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Sports Announcements: Matt Van Horn scholarship benefit May 4, Park lacrosse jersey night, and more

Van Horn scholarship benefit May 4

The Park High School wrestling team and the family of former Park wrestler and coach Matt Van Horn will be holding a benefit in honor of Matt on Sunday, May 4, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Red Barn in Cottage Grove. In October 2013, Matt was hit by a car and died at the age of 24. The benefit will help establish a scholarship fund in Matt’s honor for the Park wrestling team. The benefit will include a spaghetti dinner, silent auction, bake sale, raffle and bean bag tournament. Cost is $10, raffle tickets are extra. Must sign up for the bean bag tourney by 1 p.m.

Park lacrosse Jersey Night April 28

Monday, April 28, will be Youth Jersey Night for Park Lacrosse at Wolfpack Stadium. The Park High School boys will be playing Forest Lake, with junior varsity starting at 5:30 p.m. and varsity following at 7 p.m. Entrance will be free to all kids wearing any Wolfpack jersey.

East Ridge volleyball summer camps meeting April 29

East Ridge is holding a meeting for girls in all grades interested in participating in volleyball camps over the summer. The camps take place at East Ridge High School and are open to all girls in the district. There will also be information at the meeting regarding the upcoming high school volleyball season for girls entering ninth grade at East Ridge High School. The meeting will take place at Cottage Grove Middle School on Monday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. More information regarding summer camps and the upcoming high school season can be found at Contact East Ridge head coach Erin Nickleby with any questions.

East Ridge Soccer Club Lil Raptors training

East Ridge Soccer Club will be holding three, four-week Lil Raptors Training Academy sessions for ages U5-U8. The cost of each session is $65 and includes a T-shirt. The program will be run by Professional Trainers at local soccer fields in Woodbury and Cottage Grove. Registration is open on the Soccer Developmental page. Session 1 is May 3, 10, 17 and 31. Session 2 is June 7, 14, 21 and 28. Session 3 is Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23.

East Ridge fall bowling club info meeting May 6

The East Ridge High School Bowling Club meeting will be held for current and interested bowlers and parents at East Ridge High School on May 6 at 7 p.m. in the Media Center South. Meet the coach, returning players and members of the parent booster club. Who can participate? Students (boys and girls) who either attend ERHS (9-12 grades) for the 2014-2015 school year and students in the middle schools grades 6-8 who will attend East Ridge in the following years. No experience required. If unable to attend the meeting but are interested in bowing for East Ridge please contact Paul McGuire at

Cottage Grove U14 White softball team fundraiser April 26

A brat or hamburger fundraiser will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Park Place Sports Bar, in St Paul Park to benefit the Cottage Grove Athletic Association’s U14 White traveling softball team. Tickets are $8 per person at the door. The team will also hold a silent auction and meat raffles.

Junior Wolfpack Football Program scholarship

The Junior Wolfpack Football Program is proud to offer a $500 scholarship for the best qualified applicant. The scholarship will be disbursed directly to the post-secondary institution upon submission of evidence of enrollment with full time status. Guidelines for this scholarship are: 1.The student must be a graduating Park High School senior and graduating member of the Park Wolfpack football program.; 2. The student must have maintained a 2.5 grade point average in high school; 3. The student must demonstrate responsible citizenship or volunteerism; and 4. Applicants must have participated in the Junior Wolfpack Football Program. The recipient will be notified at the Park Senior High School Spring Athletic Awards Banquet. Applications must be submitted no later than May 15. All scholarship applicants will be considered regardless of race, gender, creed, handicap or national origin. For more information visit: 

East Metro Rugby Club forming teams for spring

The East Metro Rugby Club in the South Washington County School District is forming a boys and a girls team this spring. Rugby will be added to the 2016 Olympics schedule and is a true blend of strength, finesse, speed, and stamina. The ball is advanced by carrying as in football but only lateral passes allowed or can be kicked forward at any time with teams of 15 per side and 7 subs per match. Tackling results in possession turnover however no blocking is allowed. Play against some of the 20 Twin City High School teams in each league. All interested boys and girls who’d like to participate in this full contact sport are asked to register at

