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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Wednesday, Jan. 16 Boys Basketball: Math and Science Academy at Academy for Sciences and Ag, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 Nordic Skiing: East Ridge and Park at Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 3:45 p.m. Gymnastics: East Ridge at Stillwater, 6 p.m. Park at White Bear Lake, 6 p.m. Boys Swimming: Stillwater at East Ridge, 6 p.m. Park at Cretin-Derham Hall, 6 p.m. Wrestling: Park at Stillwater, 7 p.m. Boys Hockey: Park at East Ridge, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball: Forest Lake at East Ridge, 7 p.m. Spectrum at New Life Academy, 6 p.m.
Thursday Apple Valley 4, East Ridge 3 It was a back-and-forth game for all three periods, but Apple Valley came out with the extra goal to win 4-3 over East Ridge on Thursday night. Apple Valley scored first, but East Ridge came right back with a goal from Ben Marburger to tie the game at 1-1 heading into the second period. East Ridge gained the lead with a goal from Tyler Wendshau, but Apple Valley tied the game up to head into the third period.
Saturday East Ridge 2, Woodbury 1 East Ridge and Woodbury looked at this Saturday game from two different perspectives. For East Ridge, it was a chance to stop the two-game losing streak and get back on the right track with only about a month left until the section tournament. For Woodbury, it was a chance to extend its winning streak to two after a 1-0 win over Irondale on Friday. Before the game on Saturday, the two teams had pink hockey sticks to support cancer awareness. The two teams were also pretty lose.
Tuesday Woodbury 52, East Ridge 48 It was a big night in the city of Woodbury as Woodbury and East Ridge squared off for a girls basketball rivalry game. It was a back-and-forth game between the two teams as Woodbury gained a 22-21 lead at the half. That tight game stayed the same in the second half, but the Royals finished on top with a 52-48 victory over the Raptors. "This is always a game we look forward to in the season," said Carley West. "It's nice to earn the win for our team and our high school."
In the third episode of the Bulletin Breakdown, Brian Mozey goes in depth about the teams and players from the sports in the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area. It's the halfway point for the winter sports, which means it's time to look back at the first half of the season and get prepared for the upcoming second half of the season.
The Woodbury and East Ridge dual came down to the final weight class of Thursday night, the heavyweights. The match would include Marco Cavallaro from East Ridge and Mason Barrows for Woodbury. The Royals were leading 37-31 heading into this final match. Cavallaro knew that a pin would tie the dual, so that's the only thing he focused on. Cavallaro jumped into an early lead to start the match, but he knew that the Raptors needed a pin and nothing else. He continued to try and push Barrows over on his back and finally did after a few tries.
It was a tough decision for Park's Charlie Gorres. During his junior year, he had to decide between two of his favorite sports. Football or basketball? The decision came at one of the lowest points in his career. Gorres was injured with tendinitis in both of his knees. He had to take a break, and he had to decide whether that time off was the last part of the high school basketball season or during the AAU basketball season.
Wednesday, Jan. 9 No Scheduled Games Thursday, Jan. 10 Boys Basketball: St. Agnes at New Life Academy, 7:30 p.m. Math and Science Academy at Minnesota St. Academy for the Deaf, 7 p.m. Girls Basketball: Mahtomedi at Park, 7 p.m. Girls Hockey: East Ridge at St. Paul Academy and Summit, 7 p.m. Park at Forest Lake, 7 p.m. Boys Hockey: Apple Valley at East Ridge, 7:30 p.m. Boys Swimming: East Ridge at White Bear Lake, 6 p.m. Roseville at Park, 6 p.m. Gymnastics: Stillwater at Park, 6 p.m.
Tuesday Mounds View 93, Park 87 It was a back-and-forth night at Mounds View High School as Park and Mounds View battled for a the top spot in Tuesday's meet. In the end though, Mounds View took home the 93-87 win over Park.
Saturday The Park boys swimming and diving team competed in the Maroon and Gold Invitational on Saturday. The Wolfpack competed in the Tiger division with 12 other teams. Park finished in third place overall as a team with 439 points. The second-place spot went to Cretin-Derham Hall with 468 points. The Wolfpack started off strong with a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. Then, it continued into the 200 freestyle as Sam Rhode finished seventh with a time of 1:58.20.