melvin Anderson, Track Minnesota Elite is a nationally recognized track and field program that trains and prepares youth to be successful track and field athletes. Osifuye was last year’s state champion in the long jump.

Cottage Grove resident Surafel Woldemariam is a member of the Central College (Iowa) men’s soccer team. The 6-foot, 2-inch midfielder went to high school at the Gibson Youth Academy in Etheopia. Central returns six starters and 15 letterwinners from last year’s club that advanced to the finals of the Iowa Conference tournament after earning a tourney berth for the 11th-straight year. Garry Laidlaw, a two-time conference coach of the year, enters his 16th season as head coach and has compiled a 150-117-17 career record, including a 133-67-13 mark over the past 11 years.

Woodbury Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens will attend Woodbury Community Soccer Day, which takes place at the at the Woodbury-East Ridge boys and girls soccer games at Woodbury High School on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Royals Stadium. Each year Woodbury Soccer Club promotes this opportunity for Woodbury Area players from all clubs to wear their respective team uniforms to the games for free admission as a way of recognizing the large number of youth who play soccer in the community. The boys play at 5 p.m. and the girls play at 7 p.m. All youth soccer players are encouraged to attend one, or both, games and will get in for free if their wear their team uniform. All area clubs are welcome.

Cottage Grove native and Park graduate Hannah Davy is a member of the Central College women’s soccer team this season. Davy, now a senior at Central, has three varsity letters and an All Iowa Conference second team award. Central is enjoying a resurgence under third-year coach Mike Kobylinski and is ranked 10th in the North Region in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division III coaches poll. After pulling off the fourth-best turnaround in Division III women’s soccer in 2011, the Dutch won a school-record 12 games and .650 winning percentage (12-6-2) last fall. It marked the program’s first back-to-back 10-plus-win seasons. The team set school records for consecutive victories (six) and fewest goals allowed (20). The Dutch return eight starters and 16 letterwinners from last year’s record-breaking squad.

Woodbury graduate Shannon Carlson netted two goals as the St. Scholastica women’s soccer team defeated Crown College 5-0 recently in an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) contest. The Saints (3-2-1 overall, 2-0-0 UMAC) outshot Crown 41-0 in the win.

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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