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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Tom Nemo is looking forward to enjoying the golden years. After 25 years of coaching softball, including the last three at East Ridge High School, Nemo is stepping down as the head coach of the Raptors.
I t's the Little League of skateboarding. 3rd Lair's groundbreaking Summer Series hit south Washington County as the popular skateboarding competition took place at Woodbury's Ojibway Park and, most recently, at Hamlet Park in Cottage Grove.
It's in the blood. East Ridge Athletic Association youth wrestlers Roman Rogotzke, Ryder Rogotzke and Audrey Rogotzke recently wrapped up All-American seasons. The three children of Perry and Kelly Rogotzke of Woodbury, compiled 279 wins on the mat this year.
The Minnesota Sting showed why it's the No. 1-ranked team in the nation and put itself in position for a shot at a national championship game with a 50-0 thrashing of Brainerd in the Minnesota Premier Football League championship game on Saturday at East Ridge High School in Woodbury. In winning a second straight league championship, the Sting turned in big play after big play - including a 68-yard touchdown run from running back Darren Edwards and a 62-yard touchdown reception from Jauhem Byrd - to clinch its second consecutive Midwest Premier Football League title.
A long season came to a quick end for the St. Paul Park Legion baseball team. The St. Paul Park Post 98 Parkers fell 9-6 to Farmington in the play-in game of the 10-team Sub-State 5 tournament. The Parkers finished the year 6-35 overall and 3-15 in league play.
The evening before the 4th of July holiday, as high school campuses sat quiet and deserted during the mandated no-contact period between coaches and athletes, a group of five football players got together at East Ridge High School.
INFO BOX: HEAD: Three local women have made the journey from the Woodbury Dance Center to the hardwood floor and bright lights of Target Center.
The East Ridge Athletic Association and the East Ridge varsity football staff and players held their fourth annual youth football camp from June 17-20 at East Ridge High School. The camp, held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, was for kids in third grade through eighth grade. Roughly 110 kids participated in this year's camp, according to East Ridge head coach Mike Pendino.
Nearing the halfway point of the season, the St. Paul Park Parkers Post 98 American Legion baseball team is hoping to stop its current slide and get things going the opposite direction. The Parkers lost a pair of games last week, 9-2 to Apple Valley and 8-1 to rival East Ridge, and slipped to 2-5 in League F play and 4-15 overall. "We need to stop making the same mistake twice," St. Paul Park head coach Matt Doornink said. "We keep doing the same things over and over again it seems like."
The dates below have been scheduled for athletes in grades 7-12, to be registered for Park High School fall sports. Detailed instructions as well as registration forms can be found at www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/phs/Sports/Sports_Main.asp . Forms are also available in the Activities Office at Park High School. All athletes must have a sports physical within the last three years. Call the Activities Office if you need to verify a physical date at 651-768-3759.