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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It was a trip of a lifetime for the East Ridge Trap Team. A few weeks ago, in the middle of July, the Raptors travelled to Mason, Mich., to compete in the national tournament for trap shooting and clay target shooting. East Ridge finished in the top 50 at the tournament, but the placement wasn't the biggest takeaway from a weekend filled with new competitors. It was the opportunity to share a love and passion for the sport of shooting.
The clock struck midnight Friday, June 15, and Ben Carlson's phone became a popular place for many college basketball coaches. On June 15, college basketball coaches have the ability to contact high school players that will be going into their junior year. Carlson will be an upcoming junior at East Ridge High School starting in September, but he's had a summer to remember. "I had 14 or 15 different schools text and call me [on June 15]," Carlson said. "It's humbling to get these texts and phone calls from great programs across the country."
It's hard to think that in a few months the ground will be covered with snow and the season of winter will be upon the state of Minnesota. In November, a curling league will start marking one of the first leagues provided on the east side of the Twin Cities. "It's a step in the right direction, and we are excited to provide this opportunity to the community," said Pete Westberg, one of the members that formed the league. "The sport of curling is growing and we want to have the ability to showcase this sport."
Back in May, two East Ridge and three Woodbury legion baseball players ended their high school years by accepting their diplomas and graduating. Even though their high school years ended, their high school baseball years haven't. The players had different reasons for joining the two teams, but in the end they wanted one more season to play for their local legion team during the summer.
BURNSVILLE — The number of teams are starting to shrink and East Ridge and Woodbury are still a part of the legion playoff tournament. Woodbury went 2-0 over the last couple of days to place themselves in the championship game on Sunday morning in the winner's bracket. East Ridge has gone 1-1 over the past couple days and the journey to the championship game is a little bit more difficult, but certainly not impossible.
The VFW season comes to an end for Woodbury and East Ridge these last couple of days to conclude a season of learning and improving from both teams. The Woodbury Royals fell to Roseville after a long battle on Wednesday night that lasted nine innings. The two teams battled back and forth for the lead, but the game ended up 11-8 in favor of Roseville.
Last spring season, Cole Witherow was experiencing high school golf for the first time in his life with New Life Academy. Not only was he experiencing it, he was one of the top golfers for the Eagles. Witherow was surprised with how much fun he had and the friendships he easily made with his fellow teammates. After the 2018 season, he knew he wanted more within the summer months.
If you go to Brian Sprout's Twitter bio, it reads "family and baseball, that about sums up my life." And it's true. The East Ridge head baseball coach has loved the game since a very young age, and he's loved his family no matter what. "I remember sitting at home and watching the Cubs on WGN," Sprout said. "Baseball has been in my life for a very long time." It started when he went to a townball game in Lake City, Minn., and saw the lights and the sound of the bat. He knew this would be a game he could play throughout his childhood.
BURNSVILLE — It was two completely opposite games for East Ridge and Woodbury on Wednesday night, but ended with the same result. A win for each team. For Woodbury, the Royals got on the scoreboard early and often and had to hold onto that lead towards the end. For East Ridge, the Raptors faced a deficit and had to be patient with their comeback. "It's always nice getting the first win out of the way," said Woodbury's starting pitcher Adam Mazur. "Now, we have some confidence heading into the next couple of games."
It was always the dream. It was always the hope. And now, it's the reality for Sara Palodichuk. "I've always wanted to be an athletic/activities director," Palodichuk said. "I couldn't be more excited that I get to achieve this dream with East Ridge High School." After Joel Olson became the new Northfield High School activities director a couple weeks ago, the Raptors were looking for a new activities director and found Palodichuk. The former Middleton Elementary School principal will relieve her duties as principal and start to focus on her new job as a Raptor.