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 East Ridge boys basketball team is hoping to put a tough loss to Mounds View behind it. East Ridge lost just its second game since Dec. 3 when the Raptors fell 77-64 at Suburban East Conference foe Mounds View on Friday. Mounds View (15-3; 8-3 SEC) took a 27-24 first-half lead on the ninth-ranked Raptors, then outscored East Ridge 50-40 in the second half to earn the 13-point win. “We played our worst half of basketball in two years,” East Ridge head coach Paul Virgin said. “Nothing was working.
The East Ridge girls basketball team stretched its win streak to six straight games with Suburban East Conference wins over Mounds View and Hastings last week. The Raptors (10-3; 5-3 SEC) beat Hastings 66-43 at The Perch at East Ridge High School, before taking down Mounds View 66-40 in Woodbury. Though East Ridge was without leading scorer Jamie Swanson against Hastings, the game was pretty much over at halftime, as the Raptors were up 36-16 on the Raiders (1-12; 0-9 SEC). East Ridge senior center Mariah Sexe led the way for the Raptors in the win over Hastings with a game-high 17 points.
The East Ridge High School dance team continued to establish themselves after taking home second-place honors in the Kick division and third place in the Jazz category at the 16th-annual Simley High School Dance Team Booster Club Invitational. “We continue to get better,” East Ridge co-head coach Ashley Stoffel said. “This competition was challenging because we had some girls away on a mission trip.
The East Ridge boys swimming and diving team proved to be the kings of Woodbury on Thursday. The Raptors beat the Woodbury Royals 99-82 in the first head-to-head showdown of the year between the two Woodbury-based high schools. East Ridge, the defending Suburban East Conference champion, won 10 of the 12 events and earned first and second in five races to mathematically clinch the meet with two events remaining. The win was East Ridge’s 23rd straight victory in dual meets. East Ridge won each relay race over Woodbury. The Raptors won the 200-yard medley relay as the team of James Tidd, Sa
Friends were foes on Thursday as the East Ridge and Woodbury gymnastics teams faced off at Woodbury High School. In the battle of the two Woodbury-based high schools, East Ridge topped Woodbury 140.85 to 132.85. East Ridge sophomore Megan Trollen led the way for the Raptors, who are ranked ninth in Class AA, winning the all-around with a 36.85. Trollen won the floor exercise with a 9.425, took first on the beam with an 8.925, had the top score in the uneven bars with a 9.2 and was third in the vault with a 9.3. Fellow East Ridge sophomore Wren Anderson, who was limited because
Though temperatures keep dropping, the PWER (Park, Woodbury, East Ridge) alpine ski teams are heating up. The PWER boys and girls teams recently competed in their third Suburban East Conference meet of the year – on Jan. 14 at Afton Alps. Park, Woodbury and East Ridge practice together, compete in identical races and are administrated by the same staff, but race as individual high schools. “The temps were hard on the athletes, coaches, volunteers and the timing,” PWER head coach Kevin Seipel said.
Park’s Sydney Lamberty went to Woodbury High School hoping to leave with a win. She did — and took home a pretty big memento as well.
Woodbury head girls basketball coach Nathan McGuire has been placed on administrative leave from his coaching duties by the South Washington County School District because of an investigation following unnamed allegations. “We cannot comment on the situation regarding Nathan McGuire,” said South Washington County Schools Director of Communications Barbara Brown.
Prep football got a big shakeup on Thursday. Starting in 2015, Minnesota high school football teams will be arranged into “districts” in hopes teams will play schools with similar enrollments and in a closer vicinity to each other. The Minnesota State High School League approved the action at its board of directors meeting Thursday. All the details of the plan still need to be worked out. However, the districts will be comprised of either 14 or 16 teams and teams will play eight-game schedules.
Diana Getzlaff , a Park High School graduate of 2005, has been hired as the new volleyball coach at her former high school. She takes over for R.T. Luczak, who resigned from the position this winter. Luczak was the head coach at Park for the past three seasons, and this past year co-coached with Jon Hackbarth. “R.T. did a good job continuing to develop our program,” said Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel. “I appreciate all that he and Jon have done for Park athletics.” After graduating from Park, Getzlaff played volleyball at Maryville College in Tennessee.