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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Woodbury High School 1996 graduate Andrew Hill has been hired as the new head football coach at his alma mater. Hill has deep roots in the Woodbury community and was an active member of the "Bring Our Teams Home" campaign that worked to build Royal Stadium. He played football for Woodbury for four years. Most recently, Hill was the head football coach of South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia for one year.
Leaders of the Cottage Grove and St. Paul Park youth football programs hope to draw up a game plan to salvage their strained relationship. The two youth football programs hope to resolve a number of issues that nearly led the organizations to sever ties with one another. The affiliation was jeopardized after the Cottage Grove Athletic Association's football board recently sent a letter to the St.
An upset wasn't in the cards as top-seeded Eagan ended the Park boys hockey team's season with a 5-0 defeat in the quarterfinals of the Section 3AA tournament on Thursday, Feb. 24, in Eagan. Eagan, which is ranked 10th in Class AA, scored four goals in the second period on 20 shots to build on its 1-0 lead and cruised to the win.
Park High School student-athletes claim East Ridge High School's activities director and other representatives are trying to recruit them to switch schools and play sports for the Raptors. The allegations are believed to be part of an internal review undertaken by District 833 administrators that deals with student transfers.
After a recent East Ridge boys hockey game, one in which the Raptors happened to lose, senior defenseman Emilio Rodriguez was still smiling. It's not that he doesn't care if his team wins or loses -- nothing could be farther from the truth. However, less than a year after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer, just getting back on the ice is a bigger win for him. In early March, Jim Rodriguez noticed some swelling on his son Emilio's throat and decided they should go get it checked out.
Due to hazardous weather conditions all District 833 sporting events on Saturday, Dec. 11, have been called off. Among other events, East Ridge postponed its boys hockey games against Cretin-Derham Hall at Cottage Grove Ice Arena and called off its girls hockey games against Hastings, set for Saturday, Dec. 11, at Bielenberg. Park canceled its 14-team Wolfpack Invitational wrestling tournament and the girls hockey games against Mounds View at Cottage Grove Ice Arena. The Woodbury boys basketball team's home opener against Lakeville North has been postponed.
For the past two years, Jon Rydberg said he has been living vicariously through his girls tennis team at East Ridge. But next week, he'll be back. Rydberg, who was injured in an accident when he was 13 months old and is now in a wheelchair, will represent the USA in the men's singles and doubles at the US Open in New York from Sept. 8 through 12. It will be Rydberg's third US Open. Rydberg has previously been ranked as the No.
Even the weather was perfect. On Friday, July 16, Park High School and the city of Cottage Grove put their best foot forward as they hosted a group of 17 girls basketball players from Uppsala, Sweden. The Swedish basketball team comprised of 13- and 14-year old girls from Granbyskolan, a junior high school in Uppsala, Sweden, spent two hours scrimmaging a group of girls from Cottage Grove at the Park High School Activity Center.
What's coming together because of the sport of basketball will likely end up being about much more. Park High School and the city of Cottage Grove will host a group of 17 girls basketball players from Uppsala, Sweden, on Friday, July 16. The Swedish basketball team comprised of 13- and 14-year-old girls from Granbyskolan Uppsala, a junior high school in Uppsala, Sweden, will scrimmage with a group of girls from Cottage Grove from 10 a.m.
It's beginning to become a habit. For the second-straight year -- and the fourth time this decade -- a Park girls hockey player has garnered some serious national attention. Anna Keys, who will be a freshman at Park High School this fall, was one of only 15 Minnesotan girls hockey players selected to participate in the elite 2010 Minnesota Hockey Girls Advanced 15 USA Hockey program. Keys, a defender, joins teammate Allie Morse -- the Wolfpack's current goalie who was selected to the team last year -- along with 2008 Park graduate Jac Daggit, who is a junior defender at St.