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Utah Blackhawks Win Title In Las Vegas


For Immediate Release – Utah Blackhawks
The Utah Blackhawks went South again for the Adrenaline Las Vegas Winter ’14 tournament for their last scheduled event of 2014. The Blackhawks brought 5 teams competing in the Elite, High School and Middle School Divisions. A total of 90 teams competed in this years event from the West Coast and Canada at the warm and sunny fields of Heritage Park. Strong performances were turned in by all Blackhawks teams at each level, including a tournament title in the U-15 7th/8th grade division.
The U15 7/8’s went a perfect 6-0 defeating teams from Nevada, Arizona, California, Canada, Texas, and Colorado under coaches Bruce Tucker and Mike Isbell. In what was easily the game of the tournament, the Blackhawks came from behind to take down the previously unbeaten Mustang Starz from BC Canada 8-7 in the semifinals. In the finals, the team faced the #1 seed and undefeated Force LC 2019 from Arizona. The team saved their best game for last marching to a 9-2 win and the right to call themselves the Champs. “Such a special weekend for this group of Utah kids. The way they came together and grew stronger as a team each game was amazing to watch. They really deserved and earned this championship.” Coach Isbell
The High School B 9th/10th grade team was coached by the Park City duo of Jeff Brzoska and Steve McHenry. The team finished with a 3-2 record with their losses coming to the #1 and #2 seeds. “It was just bad luck of the draw. Our first 3 games in pool play were against the best teams in the division. They were all unbeaten when we played them. In the first 2 games (OC Kings and Zip It) we trailed both by 1 at the half, but they both wore us down over the final 20 minutes. The 3rd game was another tough one, but the boys said NOT AGAIN and knocked off Alpha HS CA, giving the team from San Diego their only pool play loss. I can’t say enough about this group of kids and how they turned things around and won 3 straight after 2 tough games to start the tourney.” Coach Brzoska
The High School A 9th/10th grade team was led by the original Blackhawk coaches James Meyer and Jay Fairman. The team finished with a 2-3 record and suffered the same fate as the HS B team losing games to the top 2 seeds in their division early in the tournament before getting knocked out in the semi’s on playoff Sunday. “We played a lot of close games against really good teams, unfortunately we ended up on the wrong end of the scoreboard. We lost 6-4 to Seattle Starz (who won it all) and 6-4 again to RC before finally beating the Mustang Starz from BC Canada 5-4. I thought we had a chance to make the finals but a really good 4-0 Jr. Black Rhino’s team put us a way in the 2nd half after a back and forth first half. Im proud of this team and how they fought all weekend in close game after close game.” Coach Fairman
Walker Bateman’s Elite B team finished the weekend with a 3-1-1 record while playing short handed all weekend long. Due to some injuries and a nasty cold floating around the players, the team played most games with a max of 15 healthy bodies. “We gave it all we had on the field and I’m stoked with a 3-1-1 outcome. It was a tough tough division.” Coach Bateman
The Elite A team (4-1 overall) coached by Nick Gradinger, Brad Lavoie, and Phil Dobson came to Vegas as a marked team that everybody wanted a piece of. After finishing the first day of pool play as the #1 seed with a perfect 3-0 record the morning of day 2 was not as kind. The Blackhawks were upset 6-5 in the playoffs to end their run for a second Blackhawks title for the weekend. “Sometimes the ball just won’t go in the net. We had our chances but when we did get shots on the goal their goalie stood on his head and made some amazing point blank saves.” Coach Dobson.
“Overall, it was a nice weekend for the Blackhawks. The competition was top notch as expected at Adrenaline run tournaments. Congrat’s to all Blackhawk coaches and players, especially on our U15 team. They played so consistent all weekend long and came up with a much deserved championship.” Nick Gradinger Blackhawks Program Director
The Blackhawks are a Utah based, non-profit lacrosse club dedicated to providing lacrosse opportunities, to Utah players of all ages, who want to develop and improve their skills year-round.

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