Sthorn crowns Princess of the Beach, Summit’s AnnaMarie Dodson heads to national volleyball champs | SummitDaily.com

Sthorn crowns Princess of the Beach, Summit’s AnnaMarie Dodson heads to national volleyball champs

Silverthorne crowns 1st Princess of the Beach

On June 17, a collection of local youth volleyball players took to the pristine sand courts at the Silverthorne Recreation Center for the first Princess of the Beach volleyball tournament.

The two vs. two tournament was open to two divisions: girls 13-15 years old and 16-18 years old (aka no adults allowed). This first tourney drew about 10 of the best and baddest local volleyball players for a morning of round robin play.

Young Christina Koetteritz took first in the 13 to 15-year-old division, followed by Michaela Sanchez in second.

The next Princess of the Beach tournament takes place July 8 at the sand courts from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration is $20 per player and available online at http://www.silverthorne.org or by calling the rec center at 970-262-7370.

Summit's AnnaMarie Dodson joins Front Range Volleyball Club at Jr. National Championship, June 25-28

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AnnaMarie Dodson is headed to the big show.

During the spring season, Dodson and the 15-1 White team with the Front Range Volleyball Club — the most experienced 15-year-old program with the Denver-based program — appeared in four different USA Volleyball girl's events, three of which were qualifying events for the USA Volleyball Junior National Championship. Each qualifier, including the Rocky Mountain Region Zelinkoff Junior National Qualifier in Denver, gave the White team the opportunity to face high-level competition from the best clubs around the country, all while pursuing a bid for the National Championship.

And, now, Dodson's team has earned the invite. The team competes at the Junior National Championships in Indianapolis from June 25- 28. The 15-1 White team finished the season placing third of 105 divisional teams at the final tournament in Zelinkoff qualifer in Denver.

"Obtaining a bid to the USAV Girls Junior National Championship was a goal our team put into place at the very beginning of the year and I am so happy for each of the girls that all of their hard work they put in, day in and day out in the practice gym, paid off," said Kathleen Schauer, head coach of the team.

The USAV national championship only has spots for 64 teams, which makes earning the bid incredibly difficult — and incredibly prestigious.

"This team truly earned this bid," Schauer said. "These athletes have overcome plenty of adversity with injuries and losses, and yet still found a way to be successful, regardless of these circumstances. That shows true character. We plan to continue training and working with each athlete to meet their full potential in Indianapolis."

Dodson is the only Summit High School player to earn a spot on a national championship-invited team.

Lead by Schauer and assistant coach, Felix Tsui, the players on the team include: Dodson, Lyndsey Hranicka, Caylynn Abbott, Madison Allen, Macy Moore, Sophie Post, Laryssa Myers, Lauren Jacobs, Lorrin Poulter, Sydney Wenstrom and Juliana Joyner.

Over the years, Dodson's club, FRVBC, has qualified over 60 teams to the USAV Junior National Championships. Those teams went on to win nine medals, including six National Championships gold medals.

10th Mountain Roller Dolls take on Rocky Mountain Roller Girls in Eagle, June 25

Come out and see some strategic, fast-paced roller derby competition when the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls face the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls in a doubleheader on June 25 at Eagle Pool and Ice Rink in Eagle.

First up at 5 p.m., the 10th Mountain all-star "Mountaineers" face RMRG's "Contenders," followed at 6:30 p.m. by a match between 10th Mountain's "Troopers" and RMRG's "Project Mayhem."

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the action begins at 5 p.m. Spectators 21 years and older can enjoy brews from Bonfire Brewing of Eagle and a spirits tasting hosted by the Stoneyard Distillery of Dotsero. There will also be pizza from Pazzo's and a fundraiser bake sale for sweets.

In April, the 10th Mountain Roller Dolls achieved affiliation with the Women's flat Track Derby Association. The team is home to several players from Summit County — and always in need of more ladies to join a fun, competitive and fast-growing team.

Moving forward, the team will compete in sanctioned games and become eligible for national ranking. Thus far in the 2016 season, the team celebrated wins against the "Microbruisers" of Fort Collins, the Boulder County "Bombshells" and the Ark Valley "High Rollers." 10th Mountain Roller Dolls suffered just one loss, a bout against Denver Roller Derby's "Bruising Altitude."

The 10th Mountain Roller Dolls will donate proceeds from the event to "Girls on the Run of the Western Slope." GOTR inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Tickets for the doubleheader bout are $10 at the door. Students and seniors pay $5, and children younger than 5 years old and active military or veterans are admitted for free. The event after-party is at Pazzo's in Eagle, with specials on domestic beer, cocktails and pizza.