I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position.
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There was still two seconds left on the clock, but the six East Ridge players on the ice and the entire Raptor bench were smiling from head to toe. They knew history had been made on Wednesday night. After those two seconds expired, a line of Raptor girls came flying to goalie Emerald Kelley as she was tackled by all of her teammates. She didn't care because she knew it was a moment that was going to last forever.
It's section time for high school wrestling and the Woodbury and Cottage Grove schools are gearing up for a big day on Friday, Feb. 15 at Eagan High School. The seeds have been finalized and East Ridge, Woodbury and Park are on top of the section leaderboard. The main questions though is can one of these three schools knock off No. 1 seed Hastings as the Raiders have won the team sections tournament for XX years.
Park head coach Amanda Johnson knew it was going to be a different type of meet after seeing the results from the first race of the night on Friday. The Wolfpack took first and second place in the 200-yard medley relay, which showed Johnson that the boys really wanted to earn the victory that night. The boys had strong swims in every event, which resulted in a 106-77 win for Park. This was the first time in 22 years that Park defeated Woodbury in boys swimming and diving.
It was a memorable day for many student-athletes on Wednesday as they committed to their colleges for the upcoming fall. The athletes had smiles on their faces because they knew how hard they worked during their high school careers to achieve this dream of playing in college. Whether it was Division I, II or III that they committed too, they will be able to play the sport they love for another four years in college.
Saturday Park participated in the Tartan Invitational on Saturday and earned first place out of the 11 total teams at the event. The Wolfpack scored 423 points and controlled first place for the majority of the day, while Woodbury finished second with 392.5 points. Park started the invitational off with a win in the 200-yard medley relay as the group of boys swam a time of 1:43.62.
As the Park gymnastics team sat and waited for their team score on Friday night, they were hoping to do something that hadn't been done since Alison Flaata became the Park head coach four years ago. That was to break a score of 140. When the announcer said Park's score of 140.725, the Wolfpack gymnasts, coaches and fans cheered as loud as they could. They had reached a goal the gymnasts set at the beginning of the season.
Before the Park and Woodbury girls basketball game on Friday night, the two teams stood together for a bigger cause than basketball. They stood together for a cause that impacts too many lives. The Wolfpack and Royals were standing alongside each other for their fight in finding a cure for cancer. At Park High School, the entire gym was filled with pink shirts and socks and pants as the two teams were apart of Coaches vs. Cancer night. Park and Woodbury wore the same pink t-shirts for warm ups and they said "United We Fight."
Friday Woodbury 65, Park 56 It was a game of runs for both teams on Friday as Woodbury and Park went head-to-head for a second time this season. Woodbury finished the game on the last run, which resulted in a 65-56 win for the Royals. "Basketball is a game of runs and we were just fortunate enough to come out with the win," said Woodbury's Solape Amusan. Before the game started, the two teams came together to recognize Megan Diediker, a Park teacher who's battling breast cancer, in their Coaches vs. Cancer game.
Friday Park 79, Woodbury 67 It was an offensive half that coaches dream about in their career for Park and head coach Mike Weah. The Wolfpack was untouchable in the first half of Friday's game against Woodbury as various player were hitting 3-pointers consistently. Specifically, Domenik Block as he was making baskets almost five or six feet behind the 3-point line. "These are shots that players make once in a while and Domenik was making three or four of them in a row," Weah said. "He was on a hot streak and helped us get a lead at the half."