Half-dozen champions highlight IHAAZ Havasu F2 Festival
A two-hour rain delay on Saturday didn’t dampen the spirits of the players competing in the IHAAZ Havasu F2 Festival Jan. 6-8 in Havasu.
Six champions were crowned at the end of the thrilling weekend.
Prescott won the 8U title with a shutout win over the Knighthawks. The Knighthawks won the 10U bracket (pictured), knocking off the Jr. Wildcats 7-3, and the Yuma Blaze won the 12U championship.
In the 14U A division, the AZ Royals won it all, topping the Knighthawks 8-0, while the Yuma Blaze won the 14U B division, defeating the Jr. Wildcats 9-6.
The AZ Royals Blue squad won the highly-contested Midget division title with a 1-0 win over Yuma.
The Prescott Storm’s Rylee Hobson was the MVP of the 8U tourney after tallying six goals and two assists and Aidan Mullarkey of the Jr. Wildcats was named the top goalie. He tallied 50 saves.
The Knighthawks’ Landon Jans was tabbed the top offensive player, scoring seven goals and dishing out three assists. Brody Amon of the Yuma Blaze was named the top defensive player.
Havasu goalie Dylan Foster turned in an impressive performance as well, making 29 saves.
In the 10U division, Brandon Gorzynski of the Knighthawks earned MVP honors, racking up 10 goals and five assists. Teammate Reece Curry was named the top goalie, making 10 saves.
Reed Rooke of the Dust Devils was the top offensive player, scoring eight goals and an assist, and Cole Gebhart of the Blaze was named the best defensive player. Rachel Crabb of Havasu had a great showing, scoring two goals and three assists.
Trevor DiCori of the Blaze was the MVP of the 12U division, tallying four goals and four assists. Tatum Proud of the LadyHawks captured top goalie honors (92 saves) and Gebhart of the Blaze was the top offensive player (six goals, one assist).
The Knighthawks’ Zac Proud was the top defensive player of his division and Carter Robinson of the Storm came through with a goal and an assist to earn featured player honors in the tournament.
Oren Strohm of the Royals earned MVP honors of the 14U A division as he came through with three goals and six assists and teammate Dylan Sharkey was the top goalie. He racked up 29 saves.
Royals standout Brad Carpenter was named the top defensive player and Ethan Centa was named the top offensive player. He finished the weekend with two goals and an assist.
Tatum Proud of the Knighthawks was phenomenal in goal, racking up 57 saves as she ended up as part of two championship teams over the weekend.
The Blaze’s Jackson Gebhart came home with MVP honors in the 14U B division as he made 44 saves.
Jeremy Fleming from the Prescott Storm was the top goalie, coming up with 49 saves, and Kelton Chadwick of the Jr. Wildcats was named the top offensive player. He scored nine goals and dished out four assists.
Brandon Spitz of the Dust Devils was the division’s best defensive player and Lucas Mertes of the Jr. Wildcats earned the distinction of featured player after racking up 29 saves.
Two Royals Blues players took home honors in the Midget division, with Joshua Thies being named MVP and Garrett Ruby earning top goalie honors.
Thies scored five goals and tallied two assists to lead the offensive attack for the AZ Royals Blue and Ruby finished with 38 saves in goal.
Prescott’s Griffin Sherwood was the top offensive player and Miguel Cazares from Yuma was the top defensive player. Sherwood finished his weekend with a goal and two assists.
AZ Royals White standout Cody Case shined over the weekend, punching in three goals and dishing out an assist.
— Brian Lester