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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When Taylor LeMay was 11 years old she went to a Gophers softball game with her dad Jim and grandpa Pete. She couldn’t take her eyes off the catcher. “From that point on, playing for the Gophers was my goal,” said LeMay, a 2012 graduate of East Ridge High School.
March Madness is probably my favorite time of the year. It starts with the Minnesota State High School League’s state tournaments. I think it is great that so many of the high school games can be seen on television. Fans who normally do not get a chance to attend these games in person can see what talent we have in this state.
CGAA softball spaghetti dinner fundraiser Members of the Cottage Grove Athletic Association’s traveling softball teams, 10U White and 12U Black, will serve an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at DeMori’s Italian Restaurant, just off the 10th Street exit in Oakdale. Tickets are $10 per person at the door. Cottage Grove traveling softball fundraiser Correction, a taco dinner fundraiser will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Park Place Sports Bar, 200 Broadway Ave., in St.
Former East Ridge High School great and current University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire sophomore Leah Robinette made a mark at the 2014 National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) Championship at Ithaca College (N.Y.). Robinette, a 2012 state champion in the vault her senior year at East Ridge, earned a trip to the second day of the two-day National Championship, after tying for 12th place on the uneven bars with a score of 9.625.
Once Spring blooms, moms in Cottage Grove and Woodbury will have an opportunity to see the pounds melt away like the snow. Now in its seventh year, Moms on the Run – a running program geared toward the novice and intermediate runner – teaches women how to run their first 5K and also works with more seasoned runners to improve their speed and endurance. After giving birth to three children in four years, Karissa Johnson began holding group fitness classes for moms.
With the substantial costs associated with playing hockey, Cottage Grove’s Chad and Lise’ Rediske didn’t plan on having their two boys Connor and Aaron play the sport.
Park wrestling Texas Hold ‘Em poker party fundraiser March 22 The Park wrestling program is holding a free Texas Hold ‘Em poker party fundraiser on Saturday, March 22, at Mississippi Dunes Golf Club in Cottage Grove. It is a $200 cash payout tournament. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the tournament beginning at 7 p.m. The tournament is for beginners to experienced players. The night will also include food, drinks and raffles. Donations will be accepted to support the Park wrestling program. Must be 21 or 18-plus with an adult to attend.
The season came to an end for the New Life Academy girls basketball team with a 74-39 loss to St. Croix Lutheran in the Section 4AA semifinals on March 11. St. Croix Lutheran, ranked sixth in Class AA and the No. 1 seed in Section 4AA, opened up a 34-20 halftime lead on New Life, then ran away with the win with a 40-19 second half. Senior forward Molly Saum led the way for the Eagles (17-11) in the loss with a team-high 10 points. Senior guard Jennie Scislow led the way for St.
Woodbury head girls basketball coach Nathan McGuire is out of the job. School District 833 did not renew McGuire’s coaching contract for next year. The non-renewal came at the season’s end and nearly two months after McGuire was placed on a leave of absence pending a district investigation of a complaint against him. District 833 School Board members approved McGuire’s non-renewal without comment at their March 6 meeting.
Before the Section 3AAAA girls basketball championship game, Park head coach Stephanie Tolkinen said No. 1-ranked Eastview was a well-oiled machine. In the final, they were the Terminator. Top-seeded Eastview (28-1) set the tone early in a 65-39 win over second-seeded Park (21-7) on Thursday, March 13, at Hamline University’s Hutton Arena in St. Paul. “I can’t believe we just got drilled,” Tolkinen said. “I really expected it to be a closer game. I really thought we’d come out on top this time. We’re a really good team.