With three teams competing in the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League, Marcus High School has proven to be one of the stronger and more enduring hockey programs in North Texas.
The Marauders Junior Varsity Silver hockey team reinforced that claim in the spring with a city championship, capping off a season in which the squad lost only a single game, and won a total of 21 contests.
Now that the summer season is underway, coach Kenny Tyler had a chance to reflect on his team’s accomplishment.
“I think that any time you win a city championship, it’s hard to do,” Tyler said. “It doesn’t happen a lot, so when you can win it, it is a big deal.”
Tyler said he believes that a victory for the JV Silver team bodes especially well for the future of the Marcus program.
“Marcus has got a lot of good skaters at a lot of different levels,” Tyler said. “It’s nice to see when you’ve got a lot of young guys like we had on the team to win it. It was really good for those guys to be a part of it, and it is a really good inspiration for some of the eighth graders coming up as well, so that they can step it up for the next level.”
The Marcus Silver team had a gaudy 21-1-0 record on the season, with a +122 goal differential, and four of the top five goal-scorers in the league.
John Consolver, the youngest member of the Marcus JV Silver team, was second on the team in scoring with 43 points (20 goals, 23 assists), and said he felt it was a great year for the Marcus team.
“I was really satisfied, because Marcus has never won a city championship, and I think we needed it,” Consolver said. “Watching my brother play for Marcus four years, to have us finally win a city championship this year, I’ve been waiting for this chance.”
John’s brother, Jake, was part of the Marcus Varsity Silver team last season that won the Central Division with a 15-7-1 record.
Jake Consolver certainly did his part for the Marauders, finishing the season with 23 goals and 19 assists in the Varsity Silver division.
Michael Kissinger, who led the JV Silver division in scoring with 35 goals and 19 assists, said he believes that his team was able to enjoy the type of success it did for a couple of reasons.
“I think the coaching is good, and a lot of the players have played with each other previously, so we have really good chemistry,” Kissinger said. “Now we just have to try to carry it over and play as good as we did and try to have the same type of success.”
Taylor Jones and Kyle Michels were also among the league leaders in scoring with 40 points and 32 points for the Marauders respectively.
On the defensive side, Kamen Kessler was lights out in goal, earning 20 of Marcus’ 21 victories between the pipes with a 1.14 goals against average.
Kessler said he is aware that with such an impressive showing last season he could be snapped up by either the Varsity or JV Gold team, which he said is something he actually welcomes.
“I have actually thought about it quite a bit,” Kessler said. “I feel that I have the ability to move up. I have been training a lot this summer, and my goal is to try to make one of those two teams this season.”
Kessler, Kissinger and Consolver said there was a tremendous sense of pride in winning the city championship, and added that it pleases them even more to see the younger players eager to carry on the tradition.
Tyler said he is very pleased with the state of the Marcus program as a whole at this point and excited about where it is headed.
“It’s very good right now,” Tyler said. “We are always trying to draw travel players in every year. There are kids at Marcus that don’t play, and if we could get all of those kids that don’t play, we could field another team. We’ve got a lot of good players coming up, though, and that is what you need to build the program.”
It looks like Marcus will field three teams again this next school year, one at the Varsity Gold or Silver level, and then a Junior Varsity Gold and Junior Varsity Silver team.
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