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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Former New Life Academy star Rebekah Schmidt is 14-11 with six complete games, a 3.51 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 187.1 innings pitched for the Division 1 Drake Bulldogs women’s softball team this season. Schmidt, a junior, is also batting .273 with four home runs, six doubles and 14 RBIs. Drake is currently 15-28 overall on the year. Recently, Schmidt, a Cottage Grove native, hit a two-run home run as the Bulldogs knocked off in-state rival Northern Iowa, 7-1. In the circle, Schmidt pitched 5.2 innings in relief and allowed just one run on four hits, while striking out seven.
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Park 2013 graduate Kasondra Tulloch recently wrapped up a successful freshman season with the University of Wisconsin-Stout gymnastics team. Tulloch competed on the bars, the beam and in the floor exercise for the Blue Devils this past season, setting the school record on the bars. “I am a big believer that natural consequences occur in sports and in life,” said Becky Beaulieu, University of Wisconsin-Stout head gymnastics coach, in an email. “Freshmen, Kasondra Tulloch from Cottage Grove, MN is a perfect example of that.
Three East Ridge High School seniors recently made commitments to play athletics at the college level by signing National Letters of Intent. Lindsey Lewis committed to St. Cloud State University to participate in swimming, Jessica Hammer committed to Adams State University in Colorado to play lacrosse, and Andriel Aimua committed to Concordia University in St. Paul for golf. The students signed their National Letters of Intent in a ceremony at East Ridge on Wednesday, April 16.
Ed Cassidy has been hired as the new boys basketball coach at Park High School. He takes over for Jason Schwartz, who resigned from that position this spring. Schwartz, a Park graduate, was the head coach at Park since 2010; prior to that he served as an assistant coach at Park for eleven years. “J worked very hard to build and develop our program. He poured his heart and soul into Park boys basketball,” said Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel. “I appreciate all that he has done for Park High School. We are fortunate to have a candidate with Ed’s extensive experience.
A 10-9 win over Suburban East Conference foe White Bear Lake on Wednesday, April 23, improved the Park girls lacrosse team’s record to 4-1 to start the 2014 season. Seniors Maddie Nelson and Emma Waller led the Wolfpack’s offense in the win over the Bears with three goals each. In addition, junior Bailey Aasen had a goal and an assist and juniors Laura Shrankler and Danielle Perry each had one goal.
East Ridge sent a message there may be a new team to beat in Section 4 and the Suburban East Conference. Last year, the East Ridge girls lacrosse team lost 17-5 to Stillwater in the Section 4 championship game.
The East Ridge boys tennis team stayed undefeated with a 7-0 win over Suburban East Conference foe White Bear Lake on Tuesday, April 22, and a first-place finish at the eight-team SOWASHCO Invite on Saturday, April 26. In Tuesday’s match against White Bear Lake, East Ridge freshman Ben Van der sman won 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, junior Vishaal Gupta won 6-2, 6-1 at second singles, sophomore Nikhil Gupta won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles and freshman Nitin Venkatish won 6-0, 6-4 at fourth singles.
The Park boys tennis team split two very close matches last week. Park, which is 3-4 overall on the year, lost to Suburban East Conference foe Stillwater 4-3 on Tuesday, before beating St. Paul Como Park in a non-conference match on Friday. Against Stillwater, Pele Le won 6-3, 6-4 at second singles and Josh Kuemmel won 6-3, 6-2 at fourth singles. In doubles play, the Wolfpack’s No. 3 tandem of Jon Song and Logan Ross won 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. In Park’s win over Como Park, Le won 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 singles and the Wolfpack swept the doubles to clinch the win. In doubles play, the No.
The East Ridge softball team is riding a three-game win streak. East Ridge went 3-0 in its past three games, outscoring opponents 34-5 to improve to 4-5 overall and 3-5 in the Suburban East Conference. The Raptors beat Mounds View 10-0 on Monday, April 21, Park 13-3 on Wednesday, April 23, and Stillwater 11-2 on Friday, April 25. “We are starting to play better softball all around compared to last week,” East Ridge head coach Afton Murray said.