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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The New Life Academy boys basketball team saw its season come to a disappointing end in the quarterfinals of Section 4AA playoffs on Saturday, March 1. The third-seeded Eagles fought hard but lost to sixth-seeded Minneapolis Roosevelt 68-61 in Woodbury. In the back-and-forth game, the Eagles found themselves down by three points at the half.
The East Ridge girls basketball team ended the regular season on a four-game winning streak and earned the No. 4 seed in the Section 3AAAA tournament. East Ridge won 61-46 at Hastings on Tuesday, Feb. 25, and 68-60 at Mounds View on Friday to end the regular season. East Ridge finished the regular season 19-7 overall and 11-7 in the Suburban East Conference, which was good for sixth place in the 10-team SEC.
The Park girls basketball team put itself back on top. The Wolfpack, ranked as the fifth best big school in the state, won a share of the Suburban East Conference championship title. With wins over Woodbury and Hastings, coupled with a loss by White Bear Lake, the Wolfpack tied the Bears for first place in the SEC with 15-3 records. It’s Park’s first conference championship since 2008.
Suburban East Conference rival Cretin Derham-Hall earned some playoff payback on the East Ridge boys basketball team. East Ridge (23-5; 16-2 SEC), which beat Cretin-Derham Hall 54-53 less than two weeks ago, en route to edging the Raiders for the conference championship title, fell 72-63 to Cretin-Derham Hall in the Section 3AAAA semifinals on Saturday, March 1, at Farmington High School. East Ridge, ranked sixth in the state and the No.
It was a historic night for the Raptors. The East Ridge boys swimming and diving team earned its first state titles in school history on Saturday, March 1, at the Class AA state meet. East Ridge won three state championships on the night – in the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard freestyle relay and in the 50-yard freestyle. The Raptors fell just short of a team championship at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. East Ridge earned second place in the state meet with 194 points. Wayzata took first place with 237 points.
Park’s Collin LaBrosse is advancing at the 2013-14 State Wrestling Tournament, however, David Giadyu and Cody Linssen will need a little help after losing in the first round of the Class AAA bracket on Friday, Feb. 28. LaBrosse, a sophomore ranked fifth at 120 pounds in Class AAA, defeated 10th-ranked Andy Andress of White Bear Lake 13-5 in the opening round of the state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. LaBrosse (38-3) took a 4-2 lead in the first period and expanded it to 9-3 with a nearfall and a takedown in the second period.
Junior point guard Sid Tomes exploded for a season-high 36 points to help lift second-seeded East Ridge to a 69-44 win over seventh-seeded Eastview in the opening round of the Section 3AAAA boys basketball tournament on Wednesday, Feb.
There was no major upset in the cards for the Park boys basketball team in the opening round of the Section 3AAAA tournament. Defending state champion and top-seeded Apple Valley showed why it’s the No. 1-ranked team in the state in an 87-40 win over eighth-seeded Park on Wednesday, Feb.
Area educators received their own education recently — about what it takes to be a United States Marine. Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel, Park strength and conditioning coach Justin Ellevold and East Ridge health teacher Bridget Plante attended the Marine Corps’ Educators Workshop in San Diego, Calif., from Monday, Feb. 10 to Friday, Feb.
At its most recent meet, the Woodbury Midwest Amateur Gymnastics Association (MAGA) gymnastics team honored Allison Trebesch , who died Sept. 17. Trebesch had competed for the Woodbury MAGA team and her mother Julie Dornseif is the team’s head coach. “She was a gifted gymnast known for her dedication and strong work ethic, grace and beauty,” said Christy Walker, whose daughter was a friend and teammate of Trebesch’s. “She was a joy to watch perform and the gym was a second home to Ally. She inspired many young gymnasts by her hard work, courage and love of gymnastics.