Broncos win third hockey title

Fighting back to beat Columbus twice in the finals, Brookwood's hockey team won its third straight state title on March 14.

Brookwood beat Columbus 4-0 in the championship game to claim the A lower tier crown. The Broncos lost to Columbus earlier in the tournament so had to win twice for the title.

In the final game, sophomore Stephen Krick opened the scoring with two minutes left in the first period.

Brookwood played with the 1-0 lead until the third period when senior Austin Soligon, who goes to Norcross, scored with 12 minutes left in regulation. Senior Josh Carey put the game, and the championship, away with two more goals in the third.

Columbus had several chances to score in the game, but junior goaltender Drew Hertenberger stopped all 21 shots.

As time ran out in the game, the team rushed from the bench to high-five Hertenberger.

"Even though I won't have a son playing on this team next year, I want to come back to coach them again," head coach Don Stone said.

"They are a great group of kids."

Brookwood won back-to-back state titles in the AA division in 2008 and 2009.

Most recently, the Broncos were champs in the AAA division in 2011 and in the A division last season.

Four seniors on the team were members of all three winning seasons.

The Brookwood team has players from with Norcross, Loganville, Parkview, GAC and Duluth.

Members are: Ty Burns (freshman, Duluth), Josh Carey (senior, Brookwood), Austin Cormack (freshman, Brookwood), Tanner Cowieson (senior, Norcross), Olivia Douglas (senior, Loganville), Drew Farmer (senior, Brookwood), Brian Hall (freshman, Brookwood), Cory Harbel (freshman, Brookwood), Drew Hertenberger (junior, Brookwood), Seth Kamrass (senior, Norcross), Nick Koontz (senior, Norcross), Stephen Krick (sophomore, Brookwood), Ian LaCroix (freshman, Brookwood), Sean LaCroix (junior, Brookwood), Connor McKenzie (senior, Norcross), Andrew Morgan (sophomore, Norcross), Cayman Pollard (junior, Brookwood), Tahir Riggins (senior, GAC), Austin Soligon (senior, Norcross), Dalton Stoves (freshman, Brookwood), and Jonathan Stoves (junior, Parkview).