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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With the season rounding third and heading toward home, the Cottage Grove Coyotes got a bit of a wake-up call on Sunday.
The Minnesota Sting - a minor league football team based out of East Ridge High School - earned an invitation to play in the American Football News Today AA national championship game in January in Homestead, Fla.
As the summer swim season closes in on the finish line the South East Metro Sharks swim club is reeling in the hardware.
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Tom Nemo is looking forward to enjoying the golden years. After 25 years of coaching softball, including the last three at East Ridge High School, Nemo is stepping down as the head coach of the Raptors.
I t's the Little League of skateboarding. 3rd Lair's groundbreaking Summer Series hit south Washington County as the popular skateboarding competition took place at Woodbury's Ojibway Park and, most recently, at Hamlet Park in Cottage Grove.
It's in the blood. East Ridge Athletic Association youth wrestlers Roman Rogotzke, Ryder Rogotzke and Audrey Rogotzke recently wrapped up All-American seasons. The three children of Perry and Kelly Rogotzke of Woodbury, compiled 279 wins on the mat this year.
The Minnesota Sting showed why it's the No. 1-ranked team in the nation and put itself in position for a shot at a national championship game with a 50-0 thrashing of Brainerd in the Minnesota Premier Football League championship game on Saturday at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. In winning a second straight league championship, the Sting turned in big play after big play - including a 68-yard touchdown run from running back Darren Edwards and a 62-yard touchdown reception from Jauhem Byrd - to clinch its second consecutive Midwest Premier Football League title.
A long season came to a quick end for the St. Paul Park Legion baseball team. The St. Paul Park Post 98 Parkers fell 9-6 to Farmington in the play-in game of the 10-team Sub-State 5 tournament. The Parkers finished the year 6-35 overall and 3-15 in league play.
The evening before the 4th of July holiday, as high school campuses sat quiet and deserted during the mandated no-contact period between coaches and athletes, a group of five football players got together at East Ridge High School.