Steamboat Youth Lacrosse hosts fourth annual Invitational

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— Steamboat's growing youth boys lacrosse teams may be at a geographical disadvantage when it comes to the Front Range's spring leagues.

But Youth Lacrosse director Neill Redfern isn't worried.

He knows his teams get their fill during a busy summer schedule of tournaments - last year, his two eighth-grade teams played 15 or more games during the summer.

On Saturday, the four Steamboat boys teams - which include a fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and an eighth-grade squad - will open their summer seasons on their home turf.

Redfern will host the fourth annual Steamboat Classic Invitational Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Emerald Park.

"The whole purpose of the tournament was initially, and still is, to have some home games for our guys," said Redfern, whose tournament guarantees each team three games.

The tournament will again bring together 23 teams from across the Front Range and Wyoming, spread into four age divisions. This year will not feature a girls division because Redfern said the tournament dates fall between two popular girls tournaments on the Front Range, making it difficult to bring together enough teams.

The boys divisions will feature some of Colorado's stiffest competition - the Front Range has four tiered leagues within each age division, grades 6 to 8, and many quality teams from the top tiers will be represented.

Before Steamboat's teams hit the road for various tournaments, Redfern encouraged fans to turn out for the free games and to carpool, if possible, to eliminate parking issues.

The following are the Steamboat Youth Lacrosse teams' Saturday game times: fifth grade at 9 and 11 a.m. (Dudley); sixth grade at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Emerald North/Dudley); seventh grade at 11 a.m. (Emerald South); eighth grade at noon (Emerald North).

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