Youth lacrosse tourney on deck for Steamboat

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— One of the more popular youth lacrosse tournaments in the state returns to Steamboat Springs this weekend.

The seventh annual Steamboat Classic Lacrosse Tourn­ament starts with play Saturday and continues through Sunday.

The tournament will bring 32 teams from across the state to compete in fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade tournaments.

The fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade games will be played at Emerald Park. The eighth-grade games will be played mostly on Gardner Field at Steamboat Springs High School. Several eighth-grade games will be played at Emerald.

Steamboat will field six teams, including two seventh-grade teams and two sixth-grade teams.

In total, 64 games will be played during the two days.

Teams from Aspen, Summit, Vail, Colorado Springs and the Denver area are expected to attend.

The tournament starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday.

“At every age level we have and at every grade level we have some of the top teams in the state coming up,” said Neill Redfern, Steamboat Youth Lacrosse director. “Some of those teams will be playing up a grade.”

The tournament was created to get home games for players in Steamboat, Redfern said.

Whereas most competitive tournaments take place on the Front Range and require players to travel most weekends, Redfern said this tournament allows players to play at home in Steamboat.

Teams from Steamboat have been on the road the past two weekends.

“This year it’s the perfect number of teams,” Redfern said. “Like I’ve said all along, we’ve created home games for our players.”

Redfern suggested that people coming to watch games at Emerald Park either carpool, walk or ride their bikes. Since there will be multiple lacrosse games across multiple fields, parking at Emerald will be limited.

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