Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.
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A Cottage Grove woman reported Jan. 24 that she believed someone had hacked into her “nanny cam” video surveillance system for approximately a month and a half. The woman, who lives in the 9400 block of 72nd Street, believed someone had access to the camera inside her home. She was advised to change her password.
A first-place finish and seven total place-earners helped the Wolfpack take second in the nine-team Tartan Invitational. Closing out a three-meet week, Park finished the Saturday, Jan. 28, invitational with 398.5 points, well behind invite winner Woodbury at 461.5 points. North St. Paul took third at 332.5. Park senior Mack Christianson had a solid meet, claiming first place in the 500-yard freestyle in 5 minutes, 1.27 seconds. He also swam to a third-place finish in the 200 free, posting a 1:54.65.
Siobhan Claugherty scored a power play goal for East Ridge, but the Raptors fell to Forest Lake 3-1 to open last week's play before rebounding with a big 5-1 win over district rival Park. Trailing 2-0 in the Jan. 25 game against Forest Lake, Claugherty scored 4 minutes, 55 seconds into the second period for her 10th goal of the year on an assist from Grace Heiting. The Rangers had committed a slashing minor, which set up the Raptors' power play.
Despite a strong game from Charlie Gorres, Park could not keep pace with Cretin-Derham Hall in a 94-66 loss Friday, Jan. 27. Gorres led the Wolfpack with 22 points in the loss to the Raiders. Park's leading scorer with 16.1 per game, Gorres was the only Wolfpack player to reach double figures. Josh Kuemmel scored eight points for the Wolfpack, and Desmond Walker added seven. Brandon Alt, Cole Herder, Brendan Beaulieu and Jeremiah Smith each scored six points.
The Raptors found their offense as they shook off a seven-game losing streak with a 5-2 win Saturday, Jan. 28, over Roseville. East Ridge got goals from five players en route to the team's first victory in nearly a month. Raptors coach Wes Walz said his team played well in the three losses leading up to the win over the Raiders, but has had a hard time scoring. That changed Saturday. "We just capitalized on more opportunities in that game," Walz said. "It was nice to see the guys with a smile on their face."
Four East Ridge wrestlers placed in the 16-team Orono Invitational Saturday, Jan. 28. Marco Cavallaro and Hunter Lyden took second and third in their respective weight divisions. Cavallaro, at 220 pounds and with a 20-8 record on the season, lost to eventual first-place winner Casey Schilz of Elk River, whose record is 22-3. Lyden took third place at 106 pounds by defeating Trayton Hewitt of Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial. Payton Thao (132) and Collin Brown (138) wrestled back to win consolation championships.
The young Wolfpack managed wins at just two weight classes Thursday, Jan. 26, as the team fell to Stillwater 63-9. Park junior Andrew Drigans pinned Stillwater's Jackson Dunleap at 170 pounds. Peter Oyebanji, also a junior, earned a 6-2 decision over Porter Estenson at 132 pounds for Park's other win. Park's Andres Sandoval (106), Jake Schwartz (120), Andrew Diaz (138), Steven Rose (145), Edric Waindim (152), Garrett Whitehead (160), Noah Johnson (182), Ryan Volkert (220) and senior Robert Marrier (285) suffered losses.
Six first-period goals propelled Woodbury past Park in a lopsided 8-2 win Thursday, Jan. 26. Max Meyer and Lucas Erickson each scored two goals for the Royals at the Bielenberg Sports Center. "We talked about establishing ourselves early as a team that needs to set the pace of the game rather than letting the other team dictate the pace," Royals head coach Wes Bolin said. "Our first periods have not been very strong this year, and we wanted to reverse that trend."
Any uncertainty about whether South Washington County Schools will put a referendum to voters in November 2017 was laid to rest early.
School District 833 Nuevas Fronteras Spanish Immersion families who long have been eager for their own space with plenty of breathing room for the popular program now are worried what their children might inhale at their next school. Air pollution and traffic volumes are among safety concerns Nuevas Fronteras parents have about a plan by BNSF Railway to build a 6,000-vehicle parking lot in St. Paul Park. The site is south of the Oltman Middle School building that District 833 intends to renovate for Nuevas Fronteras and other uses.