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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Friday Apple Valley 55, East Ridge 34 It was a low-scoring game for East Ridge, which translated to a loss against Apple Valley on Friday night on the road. The Raptors trailed 26-14 at the half and eventually lost 55-34 in the end. Chloe Stoehr scored half of East Ridge's points as she finished with 17 points, a team-high. The next highest point scorer was Britt Carlson and Kate Burns, who each scored four points.
Friday East Ridge 3, Park 0 East Ridge was leading 1-0 with about three minutes left in the second period when the Raptors faced its hardest task of the night. The Raptors had to play a player down for not just two minutes, but five minutes. Sidney Zavoral was called for boarding, which sent her to the penalty box for five minutes. East Ridge was able to stop Park from scoring for the last three minutes of the period and also the first two minutes of the third period to keep the shutout in tack.
In the second episode of the Bulletin Breakdown, the discussion focuses on this past week's results. This is the last week of before tournaments begin during the holiday break. There are also discussions on some of the top performers for each of the teams in the Woodbury and Cottage Grove areas.
Thursday Park 4, Apple Valley 3 (OT) It took extra time on Thursday night for Park and Apple Valley to determine a winner, but the Wolfpack came out with the victory before the long holiday break. Apple Valley got on the board in the first period and scored two more goals in the second period to take a 3-0 lead over Park. Then, it became Park's night as the Wolfpack scored two goals in the second period from the stick of Anthony Brings who scored two goals.
For Payton Shafer, it feels like yesterday that he committed to South Dakota State University. It wasn't yesterday though, it was on June 23, 2018. Throughout the last six months, Shafer completed his final season of Park football for him. On Tuesday morning, Shafer signed his National Letter of Intent to officially become a Jackrabbit next fall. "It's a really good feeling [to sign today]," Shafer said. "It's been a long journey since sophomore year and it's a dream that came true today."
Park head coach Steve Morse wanted to see the Wolfpack fight hard from the opening puck drop on Tuesday. The first period was hard fought, but it ended 0-0. Then, the Wolfpack offense exploded in the second period with five goals, and added one more in the third, to end the game with a 6-0 win over rival Woodbury. "We need to fight hard starting at the opening puck drop instead of at the beginning of the third period," Morse said. "It was good to see us fight every minute and it showed with a good win."
As East Ridge was heading to the HealthEast Sports Center on Thursday night, head coach Dustin Vogelgesang handed out the game plan sheets. The players and coaches went through it, but at the bottom of the sheet there was one word that made no sense to the players. The word said China. After going through everything, Vogelgesang told the players that there are 1.6 billion people living in China and none of them care about this game. He was using this to ease the tension and stress of the night. Well, it worked.
It was a packed night at the Perch as East Ridge hosted SEC rival Cretin-Derham Hall for Friday night basketball. The Raptors put on a show and took a 48-38 lead at the half. They kept that momentum going in the second half to defeat the Raiders 83-71. The starting five for East Ridge each had big contributions for the win. Ben Carlson led the team with 26 points, along with 18 rebounds. Courtney Brown Jr. was right behind him with 25 points.
It was a busy weekend for East Ridge and Park. The Raptors wrestled Roseville and Forest Lake on Thursday night before heading down to Rochester for the big Christmas Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Wolfpack wrestled in the Park Invitational on Friday night. East Ridge On Thursday, the Raptors took on two tough teams, starting the night with a 58-21 dual win against Roseville. Then, their eyes were set on Forest Lake, but East Ridge wasn't able to get the victory. The Raptors fell 49-21.
It was a strong day for Park boys' swimming and diving as the Wolfpack finished second place at the Woodbury Invitational on Saturday afternoon. Park got started early with a first place finish in the first event. The 200-yard medley relay was the first event and the Wolfpack swam a time of 1 minute, 44.53 seconds with the help of Devin Schwartz, Dylan Purrington, Hogan Lawson and Nathan LeMay. Sam Rhode finished in third place at the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:58.18, while Purrington placed second with a time of 2:08.48 in the 200 individual medley.