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Development continues to be top priority at Tahoe Prep Continued from Page 15 “I really want to play juniors, but more importantly, I want to earn a college scholarship,” he said. “The day here is a bit longer, but that’s because of the focus on academics. I’m really enjoying the high school and all my teachers.” After playing a 15U season in the CSSHL and a 16U season in the NAPHL, Turner said the competition the team is facing this year is comparable, but moving up to 18U has brought new lessons. Still, Turner has found success, notching three goals and two assists in the team’s eight NAPHL games. Turner said he has confidence in the Tahoe Prep coaching staff. “They really know what they’re talking about,” he said. “We’ve had a few tiny breakdowns, but we just need to apply what they’ve been teaching us.” Collins had nothing but praise for Turner. “Zach asked the right questions and really listens, and he has an amazing shot,” Collins said. “Watching him fall into more of a skill game has been really fun. He’s a tremendous worker on and off the ice, and he’s another academic leader.” Tyler Dunkel Ever since Dunkel was a Bantam with the Burbank Bears, he had his eyes set on wearing a Tahoe Prep sweater. The 15-year-old sophomore center is

in his first season playing with Tahoe’s varsity squad this year and said the experience has exceeded even his lofty expectations. “I wanted to have more experience, a better skill set, and play at a higher level, but my parents weren’t ready last year for me to live away from home,” Dunkel said, adding that coming to Tahoe for a hockey prep school and being closer to home was another benefit. Transitioning to dorm life, a new school, and the competition of the ADHSHL has been a lot to take in for Dunkel. “The first game was really hard,” he said. “I’m good at edge work, but I’m working on more balance and staying on the puck. The coaching here is very much one-on-one. They are great at working on what you need to improve on as a player. I feel more confident with the puck now. My goal this year is to be able to move up to the prep team.” Noah Csaky-Schwede For Csaky-Schwede, returning to Tahoe Prep

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for a second academic year and hockey season this fall felt very much like coming home. A junior goalie for the varsity team originally from Victoria, British Columbia, Csaky-Schwede said it’s also closer to his family now in Palo Alto. “I feel like last year we did really well – the team bonded, and I made a lot of friends, and I’m looking to build on that this year,” he said. “I’ve already gone through that adjustment period of living away from home. Living with your team, you really bond with people. I’ve made some of my best friends here.” Csaky-Schwede said he’s also advancing as a goalie through his individual time with Tahoe Prep’s goalie coach. “I’m improving my skills playing the puck and how I move off the post,” he explained. “My ultimate goal is to play juniors in Canada, and I feel through my work at Tahoe Prep, I’ve got a pretty good plan to get there. Anyone who comes here and is really dedicated to becoming better at hockey will succeed just because of the way the schedule is organized.”

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California Rubber Magazine - November 2019  

The November issue of California Rubber Magazine, featuring Tahoe Prep Academy on the cover, has hit the streets!

California Rubber Magazine - November 2019  

The November issue of California Rubber Magazine, featuring Tahoe Prep Academy on the cover, has hit the streets!