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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The East Ridge High School was packed with seven different schools as they prepared for another Suburban East Conference meet for the dance teams. The dance teams got together on Monday, Nov. 26 for the jazz competition and this past Monday, the teams competed in the kick division. Forest Lake took home the title from Monday with 358 out of 500 points, while Mounds View was a close second with 334 out 500 points. East Ridge, Park and Woodbury finished fifth, sixth and seventh place respectively.
Saturday East Ridge 74, Hopkins 65 It was a memorable season opener for East Ridge as the No. 1 ranked Raptors faced off with No. 2 Hopkins. After a back-and-forth game for the first 34 minutes, East Ridge pulled out with the lead to end the game comfortably with a big win and a confidence boost. "I liked our determination and chemistry on the court," said head coach Bryce Tesdahl. "We kept fighting and it really took a team to get this win."
The Wolfpack traveled down to Lakeville North on Saturday morning to compete in an invitational, and Park came out of the tournament with a fourth-place finish out of 12 teams. Park had five wrestlers reach the finals in their respective weight classes and six wrestlers place in the tournament. Zach Silvis competed in the 106-pound weight class and placed second overall. Silvis lost to Lakeville North in the finals with a 1-0 final score. At 145, Solomon Lankow finished in first place. Andrew Diaz ended the tournament in the fourth place at 160.
Saturday East Ridge 60, Hastings 56 It's been a memorable start of the season for East Ridge as the girls basketball made it a three-game winning streak on Saturday afternoon. As the snow was coming down outside, the Raptors made sure they were coming down with rebounds and shots towards the end of the game. "Our girls played for 36 minutes and found a way to win," said head coach Glen Wurm. "I couldn't be more proud of the way our girls have played the last few games."
Saturday New Prague 5, East Ridge 4 (OT) It was a back-and-forth game between East Ridge and New Prague as the two teams kept a tie game. Ben Anderson scored the first goal of the game for East Ridge, but New Prague tied it up 1-1 heading into the second period. New Prague scored two goals in the second period, while Marco Troje scored a goal for the Raptors as the score was 3-2 heading into the third and final period.
Saturday Eagan 6, East Ridge 3 It was a tale of two halves to start the Saturday night game between Eagan and East Ridge at the HealthEast Sports Center. The first period was all Eagan as the Wildcats scored two goals to take a 2-0 lead heading into the second period. Then, East Ridge took control as the Raptors scored three goals with the help of Fiona Claugherty, Mackenzie Werner and Lauren Beaubien who each scored a goal.
As the Park boys basketball walked down the tunnel and saw the basketball court in U.S. Bank Stadium, the players and coaches' smiled. They knew they had made history on Wednesday night. The Wolfpack boys were the first high school team ever to play basketball at U.S. Bank Stadium. The players and coaches came walking in with their phones out as they recorded and took pictures of this moment.
The echoes of slapshots and fans cheering in the stands has come back to the state of Minnesota as girls' hockey teams prepare for another high school season. The East Ridge and Park girls hockey teams are a couple games into the season, but their goals are both the same: to have a strong regular season against tough opponents and make a run in the section tournament to hopefully play in the state tournament.
It was all smiles in the Perch at East Ridge High School as the Raptors boys basketball opened up their season on Friday night. East Ridge hosted the Raptor community for Raptor Madness and a fun night of dunks, 3-pointers and a basketball game. During this past offseason, the East Ridge boys basketball team has been busy preparing for a season where they're highly ranked heading into the 2018-19 season. The Raptors are actually ranked No. 1 to start the season for boys basketball.
Tuesday night Mounds View 5, East Ridge 3 After winning their first two games of the season, the East Ridge Raptors were looking to keep that undefeated record alive on Tuesday night against Mounds View. The scoring started early when Mounds View scored the first goal in under a minute of the game. The two schools combined for eight total goals, but Mounds View finished the game with a 5-3 final score. "It wasn't our best game, but I hope these girls were able to learn a lot tonight," said head coach Kim McClintick.