Sports briefs for May 21

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Bertrand off to all-state tournament

— Although Kevin Bertrand's lacrosse career is over at Steamboat Springs High School, the senior is out to prove something.

Not just for him, but for the program as a whole.

Bertrand will take part in the Colorado all-state lacrosse tournament in Denver today. Each of the four conferences in the state forms a team and then competes in a round-robin tournament.

Bertrand, who is making his second straight appearance in the tournament, said he's out to show Steamboat is a budding lacrosse power and that players from the area can compete with the state's best.

"Right now, I just want to prove that Steamboat lacrosse isn't a wash," Bertrand said. "We do have players, and in the future, we will be strong."

Bertrand will be paired up with players from traditional powerhouses such as Chatfield, Columbine, Green Mountain and this year's state runner-up, Fort Collins Unified.

"It's sweet. It's cool to make it two years in a row," Bertrand said. "It's fun. It's a change of pace. The game is played so much faster."

Bertrand, who plans to spend a semester at Colorado Mountain College after he graduates, said he eventually hopes to play lacrosse on the Metro State College of Denver club team.

Emerald trails still closed

Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series Race Director Gretchen Sehler wants to remind all riders the biking trails on Emerald Mountain still are closed.

Despite the recent warm temperatures, Sehler said the trails still are very wet.

Signs at the bottom of the trail let riders know that the trails are closed.

"We literally have some rivers flowing right down the trails," Sehler said. "We diverted some stuff, but we want people to help us save our trails."

Sehler said when people ride around the mud spots it widens the trails. Riding over the diversion dams just reopens them, causing the trails to remain closed longer.

"When you run into wet conditions where the soil is saturated, that's the place to turn around and come back," Sehler said.

NASTAR's back

For the fourth consecutive season, the Steamboat Ski Area will host the Nature Valley NASTAR National Championships. Next year's races will take place March 26 to 29.

The previous three national championship events brought nearly 4,000 racers to Steamboat.

The 2009 Nature Valley National Championships are expected to attract nearly 1,400 racers. Racers qualify for the National Championships by earning a top-three ranking in their age division at any of the 125 Nature Valley NASTAR ski resorts throughout North America. In 2008, competitors ages 3 to 93 from 44 states as well as Canada and Australia competed in age and gender categories in Alpine, telemark, snowboard and physically challenged categories for the chance to win a national title in Steamboat.

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