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Rocky Mountain District Girls' Notebook: Dallas Stars 16U Teammates, Friends Share a Bond and a House

By Michael Hicks, 03/19/19, 10:15AM MDT


No such thing as too much togetherness, and other stories from the tournament

No, Carlie Foxhoven didn’t have to sacrifice her bedroom when she gained two housemates. But she did gain more than teammates when Scarlet Ditoro and Sydney Rarick moved into her North Dallas home.

“It really helps with the team aspect,” the 17-year-old right winger said. “We’re really close. We always have a friend, always have someone to do something with or hang out with.”

The 16U Dallas Stars Tier I teammates also push each other on the ice. That camaraderie paid off handsomely at the USA Hockey Rocky Mountain District Tournament on Saturday at the Family Sports Center in Englewood, Colorado, with wins of 7-2 and 6-2 over Team Colorado. The victories earned the Stars a berth to the 2019 Chipotle-USA Hockey Girls Tier I 16U National Championship in Irvine, California, from April 4-8.

Dallas trailed Game 1 of the best-of-three series 2-0, but it didn’t deter the Stars. Instead, it may have fueled their offense attack, a front line led by this trio.

Rarick, a 15-year-old forward, moved in with Foxhoven last year. Later, Ditoro joined the crew.

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“We all said that we’d get more ice time in Dallas since the team is in Dallas,” said Rarick, who is from Houston.

That ice time was evident at districts. And their bond is just as noticeable off the ice.

“It’s fun,” said Ditoro, a 16-year-old forward from Philadelphia. “We’re always doing something. We have a lot of fun together.”

Samantha Brown, Utah Lady Grizzlies go out “winners” in 19U Tier II

It’s not how Samantha Brown necessarily wanted her playing days after four years with the Utah Lady Grizzlies to end, but she made sure to go out a winner as it was.

The 19-year-old winger from Salt Lake City scored the game-tying goal with 44.6 seconds left in regulation and the game-winner 90 seconds into overtime in a 2-1 win over the Aspen Leafs in 19U Tier II pool play. The victory left Utah, Aspen and the Idaho Vipers tied with two wins apiece, but because the Lady Grizzlies’ win came in the extra session, they had one fewer point than the others.

A day later, Idaho defeated Aspen 3-0 to win the district and advance to nationals on April 4-8 in Amherst, New York.

On the game-winner against Aspen, Brown, streaking up the left wing, simply did what one is coached to do: put the puck on the net and see what happens.

“We just knew on that goalie that she caught everything up high. She has a really good glove, so you want to shoot low on her,” Brown said.

She did, and she scored.

While her career with the Grizzlies is over, she’s hoping for a new beginning in college. Currently a student at Westminster College, Brown has applied for a transfer to Division III St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

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Sydney Crockett’s long journey pays off with district run

It can’t be said that Sydney Crockett won’t go the extra mile — or 1,000 miles — to get what she wants.

The 16-year-old Cheyenne (Wyoming) East High School student makes the trek three times a week from her home to Boulder, Colorado, and back just for practice with the 16U Tier II Boulder Hockey Club Lady Rough Riders. Then there’s games on the weekend to boot.

It’s not uncommon for Crockett to leave home at 3 in the afternoon, drive to practice, get done around 9 p.m., and venture back home before doing it all again the next day.

It makes getting homework down a chore, but it’s worth it, she said.

“The competition is amazing down here compared to what I was playing,” said Crockett, a center who started playing for the 14U Rough Riders before moving up. “This group I’m with right now is just so much fun to be with.”

The Rough Riders scored 16 goals in the preliminaries en route to a 3-0 record, including a 4-2 win over the Aspen Leafs. However, the Leafs turned the tables in the finals, scoring the 3-0 upset on Sunday at the Family Sports Center. It ended the Rough Riders’ season, but Crockett wouldn’t have missed the ride.

“It makes it really worthwhile,” Crockett said.

2019 USA Hockey Rocky Mountain District Girls’ Tournament Champions

Tier I

16U: Dallas Stars Elite

19U: Dallas Stars Elite

Tier II

16U: Aspen Leafs

19U: Idaho Vipers

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