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The New Life Academy softball team is back where it's used to being. The Eagles earned a trip to the Class A state championship with a 6-4 win over Eden-Valley Watkins in the semifinals on Thursday afternoon. New Life (18-3) scored twice in the bottom of the first to take the lead before Eden Valley tied it up with two in the top of the fourth. New Life, ranked second in Class A, struck again in the fifth plating four runs off four hits. All six runs New Life scored in the game were unearned.
Theft A Cottage Grove woman reported May 22 someone stole an iPod Touch from a bag in her vehicle parked in the 7300 block of Imperial Avenue. Property damage A Cottage Grove resident reported May 17 that someone threw a rock through the front window of the residence in the 8500 block of Grospoint Avenue. Damage: $400. Woodbury/Peaceful Grove United Methodist Church, 8600 90th St., reported damage to a shed on May 18.
The New Life Academy softball team earned revenge against defending state champion Cherry. The second-ranked Eagles took down ninth-ranked Cherry 6-3 in the first round of the Class A state tournament this morning to advance to the semifinals. New Life Academy (17-3) opened a 2-1 lead in the first inning on Cherry then added a run in the second, a run in the third, a run in the fourth and a run in the sixth to pull away from the Tigers (21-3). New Life will now face Eden Valley Watkins (15-4) in the second round at 3 p.m. today at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
Second-annual 3-on-3 basketball league at Park High School The Cottage Grove Athletic Association, in association with Midwest 3-on-3, will be hosting the second-annual 3-on-3 Basketball League this fall at the Park High School Activity Center. The league will run five Sunday evenings from Sept. 15 through Oct. 13. The league with have boy and girl divisions from fourth grade and lower through 10th grade. Teams will play two games per evening (10 total) and will receive team T-shirts. The league is a non-coached league and kids are encouraged to form their own teams and register.
The Park boys and girls golf teams' seasons came to an end at the Section 3AAA tournament as the Wolfpack wasn't able to advance a golfer to the state tournament. In the two-day section tournament, the top five teams advance to the second day along with the top 10 individuals not from the top five teams.
South Washington County Schools' Community Education soon will have a new leader. District 833 officials picked Robert W. Lawrence of Litchfield, Minn., as the next Community Education director. The School Board must approve the hire. Lawrence has held a similar position with the Litchfield Public Schools for the past two years, and spent the prior seven years coordinating programs for youth, seniors and disabled adults.
The South Washington County Thunderbolts adapted softball team may have lost its first game at the 2013 state tournament, but the team made sure it didn't come home empty handed. The Thunderbolts finished as consolation champions at the state tournament, defeating Chaska/Chanhassen/Prior Lake/Shakopee, 14-4, in the fifth-place game after upsetting Dakota United in the consolation semifinals. In the consolation championship, the third-seeded Thunderbolts, which finished the year 11-5 overall, recorded a pair of five-run innings to contribute to a six-inning win over the fourth-seeded Southern
Winning a section golf championship is a tough thing to do.
The season came to an end for the Park softball team with back-to-back losses at the Section 3AAA tournament recently, but the year wasn't without its standout performances. One of those moments came in the second round of the section tournament, when the Wolfpack pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year. The ninth-seeded Wolfpack beat top-seeded Lakeville North - the No.
A Cottage Grove man was airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with undetermined injuries after two motorcycles collided late Sunday afternoon in western Wisconsin. Dennis J. Monn, 52, was transported by helicopter while another victim, James D. Sershen, 21, of Northfield, Minn., was transported by Prescott Area Ambulance to Regions with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries after the crash on Highway 35, south of County Trunk Highway E in the town of Diamond Bluff. A third man, William E. King, 46, of St.