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Yuma F3 Festival Results

Yuma F3 Champions

Team and Individual Wiinners

8u Division

8u Champions

Prescott Storm

MVP

Jayden Perea • Prescott Storm

TOP GOALIE

Dylan Foster • Knighthawks

TOP OFFENSE

Brody Amon • Yuma Blaze

TOP PLAYERMAKER

Nate Magby • Knighthawks

10u Division

10u Champions

Knighthawks

MVP

Brandon Gorzynksi • Knighthawks

TOP GOALIE

Jonathan Pool • Yuma Blaze

TOP OFFENSE

Hunter Hinds • Prescott Storm

TOP PLAYMAKER

Matthew Boelts • Yuma Blaze

12u Division

12u Champions

Knighthawks

MVP

Zack Magby • Knighthawks

TOP GOALIE

CJ Foster • Knighthawks

TOP OFFENSE

Zak Proud • Knighthawks

TOP PLAYMAKER

Cole Gebhart • Yuma Blaze

Midget Division

Midget Champions

Yuma Blaze

MVP

Keagan Lamb • Prescott Storm

TOP GOALIE

Garrett Ruby • AZ Royals Blue

TOP OFFENSE

Joshua Thies • AZ Royals Blue

TOP PLAYMAKER

Dennis Norris • Yuma Blaze

Featured Players

From Yuma F3

8u Division

Tanis Pataky
Junior Wildcats

G0ALS3

ASSISTS – 0

After the Jr. Wildcats won the 8uA state title last season, they had to replace a number of significant players.  Our featured player was part of that amazing run last season & is now the leader of this years' 8u squad.  Her team leading 9 points demonstrates the talent that this young lady brings to the arena every tournament. 

10u Division

Matt Baltins
Havasu Dust Devils

G0ALS3

ASSISTS – 0

Our featured player was bound & determined to bring victory to his Havasu brothers & sisters in Yuma.  And deliver he most certainly did as he slammed 3 biscuits into the Storms' oven & his team held on for a thrilling 3 – 2 victory.  His performance exemplifies the outstanding talent in Havasu hockey. 

12u Division

Dominik Barber
Junior Wildcats

G0ALS7

ASSISTS – 1

Already one of the most lethal & decorated youth players in recent IHAAZ history, his division leading 8 points at the Yuma Festival simply underscores the magnitude of  this young man's potential.  HIs defensive skills were rewarded in 2016 with an all– state defensive player selection.

Midget Division

Nathan TePas
AZ Royals White

SHOTS – 53

SAVES – 46

Considered, perhaps, the hardest working goalie in the IHAAZ, this warrior has never backed down from a challenge.  Last season he led his 14u AZ Royals to an epic state title victory.  Earlier, at the Peoria festival, he goalied both his AZ Royals 14u AND the AZ Royals midget team to festival titles.

Action in Yuma

Aside from yet another fantastic IHAAZ festival in Yuma, a great technology has been discovered that can end droughts, bring water to parched areas and provide sustenance to fields, trees and gardens.  Schedule an IHAAZ inline hockey festival in your town and the water will fall.

But let's not get caught up in acts of God.  25 teams converged on Kennedy Park in Yuma and left an indelible mark of hockey excellence that gave families a chance to celebrate with their children.  And as we have anticipated every year since 2000, we were all treated to a level of hospitality and genuine friendliness by the Yuma faithful that has elevated every year since.  Tri-tip and chicken dinners, volleyball sand courts, endless open fields of grass for playing, lounging and enjoyment and an outstanding hockey venue with exciting games and dramatic finishes.   

So let's review how these outstanding hockey athletes and their teams performed over the weekend.   

8u Division

So the 8u division is the last remaining division, this season, in which the festival champs have not relinquished their grasp on the gold medal.  Once again, for the 3rd festival in a row, the Prescott Storm took down the Knighthawks, with a 7–3 victory in what turned out to be the championship game.  Both teams had minimal problems getting to 3 wins & no losses before meeting each other in the last game of the division.  However, the Storm did reveal a slight chink in their armor as the Knighthawks put in the first goal of their game & very briefly had the Storm on the ropes.  But again, it was the swarming, suffocating defense of the Storm & their unselfish playmakers that simply overwhelmed the Knighthawks as the game got longer.  Yuma Blaze is slowly but surely making a move, as their defense tightened up and their white hot scoring threat, Brody Amon, was an absolute beast.  We will see teams elevating their games more & more as we go down the back straight of the festival season.

10u Division

This division is really tightening up & getting exciting.  For the 2nd festival in a row, the Knighthawks came out on top with a close 5–3 win over the Yuma Blaze in what turned out to be the championship game.  The Knighthawks, however, were taken to the very limit, in round-robin play, as the Jr. Wildcats simply would not give up.  It wasn't until the Knighthawks' Faith Debabneh & festival MVP Brandon Gorzynski teamed up to put in the go-ahead goal for a 5-4 win.  For Yuma, it was forward Cole Gebhart and goalie Jonathan Pool, who really pushed their Blaze teammates to move their game up a notch as their improvement from their previous 2 festivals was significant.  Expect this division to be extremely competitive by state finals as this division could be a toss-up. 

12u Division

It seemed that after the Havasu festival, the Yuma Blaze had a rather secure grasp on the division.  But that changed at the Yuma festival.  The Knighthawks truly revealed their gamesmanship as they took on the Yuma Blaze in the last game of the division with both teams sporting undefeated records from round-robin play.  It was the Knighthawks who scored first with goals from festival MVP Zak Magby.  After that, the Yuma Blaze ran into an extremely stingy Knighthawks defense that clogged passing lanes and backchecked Yuma's outstanding scoring threat, Justin VanDeberg very effectively.  Knighthawks goalie, CJ Foster, was simply stellar all festival long, logging 2 shutouts in round-robin play, and virtually shutting down Yuma's offensive attack while taking a very well deserved 3–1 victory in an outstanding game from both teams.  But make no mistake, this division is going to shake out even more in the next 2 festivals.   

Midget Division

Wow – what more can be said about this white hot division?  The big question will be, who will be white hot when it counts most at state finals?  Virtually every team made a statement.  For the 2nd festival in a row, the Prescott Storm lost only 1 game in round-robin play and still found themselves out of the medal ceremony.  Prescott continually found ways to avoid losses but still, could not find the game winning goal as they had to 'kiss their sisters' with two 1–1 ties.  This opened the door just enough for the AZ Royals Blue to stick their foot into the championship game with the Yuma Blaze.  Royals Blues' Jake Dempsey continually found a response when they needed a score.  It was his assist against the Storm & his hat trick against the AZ Royals White that kept their hopes alive.  But it was the Yuma Blaze that showed everyone the mojo that propelled them to a historic state championship win last season as goalie Rhett Teeter was outstanding & their bench answered with 5 different players contributing to goals & assists as they pinned a 3–2 loss on the AZ Royals Blue.  Yep, get your seat reserved at state finals for this division as it will be worth every penny.  

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