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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First, congratulations on being less than a month away from the end of the Slim Down with RiverTown. I'm sure there have been highs and lows throughout this process, but the ability to continue focusing on your goals is an incredible victory. Once May is over, then the real part kicks in. You won't have an event or contest pushing you to continue these practices. Instead, you have to rely on yourself and maybe friends or family to continue these healthy practices.
Tuesday Roseville 8, East Ridge 4 The East Ridge girls lacrosse team opened up the home season with a 8-4 loss against Roseville on Tuesday night. The girls will play at Park on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. for a crosstown rivalry game. Monday Park 10, Mahtomedi 8 It was a close game between Park and Mahtomedi, but the Wolfpack earned the first win in their opener on Tuesday with a 10-8 final score.
Tuesday Park 12, Forest Lake 7 It was a high-scoring game on Tuesday as Park hosted Forest Lake for a conference game. Fortunately for the Wolfpack, they scored scored more runs allowing them to win 12-7 in their home game. Matt Wilkinson, Lex Lindow, Nick Thorson and Tanner Strantz each collected two hits and brought many of the runs home for Park.
Tuesday East Ridge 16, Tartan 3 East Ridge started off the season strong against Tartan as the Raptors won 16-3 on the road on Tuesday night. The Raptors had even scoring in each quarter as they scored five goals in the first, three goals in the second, four goals in the third and four more goals in the fourth.
Tuesday Park 4, Woodbury 1 The leadoff hitter is one of the most important batters for a softball team. She's the first to step up to the plate and her responsibility is to take pitches to see a pitcher's arsenal. It's recommended that she reaches base, so a rally can start and runs can be scored. The leadoff job can be difficult, but senior outfielder Madi Meduna is ready for the challenge.
Tuesday The East Ridge girls track and field team traveled to Mounds View High School on Tuesday for one of the first meets of the season. It was a good chance to open the season and have different opportunities for many of the girls on the team to do field and track events. It was a strong day for the Raptors as many runners ended in the top 10 or top 20 to finish a day full of sun and warmer weather. East Ridge
Tuesday East Ridge 7, Roseville 0 The East Ridge boys tennis team took advantage of a beautiful day on Tuesday as the Raptors swept Roseville 7-0 to earn their third straight win of the season. Out of all seven matches, there were zero that went into the third set. Caleb Fridinger started off the day with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles and his brother, Luke Fridinger, earned the 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles.
On Tuesday, the East Ridge and Park boys golf teams competed in its first match of the season. The two teams traveled to River Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove and both teams finished in the top half of the standings. The Raptors finished three strokes behind the top finisher, Stillwater, and earned second place overall. The Wolfpack ended the day in third place with a total of 328, which was five strokes behind East Ridge for second place.
Tuesday Woodbury 5, East Ridge 2 A rivalry game typically has a close game and each run is deserved by each team. That rivalry atmosphere was shown on Tuesday as Woodbury and East Ridge took the field in an early conference and crosstown baseball game. It was a close, back-and-forth game for the first four innings. The Raptors created a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth, but the Royals came back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Park The softball season is always something head coach Bob Loshek looks forward every year. The Wolfpack have had a couple memorable seasons with runs to the state tournament. Last season, Park reached the state championship game and lost to Stillwater with a 5-1 final score. It was a hard way to end the season, but the Wolfpack are looking to return once again to that game and come out with a championship trophy.