IHAAZ parity shines brightly at recent Peoria festival
There was a little concern on the part of the IHAAZ board about hosting the opening season IHAAZ festival barely one week prior to Christmas.
However, the families converged on the Peoria Sportsplex with a feeling of celebration with their children that was truly a holiday in itself.
Four out of the six programs represented at the tournament ended up with division titles, which highlighted the parity that the inline programs displayed throughout the festival.
Prescott won the 8U title and the Jr. Wildcats won the 10U division.
Yuma claimed the 12U crown by winning all four of its games and the AZ Royals prevailed in the 14U division, defeating the Knighthawks 7-1. The AZ Royals Blue won the Midget title.
In the 8U division, the top goalie was Dylan Foster of the Knighthawks, who made 21 saves. Zach Turner of Prescott (seven saves) and Aidan Mullarkey of the Jr. Wildcats (24 saves) also played well in the tourney.
Nate Magby of the Knighthawks was named the top offensive player. He scored seven goals and dished out seven assists. Nicholas Lopez of Yuma was tabbed the top defender. He finished with seven goals as well. Kelzi Olson of Prescott earned MVP honors. She tallied one assist.
Rylee Hobson of the Prescott Storm finished second in the 8U division in points, tallying six goals and two assists.
Yuma’s Jonathan Pool was named the top goalie in the 10U division. He racked up 13 saves.
Eli Shulman of the Jr. Wildcats was the MVP after a stellar performance in which he scored 13 goals and dished out two assists.
The Knighthawks’ Brandon Gorzynski was named outstanding offensive player after tallying nine goals and five assists. Matt Boelts of Yuma earned outstanding defender honors. He racked up seven goals and five assists
Cole Gebhart of Yuma finished tied for second in most points. He scored nine goals and dished out five assists for the Blaze.
In the 12U division, Justin VanDeberg of Yuma was named the MVP. VanDeberg came through with six goals and three assists in the tourney.
Dominik Barber of the Jr. Wildcats was the top offensive player thanks to his six-goal performance at the festival and Landon Olson of the Knighthawks was named the top defender. Olson finished the weekend with three goals and an assist.
Emilio Wilson of Yuma tied for the most points in the tourney as he tallied four goals and five assists.
Matthew Gross of the AZ Royals was named the MVP of the 14U division and Kelton Chadwick of the Jr. Wildcats was tabbed the top offensive player of the tournament.
Gross scored five goals and dished out three assists. Chadwick racked up five goals and two assists in the festival. Oren Shtrom finished the weekend with the most points. He scored five goals and dished out four assists.
Tatum Proud of the Knighthawks, who tallied 53 saves, was named the top defender and one of the division’s top goalies. Dylan Sharkey of the AZ Royals and Jeremy Fleming of Prescott also earned outstanding goalie honors. Sharkey made 29 saves while Fleming racked up 27.
The MVP of the Midget division was Carter Newlin of the AZ Royals Blue. Newlin finished the tourney with four goals and an assist.
Griffin Sherwood of Prescott was named the best offensive player of the tourney, racking up four goals and an assist. Logan Estes of Yuma was the top defensive player. Estes came through with four goals and an assist. Nathan TePaz of the AZ Royals White racked up 47 saves and earned outstanding goalie honors.
Keegan Lamb of the Prescott Storm finished with the most points in the Midget division. Lamb scored twice and tallied five assists for the Storm.
— Brian Lester