Ten Pittsburgh natives played for the U.S. team that won the bronze medal at the World Junior (under-20) Street Hockey Championships June 25-29 at St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. The players were (high school affiliation in parentheses): John Bearer (North Hills), Pete Cosentino (Bethel Park), Mitchell Faust (Carrick) Dan Gregory (Perry), Steve Gregory (Perry), Aaron Hahne (Carrick); Chris Liebers (Plum), Mike Nauman (North Hills), Ryan Saylor (Northgate), Bill Sullivan (Woodland Hills).
The team was coached by Pittsburgh's Mark Madden. He was assisted by Cory Herschk, also a Pittsburgher.
The U.S. beat the Czech Republic in the bronze-medal game, 4-3. Steve Gregory scored one goal in that game; the others were tallied by Massachusetts residents Cody Warila (two) and Andrew Hildreth.
The bronze marks the second straight medal won by the U.S. in international junior competition. The U.S. won the gold medal in Aosta, Italy, in 2006. The tournament is held biennially.
"To add this medal to the gold we won at Aosta '06 shows that the United States is consistently a major player at the junior level of international street hockey," said Madden. "We've cracked the 'Big Three' of Canada, the Czechs and the Slovaks and made it a 'Big Four.' That's a huge accomplishment."
The U.S. finished 3-2 on the tournament. Besides beating the Czechs, the U.S. beat Italy (4-2) and Bosnia-Herzegovina (16-0) while losing to Canada (10-3) and Slovakia (6-5 in overtime in the semifinals).