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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After a recent East Ridge boys hockey game, one in which the Raptors happened to lose, senior defenseman Emilio Rodriguez was still smiling. It's not that he doesn't care if his team wins or loses -- nothing could be farther from the truth. However, less than a year after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, just getting back on the ice is a bigger win for him. In early March, Jim Rodriguez noticed some swelling on his son Emilio's throat and decided they should go get it checked out.
Due to hazardous weather conditions all District 833 sporting events on Saturday, Dec. 11, have been called off. Among other events, East Ridge postponed its boys hockey games against Cretin-Derham Hall at Cottage Grove Ice Arena and called off its girls hockey games against Hastings, set for Saturday, Dec. 11, at Bielenberg. Park canceled its 14-team Wolfpack Invitational wrestling tournament and the girls hockey games against Mounds View at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. The Woodbury boys basketball team's home opener against Lakeville North has been postponed.
For the past two years, Jon Rydberg said he has been living vicariously through his girls tennis team at East Ridge. But next week, he'll be back. Rydberg, who was injured in an accident when he was 13 months old and is now in a wheelchair, will represent the USA in the men's singles and doubles at the US Open in New York from Sept. 8 through 12. It will be Rydberg's third US Open. Rydberg has previously been ranked as the No.
Even the weather was perfect. On Friday, July 16, Park High School and the city of Cottage Grove put their best foot forward as they hosted a group of 17 girls basketball players from Uppsala, Sweden. The Swedish basketball team comprised of 13- and 14-year old girls from Granbyskolan, a junior high school in Uppsala, Sweden, spent two hours scrimmaging a group of girls from Cottage Grove at the Park High School Activity Center.
What's coming together because of the sport of basketball will likely end up being about much more. Park High School and the city of Cottage Grove will host a group of 17 girls basketball players from Uppsala, Sweden, on Friday, July 16. The Swedish basketball team comprised of 13- and 14-year-old girls from Granbyskolan Uppsala, a junior high school in Uppsala, Sweden, will scrimmage with a group of girls from Cottage Grove from 10 a.m.
It's beginning to become a habit. For the second-straight year -- and the fourth time this decade -- a Park girls hockey player has garnered some serious national attention. Anna Keys, who will be a freshman at Park High School this fall, was one of only 15 Minnesotan girls hockey players selected to participate in the elite 2010 Minnesota Hockey Girls Advanced 15 USA Hockey program. Keys, a defender, joins teammate Allie Morse -- the Wolfpack's current goalie who was selected to the team last year -- along with 2008 Park graduate Jac Daggit, who is a junior defender at St.
The Park softball team was blanked 4-0 by Hastings - the third ranked team in Class 3A - on Monday, May 10 in Hastings. The loss dropped Park (7-7; 6-5 SEC) out of third place and into fourth place in the SEC. Hastings (11-3; 8-3 SEC) is in second place. Next, Park takes on St. Anthony Village on Tuesday, May 11, in St. Anthony Village, before traveling to East Ridge on Wednesday, May 12, to take on the Raptors.
The East Ridge softball team took fifth place, going 2-1, at the Lakeville North Tournament on Saturday, May 8, in Lakeville. East Ridge (8-7; 4-6 SEC) defeated Farmington 3-1 in the fifth-place game after falling 6-5 to Wayzata in the opening round, and beating St. Francis 6-5 in the consolation semifinals. Lakeville North won the tournament, defeating Lakeville South 2-0 in the championship game. East Ridge returns to Suburban East Conference play as it travels to Roseville on Monday, May 10, to take on the Raiders.
The Park softball team finished in seventh place, going 1-2, at the Eastview Tournament on Saturday, May 8, in Apple Valley. Park (7-6; 6-4 SEC) beat Virgina 6-3 in the seventh-place game after falling 4-3 to Winona Cotter in the first round and 6-0 to Hermantown in the consolation round. Winona Cotter is ranked fourth in Class 2A and Hermantown is ranked third in Class 2A. Eagan won the tourney, defeating host Eastview 1-0 in the championship game. The Wildcats are ranked No.
The Park softball team moved into third place in the Suburban East Conference standings -- leapfrogging rival Woodbury -- with a 6-1 win over White Bear Lake on Thursday, May 6 at Park High School's Charlie Whitbred Field.