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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INFO BOX: HEAD: Three local women have made the journey from the Woodbury Dance Center to the hardwood floor and bright lights of Target Center.
The East Ridge Athletic Association and the East Ridge varsity football staff and players held their fourth annual youth football camp from June 17-20 at East Ridge High School. The camp, held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, was for kids in third grade through eighth grade. Roughly 110 kids participated in this year's camp, according to East Ridge head coach Mike Pendino.
Nearing the halfway point of the season, the St. Paul Park Parkers Post 98 American Legion baseball team is hoping to stop its current slide and get things going the opposite direction. The Parkers lost a pair of games last week, 9-2 to Apple Valley and 8-1 to rival East Ridge, and slipped to 2-5 in League F play and 4-15 overall. "We need to stop making the same mistake twice," St. Paul Park head coach Matt Doornink said. "We keep doing the same things over and over again it seems like."
The dates below have been scheduled for athletes in grades 7-12, to be registered for Park High School fall sports. Detailed instructions as well as registration forms can be found at www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/phs/Sports/Sports_Main.asp . Forms are also available in the Activities Office at Park High School. All athletes must have a sports physical within the last three years. Call the Activities Office if you need to verify a physical date at 651-768-3759.
This week marks my last edition of Kuemmel's Corner for the school year. I have really enjoyed this year on the job as Park's Activities Director. I had the opportunity to meet and work with many great students-athletes, coaches and parents.
Granville "Granny" Smith said he always wanted to be a teacher and a coach. He said it felt like a natural fit to him. However, not many did it any better. Smith was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his tenure as Park's baseball coach at the Play Ball Minnesota Awards Banquet, held on June 16 at Jax Café in Minneapolis.
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Park High School might choose to leave the Suburban East Conference.
Park High School handed out the hardware on Wednesday, May 29, at its 15th-annual Athletic Awards Ceremony. After an introduction by Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel, coaches and other community leaders distributed athletic awards to Park student-athletes, with many winning multiple awards. To start the night, three Park coaches were honored for their leadership. Park girls soccer coach Greg Juba was honored for winning his 400th soccer game this past fall, Park girls basketball coach Stephanie Tolkien received the Section 3 Coach of the Yea
Summer has arrived, which signals the end of our spring season. We have once again finished a successful season and school year. Our adapted softball team, playing at East Ridge, again had a good season, finishing fifth in the state tournament. This team is not just about winning and losing. It is just about participating and being a part of a team. Whether they are winning or losing, the players always have a smile on their face. This continues to be one of my favorite teams to watch.