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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Park kicked off the 2012-13 season with a pep rally and "Midnight Madness" practice at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12
The East Ridge High School dance team participated in the Just for Kix summer dance camp recently. The camp provided the East Ridge dancers with instruction, technical training, choreography and a few days to bond as a team.
It is hard to believe that summer is almost over.
PIC: 0814.S.SWC.Keith Badger Former Park assistant coach Keith Badger has been hired as the new head football coach for New Richmond, Wis. Badger, 26, coached at Park — his alma mater - for the past three years. He was a quarterback in high school and went on to play wide receiver in college at the University of St. Thomas. Badger also participated in basketball and track at Park and reached the state track meet all four years of his high school career. His top finish was a second place finish at state by his 800-meter relay team.
Though the team stumbled down the stretch it hung on until the end - and reeled in a league championship title.
The Park baseball program recently wrapped up its 2013 summer clinic.
This week, the Special Olympics is coming to south Washington County. A portion of the Special Olympics Minnesota 2013 Fall Games will take place the weekend of Aug. 16 through 18 at East Ridge High School and Bielenberg Sports Complex.
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C ottage Grove can once again boast it has the best 12 year-old softball team in the state.
As the summer sports season winds down it's time to start planning for the fall and winter. Registration is now open for the 2013-14 Cottage Grove Athletic Association Youth Basketball programs. The programs focus on skill development, teamwork and basketball knowledge. There are programs and teams for all ages and skill levels, both recreational and competitive. The CGAA's goal is to develop smart, skilled, hard-working and team-oriented players.