Second annual Standing Strong 5K Run/Walk on May 17

The second annual Standing Strong 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, May 17, at Hamlet Park (8883 Hamlet Ave. S., Cottage Grove). The event is a cooperative effort between Cottage Grove Middle School, Oltman Middle School and the Cottage Grove Lions Club. The money raised at the event will go towards anti-bullying programs in both middle schools. Almost 200 runners and walkers participated in last year’s inaugural event, raising over $12,000. The registration fee is $25 in advance and $30 on race day. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. the morning of the race, and the race begins at 9 a.m. More details about the event are available on the Standing Strong 5K website and preregistration is available online.

East Ridge K-5 girls basketball camp in June

East Ridge is holding a four-day basketball camp from Monday to Thursday, June 16-19 from 8:30-10:30 a.m., designed for girls entering Kindergarten - 5th grade next fall. Players will be grouped by age and ability, usually creating two or three age groups within the camp. Young players will learn valuable fundamental skills as well as the beginning steps of competition and teamwork. Many fun game-like competitive drills and skills contests will make this a fun four days of basketball. The camp will be led by the East Ridge girls basketball coaching staff. Players attending will receive an East Ridge basketball T-shirt. Register through the ERAA basketball website or through South Washington County Community Education.

East Ridge girls basketball open gym for grades 4-12

East Ridge High School is holding an open gym for girls basketball players in grades 4-12. This is a summer-long session that will provide an opportunity for players to get into the gym and work on basketball skills on their own. Supervision by the East Ridge staff will be on hand at all times to provide guidance for these sessions. The open gym will be Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, June 17-July 31, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The camp will not meet week of July 4.

East Ridge girls basketball summer shooting workouts

East Ridge is holding summer shooting and workouts for middle school-aged girls on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 10-July 31 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. The basketball shooting workouts are designed for East Ridge girls entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grades next fall and will consist of repetitive game shots from game spots at game speeds, along with the fundamentals of free throw shooting. The workouts will consist of various competitive game-like situations and will be led by the East Ridge girls basketball coaching staff. Players attending will receive an East Ridge basketball T-shirt.

East Ridge girls basketball summer shooting and team strategies camp

East Ridge is holding a girls basketball summer shooting and team strategies camp for girls entering grades 9-12 next fall. The camps will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from June 10-July 31. The Tuesday camps, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., consist of repetitive game shots from game spots at game speeds, along with the fundamentals of free throw shooting. The Wednesday team strategies sessions, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., will implement offensive and defensive strategies for the East Ridge girls basketball program in preparation for the 2014-2015 season. Workouts will be led by the East Ridge girls basketball coaching staff. Players attending will receive an East Ridge basketball T-shirt.

Football University Twin Cities camp at East Ridge June 27

Football University’s Twin Cities football camp will take place June 27-29 at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. Football University is an invitation-only, one-of-a-kind football training experience focusing on developing and enhancing the playmaking ability and skill of elite-level athletes in 6th to 11th grade. The training is provided by the NFL coaches and players. Although FBU does have an invitation-only policy, athletes are strongly encouraged to nominate themselves at

Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride 

The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride will be returning to Washington County on Sunday, April 27, following a record-breaking year in 2013. Rider registration is open now at A $10 discount for Early Bird registration is available through Feb. 28. The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride is open to riders of all ages and abilities. Routes have been designed in roughly 15, 30, 60 and 100-mile increments to provide options for all cyclists. The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride is the longest running organized bicycle ride in Minnesota and runs through the scenic St. Croix River Valley. Cost is $30 for Early Bird registration, $40 from March 1 to April 14 and $15 for youths 18 and under. Teams of eight or more earn a $5 discount per rider. The Minnesota Ironman Bicycle Ride has hosted over 100,000 cyclists in their 47-year history.

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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