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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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.
Tuesday night Park 3, Hastings 1 It was a night of many close sets, but the Wolfpack was able to prevail with the 3-1 win on the road. Hastings took the first set with a 26-24 victory, but Park came back taking the next three sets. The Wolfpack won the second set 25-22, won the third set 26-24 and won the fourth set 25-20. Park will head back home for its next match on Tuesday, September 18 at 7 p.m. against Forest Lake. New Life Academy 3, Minneapolis Washburn 1
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.