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 Jim LaBrosse, the time has flown by. He must be having some fun. This season, LaBrosse celebrated his 10-year anniversary as head coach of the Park High School wrestling team. “A decade of high school wrestling went by extremely fast,” said LaBrosse. “It feels good to be able to coach at Park for these past 10 years.
Former Park standout softball player Lauryn Morris is now an assistant student coach with the Minnesota State University-Mankato softball team. The 2009 Park grad, who will primarily work with the Maverick’s outfield, played centerfield for Minnesota State University-Mankato for four years. She will graduate this May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in social and behavioral science from the School of Law Enforcement and will graduate from the Police Academy this June. At Park, Morris was a four-year starter and letterwinner for the Wolfpack.
When Jim LaBrosse was hired as Park’s head wrestling coach 10 years ago, the first person he brought on board was Scott Hallock. Hallock is now calling it quits after 10 years as an assistant for the Wolfpack. “I am proud to have been able to coach along with him these past 10 years,” LaBrosse said. “He is a true friend and an excellent coach. It’s hard to see him go but life has other challenges for him to pursue.
It was a big week for the New Life Academy girls basketball team.
In the Section 3AAAA tournament, the East Ridge girls basketball team ran into a buzzsaw in No. 1-ranked Eastview, but not before it made a little history. East Ridge, the fourth seed in the section, lost 71-40 to Eastview in the semifinals to end the year.
The Park girls basketball team put itself in position to make history once again.
J Schwartz has resigned as head coach of the Park boys basketball team. Schwartz, a 1994 Park graduate and a coach for the Wolfpack the past 16 seasons, was hired as head coach in September of 2010. Schwartz inherited a team that went 1-26 in 2009-10. In five seasons as head coach Schwartz compiled a record of 9-97. This past year Park went 3-23 overall. “It was a very difficult decision to resign from coaching boys basketball,” Schwartz said in an email.
Now is the time to sign up for middle school spring sports in District 833. Middle school spring sports for all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders include track, boys tennis and golf. Track practices begin Monday, March 31, and will take place every Monday through Friday from 2:45-4:30 p.m. The program focuses on beginning track skill building for hurdles, field events, relays and sprints. The cost is $105. Boys tennis classes will instruct the basic form and fundamentals of tennis. This is a recreational sport and non-competitive.
Park dance team Applebee’s fundraiser Visit Applebee’s to support the Park Wolfpack dance team on Wednesday, March 5. Go to http://bit.ly/Wolfpack_Applebees to print a flyer, then bring the flyer to Applebee’s and the restaurant will donate 15 percent of the bill to the Wolfpack dance team. 2014 East Ridge High School spring sports registration East Ridge High School’s spring sports online registration is open. Athletes interested in joining a Minnesota State High School League spring sport at East Ridge can go to the East Ridge website to register.
The New Life Academy girls basketball team ended the regular season on a three-game losing streak and will look to right the ship as it begins the playoffs as a fourth seed. New Life capped the regular season 15-10 overall and 10-3 in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association, which was good for a tie for second place in the conference. The fourth-seeded Eagles will play host to 13th seeded Community of Peace Academy (3-14) on Thursday, March 6, at home in Woodbury. The winner will face No. 5-seeded St. Agnes (13-12; 5-7 Tri-Metro Conference) or 12th-seeded St.