Denver athletes part of Warrior hockey team
By Micah Knebel

Denver’s Carter Herbst has had a strong senior year playing on the Waterloo Warriors’ hockey team.

The forward is the third highest scorer for the Warriors this season with 28 goals and 40 assists. Herbst was a second-team all-MHSHL selection in the 2017-2018 season, was part of the state championship team his sophomore year, state qualifying team his junior year, and just earned another state championship his senior year and an MVP honor.

Warriors head coach Brian Cook has been impressed by Herbst’s skills and leadership.

“Herbst is probably one of the hardest workers on and off the ice that I have ever coached,” he said. “And he also contributes in every aspect of the game, offensively by scoring goals and setting up his line mates, and he also is one of our best defensive players.”

“I would love to have a whole squad of him,” Cook continued.

The Warriors have another Cyclone on the team – freshman Cale Neuendorf. Neuendorf is a defenseman and has played in 25 games of the season and had two assists.

“Cale is a freshman,” Coach Cook said, “but from what I’ve seen so far, he has tremendous talent for a freshman. He’s strong defensively. He just has great raw skills. Skating is good, his stick handling is good, his passing is good, his shooting is good. So for someone that young to have all those tools already and we just need to fine tune them, it’s pretty good at that age.”

For both Cyclones, the interest started at a Waterloo Black Hawks’ game. Herbst remembers his dad taking him at age three to a game. Neuendorf recalls begging his parents to sign him up after watching his first game. They both later enrolled in the Waterloo Junior Hawks’ program and began developing their skills before advancing to the high school league Waterloo Warriors.

“My experience with the Warriors has been great,” Herbst said in an interview prior to the team’s 2018-2019 state championship entrance. “Winning state my sophomore year has been my best memory, and then, just the relationships I’ve had with these guys. It’s kind of cool to branch out and meet kids from other schools.”

“I’m only a freshman,” Neuendorf added, “but I’d have to say there is a lot of chemistry. It’s good to see more numbers every year.”
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