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Cal U grad Boltnar voted league MVP

| Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003

Tomas Boltnar has done it again.

For the second straight year, Boltnar, a midfielder for the Des Moines Menace, has been named the Most Valuable Player of the Premier Development League.

"It's quite an honor to receive this award again," said Boltnar, a 2001 California University graduate who holds all the school's scoring records with 62 career goals, 56 assists and 180 points. "It really means something to be recognized by coaches and GMs throughout the league, these are people that really have an understanding of the game."

"I appreciate the recognition, but I would trade all of these individual awards for a PDL championship," he added. "The frustrating end to this season is still with me and I use it as motivation to get better."

Boltnar followed up a league-high 59 points (24 goals and 11 assists) in 2002 with 38 points on 14 goals and 10 assists for the Menace, who went 12-5-1 and lost 1-0 at the Mid Michigan Bucks in the playoffs.

In his first season at Des Moines, Boltnar was cited as the Rookie of the Year after leading the Menace to a 15-0-3 regular season record.

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