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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Tuesday night Park 97, South St. Paul 75 It was a big win for the Wolfpack on Tuesday night as they scored early and often in the first place position to gain some early ground. Then, Park kept its foot on the pedal to extend the lead. The night started with a first-place finish for Park in the 200-yard medley relay, which followed with a top three sweep in the 200-yard freestyle. The first-place position was still in favor with the Wolfpack as Megan Garofalo earned first in the 200-yard IM along with a sweep in the 50-yard freestyle.
Thursday night East Ridge 3, Woodbury 0 The East Ridge High School gym was filled with Raptor and Royal fans in a city rivalry as the two volleyball teams took center stage on Thursday night. The student sections were chanting for their respective teams and the volleyball players were reacting to every point earned for their team. In the end, the Raptors and their fans were able to cheer a little bit louder as East Ridge swept Woodbury in three straight sets.
Tuesday night Mounds View 1, Park 0 It was a close game between Mounds View and Park on Tuesday night, but Mounds View was able to capture the 1-0 win over the Wolfpack. The loss brings Park's record to 5-7-1 on the season with only two games left on the regular season before section play. The Wolfpack will play on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. against White Bear Lake. Then, Park will head to Eau Claire Memorial on Saturday, Oct. 6 at noon. Cretin-Derham Hall 2, East Ridge 1
Tuesday night New Life Academy 3, Trinity 3 It was a 0-0 tie for the first 25 minutes of the New Life Academy and Trinity girls soccer game on Tuesday night. Then, the scoring came at a consistent pace. It became a back-and-forth game between the two teams and, eventually, ended in a 3-3 tie after 90 minutes of play. "It's been a good season so far and the girls are working really hard towards the end of the season," said head coach Sam Mann.
Thursday night East Ridge 7, Tartan 0 Seniors Sidney Zavoral and Molly Seif were walking around East Ridge High School on Thursday, Oct. 4 with smiles on their faces because they knew the meaning of the day. It was section tournament day. On Thursday, the Raptors started their section play as they swept Tartan 7-0 for a spot in the quarterfinals. For Zavoral and Seif, they aren't used to having sections in the early part of October. This is the first year the two of them decided to take up girls tennis.
Woodbury, Park and East Ridge traveled south to Red Wing on Friday afternoon for a boys and girls cross country invitational. The boys side had 10 teams, while the girls had a total of nine teams. Red Wing finished on top for both the boys and girls, but the three local teams competed for a top finish. On the boys side, Woodbury finished in second while East Ridge and Park finished third and fourth respectively. The girls side had Woodbury finishing second, while Park and East Ridge finished seventh and eighth respectively.
East Ridge 93, Roseville 72 The Raptors dominated throughout Thursday night as East Ridge captured the victory over Roseville. The night started off with a sweep from East Ridge in the first four events. The Raptors swept in the 200-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM and 50-yard freestyle. The sweeps and early lead built some confidence for East Ridge as the team went into the middle of the meet. The sweeping came again in the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle.
Friday night Forest Lake 1, Park 0 It was another tough, close loss for the Wolfpack as they lose 1-0 to Forest Lake on Friday night. It's the third game this week that Park has lost 1-0 to its opponent. Park will hope to change its luck on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. against Hastings. Thursday night East Ridge 1, Park 0 East Ridge players and coaches have agreed that the last third of a game has been a struggle to score for the Raptors lately.
Thursday night East Ridge 3, White Bear Lake 0 The East Ridge volleyball team took the momentum from Tuesday night's sweep against Park into Thursday's home match against White Bear Lake. The result? The Raptors pulled off another three-set sweep and put themselves into perfect position to defend their conference title this season. The players are taking it one match at a time and they know they have some key matches ahead to complete the regular season.
East Ridge 33, Cretin-Derham Hall 29 The Raptors were trailing 29-13 in the third quarter and the momentum was going towards the Raiders more and more until the fourth quarter came. Then, it was all East Ridge. The Raptors scored 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and with 22 seconds left in the game took a 33-29 lead as Zach Zebrowski found Cameron Ashford for a 21-yard touchdown. Cretin-Derham Hall was facing a losing streak heading into Friday night as the Raiders lost to Woodbury a couple weeks ago and Blaine just this past week.