Lacrosse tournament a hit

Steamboat Springs youth teams fare well in weekend's Classic competition

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— The weather cooperated, the schedule worked, and the Steamboat Springs youth lacrosse teams played well. Overall, organizers said the Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament was a success.

"It was nice to have our own tournament," organizer Neill Redfern said. "In terms of the win-loss thing, we did OK. But my gosh, we had what I would call landmark victories."

Considering several of the teams that competed are established programs with years of experience, Steamboat held its own.

The fourth- and fifth-grade boys teams played their first lacrosse games. The same was true for many girls who played for coach Katie White.

"The fifth-grade team went 2-2," Redfern said. "They lost, 8-5, to a Columbine team playing together for three years. That was our third game as a group -- ever. That was a big deal, I thought. The other two games were the day before."

The Steamboat Classic La----crosse Tournament welcomed boys and girls lacrosse teams from Summit County, the Front Range and Wyoming. It was the first year for the mini girls tournament and clinic.

"From what I understand, it sounds like everyone had fun," Redfern said.

The Steamboat White eighth-grade team notched wins against Summit and Steamboat Red, another eighth-grade team.

The seventh-graders from Steamboat lost two games in overtime but split their Sunday games.

"The sixth-graders, I thought, were really impressive because they played three fifth-grade teams, all of which are three of the top fifth-grade teams in the state," Redfern sad. "They played tough, and the gap is being closed."

Steamboat put together a fourth- and fifth-grade combo team, which lost to another Steamboat fifth-grade team in the final 15 seconds. The combo team beat Summit.

The spring youth lacrosse season ends this weekend with the Warrior Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Jamboree. All the games are at the Stenger Complex in Arvada.

"There are more than 200 teams this year," Redfern said. "We are taking eight Steamboat teams down there -- two girls and six boys teams. Then, we do have a break."

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