The Steamboat Springs all-star traveling lacrosse team celebrates after finishing third at the 2012 Dick’s Sporting Goods Colorado Cup earlier this summer. The team is playing in the Summit County Lacrosse Classic this weekend before traveling to the Champ Camp in Baltimore, Md., next week.

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The Steamboat Springs all-star traveling lacrosse team celebrates after finishing third at the 2012 Dick’s Sporting Goods Colorado Cup earlier this summer. The team is playing in the Summit County Lacrosse Classic this weekend before traveling to the Champ Camp in Baltimore, Md., next week.

Steamboat lacrosse team set for 2 tournaments

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— Maybe nobody understands the benefits better than Dane Dixson.

In a long line of Dixson athletes, Dane knows what continuous work means for results.

A darn good biker and skier, Dixson also saw sparing minutes on the varsity lacrosse team in the spring.

But Dixson knows the work he has put in with the Steamboat Springs all-star traveling team inevitably will carry over to the 2013 high school season. It should be especially beneficial with lacrosse moving to two classifications next season.

“That’s going to be really apparent next season for the high school,” Dixson said. “Over the summer, a lot of kids put their sticks down and don’t pick them up. But we’ve been playing lacrosse all summer. I think it’s going to be noticeable for sure. Some of the younger kids are standing out more so than the older kids who didn’t play. It will be pretty obvious who did it and who didn’t play.”

After struggling in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Jamboree in early June, the team finished third in the elite high school division at the 2012 Dick’s Sporting Goods Colorado Cup.

Now, the team turns its focus to two more high level tournaments. The team plays Saturday and Sunday in the Summit County Lacrosse Classic before leaving for the Champ Camp in Baltimore, Md. — one of the premier high school lacrosse camps in the nation.

The team was formed in early May after tryouts. Originally, the athletes played in a summer league in Steamboat, but in order to get better competition, a team was created.

“We’ve improved in many aspects of the game,” rising senior Penn Lukens said. “It was good to have two tournaments in the beginning and two at the end.”

Saturday and Sunday's tournament will feature many of the same teams Steamboat saw at the Colorado Cup.

The Champ Camp will feature the top all-star and traveling teams in the nation, including many players that will fill up Division I rosters in a few years.

“It’s only beneficial,” said Scot Forney, who is helping coach and was a 2008 Steamboat graduate. “I wish this was around when I was in high school. The exposure alone is beneficial. This is a huge exposure to them. They’re testing themselves against those levels. This is fantastic.”

Steamboat lacrosse is coming off a historic year. The team won its first playoff game and eventually fell in the second round to state powerhouse Kent Denver.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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