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East Ridge and Woodbury high schools shine in national spotlight

Students from East Ridge and Woodbury high schools took part in Minnesota’s Super Bowl LII festivities on Saturday, Feb. 3. Band members, cheerleaders and football players from each school played a key role at Celebrity Sweat’s 18th Annual Celebrity Flag Football Game at HealthEast Sports Center.

Two dozen former NFL stars and celebrity athletes, including team captains Doug Flutie and Michael Vick, went head to head in the nationally televised event, which benefitted local military organizations. 

A combined band featuring musicians from East Ridge and Woodbury high schools performed a half-hour pregame show, in addition to the national anthem before the game.

“It is an honor to be able to play the national anthem at any major event, but this was extra special because so many of our military members and veterans were in the building,” Brent Comeau, Band Director at East Ridge High School. 

Tark Katzenmeyer, Band Director at Woodbury High School continued, “Our students saw this as a once in a lifetime opportunity and were excited to take part. We didn’t require kids to come and we still had more than 150 students volunteer their time.”

Mascots from the two schools also took part in pregame festivities. With East Ridge’s Rowdy the Raptor winning the three-legged race and Woodbury’s Roar the Lion winning the mascot dance-off.

Cheerleaders from East Ridge and Woodbury high school also cheered on the teams from the sidelines and performed during a special half-time show, which included performances from each team, along with a combined performance.

Several football players from each high school also volunteered at the event, filling balloons and setting up the facilities.

The game aired on ESPN3. There will be a 30-minute show with highlights from the event on KARE 11 on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m.