Penn Lukens advances the ball during a tournament last weekend in Evergreen. Steamboat Youth Lacrosse will host the fifth annual Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

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Penn Lukens advances the ball during a tournament last weekend in Evergreen. Steamboat Youth Lacrosse will host the fifth annual Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

Annual youth lacrosse tourney set for this weekend


New high school teams sanctioned by CHSAA

Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain learned Wednesday that starting next year, the two schools officially will have boys and girls lacrosse and will be recognized by the Colorado High School Activities Association as varsity programs.

Both schools were considered pre-CHSAA, which meant they still were club teams but could play against other varsity teams.

Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain will play in the Mountain League consisting of Aspen, Summit, Steamboat Springs and possibly Grand Junction and Durango.

— Steamboat Youth Lacrosse will host the fifth annual Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.

The tournament will bring 28 teams from around the state and Wyoming to compete in fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade tournaments. Steamboat Springs will have five teams in the tournament.

The fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade games will be played at Emerald Park. The eighth-grade games will be played at Steamboat Springs High School's Gardner Field, with several games also played at Emerald Park.

"In our tournament, it will probably be the most high level of play we've seen all year," said Neill Redfern, the director for Steamboat Youth Lacrosse and coach of the seventh-grade team. "Almost every grade level will have some of the top teams."

The eighth-grade games will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

The fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade games will start at 11 a.m. Saturday and run until 5 p.m. On Sunday, those games will go from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The fifth-grade division will have two teams from Steamboat.

All of the tournaments except for the seventh-grade event will be played like a traditional tournament. The seventh grade will play in a round-robin format.

Redfern said the tournament is beneficial because it allows local teams to play home games.

Recently, Steamboat teams have traveled to Eagle County and Evergreen for tournaments.

"Honestly, it is to get home games so the parents and kids don't have to get in the car," Redfern said. "I mean, we always want to put on a good tournament, but there's no goals really of winning or losing."

The seventh-grade team is 7-0 after winning tournaments in Eagle and Evergreen. The sixth-grade team is 4-3, and the eighth-grade team is 5-2-1.

"It's absolutely a thrill to host this tournament," said John Worden, the eighth-grade coach. "One thing I've got to say is Neill does an outstanding job of selecting teams. Neill considers the quality of play and tries to get teams into divisions. There are very few blowouts and they're all well-contested games. The quality of play is very good."

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Malcolm_Reynolds 8 years, 11 months ago

But a Lacrosse tournament is OK at Emerald Park!

Look out Pamela Lane residents here come those SUVs with Lacrosse players and their families. Is Steamboat Youth Lacrosse going to have street monitors at the entrance of Pamela Lane? How are our children going to use the fields this weekend? I need the solitude of the Botanical Garden without noisy kids having fun.

Oh, that's right this is YOUTH LACROSSE, not YOUTH BASEBALL their parents have acceptable demographic standards!


rsssco 8 years, 11 months ago

Malcolm. The lacrosse players and their families park their electric hybrid cars on the east side of Rabbitt Ears and walk into town. They only accept scraps from the back door of restaurants so that locals can have any table they are entitled to as a birthright. If they go to a grocery store they wait until there are no locals in line before approaching a checkout. If they must walk on our streets they do so humbly and bow at the waist to be sure their heads are lower than any locals as they pass as a sign of submission. When coming to Emerald Park they skip down Emerald Lane while tossing 100 dollar bills to the residents. They are not like those evil Triple Crown children.


addlip2U 8 years, 11 months ago

And they don't stay and take over Steamboat for the entire summer either!


steamboatyahoo 8 years, 11 months ago


You've got the answer right there in your diatribe. This tournament is organized by Steamboat Youth Lacrosse, which I would imagine is a local non-profit organization for the benefit of local youth. It states right there in the article that they organize this for convenience of the local families. I would imagine that the lacrosse group is in fact paying fees for the use of those fields as most local groups are required to do.

Not a for-profit business from out of town paying no fees to use local Parks & Rec facilities.


untamedShrewd 8 years, 11 months ago

Oh stop your belly aching. This is a great new local youth organization, that has grown successfully over the years because of dedicated locals, parents and a handful of previous players volunteering time. And it is especially successful because Neill Redfern's coaching examplifies the most positive role model for the kids interested in developing their skills in this sport and in life experiences. He doesn't have a bad bone in his body. Emerald Fields is for all of Steamboat to use and a portion of our players' fees plus the fees by visiting teams go into the maintenance of Emerald Fields.

Here's the mission statement for Steamboat Youth Lacrosse, Inc.

The mission of Steamboat Youth Lacrosse is to provide a positive athletic environment through participation in the sport of lacrosse with an emphasis on building character, developing self esteem and exhibiting good sportsmanship.


steamboatyahoo 8 years, 11 months ago


my point exactly, Steamboat Youth Lacrosse is for local youth and they pay fees. Triple Crown is for youth from Texas, California, etc. and they pay no fees for the use of fields. They do pay Triple Crown but that goes to that company as profit. Malcolm in the first post was stating that the two groups are equal.


untamedShrewd 8 years, 11 months ago

I wasn't disagreeing with you yahoo...just tired of folks like "badcome" bellying aching about the fields being put to good use, especially by locals whose tax dollars, in addition to fees, maintain the fields.


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