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Miner, Kauth help Team South Dakota to title

Posted: Saturday, Apr 12th, 2014

Members of Team South Dakota were able to do some sightseeing during their trip to the Toyota-USA Hockey Tier II Youth National Championships in Ashburn, Va. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

HURON — Two players with area ties helped Team South Dakota win the title during the Toyota-USA Hockey Tier II Youth National Championships on Sunday in Ashburn, Va.

Eric Miner of Huron and Blake Kauth of Rapid City, who is the grandson of K.O. Kauth, were members of Team South Dakota, which went 4-1 to claim the 16-and-under 1A title.

Team South Dakota opened play with a 6-2 victory against the Oklahoma City Oil Kings, before being edged 5-4 by the Delaware Ducks. A 7-3 victory against Northern Kentucky gave Team South Dakota a 2-1 record in pool play and earned it a spot in the semifinals.

Team South Dakota edged Utah’s Park City Miners 3-2 in the semifinals to reach the championship game.

The title game gave Team South Dakota an opportunity to avenge its only loss of the tournament and it capitalized.

Miner had a pair of assists, while Kauth had one assist to help Team South Dakota record a 7-1 victory against Delaware in the championship game.

Miner ended the tournament with a goal and three assists, while Kauth had a goal and five assists.

Other members of Team South Dakota were Jack Oberg of Rushmore; Jacob Otta of Sioux Falls; Brooks Mitzel of Rushmore; Nathan Miller of Sioux Falls; Landon Badger of Oahe; Zachery Bettmeng of Sioux Falls; Jarett Spiering of Watertown; Chase Adams of Sioux Falls; Owen Leberknight of Rushmore; Jagr Wasem of Aberdeen; Isaac Rounds of Brookings; Mitchell Moeller of Watertown; Tristin Kuehn of Brookings; Jesse Grosdidier of Mitchell; Michael Petrotto of Rushmore; Hunter Hegdahl of Brookings; Alex Murtha of Mitchell; and John Koenig of Brookings.

For the complete article see the 04-11-2014 issue.

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