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COURTESY OF TINA WEST - Members of the Bowmen lacrosse team pose with Emma Aanderud, a Sherwood High School student who recently completed treatment for On May 7, Sherwood High School’s Boys Lacrosse played their final regular season game against Liberty High School with first place in the Northwest League on the line. It is a tradition in Sherwood that the last home game is Senior Night, where graduating classmen are recognized, but for Bowmen Lacrosse it is also the evening for recognizing the team’s philanthropic efforts. Each year the Boys’ Lacrosse program dedicates their season to a worthy charity and the 2015 recipient is Emma Aanderud. Emma is a sophomore at Sherwood High School who has recently beaten leukemia.


During each home game over the season, the team has been conducting a 50-50 raffle and offering Bowmen Lacrosse tee-shirts for a $10 donation, with the net proceeds going to their important fund-raising effort.

At half time, Sherwood was trailing Liberty 5-1 when High School Principal Ken Bell took to the 50 yard line to present a symbolic check in the amount of $1,000 to Emma and her father Ben Aandeurd. It was a touching moment for everyone in attendance at Aaron J. Contreras Memorial Stadium and was clearly inspirational to the boys who rallied back from a four goal half-time deficit to win 8-7 and capture sole possession of first place in the Northwest League.

“I have been so very impressed by Emma’s strength in battling leukemia and how the entire Sherwood High School student body and staff have provided her with support and encouragement during this time,” said Bell.

COURTESY OF AIME DAVIS - Sherwood High School Principal Ken Bell presented Emma and Ben Aanderud with a  symbolic check as part of Sherwood lacrosse's annual philothropic efforts to raise funds for a good cause in the community. Emma recently finished treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.
Sherwood High School Principal Ken Bell presented Emma and Ben Aanderud with a  symbolic check as part of Sherwood lacrosse's annual philothropic efforts to raise funds for a good cause in the community. Emma recently finished treatment for acute myeloid leukemia.


Past Bowmen Lacrosse philanthropic recipients include: Wounded Warrior Foundation in 2014, Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2013 and the HEADstrong Foundation in 2012. Head Coach Rob Robinette states that, “Bowmen Lacrosse’s philanthropic efforts are just one of the many core values we instill to the players. ‘Team Above Self’ is the program’s motto.”

During the event, Bowmen Lacrosse recognized 12 seniors and their parents: CJ Alley, Corbett Black, Dylan Coleman, Tarin Denney, Jackson Grubbe, Hunter Ladd, Kyle Larkin, Tye McCarthy, Justin Meyer, Sean Scroggin, Derek Snyder, Griffin Wiencek,

Sherwood will host the Northwest League playoffs and the number one seed Bowmen have their sights on repeating for the fourth year in a row as league champions. For more information, visit bowmenlax.com.

COURTESY OF AIME DAVIS - Lacrosse seniors pose with their parents during the season's final game.

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