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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Tuesday night New Life Academy 2, Heritage Christian 0 The Eagles earned their first victory of the season on Tuesday night as Dylan Strenger scored two goals. New Life's goalie Cooper Amon finished the game with the shutout. New Life will host Nova Classical at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20. Roseville 2, Park 1 It was a back-and-forth game, but the Wolfpack fell to Roseville on Tuesday night with a 2-1 final score. Matthew Abebrese earned the only goal for Park as Hayden Boich recorded the assist.
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.
Woodbury 24, Mounds View 7
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.
The strategy for the Woodbury girls volleyball team on Monday night was pretty simple. The Royals wanted to stop top hitter Maizy Jackson from Benilde-St. Margaret's and that plan was working in the first couple sets. Woodbury was double blocking Jackson and not allowing her to find an open spot to hit the ball, which resulted in frustrations from her and allowing the Royals to take advantage of it. The first two sets went to Woodbury and the Royals went into the third set with confidence and momentum. Unfortunately for the Royals, so did Jackson.
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.
Saturday afternoon/night New Life Academy 3, Concordia Academy-Roseville 2 It was a back-and-forth day for New Life, but the Eagles were able to come out with the close 3-2 victory. The win brings New Life's record up to 4-3-1 on the season. The Eagles will travel to Heritage Christian at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, September 17. The game on Monday will be one of three games in this busy week for New Life. East Ridge 2, Eagan 2
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
Friday night Maranatha/West Lutheran 11, New Life Academy 0 Maranatha/West Lutheran got into rhythm early and carried it throughout the entire game with six goals in the first half and five goals in the second half. New Life will host St. Agnes at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 15. Thursday night Woodbury 2, Mounds View 0 The Royals were consistent with one goal in the first half and another goal in the second half. The win against Mounds View bumped up their record to 2-2-2.
East Ridge 43, White Bear Lake 28 Last week, the East Ridge Football team used its passing attack on the Stillwater Ponies. It resulted in a dominating performance as the Raptors won 45-24. This week, East Ridge started off with the passing attack, but White Bear Lake forced the Raptors to go to the rushing attack. Little did White Bear Lake know, but East Ridge can run and the Raptors showed it with the help of Zach Zebrowski, Kendall Moore and Emmanuel Okeleye.