RB Students to Represent USA in First-Ever UWH America’s Cup
Nine of 11 students chosen to represent the United States in a new international championship come from Cincinnati’s Roger Bacon High School.
The just-formed U.S. Junior National Underwater Hockey Team will compete in the inaugural Americas Cup Underwater Hockey Championships, which will be held this August in Milwaukee, WI.
Tryouts were held April 14 and 15 at the University of Cincinnati. The two remaining players for the Team USA high school age team come from Denver, where they play for the aptly named Denver Underwater Hockey Team.
“The members of the Roger Bacon Underwater Hockey Team were excited to play with young people from around the country this weekend,” says team president and junior defensive back Kevin Anneken. “In the tryouts, the Bacon players really took their individual games to the next level.”
Underwater hockey developed in Europe and is still relatively new to the United States. It is generally played in college or regional teams; Roger Bacon is the only high school in the country with a school team.
Roger Bacon senior and club vice-president Alex Mathis ’12 stated “I am very proud to represent the United States at the inaugural Americas Cup tournament. Being chosen as a member of the U.S. Junior Team is a goal I have worked hard to achieve, and I am very thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given.”
Students chosen for the team are: seniors Nick Luken and Alex Mathis; juniors Kevin Anneken, Michelle Casey, Sadie DiMuzio, Liz Fromhold, and Lauren Krebs; sophomore Zach Lambert; and freshman Stephen Poptic ’15. RB’s Dr. Paul Wittekind (’84) will coach the team. Assistant coaches will be David Dozer, Joe Gering (RB class of ’00), Collin Wetzel (’02), and Br. Roger Lopez, OFM.
“I am very proud to represent the United States at the inaugural Americas Cup tournament,” says Alex Mathis. “Being chosen as a member of the U.S. Junior Team is a goal I have worked hard to achieve, and I am very thankful for the opportunity I’ve been given.”
In July 2002, Dr. Wittekind and Mr. Dozer coached the U.S. Junior National Underwater Hockey Team to a silver medal finish at the 2002 World Underwater Hockey Championships in Calgary, the first silver medal ever won by any American team in the biennial championships. Dozer and “Doc” Wittekind again coached the U.S. Junior National Underwater Hockey Team in the August 2006 World Championships held in Sheffield, England.