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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University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill will be making a visit to East Ridge High School. On Monday, Feb. 24, Kill will speak to the East Ridge coaching staff and members of the student captains council on the topic of leadership. Kill will kick off the morning speaking to the entire East Ridge coaching staff, then will meet with the captains council. Kill was named head coach of the University of Minnesota football program on Dec. 7, 2010.
East Ridge rec softball registration Hey Raptors, it’s here. East Ridge Athletic Association recreational softball registration is now live. Go to http://www.eraamn.com/page/show/154281-raptor-recreational-fastpitch to get signed up. Park girls swim and diving meeting Feb. 25 The Park girls swimming and diving team is having a meeting on Feb. 25 in the Park High School cafeteria at 7 p.m. for all those who plan on swimming or diving for the fall 2014 season. The meeting is for both returning athletes and those who are interested in joining the team.
The Park wrestling team’s season came to an end in the Section 3AAA tournament on Friday. Park, the No. 5 seed, lost 44-24 to No. 4-seeded Eagan in the opening round of sections. No. 1-ranked Apple Valley beat Eagan 62-3 in the semifinals and went on to win the championship 60-9 over Rosemount. The individual Section 3AAA tournament takes place this Friday and Saturday at Eagan. The Wolfpack has four wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of their respective weight class within Class AAA. Senior Cody Linssen is ranked No.
The New Life Academy boys basketball won the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association South Division last week after going 2-1 in three conference games. New Life (18-4; 9-2 MCAA) started its week with a hard-fought 52-47 victory over Bethany Academy on Tuesday, Feb.
The New Life Academy girls basketball team won a pair of Minnesota Christian Athletic Association games last week. The Eagles are currently second in the MCAA behind unbeaten Maranatha. New Life (14-5; 9-1 MCAA) beat Bethany Academy 64-21 on the road Tuesday, Feb. 11, then took down Southwest Christian at home on Friday, Feb. 14. New Life held Bethany Academy (2-18; 0-12 MCAA) to 11 points in the first half then outscored Bethany 41-10 in the second half in the lopsided win. NLA junior center Valerie Hohol had a double-double in the victory with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Park boys basketball team fell to 0-16 in the Suburban East Conference this season with losses to White Bear Lake and Mounds View last week. Park (3-20; 0-16 SEC) lost 72-52 at White Bear Lake on Tuesday, Feb. 11, before losing 81-44 at Mounds View on Friday, Feb. 14. The Wolfpack played White Bear Lake tight in the first half and was down 30-24 to the Bears at the break. However, in the second half White Bear Lake (11-13; 7-9 SEC) pulled away, outscoring Park 42-28. Park senior Ryan Klika scored a team-high 15 points in the loss.
The East Ridge girls basketball team’s five-game win streak came to an end last week in back-to-back losses to two of the Suburban East Conference elite teams. East Ridge (15-6; 8-6 SEC) fell 62-44 at Roseville on Tuesday, Feb. 11, before losing to No. 5-ranked White Bear Lake 63-42 at home on Friday, Feb.
The East Ridge boys basketball team kept up its winning ways with a pair of Suburban East Conference victories last week. East Ridge, which has moved up to seventh in the state rankings in Class AAAA, beat Roseville 80-78 on Tuesday at home and took down White Bear Lake 74-64 on the road Friday. The Raptors, now on a six-game win streak, improved to 20-4 overall and 14-2 in the SEC with the wins. East Ridge opened up a 39-32 lead on Roseville (13-11; 10-6 SEC) in the first half then held on for the 8-point victory.
The Park boys hockey team ended the regular season similar to how it began. The Wolfpack lost more than five consecutive games at both the start and the end of the regular season. Most recently, Park fell to Suburban East Conference foe Stillwater at home 5-2 on Thursday, Feb.
Park’s Evan Bonneson and East Ridge’s Sam Boardman capped their high school cross country skiing careers with all-state honors at the 2013-14 state meet, while Megan Schiferl was just getting started. Both seniors, Bonneson and Boardman finished back-to-back at the state race, held Thursday, Feb.