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 Minnesota Wild player has been hired as the head boys hockey coach at East Ridge High School. Walz has coached the East Ridge girls hockey team the past two years. Prior to that, Walz assisted the boys hockey program for the 2010-11 season and was an assistant coach for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning from 2008-2010.
In the dugout before its games, the New Life Academy baseball team breaks its huddle with a cheer of “family.” New Life head coach Dave Darr said he’s attempting to instill a strong sense of brotherhood in his team this season. “We try to preach that we’re a family,” Darr said. “If one person in our family is successful, everybody is successful.” The concept of unity at New Life is likely embodied best by brothers John and Sam Horner. John Horner is a senior shortstop who also pitches and bats third in the Eagles’ lineup.
East Ridge High School students Dom Campion and Joey Sicoli represented their school and the Woodbury Blazing Stars Special Olympics Team at the State Special Olympics swimming competition at St. Thomas University on March 29-30. Campion competed in the 25-meter freestyle, 25-meter backstroke, 50-meter backstroke and 25-meter relay.
A group of area runners showed California what they could do. Twelve high school track and cross country athletes from the area competed together in the 2014 SoCal Ragnar Relay on April 4-5 in California. The Minnesota Polar Vortex team, which included runners from Woodbury and East Ridge high schools, finished an impressive eighth overall out of 724 teams and was one of only eight teams to break 24 hours in the grueling 194-mile race. Minnesota Polar Vortex finished the race in 23 hours, 42 minutes and 22 seconds, which was first among 10 teams
Cottage Grove 12 White softball team fundraiser A brat or hamburger fundraiser will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Park Place Sports Bar, in St Paul Park to benefit the Cottage Grove Athletic Association’s 12 White traveling softball team. Tickets are $8 per person at the door. The team will also hold a silent auction and meat raffles. East Metro Rugby Club forming teams for spring The East Metro Rugby Club in the South Washington County School District is forming a boys and a girls team this spring.
The Park softball team played just one game last week, but put a hurt on its opponent. Park beat Suburban East Conference foe Cretin-Derham Hall 11-0 on Monday, April 7, in St.
The East Ridge softball team had trouble putting up runs in its first two games Suburban East Conference of the 2014 season and has started 1-2 on the year. East Ridge opened the year with a 4-3 loss to conference and intra-district rival Woodbury on April 9, followed up with a 12-5 win over non-conference foe Blaine on April 10, and rounded out week No.
The Park boys tennis team started the season 2-1 with a pair of non-conference wins last week. Park beat St. Paul Highland Park 6-1 on Tuesday, April 8, in the season opener, lost 7-0 to Suburban East Conference foe East Ridge on Thursday, April 10, and edged Farmington 4-3 on Friday, April 11. Against Highland Park, Park junior Mekdim DeJene won at No. 1 singles, 4-6, 7-5, 13-11 in a super tiebreaker.
The East Ridge boys tennis team started the year on the right foot. East Ridge opened the 2014 season 2-0 in its first two matches, including a Suburban East Conference win over Park. Through two matches, East Ridge has yet to lose a set. The Raptors started the year with a 7-0 non-conference win over Section 3AA foe St. Thomas Academy on Wednesday, April 9, at East Ridge High School, then took down SEC rival Park 7-0 on Thursday, April 10, at Park High School. In the win over St. Thomas, freshman Anuraag Bukkuri won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles, junior Vishaal Gupta won 6-3, 6-0 at No.
The Park boys golf team teed it up for the first time in 2014 on the east side of the Mississippi River last week, taking 12th place in the 20-team Wisconsin Dells Invitational Saturday, April 12, at Trappers Turn Golf Club. The Wolfpack shot a 349 team score to tie Stevens Point, Wis., for 12th place in the first division of the two-division tourney. Lakeville North and Middleton, Wis., had the top scores with red-hot 304s. Park senior Alex Holland led the way for the Wolfpack with an 85.