I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position.
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It was one play or one tackle or one conversion that Mahtomedi was able to achieve in the first half that give them the lead and, eventually, the 20-7 win over Park on Friday night in Cottage Grove, Minnesota. That's how head coach Darin Glazier and senior captain Payton Shafer described the first half of the game before the game flipped 180 degrees in the second half.
East Ridge 2, Hill-Murray 0 The Raptors traveled to Hill-Murray on Tuesday night and came out with a 2-0 win to improve their record to 3-1 on the season. The two goals came from Linnea Yacovella and Maddie Majewski to give East Ridge the lead and the win. The Raptors will host two straight games against Forest Lake on Thursday, September 6 at 7 p.m. and Mahtomedi on Saturday, September 8 at 5 p.m. before hosting rival Woodbury on Tuesday, September 11 at 5 p.m.
Legacy Christian 1, New Life Academy 0 It was a close game throughout the evening, but Legacy Christian was able to get one score to give the team the lead and, eventually, the win. New Life will stay home and host Southwest Christian on Friday, September 7 at 4 p.m. before heading on the road for the next two games next week.
It was a big transition from the first invitational to the second invitational for the East Ridge, Woodbury and Park boys and girls cross country teams. The first course was flat and a fairly easy course to run, which helped the runners gain some confidence and understanding in the first race of the season. The second course, that was run on Thursday night, consisted of many hills and some terrain that became an adjustment for many of the runners throughout the early evening.
Park 97, White Bear Lake 88 Even though the Park Wolfpack finished first in five of the 12 events on Thursday night, they were still able to come out with the victory due to consistency of all three swimmers or teams in each event. Park started off the night with a one-two finish in the 200-yard medley relay with the top team consisting of Paige Hill, Megan Garofalo, Tiana Cachuela and Chloe McNearney and a time of 2:10.36. Cachuela came back as an individual and took the top spot in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:27.29.
It was all smiles for the East Ridge Raptors girls volleyball team as they were going through warm-ups and singing to the songs on their pregame playlist. The smiles continued in the first, second and third sets of the actual match. The 3-0 sweep by the Raptors over the Centennial Cougars allowed the East Ridge players to show that smile more while they were cleaning up and heading home from the one-hour match.
Once again the fall season has come and Friday nights are filled with cheering fans, intense rivalries and bright lights shining down on the football field. The football season is back. As East Ridge, Woodbury and Academy Force prepare for the upcoming season, each team is looking at continue learning the game of football resulting in the increase of wins overall.
The sound of volleyballs being slapped echoes throughout the gym and the hallways of East Ridge, Woodbury, New Life Academy and Math & Science Academy. Besides the volleyballs, people can hear the communication between setters and hitters and defensive specialists. The volleyball season has returned and the competition is better than ever before. "It's so nice to be back on the courts and playing with your school once again," said New Life senior Kate Rogers. "We know what needs to happen to reach that state tournament once again."
Conditioning is a big part of soccer and the girls teams from East Ridge, Woodbury and New Life Academy have been focusing on that aspect all offseason. It's shown in the first few games of the 2018 season and the coaches are hoping it will show at the end of the season when section tournaments begin. "Our girls have been working hard this offseason to prepare themselves for the fall season," said Tim Bunnell, East Ridge's head coach. "Our players are becoming well-rounded athletes and it's great to see them continue to want to learn more."
This past June was the FIFA World Cup for men's soccer and the momentum shifted into the high schools for the upcoming fall boys soccer season. East Ridge, Woodbury and New Life Academy are facing its own individual problems, but all of them have the same goal in mind. That goal is to win sections and put themselves into the state tournament. "You need the whole team to do their part for a team to be successful," said East Ridge junior Reese Dodd.