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Falcons go 18-0, claim Kiwanis/Don Cerone Memorial Cup Scripps Ranch became the first CIF-sanctioned team to post a perfect season when it rolled to a 22-0 finish to cap the 2004 championship playoffs. The Falcons won three consecutive conference titles from 2003-05 but had been waiting nearly a decade and a half to win another. Friedman said the most recent championship might be the best. “Seeing that it took 14 years to win this one and being with this group of kids for the past seven years, since some of them were fifth- and sixth-graders, this is pretty sweet,” he said. Senior Cody Sherman proved to be the catalyst for Scripps Ranch by collecting three goals and one

I can look back to where I started as a freshman to now. I’m a champion.” he Scripps Ranch High School roller hockey team “We needed to play our tempo, slow the game helped open the gate for inline scholastic teams to down, and not their tempo, which was fast,” Friedman take the playing court when they first rolled out for the added in regard to the team maintaining its undefeated inaugural 1996 campaign in the San Diego County season. “Cody Sherman then took over. He wasn’t High School Roller Hockey Conference. going to let us lose in his last game with us.” Roller hockey in California’s southernmost region “They are good and you have to respect their has experienced its share of flux, but the Falcons have space,” Rancho Bernardo coach Joey Gelsomino remained a constant in San Diego County and, in the said of the Falcons. “We tried to break it down one process, are setting a record for longevity. period at a time. They got the better of us in the second This season marks the 23rd consecutive year and third periods.” overall that Scripps Ranch High School has fielded The Ivey brothers, freshman twins Ben and Jack, a roller hockey team, the last 18 of which have been appear more than ready to carry the torch for the Falcons in the CIF-Metro Conference, upon Sherman’s graduation. the state’s lone inline scholastic Ben Ivey finished as the team’s league sanctioned by the California regular-season scoring leader with Interscholastic Federation (CIF). 37 goals and 62 points while Jack That’s an impressive number that Ivey accumulated 14 goals and 34 few, if any, other inline scholastic points to finish third in team scoring teams in the state can match. behind junior Kyle Fraser (35 Head coach Greg Friedman, goals, 56 points). who first came on board during Ben Ivey topped all playoff the team’s second season, said scorers with 13 goals and 18 points continuity and a seemingly neverwhile Fraser and Jack Ivey tied for ending supply of ice hockey talent runner-up honors with 14 points have helped keep the team rolling each. over the years. Ben Ivey (three goals) and Jack “It helps having skilled players Ivey (three assists) combined for six rolling in,” Friedman explained. points in the championship game. “Most of these kids play on different “They’re easy to coach – they’re ice teams but they get to play with cool and calm under pressure,” their friends on the high school Friedman assessed. “They have (roller) team. been playing tournament roller “Travel ice can be stressful, so since they were little. They play a playing for their high school is fun.” traditional roller hockey game. They Friedman said about two-thirds like to pass, spread the game out The Scripps Ranch Falcons celebrate their perfect 18-0 season as 2019 CIF-Metro Conference Kiwanis/ of the school’s roller hockey team Don Cerone Memorial Cup champions. Photo/Phillip Brents and attack.” also plays ice hockey, including Friedman said the 2018-19 several players competing at the AA and AAA levels. assist in the final two periods as the Falcons racked up Scripps Ranch behemoth has been in the process of The game plan certainly continues to work at six goals, including the final four goals of the contest, building since middle school. Scripps Ranch, which captured this year’s Kiwanis/ to erase a 5-3 first-period deficit. “Our guys can make 4-5 passes together, which Don Cerone Memorial Cup with a perfect 18-0 record “I think championship teams are made by overcoming makes the other team hard to stop them,” Friedman after defeating the defending champion Rancho adversity,” said Sherman, whose explosiveness on the said. “We have much more firepower. We have so Bernardo Broncos 9-6 on March 4 at the Escondido roller hockey court comes from playing Tier I 18U ice many weapons. Sports Center. hockey with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks in Orange County. “We worked hard for the No. 1 seed this year. The undefeated season was the second for the “It’s a testament to everyone on our club on how Before, we had been the No. 2 or No. 3 seed and lost Falcons in their long history. much they’ve grown as players over the last four years. in the semis. We were rewarded this year.” By Phillip Brents

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ADISL squads sweep to State Cup inline championships

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he annual California State Cup inline hockey championship event took place March 16 at The Rinks-Irvine Inline with eight teams from four geographic regions participating in two divisions. Overall, the event went well, according to tournament director John Paerels, who serves as coordinator for the Anaheim Ducks Inline Scholastic Hockey League (ADISL). “We had a good geographic range of teams, from Escondido to San Luis Obispo,” Paerels said. “ADISL teams took three of the four trophies, but the other teams were competitive.” Edison defeated Temecula Valley-Gold 5-2 to win the Varsity Division championship while Norco topped Villa Park 2-1 to capture the Junior Varsity Division championship. The Varsity Division featured teams from four leagues: Edison (ADISL), Temecula Valley (Temecula Valley Inline Hockey Association), Central Coast (Central Coast A) and San Diego CIF-Metro 20

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scoring leader with 12 goals and 15 points, followed Conference (Escondido Charter). The JV Division included two teams from the by Temecula Valley-Gold’s Jake Maurer with 10 ADISL (Norco and Villa Park) and one each from the goals and 12 points. Edison’s Bozanich finished TVIHA (Temecula Valley-Brown) and Central Coast third with seven goals and 11 points. Edison’s Aiden Comeau (Central Coast B). led all goaltenders with a 1.60 Teams played a round robin to goals-against average while determine semifinal seeds in both Villa Park’s James Pritchett divisions. posted a 1.80 GAA. Both Edison and Norco In the varsity semifinals, finished undefeated with 5-0 Edison defeated Escondido records. Charter 11-1 and Temecula Joey Mataviesko led Edison Valley-Gold defeated Central with three goals and four points in the varsity championship Edison High School skated to the Varsity Di- Coast A 11-6. In a pair of hotly contested game while teammates Clay vision championship at this year’s California JV semifinal contests, Norco Bozanich and Luke Lamude State Cup tournament. Photo/ADISL edged Central Coast B 6-5 while Villa Park slipped each contributed a goal and assist. Liam Culligan and Tyler Talbot each scored past Temecula Valley-Brown by a 2-1 score. goals for Norco in the JV final. Culligan finished as the tournament’s overall - Phillip Brents

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