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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At 2:02 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, top ranked basketball prospect and East Ridge sophomore Kendall Brown announced on Twitter his decision to transfer from East Ridge and attend Sunrise Christian Academy next year.
It's been an up and down legion baseball season for East Ridge as the Raptors fell 6-1 to Stillwater on Wednesday night. There have been many changes to the lineup with players working and traveling on other baseball teams as well. The lineup hasn't looked the same on a consistent basis, but co-head coach Connor Malcolm is happy with where the Raptors are at in the season.
Zach Silvis isn't a fan of showing excitement after winning a wrestling match. The majority of the time he's calm, cool and collected. Once Silvis won the gold medal match at the U15 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, on June 19, he had a different reaction. He used both of his hands to fist pump, shouting his excitement on winning the gold medal for Team USA. After shaking hands with his opponent, he grabbed the American flag from his coaches and ran around the mat.
It was a surreal moment for Thomas Miles. The senior goalie at East Ridge heard his name get called as he was announced Jake Anderson Mr. Goalie of the Year. It had been a dream since he moved to Woodbury to be a part of the great names that received this award before him. Miles looked up to these individual players because he knew the hard work and dedication it took to earn this type of award. Once he moved to the Woodbury area, he focused on lacrosse year round, and it's been a part of his life now and forever.
Joe Trollen was camped underneath a pop fly in center field at Target Field on Thursday, June 20. He waited. And he waited. It seemed like it took an eternity for the ball to come down from the dark sky and land in his glove to record the final out of the game. Once it was caught, history was made on the field as East Ridge defeated New Prague 7-2 and won its first ever state tournament in baseball history.
Saturday East Ridge 6, Stillwater 5 (8 innings) When East Ridge head coach Brian Sprout came into the semifinal game against Stillwater, he knew it was going to come down to the little things. Those things included baserunning, errors and playing small ball to score the runs. The Raptors started off the game on the right foot, which led to a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Stillwater showed its No. 1 seed as the Ponies came back to take the lead in the fourth.
The state golf championships took place at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was two very different days of weather, which caused the younger East Ridge golfers to adapt quickly. East Ridge had one boy and one girl make appearances at the state championships. The two golfers finished in the middle of the pack but had many learning experiences throughout the two days.
No. 1 seed Park and No. 4 seed Rosemount needed more time to determine a winner on Wednesday after the rain pushed the game from Tuesday. In overtime, the Irish were able to find the net first and record the game-winning goal to end Park's 2019 season. The Irish were leading 6-2 at the half, but the Wolfpack fought back to score six goals in the second half and tie the game 8-8. It was a strong comeback, but Rosemount was able to slip in a late goal to record the victory and advance to the state tournament.
During the regular season, East Ridge came back in the fourth quarter to defeat St. Thomas Academy. It was a similar situation on Thursday afternoon, but the Cadets were trailing 5-4 in the last quarter. This time, though, St. Thomas Academy came back from the deficit and scored six goals to win 10-5 over the Raptors. That loss on Thursday ended the 2019 season for East Ridge.
It was another beautiful day on the golf course as many golfers came back for Day 2 of the section tournament at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. On Monday, East Ridge sent two individual golfers to the state tournament. Park had a couple golfers that finished close to the top five. The East Ridge boys' team. along with the Park girls' team, were still competing for the one team spot at state. Both teams had some work to do to reach that goal, but it wasn't an impossible task.