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 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.
Experience is a virtue for the Park cross country running program this year.
After last year’s state meet, the East Ridge girls cross country team felt like there was some unfinished business. Their chance to complete it is now.
Last year, a youthful Park girls swimming and diving team took its lumps. This year, though still young, the hope is those experiences will pay off. Amanda Johnson returns as head coach for a sixth year this fall.
Head coach Billy Cuevas returns for a third year as head coach of the East Ridge girls swimming and diving team in 2013 to lead an experienced squad that seeks a section championship and has hopes of sending numerous athletes to the state meet.
It was a banner year for the Park girls soccer team last season. Despite fielding only five seniors, the youthful Wolfpack went 11-4-3 and reached the Section 3AAA championship game. However, the season ended in heartbreak.
Fielding just four seniors this fall, the Park boys soccer team will look to a number of juniors who were part of an undefeated B-squad team last year. Park fields 13 players who are juniors or younger this season.
The East Ridge girls soccer team started last season meekly, but went on a tear through the final six games of the regular season. Now the Raptors will have to find a way to carry that momentum into this season following the exit of several important contributors.
Last season the East Ridge boys soccer team emerged as a fifth seed in the Section 4AA tournament to reach the championship game and with the majority of the pieces returning from that squad, the Raptors should figure as a strong contender for the section title again this season.