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PJ's Perspective: Bomgren brothers beat Dahlhauser, East Ridge freshman football team unbeaten for fourth year in a row

Woodbury High School graduates and brothers Brian and Tim Bomgren, who are professional beach volleyball players, beat Olympic gold medalist Phil Dahlhauser and his partner, Sean Rosenthal, in the most recent AVP Beach Tourney in Santa Barbara, Calif. Brian, a 2001 WHS grad, and Tim, a 2006 grad, also won the prestigious Mother Lode Annual Volleyball Classic in Aspen, Co. in August. The brothers, who are the sons of New Life Academy head volleyball coach Wally Bomgren, competed in the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) last event of the year this past weekend in Huntington Beach, Calif. After that, they will come back to Minnesota to train at the Hidden Beach indoor and sand volleyball facility in St. Louis Park.

High school basketball players who also play football for successful programs may be forced to miss a few games this season due to the high school basketball season beginning earlier this winter. The state football tournament begins Nov. 7 and ends Nov. 30. Most high school basketball teams start playing games the week of Nov. 18.

Maggie Pendleton of Woodbury has been voted captain of the Providence College women's hockey team for the 2013-14 Season. Pendleton, a 2010 graduate of Hill-Murray, opened the season with a goal and two assists in the opening series split at Union College in Schenectady, NY. Pendleton is a senior at Providence with an English major and business minor. Pendleton, who grew up playing in the Woodbury girls program, currently leads Hockey East defensemen in scoring after finishing fourth in defender scoring in Hockey East last year.

Park girls soccer coach Sarah Neitz was named the 2013 Class AA Assistant Coach of the Year.

The East Ridge freshmen football team went undefeated this season for the fourth straight year.

New Life Academy girls soccer coach Kenny Purdue was recently voted the Section 4A Assistant Coach of the Year by his fellow section coaches.

Woodbury resident Jack Fossand from St. Agnes has committed to play baseball at Dartmouth College. Fossand, a 6-foot, 3-inch right-handed pitcher and ace of the St. Agnes pitching staff, has pitched 21 consecutive scoreless innings in state tournament play and has thrown three state tournament shut outs. Both are Minnesota State High School League state records. He was named all-state, all-conference and was named to the all-metro teams of the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune.

Cottage Grove’s David Slack just returned from Las Vegas where his 60-and-over softball team won the national championship. This was the 15th national championship team Slack has been a member of. Slack, who has lived in Cottage Grove his whole life, was also inducted into the USSSA Minnesota State Softball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Woodbury girls tennis head coach Michael Moran was selected as the Section 4AA Coach of the Year by his coaching colleagues and has been nominated for Coach of the Year for the state of Minnesota.

”This is great news and I am thrilled,” said Moran, who is in his first year coaching the Royals girls. ”This news speaks volumes to what our program is all about and speaks volumes to what the Woodbury tennis community is all about.”

Woodbury graduate Shannon Carlson netted her eighth goal of the season and ran her point streak to eight games as the St. Scholastica women’s soccer team cruised to a 9-1 victory over the University of Northwestern on Friday at Reynolds Field in Duluth. The nine goals scored against the Eagles are the most in the series since the very first meeting when the Saints won 13-0 during the 1995 season.

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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