6u Falcons

The 6u Falcons took first in Burbank.

Contributed by Lisa Fitch

The Tehachapi Mountain Roller Hockey Club traveled to Burbank Aug. 12-13 to play teams from Calabasas, El Segundo, Bakersfield and Burbank.

The 6u Falcons started off Saturday with a bang! Captain Lucas Abarquez led his team in a five-game winning streak with 18 goals on the day. Kaden Carlyn and Apollos Schaeffer added to the score in multiple games and goaltenders Hudson Liebman and Charlie Werner combined for a standout effort. These little Falcons brought home the championship title for the 6u division.

The 8u division was up next, playing Burbank twice winning 6-1 and 5-2 and El Segundo twice winning 4-3 both games in the round-robin play. Tehachapi faced El Segundo in the championship game and was victorious by a score of 6-3. Captain Caden Abarquez led his team with 15 goals and 5 assists while also playing tough defense.

The Falcons also got scoring help from Alternate Captain Mackenzie Fitch providing 3 goals and an assist, Rylan Hurst adding 3 goals and an assist, and Riley Douglas contributing 4 goals and an assist. Annie Loken was a standout in the net facing 57 shots and only allowing 9 goals in the four round-robin games.

The 10u played last on Saturday in a closely-matched division where all games were hard fought, being decided by only 1 or 2 goals. The Falcons worked hard but eventually lost to Bakersfield 4-3 and Calabasas 2-0. They rallied as a team to tie Burbank 4-4 and defeat El Segundo 3-1. Leading forwards were Hitt, Schaeffer, Hurst, Marin and Garcia with a combined 10 goals and 5 assists. Leading defenders were Copeland, Kendrick, Backhaus, Booker and Werner with multiple stops and goalie Max Sutton achieved a 78 percent save record on the day.

Sunday morning the oldest Falcons played several close-fought games, eventually succumbing to Calabasas in the semi-finals. Scoring was led by Mychal Backhaus with multiple goals and the Falcons featured a strong defensive effort led by Emily Grier and Riley Daubert.

Lisa Fitch is the mother of Mackenzie Fitch.