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Red Tails take third at nationals
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The first-year Ripon Red Tails wrapped up a successful inaugural season May 29 and 30 when they placed third in the National Inline Hockey Championships in Orlando, Fla.

They qualified by winning the Northern California division of the American Inline Hockey League for minor league teams as the third-seeded team.

The Red Tails, who went 18-12, call Power Play Sports Arena in Ripon home.

Twelve floor players, two goalies and two coaches made the trip to Orlando, with team members ranging in ages of 16-43 and coming as far north as Sacramento and south as Merced. Seventy five players tried out, with only 14 making the cut.

“Winning the North Pacific Championships is one of the greatest accomplishments I have achieved with a team,” said 26-year-old goalie Casey Snyder. “To see each and every person on the team step up their level of play and win as a team, it’s a great feeling.

“It was an awesome year and a lot of work, but winning the North and coming in third in the country when no one but us thought it was possible just tops it off.”

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