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All Sports just misses hockey tourney sweep

By STEVE LEE, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published January 22, 2002

NEW PORT RICHEY -- All Sports Arena, the host for a weekend roller hockey tournament, came within two goals of winning all three divisions in which it entered teams.

The ASA Hyper Heat won the 10-and-under division, and the ASA All-Stars won the 14-and-under title. ASA's 12-and-under All-Stars came within two goals of a championship.

The 12-and-under team (2-2) lost 4-2 to the Roller Den Thunder in its divisional final of the Youth Sports News Recreational Tournament, played at the New Port Richey rink.

"Even though it was a recreational tournament, the competition was pretty intense," ASA owner Jim Grassini said. "Some of the players weren't far below competitive players."

In addition to the team titles, four ASA players won individual awards.

Brian Sakovits (1.60 goals-against average) earned top goalie honors in the 10-and-under division, and ASA took all three awards in the 14-and-under category: Rutger Himmelreich, top gun (5 goals, 4 assists, 9 points); Joey Peters, top dishman (five assists) and Willie Gay, top goalie (1.00 GAA).

The Hyper Heat (5-0) got goals from Logan Sowder and Kyle Burnham to beat the Thunder 2-1 for the 10-and-under crown. It marked the third time the teams have met in a tournament final during the past year.

"We always have a tough time against those guys. It's always close," Heat coach Bill Doucette said.

The Thunder beat the Heat in October in Pinellas Park, and the Heat beat the Thunder in a tournament at ASA in February.

Burnham led the Heat in scoring with seven goals and 10 points. Sowder chipped in with five goals. Tyler Szabo had four and Marc Doucette two.

The ASA All-Stars (4-0) defeated the Palm Harbor Jackals 4-0 in the 14-and-under final. Himmelreich scored twice with Miles Wilinski and Anthony Tichio adding a goal to back Gay's goaltending.

Backup goalie Anthony McDaniel also had a shutout during the tournament, blanking the Pinellas Panthers 8-0.

Gay earned the win in the tournament opener, 3-2 over Tampa Skateworld.

The closest game in that division was ASA's 3-2 semifinal win. Blair Richardson won a faceoff to Himmelreich, whose slap shot with 10 seconds left was the winning goal.

"They never gave up," ASA coach Tony Woznick said of his squad, which was put together earlier this month.

"This is a team that could go pretty far once (the players) get in a few practices."

The ASA All-Stars also won the adult division title with a 7-2 victory over Skateworld.

ASA instructor Tony Szabo led the host team with five goals and six assists.

Without a goalie, the team relied on Andrew Gioe, a New Port Richey goalie from the 16-and-under competitive division.

BASKETBALL SIGNUPS: The Wesley Chapel Athletic Association is organizing a youth basketball league. Registration for boys and girls, ages 8-12, is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Meadow Pointe Clubhouse off County Line Road. The cost is $65 per player.

Tryouts will be held at Sand Pine Elementary School from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb.10 Games begin March 2.

For more information, call (813) 994-6633.

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