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July 16, 2008

Cumberland team captures national title

Raiders junior division squad repeats as champions; three others finish second

UTICA, N.Y. - The Cumberland Raiders junior division team posted a record of 4-1 to win the gold medal for the second straight year at the Traditional Hardball Roller Hockey National Championships in Utica, N.Y.

There were six Raiders squads that made the trip for the July 6-11 tourney. The junior division team brought home the only gold medal, but Cumberland led the 11-team field with three silver medals. The Raiders added one bronze medal for a total of five, which tied them with Bremerton (Wash.) for first place in the overall medal standings.

The championship was the fifth for the juniors, who also won in 2007, 2002, 1992 and 1982. The 4-1 record in the tournament tied them with Utica, which handed Cumberland its only loss. The Raiders got revenge by besting Utica, 8-5, in the title game after beating Bremerton 4-3 in the semis.

Ross Herrlinger was named the division's Most Valuable Goalie, allowing 18 goals in the five games. The Raiders were led offensively by Curtis Deter with 17 goals and four assists for 21 points. Nate Schlessman had nine goals and three assists for 12 points, and Allen Davis added two goals and six assists.

"In my opinion, Curtis Deter was the division MVP,'' said Raiders head coach Pat Ferguson. "In the finals we scored 12 goals and Curtis had nine of them, while assisting on one other."

The junior team, comprised of boys ages 14-17, finish the season with an overall record of 8-2.

* The freshman team, for boys and girls ages 12-14, won one of the Raiders' three silver medals by going 3-1 to finish behind Bremerton.

The Raiders beat Fort Smith (Ark.), Decatur (Texas) and Utica on their way to the finals. They lost 2-1 in the gold medal game.

Ryan Karns and Dylan McKee led the team with five points each, while Kyle Swindell had four goals for four points. Goalie Seth Swindell allowed only 10 goals in four games, and Miranda Wiseman was also credited with great defensive play.

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