The Brainerd Warrior boys' hockey team's first line was touted in the preseason as being one of the best in the outstate.
Left wing Julius Tamasy, center Joe Frazer and right wing Bronson Shepherd haven't disappointed. They have combined for 39 goals and 90 total points, helping Brainerd to a 10-3-1 overall record.
"Obviously, Julius is a big part of that line," Warriors coach Ty Eigner said. "He certainly has a lot of skills, like the other two. To Julius' credit he worked really hard in the summer to get himself in shape. He played in the fall Elite II League this year. I think he's a candidate for an automatic bid for the Elite I League next year.
"One of the things he does very well in practice is shoot. He has a very good shot. He's very unselfish, as is everyone on that line."
Tamasy has 12 goals and 25 total points, third on the team, behind only Frazer (39) and Shepherd (26). On Jan. 4 against Cloquet-Esko-Carlton, the junior broke through for a hat trick and assist. He notched another hat trick Tuesday against St. Cloud Apollo.
"Our team came out to play from the start," Tamasy said of the C-E-C game. "From the get-go we started putting in goals, moving the puck, making smart plays, and finishing them.
"The puck found my stick a few times. I had some great passes from my linemates. I just put it on net. All the other guys picked it up too. It was an all-around good victory."
Position: Left wing
Weight: 170 pounds
Other sports: Track and field
Grade-point average: 3.2
Favorite subject: Physics
Favorite food: Spaghetti
Favorite movie: "Superbad"
Favorite Web site: www.minnhock.com
Hobbies: Socializing with friends, watching TV, listening to music
Future plans: Play junior and college hockey
Athlete he admires: Linemates Bronson Shepherd, Joe Frazer
Parents: Steve and Mabelle Tamasy
Tamasy, who often is on power play and penalty kill units, said the chemistry between the three linemates is what makes it tick.
"We're close-knit, best friends," he said. "Joe's fast and has a great shot. 'Bro' is smart, moves the puck ... we all click. We know where each other are. We're almost like brothers."
Tamasy made himself into a first-line player in the offseason. He attended Minnesota Hockey Camps in Nisswa for much of the summer.
He also has played for Elite II League teams the past two autumns. Most games are played in the Twin Cities and other outstate cities. The league features games on Saturdays and Sundays followed by a season-ending tournament. In all, Tamasy has played 20-some additional games a year the past two falls.
"We had a had great team both years," Tamasy said. "The speed of that game is a little bit quicker. That's helped me out.
"I was a Bantam moving to high school as a sophomore and that quicker speed helped me a lot. The transition wasn't as hard."
Next fall he hopes to make an Elite I team.
"It's more demanding," Tamasy said. "There are more eyes on you. In Elite I, guys are older, there are more scouts, a quicker pace and bigger guys."
Other notable efforts:
Samantha Smith, gymnastics, won two events and the all-around against Fergus Falls and Apollo.
Katherine Mueller, Nordic skiing, won the girls' race at Fergus Falls.
Joe Frazer, hockey, had hat tricks against C-E-C and Apollo.
Jared Anderson and Andrew Goll, swimming and diving, each won two events against Sartell.
Jess Bye, girls' hockey, had a hat trick and two assists against Little Falls.
Elle Adams, girls' hockey, had a hat trick against Apollo.
Aaron Padrnos, Scott Padrnos, Nick Lingwall and Andrew Wachsmuth, wrestling, won titles at the Cambridge tournament.
Kyle Crocker, basketball, had 22 points against Bemidji.
MIKE BIALKA may be reached at email@example.com or at 855-5861.
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