PJ's Perspective: MAGA gymnasts honor Trebesch, Michelle Young leading Bradley Braves, and more
At its most recent meet, the Woodbury Midwest Amateur Gymnastics Association (MAGA) gymnastics team honored Allison Trebesch, who died Sept. 17. Trebesch had competed for the Woodbury MAGA team and her mother Julie Dornseif is the team’s head coach.
“She was a gifted gymnast known for her dedication and strong work ethic, grace and beauty,” said Christy Walker, whose daughter was a friend and teammate of Trebesch’s. “She was a joy to watch perform and the gym was a second home to Ally. She inspired many young gymnasts by her hard work, courage and love of gymnastics. She competed and taught the MAGA Team and will always be remembered for her kind heart, beautiful smile and amazing talent.”
Over 100 gymnasts from 13 teams attended the Feb. 16 Sweetheart Invite in honor of Ally and showed their support for Julie and her family.
“Ally would have been proud of her mother Julie, coaches Betty Witte and Brittany McArdell and all the Woodbury MAGA gymnasts for their strong performance at this very special meet,” Walker said.
Woodbury’s Katelyn Petronack helped the St. Paul United girls hockey team finish in fourth place at the Class A state tournament. St. Paul United, the fifth seed in the Class A tourney, beat fourth-seeded Proctor/Hermantown 5-2 in the first round before losing to top-seeded East Grand Forks 3-2 in the semifinals. In the third-place game St. Paul United lost 5-2 to third-seeded Red Wing. The team finished the year 16-8-2 overall.
Park graduate Jaclyn Daggit, who played Div. 1 hockey at St. Cloud State, is a member of the Team USA women’s bandy team. Since bandy is not an Olympic sport, Daggit and Team USA were in Finland last week for the 2014 Women’s World Bandy Championships. Team USA went 0-3-2 at the tournament, which was won by Russia.
Cottage Grove native Dan Sova was one of four Michigan Tech hockey players to be named a Western Collegiate Hockey Association Scholar-Athlete. To earn recognition as a WCHA Scholar-Athlete, conference-member student-athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale for the previous two semesters or three quarters, or may qualify if his/her cumulative GPA is at least 3.50 for all terms at his or her present institution. Sova, who went to Hill-Murray High School, is a second-time Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. The senior defenseman is a 3.52 student in business management. He’s appeared in 11 games this season and 107 career contests with four goals and 20 assists.
Woodbury graduate Michelle Young is averaging a team-leading 14.2 points per game for the Bradley Braves women’s basketball team. Young, a junior guard, came on late in the year as a sophomore to emerge as one of the team’s top offensive threats. She started the final 19 games of the year in 2012-13. Bradley is 6-19 overall and 3-11 in the conference.
East Ridge graduate Justin Pahl is averaging 9.8 points per game for the St. Olaf men’s basketball team this season, which is third on the team.
Pahl, a sophomore guard, had 13 points as St. Olaf topped host Bethel University 62-40 on Saturday. St. Olaf is 20-5 overall and 17-3 in conference play — the most MIAC wins in program history. The program had one other 17-win season, in 1970-71 (17-1) as a member the Midwest Conference. The Oles, the league runner up and No. 2 seed in the upcoming MIAC playoffs, will host a semifinal game on Friday at 7:30 p.m. St. Olaf will meet the higher remaining seed that comes out of the event’s first round games.