Kent Denver's field has ties to Steamboat

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— The site of Tuesday’s second-round playoff game between the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team and Kent Denver may be more than three hours away by car, but its tie to this area is strong.

The game will be played on Justin DeSorrento Memorial Field on the campus of Kent Denver in Englewood. DeSorrento was part of the Kent Denver community from 1988 through 1995, and it’s where he attended school from the sixth grade on.

He died in a car crash in 1997, and the school named the campus’s newest athletic field after him in 2003. DeSorrento was a standout soccer player who was twice named to the all-state team.

His family also has owned a home in Steamboat Springs since the 1970s. DeSorrento and his sister Suraya grew up on the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area and considered the Yampa Valley their second home.

The family continues to contribute to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and many other local organizations through the DeSo Foundation. The Justin Andrew DeSorrento Sports Medicine Center at Yampa Valley Medical Center was named in DeSorrento’s honor in 1999. And many locals are familiar with the Ski for DeSo day each season.

“It’s pretty cool,” Suraya said Monday about Kent Denver hosting Steamboat Springs in the second-round playoff game that will be played on the field that bears her brother’s name. “Steamboat Springs and Kent Denver were two of his favorite places.”

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