Thu, Mar 08 2012 01:52 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The high school roller hockey season isn’t quite over yet despite champions having been recently crowned in both the Kiwanis/Don Cerone Memorial Cup and California State Cup championship tournaments.
The CIF-Metro Conference senior all-star game will close out the 2011-12 season Friday (March 9) at Skate San Diego in National City.
A coaches game will face off the festivities at 3:55 p.m, followed by a skills competition for players will start at 4:55 p.m. The senior all-star game is scheduled to start at 6:05 p.m.
The skills competition will include awards for fastest skater, sniper and top goaltenders.
The all-star game will feature seniors from the conference’s four leagues.
The Mesa League all-star team includes Hilltop defenseman Jeremiah Schultz and Lancer forward Alfonso Arreguin; Otay Ranch forwards Jason Albano and Jon Managbanag; Eastlake goaltender Darius Newhall and Titan defenseman Brett Garrett; and Bonita Vista goaltender Nicole Tran and defender Cindy Flores.
The Mesa League team is coached by Hilltop’s Darin Ries.
The South Bay League all-star team includes Southwest goaltender Sean Garcia, defenseman Martin Whitfield and forward Steven Regaliza; Mar Vista forward Hunter Calef; Chula Vista forward Trey Rogers; Castle Park defenseman Joshua Avina and Sweetwater defender Jessica Flores.
The South Bay League team is coached by Southwest’s Jerry Nestlerode.
The Central League all-star team includes West Hills’ goaltender Garrett Schilling, defensemen Dominic Keiser and Jared Wiese and forward Cory Dermody; Cathedral Catholic forward Josh Feist and defenseman Griffin King; La Jolla Country Day defenseman Cameron Sowka; and St. Augustine forward Johnny Heid.
The Central League team is coached by St. Augustine’s Christian DaLuz.
The North County League all-star team includes Poway goaltender Chris Sylva and defender/forward Mac Pitts; Westview forward Rishad Dalal; defenseman Hunter Weinstein and defender/forward Dylan Dixon; Scripps Ranch defenseman Brandon Lopez and forward Jon Gauthier; Rancho Bernardo forwards Jake Troyer and Alex Kaiser; and Del Norte forward Kenny Winter.
The North County League team is coached by Scripps Ranch’s Mark Lopez.
Top-seeded Poway defeated third-seeded Westview, 6-5, Feb. 29 to claim its first-ever inline championship in both club and CIF competition. The Titans (22-1) never trailed, though the game was tied four times.
Poway’s 22-win total matches the 22 wins turned in by the 2003-04 Scripps Ranch Falcons, who remain the only team in CIF-Metro play to record a perfect season (22-0).
Seniors Reed Kinsey and Mac Pitts each registered hat tricks to lead the Titans. Pitts led all scorers with five points while Kinsey tallied four points in the game.
Pitts’ game-winning goal, which came on a power play, snapped a 5-5 tie with 1:27 to play in the game. Freshman Eric Wright received credit for the assist.
Kinsey earned honors as the 2011-12 CIF-Metro Player of the Year; Wright tied for the North County League scoring title (with Scripps Ranch’s Jon Gauthier).
Otay Ranch was the lone CIF-Metro team to participate in last weekend’s California State Cup tournament in Irvine. The Mustangs, which featured a guest line-up of fellow Mesa League players from Hilltop and Eastlake, represented themselves well with one victory, a tie and two narrow setbacks in rolling to a somewhat deceiving 1-4-1 finish against competition from the International Hockey Federation.
Otay Ranch skated to a 2-2 tie against Marina, the eventual runner-up team in the Varsity Division.
Otay Ranch faced off the tournament (March 3-4) with a 5-0 loss to the Irvine Combo squad and finished up play with a 3-0 loss to Edison for the JV-A championship.
The Mustangs finished fourth among the five teams entered in the Varsity/JV-A bracket but edged fourth-seeded Villa Park, 3-1, in the semifinals before going on to meet third-seeded Edison in the JV-A title match-up.
Otay Ranch had previously lost, 4-3, to Villa Park in round robin play and had dropped a 6-2 decision to Edison, also in preliminary play.
Edison scored two late goals in the teams' JV-A title match-up to expand on a tenuous 1-0 edge.
In the Varsity Division championship game, the second-seeded Irvine Combo defeated top-seeded Marina 4-2.
Competition was fairly even in the division.
Irvine Combo dropped a 3-2 decision to Marina while edging Villa Park (4-3) and Edison (5-3) in round robin play.
Marina tied both Otay Ranch and Edison (3-3).
In other divisions, the third-seeded Corona Monarchs defeated top-seeded Trabuco Hills, 4-1, to win the JV-B title while top-seeded Trabuco Hills defeated third-seeded Fountain Valley, 4-2, to capture the JV-C championship.
A total of 16 teams participated in this year’s State Cup, including 12 teams from the scholastic league host IHF.
The IHF proved its supremacy on the playing court by winning all four championship games and placing seven of eight teams in the division finals.
Teams also competed from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. None of the three teams the Central Coast High School Hockey League managed to win a game.
The Otay Ranch team’s roster included freshman Devyn Taras, sophomores Cole Beatie and Caros Barrios and juniors Giovanni Meza, Matthew Mendez and Joey Parisi from Otay Ranch; junior George Godinez and senior Jeremiah Schultz from Hilltop; and Eastlake goaltender Darius Newhall.
“I combined Hilltop, Eastlake and Otay together just to show that the South County does have talent,” ORHS coach Adrian Rodriguez said. “We were very excited to be in this tournament together. This is the first time that any school from the South County has been to a tournament like this. But seeing the level of talent and playing with that high level, it will give us exposure to that high level.”
Rodriguez said it took a first game for his team to set its bearings.
"Irvine Combo was a good team, but we are a good team too, yet we were getting to know each other," the ORHS coach said. "The second game was a lot better, we tied Marina, which went on and beat Irvine Combo and play them for the championship game. The last two games were tough. Villa Park and Edison are good teams. Our last game against Edison, they scored two empty netters.
"Yet, during the playoffs we got back at Villa Park by beating them 3-1, and when we played Edison, we lost 3-0. It was a great experience, the first time the Mesa League got together and played in a tournament. Even though we are rivals, it was fun seeing them play all together as a team. I stressed a lot about we are one unit now not individual schools, and the players understood that. If we would have had a little bit more practice, we would have done much better. We hope to do more tournaments together."
Irvine general manager Eddie Limbaga said he was very pleased to see the increase in the number of participating teams this year.
“We are at a minimum of 16 teams, which is a jump from the past years,” he said. “It is harder to build school teams, so these numbers are not huge like the other tournaments that buzz around. But I think with its consistency and bragging rights we will be able to see more and more teams compete in the future. I see roller hockey getting a big boost within the next five years as a lot of younger players will be in their high school years by then. The future is definitely looking bright.”
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