Ricky McAllaster, former Team Summit member, dies in Georgia
Richard “Ricky” Emerson McAllaster, Jr., 15, died early New Year’s morning in an automobile accident on Wilmington Island, Ga.Ricky lived life to the fullest while always exhibiting abundant energy and a very strong will. When he was 7, Ricky’s family moved to Breckenridge, where he fell in love with extreme sports. He became a successful snowboard racer, competed in mountain bike races, was a champion ice hockey goalie, played lacrosse, and fell in love with the outdoor lifestyle of the Rockies. He was a sensational athlete excelling in virtually every sport he tried. This past fall he became the only freshman ever chosen for Team Palmetto, the elite South Carolina High School lacrosse team. He was a three time Middle School All State selection in lacrosse, a nationally ranked downhill mountain biker at the age of 11, the goalie for Summit Hockey’s runner- up Colorado State Champion team at age 11, and a former competitive snowboarder with Team Summit.Upon moving back to Savannah, Ga., Ricky started playing golf, and shot a hole-in-one during his first year on the Savannah Christian golf team. One of his coaches referred to Ricky as “Hollywood” because of his flair for the game, and his snowboard coach said that Ricky came down the mountain “like his hair was on fire,” but more than that Ricky loved and respected the game, no matter what game it was. Ricky was instrumental in encouraging his high school, Benedictine, to start the first high school lacrosse team in town, and his teammates are dedicating this season to Ricky. A Ricky McAllaster Memorial Lacrosse tournament is in the planning for the spring. Ricky is best known for his love of people – he loved being with his friends, and he truly loved his friends. Ricky, the son of Richard Emerson and Elison Backus McAllaster, is survived by his parents, his brother, George Mingledorff, his sister, Ann Marie McAllaster, his grandmothers, Marie Backus McGaughey of Savannah, GA, and Sally McAllaster of Port Orchard, WA; many aunts and uncles and a nephew and niece, Emily and George Mingledorff, Jr. A memorial service is set for today at Benedictine Military School, 6502 Seawright Drive at 1 p.m. A reception will follow the Benedictine service. The McAllaster family requests that any donations be sent to either the George & Marie Backus Children’s Hospital at Memorial, or to Benedictine Military School for the Ricky McAllaster Lacrosse Scholarship fund. Sign the online guestbook at http://www.foxandweeks.com.
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