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 volleyball team won a pair of conference matches last week, winning both 3-0 against rival Maranatha Christian on Tuesday, and Lester Prairie on Thursday.
Andrew Grill, a middle linebacker for New Life Academy made sure his team won the turnover battle for a change.
East Ridge senior center J.C. Hassenauer read the Suburban East Conference sportsmanship announcement prior to the Raptors’ Homecoming football game against Park. Hassenauer, a University of Alabama recruit, was suspended for the game after drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and being ejected the prior week against Woodbury. Woodbury High School’s marching band, the Marching Royals , played at halftime of the Minnesota Vikings home opener on Sunday at Mall of America Field.
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At this Friday’s football game, East Ridge will be looking to take down more than one opponent.
No elementary or middle school students will be admitted to a Park High School home football game unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. This rule has been adopted by several other schools in our conference and in the metro area.
The Park boys soccer team played “possibly their best game of the year,” according to head coach Jason Arnebeck, but couldn’t pull off an upset of Eastview, the seventh-ranked team in the state, on the road Saturday.
Administration at Park High School, most Park coaches and many community members felt the newly formed Metro East Conference was a better fit for their school than the Suburban East Conference, which made the Metro East’s decision to deny Park’s entry to the new conference a “hard pill to swallow,” according to Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel.
East Ridge used the big play as it dominated intra-district and Suburban East Conference rival Park 55-20 in a Homecoming victory at East Ridge’s Raptors’ Nest in Woodbury on Friday.
A dietary discovery has made a world of difference for East Ridge senior Bailey Ness.