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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WOODBURY — Riley Frisk walked to the mound at the beginning of the game for Woodbury. After the seventh inning, Frisk walked off the mound with seven innings under his belt, two runs allowed and, most importantly, a 7-2 win. The rivalry was back after a little over a week of relaxation from baseball as Woodbury and East Ridge battled to start the second half of the legion baseball season.
During Joel Olson's high school years, he remembers stepping onto the Faribault High School football field each Friday night. He remembers looking up to his parents and friends wearing the green and white. It was home. Starting on July 2, Olson will be the new athletic director for Faribault's rival high school, Northfield High School. Olson will be wearing maroon and gold, but doesn't expect his parents to wear those colors.
COTTAGE GROVE — It's been a season of close games for the St. Paul Park Post 98 Legion baseball team. St. Paul Park has lost 11 games this season and eight of them have been within three runs. That trend continued on Tuesday night as St. Paul Park fall to Hamline Red 5-3. "We've been in each of these games," said St. Paul Park head coach Matt Doornick. "We just have a clean up some mistakes to come out on top." This season's roster is made up of very young players. Doornick said that the team was one player away from becoming a junior legion baseball team.
During the summer, most coaches will host a camp to allow players to come and continue practicing. Mark Haesly does just this, but focuses on particularly one event in the track and field sport. Haesly has been coaching pole vault for 37 years at numerous schools, but currently at East Ridge High School. He's helped pole vaulters like Alec Wittman this season earn conference, section and state championships in the pole vault. "I came to him not knowing much about pole vault and he's been able to teach me everything," Wittman said. "I'm just glad I have him as a coach."
Culture. It's a word that can be used in many different ways, but Academy Force's new head coach Noah Dombrovski has one meaning behind it. Culture doesn't mean the different backgrounds of the student athletes or the races of each player. To Dombrovski, culture is surrounded by the love of the game of football. He's been able to experience this love since the fifth grade when he started playing the sport. Being a kid from Foley, Minn., there were two sports in the fall to participate in. Football or cross-country.
It was a busy weekend for the East Ridge boys basketball team, but a successful one as well. The Raptors traveled to the Athlete’s Village at the University of Minnesota to play three games on Saturday in front of Minnesota Gophers’ head coach Richard Pitino. The boys didn’t disappoint with a big win against Totino-Grace in the first game. Then, the Raptors faced two dominant teams with Prior Lake and Park Center.
Tierney Wolfgram. The name is becoming more common in the metro area and the state of Minnesota and she’s only heading into her sophomore year at Math and Science Academy.
It was a 10-10 tie heading into the bottom of the seventh inning between East Ridge and Eastview Legion teams. Eastview was up to bat in the bottom of the inning and found a way to score a run and walk it off with a single to defeat the Raptors 11-10 on Wednesday night.
The Cottage Grove VFW Post 8752 team played in the St. Louis Park Wood Bat Tournament and ended up tournament champs winning all three of their games this past weekend. They defeated Minneapolis Southwest 17-0 the first game and Osseo 1-0 in the second game. Cottage Grove played Irondale in the championship game on Sunday and won with a final score of 4-2. Matt Wilkinson was voted MVP of the tournament giving Cottage Grove two wins on the mound as well as strong play at the shortstop position. He also was dominant at the plate with a handful of hits and RBIs throughout the weekend.
The East Ridge Legion baseball team had the first laugh on Saturday afternoon’s game, but also had the last laugh. It was a 3-2 final score in favor of the Raptors over the St. Paul Park Legion team. “It was an exciting game,” said East Ridge head coach Aaron Rau. “I’m just proud of our players to come out with the win.”