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 golf team opened the season in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., last week to take fourth place in the 20-team Wisconsin Dells Invitational, held Saturday, April 12, at Trappers Turn Golf Club. The Raptors shot a 322 team score to tie Suburban East Conference rival Forest Lake for fourth place in the first division of the two-division tourney. Lakeville North and Middleton, Wis., had the top scores with scorching 304s. Senior Sam Cowley and junior John Haering shot matching 79s to lead the way for the Raptors.
The Park girls track and field team took ninth place out of nine teams in the annual Suburban East Conference Relay meet last Tuesday at Roseville High School. In the meet, which is run with all relays or by adding the top four athletes’ finishes together, Park scored 27 points as a team. Mounds View won the meet with 145 points. Forest Lake (132) and White Bear Lake (130) were second and third, respectively. Park senior Katelyn Floysand stood out at the meet for the Wolfpack.
The East Ridge girls track and field team took fourth place in the annual Suburban East Conference Relay meet last Tuesday at Roseville High School. In the meet, which is run with all relays or by adding the top four athletes’ finishes together, East Ridge got first-place finishes in the 300-meter hurdle relay, the 800-meter relay and the long jump to help total 119.5 points for fourth place. Mounds View won the meet with 145 points.
The New Life Academy boys track and field team took fifth place and the Eagles girls placed sixth in the nine-team Cannon Falls Invitational on Saturday, April 12, at Cannon Falls High School. The New Life boys scored 39 points in the meet. The Eagles girls scored 25 points. West Lutheran won the boys side of the meet with 195 points. Belle Plaine-Holy Family won the girls meet with 255 points. New Life Academy senior Sam Hagen led the Eagles’ boys, winning the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 4.61 seconds.
The Math and Science Academy girls track and field team took fifth place and the Dragons boys placed seventh in the nine-team Cannon Falls Invitational on Saturday, April 12, at Cannon Falls High School. The MSA girls scored 47 points in the meet. The Dragons boys scored 27 points. West Lutheran won the boys side of the meet with 195 points. Belle Plaine-Holy Family won the girls meet with 255 points. The Math and Science girls proved to be strong in the distance events.
Cottage Grove softball taco feed and fundraiser The Cottage Grove Athletic Association girls U10 Green and U14 Black fastpitch softball traveling teams are hosting a taco feed and fundraiser on April 13 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the American Motorsports Bar in Cottage Grove. In addition to the taco feed, there will be a silent auction, meat raffle and 50/50 raffle.
University of Minnesota freshman Nate Roese , a 2013 East Ridge High School grad, helped the Gophers men’s track and field 1600-meter relay team take second place at the Baldy Castillo Invitational at Arizona’s State’s Sun Angel Stadium to open the outdoor season. The team of Roese, Jacob Capek, Goaner Deng and Bradley Johnson finished second in 3:11.70 – just behind Long Beach State at 3:11.63.
The East Ridge boys and girls track and field teams started their season indoors at the All-American Invitational at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on March 29 — and the Raptors already appeared to be in mid-season form. The East Ridge girls team won the 16-team meet, while the Raptors boys placed fifth. Led by first-place finishes by Sandra Gramer and Brenley Goertzen, the East Ridge girls totaled 88 points to top second-place Anoka, which scored 73.50 points. The East Ridge boys scored 55 points.
Despite some blowback, the Minnesota State High School League will be moving forward in its district scheduling plan for the 2015 season. Back in January, the MSHSL approved to arrange Minnesota high school football teams into “districts” with the hope teams will play more schools with similar enrollments and in a closer vicinity to each other. All the details of the plan still need to be worked out.
In Greek mythology, among other things, Athena is the goddess of heroic endeavor. This week, East Ridge’s Jamie Swanson, Park’s Anna Keys, New Life Academy’s Chloe Westlund and Woodbury’s Kristina Swanson will be honored for their heroic endeavors on and off the field. The four local seniors each were awarded with their school’s Athena Award. Now in its 20th year, the Athena Award is given annually to one outstanding female athlete in the senior class.