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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Monday night Heritage Christian 2, New Life Academy 1 It was a back-and-forth game between the teams as Heritage Christian scored the first goal of the game in the first half. New Life Academy responded with a goal of its own to tie the game at 1-1. Heritage Christian came back though and scored another goal with only about one minute left in the game to take the 2-1 lead, which eventually become the final score. The Eagles will host Maranatha/West Lutheran on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m.
Park 28, Apple Valley 8 The stands were packed. The fire truck lights flashed throughout the stadium. A homecoming week came to an end and Park came out with the victory. It was a night to remember for Park's seniors who played their final homecoming game of their high school career and put their mark on it with a 28-8 win over Apple Valley on Friday night. "It was nice to get our first win and also earn our homecoming win," said senior quarterback Marshaun Campbell. "We feed off our fans and the stands were filled, so it brought up our energy for sure."
It was a hometown rivalry on Thursday night as Park and East Ridge jumped into the pool together for a dual meet. East Ridge came out victorious, but it was a hard battle between the two teams as the Raptors pulled out the 92-84 victory. Each team had a goal in mind for this dual meet and some unexpected absences that left coaches trying to figure out the puzzle pieces before the dual meet.
Tuesday night Forest Lake 3, Park 0 Park knew it was going to be a challenge on Tuesday night as Forest Lake came to Cottage Grove for a conference volleyball match. The first two sets were hard fought between the two teams, but Forest Lake took both sets to gain a 2-0 lead. Then, the third set, the momentum carried to Forest Lake which resulted in a 3-0 sweep to the Wolfpack. Even though the result wasn't what the Park players wanted, they've learned from this match and hope to translate it into future conference matches.
On Monday, Sept. 10, the NCAA allows colleges to go to high schools and recruit players. East Ridge High School was a popular place for a handful of Division I men's basketball coaches. The Raptors boys basketball team consists of four players that have the potential of receiving Division I scholarships, including senior Courtney Brown Jr., junior Ben Carlson, sophomore Kendall Brown and freshman Kendall Blue.
Thursday night Cretin-Derham Hall 3, Park 0 Park wasn't able to get a goal against a tough Cretin-Derham Hall girls team, which drops the Wolfpack's record to 2-5 on the season and 0-2 in the conference. Park will travel to Hill-Murray at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. Tuesday night East Ridge 1, Woodbury 0 It's a conference game, but it's also a game that both Woodbury and East Ridge players circle on their calendars.
Tuesday night New Life Academy 3, Minneapolis Washburn 1 After two losses on Saturday, the Eagles got back on track with a win against Minneapolis Washburn on Tuesday night. New Life took the first set 25-15, but the second set went to Minneapolis Washburn with a 25-23 score. The Eagles came back though and won the third set 25-7 as well as the fourth set 25-17 to capture their sixth win of the season. New Life hopes to build that winning streak again on Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m. as the Eagles host Maranatha. Champlin Park 3, East Ridge 0
Friday night Maranatha/West Lutheran 11, New Life Academy 0 Maranatha/West Lutheran got into rhythm early and carried it throughout the entire game with six goals in the first half and five goals in the second half. New Life will host St. Agnes at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. Thursday night Cretin-Derham Hall 3, Park 2
East Ridge 43, White Bear Lake 28 Last week, the East Ridge Football team used its passing attack on the Stillwater Ponies. It resulted in a dominating performance as the Raptors won 45-24. This week, East Ridge started off with the passing attack, but White Bear Lake forced the Raptors to go to the rushing attack. Little did White Bear Lake know, but East Ridge can run and the Raptors showed it with the help of Zach Zebrowski, Kendall Moore and Emmanuel Okeleye.
Morgan and Mackenzie Werner had a lot of family meetings when they were younger. The family would sit in the living room and talk about serious discussions for an hour or two. Some of those discussions were just updates, but some of them involved action in the sense of moving to another city or state. Whether the Werner family was in Wisconsin or Nebraska or Minnesota, they were always around for holidays and other events going on throughout the year.