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 youthful New Life Academy volleyball team took Class AA and Tri-Metro Conference power St. Croix Lutheran to the brink last week, but couldn’t get over the edge in a five-set loss.
The East Ridge volleyball team started the season with a split.
The Park girls swimming and diving team lost its first head-to-head meet of the 2013 season, 101-77, to Suburban East Conference and intra-district rival Woodbury last Thursday at Woodbury High School.
The Wolfpack is now 5-0 to start the 2013 season after non-conference wins over Rochester Century and St. Michael-Albertville last week.
The question on many minds entering the 2013 season was whether or not the East Ridge football team would be able to live up to its preseason hype. The Raptors answered the critics in their home opener on Thursday night in Woodbury.
East Ridge head football coach Mike Pendino says he likes to call running plays “going fishing.” Because when he does, he’s bringing a leach — Nick Leach that is.
After coaching the Park girls tennis team for 11 seasons and a three-year hiatus, Cris Glade has retaken hold of the Wolfpack this fall.
Last year, East Ridge’s Taylor Anderson and Natalie Robinson made history. This year, they’re back to help lead the Raptors girls tennis team.
The Park volleyball team returns five seniors to the roster this fall in hopes of building on a 2012 season that saw growth from a year before.
With no seniors, New Life Academy is fielding the youngest volleyball team in the state, according to fourth year head coach Wally Bomgren. But, that doesn’t mean the Eagles won’t be really good — the Eagles are ranked 15th in the state in Class A to start the season.