Grizzlies advance to state tourney |

Grizzlies advance to state tourney

Jeremy Evans

South Tahoe Lake Tahoe’s Evan Brown and Scott Vogelgesang combined for seven goals in helping the Tahoe Grizzlies bantam hockey team to a second-place finish at the Northern California playoffs last weekend.

Tahoe, which entered the four-team, round-robin tournament as a No. 3 seed, knocked off top-seeded San Jose 4-2 in the opening game and posted a 10-3 victory over Cupertino in the second game to clinch a berth in this weekend’s California state playoffs. Brown scored a hat trick in the two wins, while Vogelgesang had a goal against San Jose.

The Grizzlies will face Tri-Valley, Pasadena and Channel Islands in the four-team state playoffs in Escondido, which is outside of San Diego. The top two teams from the Southern and Northern California playoffs qualified for state.

“I’m thinking we’re going to the state championship game,” said Tahoe coach Gary Gramprie. “We are quite confident going into the games.”

Vogelgesang is the team’s leading scorer with 37 combined points (assists and goals), helping the Grizzlies to an 8-5-1 regular season record. The Tahoe Grizzlies are comprised of players throughout the Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe regions.

Youth spring league scheduled

The South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena’s youth spring league begins March 31 and runs through June 12. On March 31, there will be a skills assessment and a clinic to help place kids in one of three ability divisions.

No equipment or experience is necessary because the league will get you outfitted with equipment and teach you the skills necessary to join one of the divisions.

For more information, call the South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department at 530-542-0275 or stop by the ice arena at 1176 Rufus Allen Blvd.

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