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For the week of April 30 - May 6, 2003


Hustling Funsets
break the ice

Win Ogden hockey tournament

Earl Holding may own Sun Valley and Bountiful, but Ogden belongs to the Funsets.

The Sun Valley-based team won the fourth annual Ice Breaker women's hockey tournament last weekend in Utah.

It was the third consecutive year a team from the valley has taken top honors at Ogden.

The Funsets (4-0) did it with a combination of outstanding teamwork, hustle and hard work. Every skater on the squad contributed at least one point and all played a vital part in the title.

Goalie Joanie Fox (38 saves) was outstanding between the pipes, collecting two shutouts and allowing just three goals in four games to run her record to 7-1 with five shutouts in her last two tournaments.

The Funsets, comprised of Fury and Sunset players, opened the seven-team tourney with a narrow 2-1 victory over the Mile High Mommas of Denver. Goals by Nancy Parsons-Brown and Jody Zarkos held up for the win.

Saturday morning the Funsets ripped nemesis Jackson Hole 7-0. Merri Whitehead and Parsons-Brown slotted two goals apiece. Liza Weekes, Jen Embree, Elizabeth Youmans and Zarkos added insult to injury with one score each.

Against the Missoula Frost later that afternoon, the Funsets did not break through until late in the second period.

Parsons-Brown fed defenseman Sarah Benson in the right face-off circle and Benson unloaded top shelf for a 1-0 lead. With 9:25 remaining in the game, Weekes scored an insurance goal, off an assist by Jen Douglas and Parsons-Brown for a 2-0 win and a berth in the championship game.

Facing off against the Salt Lake Shadows in the finale, the Funsets felt confident after racing out to a 2-0 lead in the first period off goals by Jini Griffith and Embree.

The determined Shadows did not roll over, however, and gained momentum with back-to-back goals in the second period for a 2-2 tie.
The Funsets blinked twice, but it would not happen again.

Skating with a sense of purpose and determination in the third, Sun Valley's Embree and Parsons-Brown scored goals within 38 seconds of one another to turn out the lights on the Shadows.

Nicole Perkins added a fifth goal with 4:31 on the clock to seal a 5-2 triumph.

Tizz Retchy Miller was named Most Valuable Player in the championship, along with Laura Watanabe of the Shadows, cousin of Graham and Shoji of Ketchum.

The team would like to thank head coach Chris Edwards and assistant coach Chris Zarkos for having the same name which made cursing much easier and more convenient on the bench.

Scoring (points): Jennifer Embree 5, Nancy Parsons-Brown 4, Merri Whitehead 4, Liza Weekes 4, Nicole Perkins 3, Jen Douglas 3, Jody Zarkos 2, Sarah Benson 2, Jini Griffith 2, Elizabeth Youmans 2, Kris Josey 1 and Tizz Miller 1.

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