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Sailors lacrosse gets home playoff game

Steamboat takes Gardner Field at 5 p.m. Friday against Lewis-Palmer

Luke Graham

— On Tuesday, the Colorado High School Activities Association awarded the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team a No. 16 seed and home playoff game in the program’s first postseason appearance.

Steamboat will play No. 17 Lewis-Palmer at 5 p.m. Friday at Gardner Field.

“I think it’s fine,” Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. “I think considering the strength of our schedule – which wasn’t very high – I think we came out as well as we could.”

In Lewis-Palmer, Steamboat finds a team it doesn’t know very much about. The Rangers went 9-6, including a 6-1 record in the Pikes Peak Conference.

All six of Lewis-Palmer’s losses this year came against playoff teams. The Rangers come into Friday’s matchup having won seven of their past nine games. The two teams have not played each other and share no common opponents.

“It’s a disadvantage not knowing them for sure,” senior defenseman Jasper Gantick said. “The advantage is, they know nothing about us. But we’re the underdogs, for sure. Nobody knows us. They think we’re the same old Steamboat team that hasn’t played anybody. It would be a great benchmark for us, because everybody thinks we’re at this level, and for us to go out and show we’re at a different level would be great.”

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Even with the home game, Steamboat might actually be considered the underdog. The Sailors, who finished the season 13-0 and won the Mountain Conference, ranked 30th in Colorado according to http://www.laxpower.com – one of the foremost sites on high school lacrosse. Conversely, Lewis-Palmer was ranked 16th.

Still, Hiester said he’s confident that Steamboat – especially at home – matches up well with Lewis-Palmer. Even with the team coming off spring break on Monday, Hiester said the practice was better than he could have expected.

“It’s focus and more focus,” Hiester said. “I talked to them (Monday) and told them we have to do all the little things well. Against some teams we played we got by, by doing some things sloppy. We can’t do that in the playoffs. I think it’s a great challenge for us. It’s exciting.”

The first round of the playoffs begins Friday. The top eight seeds in the bracket have a first-round bye. Seeds nine through 24 play in the first round. The second round is reseeded, with the lowest remaining seed playing the highest seed, and so on.

If the brackets play out according to seed, Steamboat would play No. 1 Arapahoe in the second round.

– To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

If you go

What: No. 16 Steamboat vs. No. 17 Lewis-Palmer lacrosse

When: 5 p.m. Friday

Where: Gardner Field at Steamboat Springs High School

Pre-game festivities

Alpine Lumber will host a pre-game barbecue at 4 p.m. in the parking lot next to Gardner Field before Friday’s playoff game. Free food and beverages will be available.