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A week after a pair of Florida teams captured championships at the USA Hockey Men's National Tournament at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex, the Sunshine State didn't fare as well on the women's side.

The USA Women's National Tournament, also held at Ellenton this weekend, featured tournaments in the 30-, 40- and 50-plus age groups and handed its trophies out exclusively to teams from the Northeast and Minnesota.

The Nighthawks, a team from Massachusetts, won the 30-plus national championship and were joined by the Cape Cod Black Dog in the 40-plus top tier and the Massachusetts Lady Lobsters in the 50-plus third tier as champions from the state. The Westchester WildCats from New York won in the other 40-plus tier and Washington's IMS and Minnesota's Final Period won the top two tiers of 50-plus, respectively.

Riverdawgs sweep

For one weekend, Bradenton owned the Suncoast Travelball Championships 11U division. More specifically, the Riverdawgs owned the division. The Bradenton-based Riverdawgs won the 11U division at the STB Spring Classic by beating the Riverdawgs White team in the championship game at Heritage Harbor.

Teams of 9U-14U players took part in the tournament, which was played throughout Bradenton, Sarasoota, Lakewod Ranch and Palmetto, including Heritage Harbor and Braden River. Pro Buff Elite, which beat Sarasota's WC Stingers Orange at the Baltimore Oriooles Complex in the National Division of 14U, was the tournament's only other champion froom Bradenton.

Tampa was the big winner with Team Arsenal winning the 10U championship, Spartans Pro winning the 12U American Division and the New Tampa Predators winning the 13U National. The Gulf Coast Monarchs from Bonita Springs won the 9U title, the Seminole Diamond Demons won the 12U National, the Clearwater Reds won the 13U American and Lakeland's Team Hammer won the 14U American.

David Wilson, prep sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7057 or via email at Follow him on Twitter at @DBWilson2.