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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NORTH MANKATO — The curse is broken. The last couple of seasons the Park Wolfpack softball team has reached the state tournament and has had trouble in the first round. Thursday night, that wasn't an issue. The first Wolfpack opponent was Lakeville North and the first couple of innings made Park fans worried about that "curse."
It started at a young age. Caleb and Luke Fridinger would travel with their parents and grandparents to different locations around the country. During these vacations, the two boys' father, Steve Fridinger, would team up with their grandfather for father-son tournaments. After the matches, Caleb and Luke would come onto the court and either play or run around for a few minutes. That opportunity allowed the two to not only play this sport of tennis, but to find a passion and love for this sport.
WOODBURY — The New Life Academy baseball team was down to its last five outs of the season. The Eagles were down 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The confidence was dwindling and the future of their season was starting to get closer and closer. Then, a voice from the New Life dugout erupted and said, "we aren't done yet." That voice belongs to senior and leader Zack Thor who wasn't ready to end his career as an Eagle.
COON RAPIDS—The Woodbury Royals girls golf team was heading into the second day of the section match in first place. The Royals were 18 holes away from heading into the state match next week, but the girls would feel the nerves and the heat throughout the day. The six Woodbury girls players were able to manage those feelings and emotions to push through and capture the section title, which allows the team to advance to the state match.
ST. PAUL — It was two of the most important days for New Life Academy and Math and Science Academy track and field teams. It was the 4A section meet on Thursday, May 31 and Saturday, June 2 for an opportunity to compete in the state meet on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9. The biggest name for the Math and Science Academy Dragons is Tierney Wolfgram. She was the state champion in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter girls races last season with hopes of repeating this achievement in the 2018 season.
WOODBURY — The bleachers were packed and the fans were expecting a show on Saturday night at the Health East Complex. Those New Life Academy fans received the show they were expecting with a 13-3 win in five innings. It was a game of patience as the rain came in and out and the Eagles had two separate rain delays. "We just stayed loose in the dugout and had some fun," said Noah Rodriguez. "We knew what we needed to do and fortunately, we got the job done."
WOODBURY — One down. Two to go. That's the mindset for the No. 2-seed East Ridge in the section three tournament as the Raptors defeated Cretin-Derham Hall 12-5 on Friday night. It was a well-rounded game for the Raptors from offense to defense to key saves from their goalie. It was a needed effort from all three areas heading into another important game in the season. "We worked really well as a team tonight," said East Ridge senior Joey Arndt. "We need to continue this type of play for the rest of section play."
COTTAGE GROVE — After day one of the 4AA boys section tournament, the New Life Academy Eagles looked at the scoreboard. They knew the team had to be fourth for all the members to come back on day two of the section tournament. At the end of the day, the Eagles finished one stroke behind fourth-place Academy of Holy Angels and wasn't able to go to day two as a full team. Even though they weren't a team, the Eagles were able to send four golfers to day two and compete for a spot in the state tournament.
After the girls hockey season was over, the players wanted to do something to keep themselves active and busy. They could've gone to the ice rink every afternoon after classes and practiced their slapshot or their skating, but instead they decided to choose something different. The players wanted to play another sport and get their mind off hockey for a couple months.
It was a close game, but New Life Academy couldn't come out with the win against No. 6-seed St. Croix Lutheran as the Eagles fell 4-1 on Tuesday night. It was a battle of the pitchers for the two teams between New Life's Cooper Falteisek and St. Croix Lutheran's Matt Nelson. Falteisek pitched six of the seven innings for the Eagles giving up five hits, one walk, two runs and striking out 12 batters. Nelson pitched the entire game giving up four hits, three walks, one run and striking out 14 batters.