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Skating to Y R O T C I V USC’s inline hockey teams celebrate a winning season. BY W.B. FRESA I n the Pittsburgh area, almost everyone loves hockey. The Penguins practically walk on frozen water, and clearly help foster a love of the game for people of all ages. However, not everyone has the funds, opportunity or time to play ice hockey, which makes having an alternative like inline hockey a perfect solution. For the past 10 years, Upper St. Clair has participated and grown its inline hockey program and can claim last season to be the most successful in recent years. “Of our five teams, two had championship wins: one at the elementary school level and one at the high school level,” says Eric Bernstein, current president of the USC Inline Hockey Board. “Our other middle school team was runner-up in their championship game and all five of our teams finished with one of 20 724.942.0940 TO ADVERTISE ❘ our players taking the top spot in the total points scored. We’re so proud of our players.” USC Inline Hockey is available for boys and girls living in Upper St. Clair Township and from surrounding communities that don’t have an inline hockey program. Teams are comprised of kids ages 6 to 18 and grades 2 through 12. They practice at the Bridgeville Rollerplex and play games at local arenas from downtown Pittsburgh to Harmarville and beyond. “We keep practices to once a week and one game per weekend, which helps Y[\[X[YHZ\[YH[[Z]Y[\ܝ[܈[Z[H][8'H^\\Z['\ܝ[XYYH\[[YH[[\]]]B]]Z[ݙ\]\[ۙx&\Z[HY[K[]8&\XHšۛHX[\H^HYZ[Y\HH[YH[قY[H\\˸'