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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Roughly three years ago, Park administrators had preliminary internal and external discussions about the possibility of moving Park out of the Suburban East Conference -- its home since the 2001-02 season -- with the main reasons being a shrinking enrollment and shifting demographics. Since then, not much has changed. "It's the same thing as three year ago. We're not looking to leave the Suburban East Conference," Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel said.
Park diver Ali Ramey finished her high school diving career in style. Ramey, a senior, finished in 25th place in diving completion at the Class AA Minnesota State High School League state meet held Nov. 17 to 19 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Ramey totaled a score of 138.8 in the diving preliminary round to place 25th out of the 32 divers at state. In the diving contest, competitors perform five dives in the prelims before cutting to 20 divers for the semifinals. Then, the top 16 divers reach the finals.
Sometimes in sports, you just have to tip your cap to your opponent and say "Well done." Defending state diving champion and East Ridge junior Jenna Karrow finished in second place at this year's Class AA Minnesota State High School League state meet held Nov. 17-19 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. In the diving contest, competitors perform five dives in the preliminary round before cutting to 20 divers for the semifinals on day No. 1. Then, the top 16 divers reach the finals on day No. 2.
Forest Lake couldn't stop East Ridge senior running back Val Huerta last week. Huerta ran for 201 yards on 19 carries as the Raptors overwhelmed visiting Forest Lake 28-10 in its home opener on Friday, Sept. 9, at East Ridge. Huerta scored back-to-back fourth quarter touchdowns of 21 yards and 33 yards to make it a 28-10 game.
Two years after taking over the activities director position at Woodbury High School from John Soma, Jason Schultz is moving on. Schultz, activities director for two years at Woodbury, has been hired as an assistant principal at Cottage Grove Middle School. "I'm grateful for the opportunity I had at Woodbury," Schultz, 38, said. "It was an excellent opportunity. Woodbury High School has a lot to be proud of." Schultz said he has had aspirations to be a principal since he earned his administrator's license.
Minnesotans get used to sporting events being called off due to rain, lightning, snow or even a collapsed roof. But having a baseball game stopped in order to cut the grass? Now that's a new one. The St. Paul Park and Hastings Legion baseball game at Miesville's famous Jack Ruhr Stadium on Saturday, July 9, was canceled so the grounds crew could mow the field. "We were tied 3-3 through three-and-a-half and they had to cut the grass," said St. Paul Park Legion team head coach Matt Doornink. "I've never seen, or even heard of, anything like it.
Woodbury High School 1996 graduate Andrew Hill has been hired as the new head football coach at his alma mater. Hill has deep roots in the Woodbury community and was an active member of the "Bring Our Teams Home" campaign that worked to build Royal Stadium. He played football for Woodbury for four years. Most recently, Hill was the head football coach of South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia for one year.
Leaders of the Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park youth football programs hope to draw up a game plan to salvage their strained relationship. The two youth football programs hope to resolve a number of issues that nearly led the organizations to sever ties with one another. The affiliation was jeopardized after the Cottage Grove Athletic Association's football board recently sent a letter to the St.
An upset wasn't in the cards as top-seeded Eagan ended the Park boys hockey team's season with a 5-0 defeat in the quarterfinals of the Section 3AA tournament on Thursday, Feb. 24, in Eagan. Eagan, which is ranked 10th in Class AA, scored four goals in the second period on 20 shots to build on its 1-0 lead and cruised to the win.
Park High School student-athletes claim East Ridge High School's activities director and other representatives are trying to recruit them to switch schools and play sports for the Raptors. The allegations are believed to be part of an internal review undertaken by District 833 administrators that deals with student transfers.