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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A light dusting of snow brought smiles to the faces of some area student-athletes this past week. As temperatures dropped, the East Ridge, Park and Woodbury Nordic ski teams’ seasons began to heat up.
Five East Ridge student-athletes made it official recently — they will be taking their talents to the next level next year.
The Park High School bowling team won its conference tournament in November and earned an automatic bid into the state tournament.
Coming off a 1-1 performance at the season-opening Red Wing tournament, the Park basketball team suffered a lopsided loss in its home opener last week.
Ranked as high as ninth in the state by some publications in the preseason polls, the East Ridge boys basketball team learned last week opposing teams will be ready for them.
The New Life Academy boys basketball team opened the year with a split.
Last year the East Ridge boys swimming and diving team made waves at the state meet. This year, with everyone back, the Raptors have a legitimate shot at becoming the school’s first state championship team.
A year ago, the East Ridge gymnastics team finished fifth in the conference and in the section, but failed to send a gymnast to the state meet for the first time in the school’s four-year history.
The East Ridge dance team is back in action this season with new head coaches Ashley Stoffel and Melissa Vogler.
While the Park wrestling team boasts a formidable lineup from top to bottom, a lot of eyes will be on senior Cody Linssen this season.