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The Blue Devils recently placed second in the International Silver Stick tournament. Team members are, in front row from left, Kuma Matsukata, Adam Branscome, Philip Satin, Austin Kelly, John Mac Mulera, Graham McPhee, Max Teplitz, Gianna Meloni and Thomas Olson; and in second row from left, Chris Barber, Brandon Hall, Sam Dexter, Spencer Gray and Dylan Giorgio. Coaches Rob Payne and Rob Keegan stand behind the team.
The Blue Devils recently placed second in the International Silver Stick tournament. Team members are, in front row from left, Kuma Matsukata, Adam Branscome, Philip Satin, Austin Kelly, John Mac Mulera, Graham McPhee, Max Teplitz, Gianna Meloni and Thomas Olson; and in second row from left, Chris Barber, Brandon Hall, Sam Dexter, Spencer Gray and Dylan Giorgio. Coaches Rob Payne and Rob Keegan stand behind the team. (By Robert Meloni)

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

· A team of Montgomery County 7- and 8-year-olds recently finished second in an international ice hockey tournament, making them the second-best team in North America.

Undefeated in the regular season league games, the team traveled to St. Clair Shores, Mich., to play in the International Silver Stick tournament in January.

The Blue Devils defeated teams from Virginia, Michigan, Ontario and Indiana before losing in the championship to a Los Angeles team, 7-3.

"They came out pretty good. We weren't ready for them," said 8-year-old left wing, Dylan Giorgio.

Adam Branscome, 8, a right wing, added, "They were a challenge for us."

The second-place finish is the furthest any Montgomery Youth Hockey Association team has progressed in the tournament.

The association, which began in the mid-1960s, fields teams for players ages 5 to 18; a team of 7- and 8-year-olds reached the Silver Sticks semifinals five years ago.

The Blue Devils practice several times a week, play a couple of games each weekend and occasionally play against teams of 9- and 10-year-olds. They take it "as seriously as 7- and 8-year olds can," said head coach Rob Keegan.

· The Mid-County Citizens Advisory Board named Forest Estates Community Association in Silver Spring the Civic Association of the Year and resident Adam Pagnucco, 36, as Citizen of the Year for efforts to get a pedestrian tunnel or overpass built at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Forest Glen Road.

That intersection is one of the most congested in the county and has been the site of several pedestrian accidents. Improvements are being considered by state and county officials.

The association represents about 700 homes.


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