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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After the diving preliminaries on Wednesday, the state swimming preliminary round came on Thursday. It was time for East Ridge's Callie Kunz and Elli Moss to have their time to showcase their talents. It was the first time for both of them to compete in the state swimming championships and both enjoyed every moment of the experience. "It's always fun to compete against the best swimmers in the state," Kunz said. "I'm just glad I was able to make it to this point of the season and be able to compete at state."
On Sunday, Oct. 28, most sports fans—and especially baseball fans—had their eyes locked on their televisions. For Jeff Nelson, he had a front row seat as the Boston Red Sox won the World Series in five games over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nelson was the home plate umpire, calling balls and strikes in what ended up being the last game of the season.
Wednesday was a big day for a handful of student athletes from East Ridge, Park and New Life Academy as they signed their National Letters of Intent. Park had seven students sign on Wednesday while East Ridge had eight and New Life Academy had three. Here's a list of all the students and where they are heading for colleges next fall. East Ridge Courtney Brown Jr.—University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Park 2, South St. Paul 1 The first two games of the season for Park have been fought until the very end with two overtime games. On Saturday, the result wasn't what the Wolfpack was hoping for, so they made sure Tuesday night's game was different. The Packers got on the scoreboard first with a goal near the end of the first period, but Park came back with a goal of its own by Adie Stienke on a power play in the second period. The score remained tied at 1-1 for the rest of the second period and the entire third period with strong defensive play by both sides.
Friday night It was a big night for East Ridge, Woodbury and Park as the three schools competed in the finals of the section meet on Friday night. Even though Eagan won the section meet, East Ridge had a couple swimmers qualify for the state meet next week. Woodbury and Park might not have had swimmers reach state, but they are happy looking forward to the 2019 season and the experience each coach will have heading into the offseason. East Ridge
It was all smiles and laughs before the match as the New Life Academy girls volleyball team made their way onto the court at the Xcel Energy Center for the state tournament. A handful of players on the team knew what to expect since the Eagles were in this same position last year. They knew it was going to be tough no matter the opponent and, most importantly, they knew to enjoy every second because it goes by so fast.
Saturday night East Ridge 2, Apple Valley 0 The Raptors started off their season with a win to make it a 1-0 record. East Ridge hosted Apple Valley on Saturday night and played some strong defense to earn the win. Fiona Claugherty scored the only two goals of the night for East Ridge. The first period was scoreless between both teams, but Claugherty scored one goal in both the second and third period to give the Raptors the lead and eventually the win.
The St. Olaf College campus was packed with parents, relatives, teammates, coaches and, most importantly, the runners as the state cross country meet took place in Northfield, Minnesota. The Woodbury and Cottage Grove area had representation from three different schools and all of them finished with learning opportunities for the offseason and the 2019 season. "It was so much fun running with the best runners in the state," said Woodbury's Anna Muellner. "The nerves were less than the section meet because you knew you were here and all you can do is run your best."
Saturday night East Ridge had been in this position before and knew what it took to win. The Raptors played Eagan in the section finals last season and won the first two sets, but mistakes caused East Ridge to allow the Wildcats to come back and win 3-2. The same two teams squared off on Saturday night in the section finals again as the Raptors focused on minimizing the mistakes against No. 1 seed Eagan. "Eagan is a really good team," said Stephanie Barber. "We knew it was going to be a battle all night."
Eastview 27, East Ridge 17 Brotherhood and family. Those two words describe this East Ridge football team this season. That togetherness was shown before, during and after Friday night's game as the No. 2 seed Raptors fell to No. 3 seed Eastview 27-17 to end their season in the section finals. "It's not winning and losing," said head coach Dan Fritze. "It's that we don't get be around these players every day."