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 Springs 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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