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Pinnacle three-peats as AHSHA Division 1 state champs Continued from Page 6 the makings of a championship team. “As the season progressed, we really showed our resilience as we had several players out on injury. Because the group came together, rather than give up, the team persisted and kept on succeeding. That is just the character of this group as we still had several players out in the finals and we still prevailed. I attribute that to the team understanding that we are more than just one player and that we all have to work together to succeed.” The JV final saw Pinnacle win its second championship of the weekend, knocking off Desert Vista 4-2. Patrick Marsiglia was the game MVP with his hat trick for the Pioneers. Carter Diaz also scored and Kade Burchowycz posted 21 saves in net. “We end our summer sessions with a grueling twoday tryout session in Flagstaff each year,” said Pinnacle coach Mark Murawski. “At the end, I knew who would be on the team and felt we had our work cut out for us. We had two juniors, four sophomores, and the rest freshmen. Then after four games, we outscored our opponents 21-6. Players like Patrick Marsiglia, Vince Atwell and Luke Brodsky started clicking and playing better than we had seen in tryouts. Alyssa Ihling, Aly Norling and Emily Marcolini weren’t afraid to battle the bigger boys on the other teams and our goaltenders, Kade Burchowycz and Andre Hammonds, were keeping us in games and giving the team confidence. “But that wasn’t when I got the feeling we’d win the

state title. We got overconfident and suffered a 3-2 loss

AHSHA JV state champion Pinnacle

to Brophy. That’s when I knew this team was special

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because they didn’t like that at all. It had nothing to do with us coaches. They joined together and decided to win and win together.” Ryan Ensley and Ajay Mahant scored for Desert Vista, and Dane Clark finished with 17 saves in goal. “What do I like most about this team? I can sum that up with what happened in the locker room before the third period in the championship game,” said Murawski. “After I spoke about how to work in the final period, Patrick (Marsiglia) got the group together and said, ‘Family, on three! 1, 2, 3, family!’ They shouted, but not the typical Pinnacle shout. This group came together after the Brophy loss and held the rope for each other, striving to make their teammates better. Guys like Preston Frost, who started playing only a year before, was contributing. Cale Aronoff, Kyle Thompson, Tyler Murawski and Jax Almodovar toughened up on defense. Guys like Jacob Parrott, Carter Diaz and Aaron Payne were unexpectedly putting pucks in the net. All led by our captain Dillon Scheur. The sense of doing this together, building friendships, and having fun were the staple of our success this year.” - Photos/Kenneth McGinley

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