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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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.
After the team section tournament concluded, the singles and doubles section tournament began with competition starting last Friday and finishing on Tuesday. The tournament had a handful of players from East Ridge, Woodbury and Park. After day one, last Friday, East Ridge was the only team left with players fighting for a spot at the state tournament as senior Elias Ramirez played in the singles tournament and sophomore Caleb Fridinger and eighth grader Luke Fridinger in the doubles tournament.
STILLWATER—The hot, humid and muggy weather came in the early morning and stayed throughout the entire day. That hit the golfers hard in the final Suburban East Conference match in the regular season. The match took place at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater, Minnesota, and it was a combination of varsity and junior varsity players to get one last round in before the sectional tournament next week.
WOODBURY — It always nice getting a lead early in the game, especially with only seven innings in the baseball game. Trinity School at River Ridge did just that getting a run in the first inning and taking a 1-0 lead. It didn't last long though when the No. 2 seed New Life Academy came up to bat in the bottom of the first with a drive to get that lead back.
WOODBURY—Calm. Cool. Collected. That was the mentality that Cooper Falteisak had heading to the mound to start the game. In the beginning, it was difficult to find the strike zone for Falteisak, but once again he stayed calm and trusted his catcher Riley Grohn. "It's really important to have that chemistry between a pitcher and catcher," Falteisak said. "It makes it easier to trust him and relieves some of the stress."
Mother Nature. It's a great thing when it's sunny and 80 degrees. It's another thing when there's snow on the ground or rain falling down. That type of weather leads to cancellations of sports and rescheduling. Those two words, cancellation and reschedule, are words that athletic directors don't like to hear because it condenses the spring season and also makes it hard to schedule transportation with the bus system.
After the 2017 East Ridge boys tennis season, coach Suzie Heideman knew the following year was going to be different. The Raptors were losing six seniors to graduation and the 10-man varsity squad was going to change immensely. Whether it was a positive or negative change, it was up to the new patch of seniors coming in for the 2018 season to make that decision. Heideman knew she had Elias Ramirez and Subbarrao Garlapati already on the varsity team from the previous season to help with senior leadership, but she also knew she wanted more.
LAKEVILLE—As Eastview players and coaches ran together to celebrate, the East Ridge boys tennis team saw the end of their season come to a close. After a 16-4 regular season and a win against South Saint Paul and Eagan in the 3AA sectional tournament, the Raptors came up a little short with a 4-3 final against Eastview. Even though the season is done, the memories and moments throughout this season will be cherished not only by head coach Suzie Heideman, but every player on this team.
It was a chilly day for a round of golf on Monday, but the girls teams from the Suburban East Conference were ready to compete in the conference match. Forest Lake might've won the match as a team with a 163 score, but it was a close round with the top five teams having a 13-stroke difference in the nine-hole round. The Park Wolfpack, Woodbury Royals and East Ridge Raptors were three teams that competed in the nine-team conference match.