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Ice Hockey Team Heads to National Championship

The Scorpions, with players hailing from Lutz and Wesley Chapel to Brandon and beyond, hope to bring the title home to the sunshine state.

The Tampa Scorpions Peewee AA '99 ice hockey team will travel to Washington this week to represent Florida in the USA Hockey National Championship. 

The Scorpions—made up of players from all over the Bay area, including Wesley Chapel and Lutz—competed against the top six teams to win the state championship in February.  The Scorpions allowed only five goals during the entire tournament. That win clinched their position in the national tournament, which begins March 28.

The team currently is ranked No. 16 in the nation, which places them in the elite bracket for nationals. 

"Each one of these young boys would be honored to have the support of their community behind them. They have the talent to bring a National Championship home to Tampa, Florida," team parent Janet Kromer of Wesley Chapel said in an email.

The Scorpions' practice at Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar.

Editor's Note: My son, Hunter Sipperley, 13, is among the players headed to nationals this week, so it's not without a bit of pride (and prejudice) that I share this with you. Go Scorpions! ~Keli

Sherri Lonon March 24, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Go Scorpions!
Jennifer Hoh March 29, 2012 at 09:13 PM
I would like to make you aware of an incident that occurred today at the U12 Nationals during a game between the Tampa Bay Scorpions and West Chester Quakers in Reston, Va. A Quakers player went into the boards, injuring his leg. While he was down, the players all took the expected knee, but, as he was helped to the bench, several Scorpions players went out of their way to come over to speak with him and another went back to his bench and got an ice pack. So often, perhaps especially during tournaments, tempers run high and it seems teams see each other only as adversaries. I was very impressed by the Scorpion's sportsmanship and genuine concern for a fellow player. No doubt the Scorpion's will best remember that they overcame a 3-1 deficit to win the game, but I am unabashedly choked up by their honor, grace and compassion under pressure.

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