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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The New Life Academy girls basketball team split a pair of games last week, but remained undefeated and tied for first place in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association conference. New Life, which is 12-3 overall and 6-0 in the MCAA, had a five-game win streak snapped with a 64-42 loss at St. Croix Lutheran, on Thursday, Jan. 30, before rebounding with a 70-30 pounding of Trinity on Monday, Feb. 3. Sydney Steele led the way for the Eagles in the win over St. Croix Lutheran with a team-high 13 points.
The East Ridge girls basketball team had a six-game win streak snapped by intra-district and Suburban East Conference rival Park last week, but bounced back with a pair of impressive wins. East Ridge (12-4; 6-4 SEC) fell 51-40 to Park on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Cottage Grove – its first loss since Jan.
Though slowed by injuries, the East Ridge gymnastics team continued to roll in the Suburban East Conference, defeating Forest Lake 142.075 to 136.175 on Thursday, Jan. 30, at East Ridge High School. It was the seventh-straight dual meet win for East Ridge, which is ranked 10th in Class AA, and improved the Raptors to 7-1 on the year in the Suburban East Conference. East Ridge sophomore standout Wren Anderson returned to the Raptors’ lineup off an injury to lead the way with a meet-best 37.25 in the all-around.
The Park wrestling team took a couple of lumps last week. Park lost only its second Suburban East Conference match of the year, 37-32 at White Bear Lake on Tuesday, Jan. 28, then went 1-1 at a home triangular on Saturday, Feb.
James Tidd and Kent Rabideaux are two of the top swimmers in the state and good pals out of the pool. Their friendly rivalry in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races is maximizing their potential and helping East Ridge become one of the elite boys swimming and diving teams in Minnesota. “James and Kent both have tremendous talent and are two of the top swimmers in the state,” East Ridge head coach Billy Cuevas said. “You can see day to day how they interact with everybody.
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Skating lessons at Cottage Grove Ice Arena Is your family looking for a way to stay healthy and active this spring? Why not sign up for skating lessons at the Cottage Grove Ice Arena? Cottage Grove offers cost-effective lessons for all ages and abilities year round at the arena. Unlike most sports which require special clothing and gear - all CGIA requires is skates. Spring lessons start the week of Feb. 15. All registrations received before Feb. 3 will qualify for a 10 percent discount.
A pair of figure skaters from the Cottage Grove Figures Skating Club passed high-level tests in figure skating, recently. Hannah Pignato, who graduated from East Ridge High School last spring, passed the Ice Skating Institute (ISI) Freestyle 8 test.
The Park boys basketball team will probably be happy when January is over. The Wolfpack have yet to win in the month of January and are currently riding a six-game losing streak. Park’s last win was Dec. 28 against South St. Paul. Most recently, Park got roughed up by Suburban East Conference rival Woodbury, 89-44, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in Cottage Grove before falling 56-45 to Hastings at home on Friday. Last year, Park snapped a long conference losing streak by beating Hastings. However, the Raiders (4-14; 2-9 SEC) won both matchups this year.
The Park wrestling team earned second place at the Chisago Lakes Legends Tournament on Friday, Jan. 24. Park, which is ranked 15th in Class AAA, scored 189 points at the tournament to best Chisago Lakes (122 points) but finish behind Simley (239 points). Simley is ranked No. 1 in Class AA. Park had three champions at the tournament and another four wrestlers take second place.