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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It was a day to remember for Joe Rossebo, Jack Mohler, Simon Stark and Payton Shafer. The four of them went into the locker room this morning and each of them put on their purple South jersey. Then, they walked out of the tunnel and looked around U.S. Bank Stadium. A smile appeared on each of the their faces as they knew this was the final game of their high school football career.
Welcome to the Bulletin Breakdown. This will be a weekly podcast published on Fridays to recap the past week and the upcoming weekend of sports within the five high schools around the Woodbury and Cottage Grove communities. It will recap games, but also provide some depth on particular games that were covered that week. The podcast will have interviews from players and coaches from around the community as well as describe some of the feature stories that will be coming out that particular week.
Thursday East Ridge 3, Woodbury 2 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.
Tuesday Park 6, Woodbury 0 Park head coach Steve Morse wanted to see the Wolfpack fight hard from the opening puck drop. The first period was hard fought, but it ended in a 0-0 tie. Then, the Wolfpack offense exploded in the second period with five goals and added one more goal in the third period to end the game with a 6-0 win over local rivalry 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."
Tuesday East Ridge 46, Mounds View 40 East Ridge started its conference season as Mounds View traveled to the Perch on Tuesday night and the Raptors came out with a big 46-40 victory. The Raptors led after the first half with a 24-20 lead and held onto that lead in the second half. East Ridge received some help from Ella Stegeman and Kate Burns who each scored in double digits. Stegeman led the team with 15 points, while Burns scored 12 points.
Tuesday New Life Academy 65, Heritage Christian Academy 40 New Life Academy controlled the majority of the game on Tuesday night as the Eagles defeated Heritage Christian Academy with a 65-40 final score. The Eagles had two players score in double digits. Konner Ware led the team with 20 points, while Michael Reader finished the night with 13 points. This win improves New Life's record to 2-1 on the early season and the Eagles will host another home game on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. as they take on St. Paul Humboldt.
The Raptors hosted a triangular on Thursday night as Minnetonka and Stillwater traveled to the Perch for a strong competition. East Ridge started off the night against Minnetonka, and the Raptors took over the match and won giving them momentum heading into a tough battle with Stillwater. The Ponies started off strong and ended strong against the Raptors as East Ridge fell to end the night.
It was an in-town rivalry on Thursday night as East Ridge hosted Woodbury in the season-opener for girls gymnastics. It was a big night for three girls on East Ridge and two other girls on Woodbury. The Raptors came out with the team win over the Royals, 140.2-118.725. Cassie Kahrer for East Ridge was the all-around winner as she finished with wins in three of the four events and total score of 35.6. Kahrer finished first in the vault (9.525), parallel uneven bars (9.175) and floor exercise (9.55), while also earning fifth in the balance beam (7.35).
East Ridge came back from losing to Park on Thursday night to grab a 6-1 win over Roseville on Saturday. The Raptors scored three goals in the first period as Tanner Stafne, Marco Troje and Carter Seidl each scored a goal. East Ridge led 3-0, but Roseville scored a goal in the second period to make it 3-1. East Ridge came back to score a goal of its own as Nick Basten found the back of the net. Then, Stafne and McVey each scored a goal in the third period to make it a 6-1 game.
Park kept the game close, but couldn't come out with the victory as Mounds View won 49-44 on Friday night. The Wolfpack had two players reach double-digits in points. Saren Croker led the team with 11 points, while Addy Walton was right behind her with 10 points. Park starts the season with a 0-5 record and will look for its first win on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. as the Wolfpack hosts Cretin-Derham Hall. White Bear Lake 56, East Ridge 43