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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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.
The Park boys tennis team remained winless in the Suburban East Conference -- with two SEC matches remaining -- as the Wolfpack fell 6-1 to Roseville on Thursday, May 6 at Roseville High School. Individual results were not available. Next, Park (3-8; 0-6 SEC) hosts non-conference opponent Simley on Monday, May 10, before it travels to St. Paul on Tuesday, May 11, to take on SEC foe Cretin-Derham Hall.
The youthful East Ridge boys tennis team is learning how tough the Suburban East Conference can be. The Raptors (6-5; 2-6 SEC) dropped its third-straight conference match, 5-2, to Forest Lake -- and defending Class 2A state singles champion Dusty Boyer, who is ranked No. 1 this season. In the match, East Ridge was swept at singles, but earned two doubles wins. The Raptors' No. 1 duo of Robbie MacNamara and Wilmar Tropezado won 6-1, 6-4 and the No. 3 doubles team of Joaquin Valdes and Warren Tropezado won 7-6, 4-6, 10-8. Next, East Ridge hosts a non-conference match against St.