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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Thursday night East Ridge 0, Park 0 East Ridge has been in this position before this season. The Raptors had finished four games in a tie this season and Tuesday night they made it a fifth game. There were opportunities for both teams to score, especially in the second half of the game, but the two defenses took over for the night. "It's always a confidence boost getting a shutout," said sophomore goalie Nick Wagner. "Our defense prides themselves on stopping an offense and that's what drove us tonight."
There will be a handful of new members and teams joining the Park High School Hall of Fame this year as the new class has been selected this week. The Wolfpack will be inducting five individuals and one team into the 2018 Hall of Fame class. Those five include: Tim Cornwell, Gary Fehrman, Dale Howe, Jackie Voigt and Lauren (Burks) Zidon. The 1993 softball state championship team will also be inducted this year.
Tuesday night Woodbury 2, White Bear Lake 0 Devin Padelford had a big night for the Royals as he scored two goals in the 2-0 win over White Bear Lake on Tuesday night. Dylan Felth and Austin Williams each earned an assist on the two goals. Woodbury improved its record to 3-3-2 with the win as the Royals host Stillwater at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. New Life Academy 2, Heritage Christian 0
Monday night Heritage Christian 2, New Life Academy 1 It was a back-and-forth game between the teams as Heritage Christian scored the first goal of the game in the first half. New Life Academy responded with a goal of its own to tie the game at 1-1. Heritage Christian came back though and scored another goal with only about one minute left in the game to take the 2-1 lead, which eventually become the final score. The Eagles will host Maranatha/West Lutheran on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m.
Park 28, Apple Valley 8 The stands were packed. The fire truck lights flashed throughout the stadium. A homecoming week came to an end and Park came out with the victory. It was a night to remember for Park's seniors who played their final homecoming game of their high school career and put their mark on it with a 28-8 win over Apple Valley on Friday night. "It was nice to get our first win and also earn our homecoming win," said senior quarterback Marshaun Campbell. "We feed off our fans and the stands were filled, so it brought up our energy for sure."
It was a hometown rivalry on Thursday night as Park and East Ridge jumped into the pool together for a dual meet. East Ridge came out victorious, but it was a hard battle between the two teams as the Raptors pulled out the 92-84 victory. Each team had a goal in mind for this dual meet and some unexpected absences that left coaches trying to figure out the puzzle pieces before the dual meet.
Tuesday night Forest Lake 3, Park 0 Park knew it was going to be a challenge on Tuesday night as Forest Lake came to Cottage Grove for a conference volleyball match. The first two sets were hard fought between the two teams, but Forest Lake took both sets to gain a 2-0 lead. Then, the third set, the momentum carried to Forest Lake which resulted in a 3-0 sweep to the Wolfpack. Even though the result wasn't what the Park players wanted, they've learned from this match and hope to translate it into future conference matches.
On Monday, Sept. 10, the NCAA allows colleges to go to high schools and recruit players. East Ridge High School was a popular place for a handful of Division I men's basketball coaches. The Raptors boys basketball team consists of four players that have the potential of receiving Division I scholarships, including senior Courtney Brown Jr., junior Ben Carlson, sophomore Kendall Brown and freshman Kendall Blue.
Thursday night Cretin-Derham Hall 3, Park 0 Park wasn't able to get a goal against a tough Cretin-Derham Hall girls team, which drops the Wolfpack's record to 2-5 on the season and 0-2 in the conference. Park will travel to Hill-Murray at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. Tuesday night East Ridge 1, Woodbury 0 It's a conference game, but it's also a game that both Woodbury and East Ridge players circle on their calendars.
Tuesday night New Life Academy 3, Minneapolis Washburn 1 After two losses on Saturday, the Eagles got back on track with a win against Minneapolis Washburn on Tuesday night. New Life took the first set 25-15, but the second set went to Minneapolis Washburn with a 25-23 score. The Eagles came back though and won the third set 25-7 as well as the fourth set 25-17 to capture their sixth win of the season. New Life hopes to build that winning streak again on Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m. as the Eagles host Maranatha. Champlin Park 3, East Ridge 0