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St. Mary’s freshman trio excited for future of program By Matt Mackinder


he foundation of a new hockey program, the building blocks if you will, start at the bottom and usually start with youth. The 2018-19 season was the inaugural foray for the Stockton-based St. Mary’s High School program, and the Rams did not disappoint in NAHL Prep League play and in the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (ADHSHL). A trio of freshman players – Anthony Alvarado, Hunter Hayes and Luca Petroni – were consistent skaters much of the season and provide hope that the Rams’ future is beyond bright. “We were very excited with what we saw out of those three this season,” said St. Mary’s coach Derek Eisler. “They earned every opportunity and I’m excited to see what they can do with a year under their belts next season as sophomores.” For Petroni, he said the season was a major success and added that the year was an eye-opener, both on and off the ice. “Overall, the season was great,” Petroni said. “I had to overcome some adjustments on academics. It was hard switching from public school to private school, but I adapted over time. During hockey, it was fun playing in the ADHSHL and NAHL Prep, although difficult being younger. We had a lot exposure individually with scouts, and that was huge for us. We came together great. We are from different areas. Many of us left our

families. I am billeted with a family in Stockton, so by the second week in, we were family. We saw quite easily who the leaders were. They’re all my brothers now. “Balancing hockey and school isn’t that bad with our daily practice schedule and games on the weekends. We had a couple of games during the week when it was hard to handle both homework and hockey.” Petroni is already looking forward to putting the Rams jersey back on in

the fall. “I would like to win more games, but more importantly, improve physically and academically,” said Petroni. Alvarado echoed the sentiments of Petroni. “Yeah, I think the season went pretty well,” Alvarado said. “We all grew as people and as hockey play-

ers and growing as people definitely transferred to the classroom by our grades improving over the year. I’ll be honest, it was definitely hard balancing both hockey and academics, but I really learned time management, which helped a lot. “Off the ice, we definitely became a group of brothers and that translated to team chemistry on the ice. My expectations for next season are definitely to finish higher in standings and to continue to get better every day.” Hayes said the season was “tough,” but that he was proud of the progress he made academically and in hockey. “During the season, I was able to balance my academics with hockey by staying determined to maintain good grades and a staying up late to finish homework and study,” Hayes said. “At the beginning of the season, only a few people knew each other but being around each other every day at practice and school helped us gel quickly as a team.” Like the other freshmen, Hayes is itching to get back into the season once next fall rolls around. “Next season, personally, I hope to score 20 goals,” said Hayes. “As a team, I hope we can win the ADHSHL championship and win more games in the NAHL Prep League. When we go back to Shattuck-St. Mary’s, I want to win at least one game, maybe more.”

Lady Ducks win Women’s Senior B national title in Irvine Continued from Page 7

Lady Ducks win two women’s medals Women’s Senior B: In Irvine, the Anaheim Lady Ducks bounced back from an opening loss to win four games in a row and capture the title with a 5-0 victory over Detroit Honeybaked. Camille Corbin scored two goals, Laura Veharanta and Anne Girtz added a goal and two assists apiece. Sara O’Toole also scored. After falling to Detroit Belle Tire 4-3, the Lady Ducks won the rest of their games by a cumulative 17-2 count. Women’s Senior C: In Anaheim, the LA Lions captured a silver medal, winning four games in a row before falling to the Minnesota Blue J Bandits 5-2 in the final. Talla Faubert and Tori Pizzuto led the Lions with eight points apiece. The Lady Ducks, who lost to the Lions in the semifinals 3-0, won a bronze medal.

Chaney led the Jr. Sharks with three points. 14U: Also in Pittsburgh, playing in a division with champion Little Caesars, the Jr. Ducks went 1-2 in pool play, defeating the Sioux Falls Power 9-2. Benjamin Ivey had three goals in the tournament, while Russell Bustamante, Jason Stefanek and Jungwook Hong each had three points.

Tier I Girls 19U: In Irvine, the Jr. Sharks went 1-2 in pool

in pool play before losing their next two preliminary games. Callie Wollschlager and Sevilla Banda Hawthorne scored goals for the Lady Ducks. 14U: Also in Irvine, the Lady Ducks allowed eight goals in three games but went 1-2 in pool play. Alexandra Lalonde had five points, including four goals. Playing in a division with the champion Pittsburgh Pens Elite, the Jr. Sharks went 0-3 in pool play. Emma Rathje scored for San Jose. Tier II Boys

18U: In San Jose, the Jr. Ducks lost to Big Boy Red 5-4 in the quarterfinals after going 2-1 in pool play in the 3A tournament. Jacob Padgett had seven points and Gavin O’Bryan added six. Both had four goals for the Jr. Ducks. The Jr. Sharks went 1-2 in pool play, getting a shutout from Henry Lissner to defeat the South Shore Kings. Rio Kanamaki, Henry Chavez III and Aleksander Erk had three points apiece. 16U: In Plano, Tex., the Jr. Ducks lost to Tier I Boys the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 5-2 in the quar18U: In Grand Rapids, Mich., playing in terfinals after going 2-1 in pool play in a a division with the runner-up North Jersey Avalanche, the Jr. Ducks went 0-2-1 in pool With a convincing 5-0 win over Detroit Honeybaked, the Anaheim Lady Ducks cap- division with champion Cheektowaga in the 3A tournament. Cory Girard Jr. led the Jr. play. Jerrett Overland and John Klus had tured the Women’s Senior B national title in Irvine. play, beating Team North Dakota 4-3. Claire Peter- Ducks with three assists. two points apiece. 14U: In South Bend, Ind., the California Golden 16U: Also in Grand Rapids, playing in a division son had a goal and an assist in that win. Playing with silver medalist Yale, the Jr. Ducks went 0-3 in in a division with runner-up Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Bears went 1-2 in pool play in the 3A tournament, pool play, twice losing 3-2 games. Brendan Wil- the Lady Ducks went 0-2-1 in pool play. Marissa defeating the Ashburn Xtreme 4-2. The other two liams and Jackson Ferry each had three points. Gebauer led the way with five points, and Ivy Bo- teams in the pool, CHA-CSDHL and Canton Hockey, played for the championship. Rohan Anand 15U: In Plymouth, Mich., the San Jose Jr. ric added four. 16U: In Irvine, the Lady Ducks started strong, and Colin Chon had four points apiece for the Sharks went 0-2-1 in pool play, falling in a shootout and also by two goals in another game. Maclain falling to eventual champion Chicago Mission 2-1 Golden Bears. 10

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