Steamboat Springs Ben Wharton catches the ball during a practice drill Monday afternoon at Steamboat Springs High School. The Sailors will travel to Englewood today to take on No. 3-ranked Kent Denver in the second round of the state playoffs.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs Ben Wharton catches the ball during a practice drill Monday afternoon at Steamboat Springs High School. The Sailors will travel to Englewood today to take on No. 3-ranked Kent Denver in the second round of the state playoffs.

Steamboat lacrosse looks to move past Kent Denver

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— The Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team will look to knock off one of the state’s top teams when they travel to Englewood on Tuesday for the second round of the state playoffs.

The game, which originally was scheduled for Wednesday, was moved up because of a scheduling conflict with Kent Denver’s athletic field.

“They have a really solid, solid lacrosse team,” Sailors head coach Bob Hiester said. “They don’t have any weaknesses and they played a very strong schedule this season.”

Hiester said the key for the Sailors will be possessing the ball and maintaining a high-level of play throughout the game. “We are going to have to be on top of our game against this team.”

Hiester said Kent Denver is one of the programs that sets the standard in the state of Colorado. He and his Sailors are looking forward to facing an elite program.

“It’s great for us to play a program like this,” Hiester said. “We are gaining a lot of respect in the state and this is an opportunity for us to gain even more respect from one of the top programs in the state.”

Hiester hopes Kent Denver may be looking past Steamboat — a team from the Western Slope that hasn’t played a lot on the Front Range this season — to the next round.

“Hopefully we will be able to go down there and play as well as we have been playing,” Hiester said.

The two teams are scheduled to take the field at 5:30 p.m.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com

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