The Steamboat Springs girls U-14 soccer team celebrates after winning the Grand Mesa Invitational soccer tournament during the weekend. Twelve teams from the Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association attended the tournament. The U-11 girls and U-12 boys also won championships.

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The Steamboat Springs girls U-14 soccer team celebrates after winning the Grand Mesa Invitational soccer tournament during the weekend. Twelve teams from the Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association attended the tournament. The U-11 girls and U-12 boys also won championships.

Youth soccer starts off well

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The Steamboat Springs Youth Soccer Association kicked off its club season during the weekend with the Grand Mesa Invitational Tournament in Grand Junction.

Steamboat took 12 teams in age groups ranging from 9- to 14-years-old.

The U-14 and U-11 girls teams won, as did the U-12 boys team.

"That tournament is really basically the start to the majority of our club teams' seasons," said Rob Bohlmann, director of coaching and player development for the SSYSA. "Just with the weather, a lot of teams don't play in a spring league. The Grand Mesa kicks off some competitive events for our teams."

Although most of the teams have the next couple of weekends off, Bohlmann said they all will be playing at various tournaments throughout June. The club season concludes with the Steamboat Mountain Tournament on July 18 and 19.

6 named All-League

After returning the Western Slope League girls soccer championship to Steamboat, several Sailors were honored as All-League selections.

Seniors Hanna Berglund and Mandi DeVos and junior Emi Birch were named to the first team.

Courtney Garth, Shelby Struble and Joanie Bier were named honorable mention.

"For sure, we felt good that we saw the numbers that we did," said Bohlmann, who also coaches the girls high school team. "In our situation, we'd fight for more, but there is only a certain amount of spots that go around. We were in a fortunate situation that we had a lot of depth and a lot of those good playing personalities."

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