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July 4, 2001

Wow – This is Our Best July 4th Celebration Ever!!!
AAA LAS VEGAS TITANS SHOCK ARMADILLOS, 4-2
TO REACH THE PACIFIC CUP ROLLER FINAL FOUR!!!!

By Lee Samuels

Anaheim, Calif. — In an absolute shocker Larry Sanford’s AAA Las Vegas Titans 16-and-under bantam roller team ousted one of the top California teams, the Mission Gretzky Armadillos here midnight Sunday.

The Titans have advanced to the Final Four of the Pacific Cup bantam championships. Eight teams started, four are gone, the Titans are in their third day of competition.

Las Vegas won, 4-2, to finish 2-1 in bracket action.

Here is the Final Four schedule for Monday:

AAA Tour EPH (3-0) vs. AAA Las Vegas (2-1)
AAA Anaheim Mission Bulldogs (2-0-1) vs. Orange County Blades (2-1)

Winners will advance to the gold medal game here this evening.

Sanford drove his team hard during workouts the week before these championship, sending his Titans into brutal scrimmages vs. older players who included Micah Sanford, Patrick Stevenson, Leroy Garcia and Freddie Young at the Crystal Palace roller rink on North Rancho Drive. These were fast-paced hard-hitting scrimmages to get the 16-and-unders ready for this very difficult tournament.

Sanford’s roster has several ice hockey players including goalie Cody Fulweiler, who has been spectacular, plus Spike Neely, Eddie Del Grosso and Jason Allen.

The Titans are led by one of the all-time Las Vegas skaters, playmaker and top scorer in Billy Tufano who is in his final season as a bantam player.