After opening with a 3-3 tie vs # 25 seed Dassel Cokato, the 14AA Hamel Hawks turned up the heat to beat the Rosemount Irish 11-0. Needing a win to advance to bracket play, Hamel outdueled the #3 seed Prior Lake Lakers 4-3 on Saturday morning to earn their spot in the top 20. Saturday afternoon the squad exorcised some demons defeating the #8 seed (and previously 2-time winners over Hamel) Orono Spartans 8-4 to advance to elite 8 round. Hamel started of Sunday swinging with a 14-10 triumph over the #9 seed Rochester Green team earning their spot in the final four. After a late-inning loss to the eventual champion and #2 seed Lakeville North team, the Hawks dug deep to produce a 4-run, 11th inning rally to secure their 3rd place title with a 10-6 triumph over the #4 seed Osseo Maple Grove Storm team. A tremendous team effort by the #18 seed (of 40) to endure 7 games and steal hardware from the higher seeded teams. The whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. 1-2-3 Hamel!!!