Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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When helping to get the new Park High School trapshooting team off the ground, Wendy Coy wasn’t sure how much interest there would be. However, when roughly 55 students showed up at the first informational meeting Jan. 21, Coy realized she was part of a worthwhile endeavor. “We just said ‘Oh my gosh,’” Coy said. “We thought we may have 20-30 kids, but we had a lot more than that.
Park High School trap club registration If you missed registration and would still like to be a part of the newest exciting club at Park please email both coaches: Pete Soukup at firstname.lastname@example.org and Wendy Coy at email@example.com . Students must have a Fire Arms Safety Certificate in order to participate on the team. If students do not have one but still want to join the club please indicate that in your email. The Park trap team has a very short window of time to get everyone certified and registered.
Despite being without two of its top gymnasts, the Park gymnastics team edged Suburban East Conference foe Mounds View 136.55 to 135.875 Jan. 29, in Cottage Grove. With seniors Sarah LaBrosse and Michaela Thielfoldt sidelined with injuries a number of Park’s gymnasts stepped up in the victory. Park junior Sarah Schank led the way for the Wolfpack with an all-around score of 36.375, good for second place on the night.
The East Ridge boys basketball team kept its hopes of a Suburban East Conference title alive with a pair of wins over Forest Lake and Park. East Ridge, which is 16-4 overall and 10-2 in the SEC – a game behind seventh-ranked Cretin-Derham Hall (17-3; 12-1) – earned season sweeps of Forest Lake and Park with a couple of lopsided wins. East Ridge beat Forest Lake 76-54 on Friday, Jan.
An up-and-down week saw the Park girls basketball team take down rival East Ridge for a second time this season before the Wolfpack lost its grip on first place in the Suburban East Conference with a 61-59 defeat by Roseville. Park, ranked ninth in Class AAAA, stayed undefeated by East Ridge since the Woodbury-based school opened its doors in 2009 with a 51-40 win Jan.
Perennial state and Suburban East Conference power Stillwater was too much for the Park boys swimming and diving team in a 95-83 loss Jan. 31, in Cottage Grove. Stillwater won nine of the 12 events at the meet, finished first, second and third in three events, first and second in five events and mathematically clinched the win with three events to go. Park junior Adam Raymond had a hand in all three of the Wolfpack’s first-place finishes. Raymond won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.77 seconds and touched the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 7.03 seconds.
The Park boys basketball team went up against two of the Suburban East Conference’s top squads, but couldn’t come away an upset. Park hung with East Ridge and Roseville, but fell 71-49 to the Raptors Jan. 28, in Woodbury and 79-55 to the Raiders on Jan. 31 in Roseville. East Ridge (16-4; 10-2 SEC) opened up a 47-19 halftime lead on Park. The Wolfpack (3-16; 0-12 SEC) outscored East Ridge 30-24 in the second half, but the Raptors cruised to the 22-point win. Park junior Anthony Juba led the Wolfpack with 12 points.
The East Ridge girls basketball team had a six-game win streak snapped by intra-district and Suburban East Conference rival Park last week, but bounced back with a pair of impressive wins. East Ridge (12-4; 6-4 SEC) fell 51-40 to Park on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Cottage Grove – its first loss since Jan.
Sam Boardman and Evan Bonneson led a contingent of 10 area Nordic skiers that earned all-conference or all-conference honorable mention honors at the Suburban East Conference championship meet on Jan. 30 at Battle Creek Regional Park. Boardman, a senior at East Ridge, earned third place at the SEC championships with a time of 36 minutes, 7 seconds in the 10-kilometer pursuit-style race.
The New Life Academy boys basketball team won two important region games last week, starting with an exciting 73-70 win over St.