Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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Park didn’t have to go too far to find a new head coach – or two. Former Park gymnasts and assistant coaches Lindsey Raymond and Kristen Thrush have been hired as co-head coaches for the Park gymnastics team.
Brian Sprout will be the last baseball player to wear No. 28 at St. Olaf College. The St. Olaf College baseball program retired Sprout’s jersey number on Saturday, May 3, in a ceremony in Northfield. The number retirement is the very first in program history for a player. “The biggest thing I’ve said is it’s because of the team we had,” Sprout said. “We were just a big family. That was the biggest part. We were so successful as a group.” Sprout, a 2002 St.
Some big-time football players took to the turf of Royals Stadium this past weekend. Former Minnesota Vikings stars Randy Moss and David Dixon headlined a list of NFL and collegiate standouts who made a visit to Woodbury High School as part of the Tyrone Carter Elite Training Schools Football Camp on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, in Woodbury. Moss, one of the most prolific wide receivers in NFL history, and Dixon, an NFL offensive lineman for 11 years, were among the coaches who provided hands-on training over the course of the two days to players who came to the camp from all over the metro
The Minnesota Sting showed its new league it should be a force to be reckoned with. The Sting, a Woodbury-based amateur football team comprised of players from all over the metro area, opened the 2014 season with a 35-0 home win over the Lake Superior Rage on Saturday, May 3, at East Ridge High School. After rolling through the last two regular seasons and easily winning the past two Minnesota Premier Football League championships, the Sting have stepped up to the Northern Elite Football League this season and will be challenged by perennial powers like the St.
The East Ridge girls track and field team showed what it could do at the Edina Invitational on May 2. The Raptors girls took first place out of a fairly stacked eight-team field, while the Raptors boys earned fifth place. Led by first-place finishes from three of its four relay teams, the East Ridge girls totaled 178.5 points to edge second-place Eden Prairie (174 points). Edina (118) took third and Burnsville (77.5) was fourth. The East Ridge boys totaled 75 points for fifth place.
It was a soggy week for the Wolfpack softball team, but Park didn’t let the rain get them down. Park split a pair of Suburban East Conference games, beating Stillwater 7-4 on Friday, May 2, at home, after battling Hastings to a 1-0 loss on the road on Thursday. Park opened up a 4-2 lead on Stillwater (4-5; 4-5 SEC) after two innings at Charlie Whitbred Field in Cottage Grove, then held on for the win. Stillwater got to senior starting pitcher Amber Galloway right away in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs on three hits and one error.
The East Ridge Raptors softball team continued to try and scratch its way back to .500 last week. East Ridge, which began the year 1-5 overall, is now 5-7 on the year. Most recently, the Raptors beat White Bear Lake 10-0 and fell to Forest Lake 2-0 in back-to-back Suburban East Conference games on Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2, respectively, before falling 7-3 to non-conference foe Totino-Grace on Saturday, May 3. East Ridge (5-7; 4-6 SEC) extended its win streak to four games with the 10-run win over White Bear Lake.
The East Ridge boys tennis team remained perfect, at 9-0 overall, after playing four matches and a tournament this past week. East Ridge beat section foe Eastview 5-2 on Monday, April 28, took down Suburban East Conference opponent Cretin-Derham Hall 6-1 on Tuesday, April 29, beat SEC foe Forest Lake 6-1 on Thursday, May 1, and defeated Rochester Lourdes 5-2 in a non-conference duel on Friday, May 2.
The East Ridge girls golf team battled the elements to a sixth-place finish in its Suburban East Conference match at Highland National Golf Course in St. Paul. The Raptors shot 184 as a team. East Ridge senior Andriel Aimua led the way with a 42. In addition, senior Taylor Anderson carded a 44. Also, Molly Richardson and Danielle Mischke each scored 49 to round out the Raptors’ top four. Also, Megan Youngstrom shot a 50 and Allison Bugel turned in a 54. Weather permitting, the East Ridge girls played in an invitational on Monday and a SEC meet on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print.
Friday’s softball game between New Life Academy and Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity was a matchup between two Class A and Minnesota Christian Athletic Conference powerhouses. But, it wasn’t even a contest. New Life Academy won 10-0 in six innings at the friendly confines of Bielenberg Sports Center in Woodbury to stay unbeaten on the year. New Life has opened the season 4-0, outscoring its opponents 52-6, including a 4-3 win over Class AA Minnehaha Academy and looks well poised to make a run at a state-record ninth straight state tournament appea