Breckenridge lacrosse wins first game |

Breckenridge lacrosse wins first game

A Breckenridge Lacrosse player scoops up a ground ball as an Eagle County Club Lacrosse player gives chase during a game in 2013. The Quickstick Lacrosse Tournament (July 11-12) features teams from across the state, including high-level clubs with college players.
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EAGLE COUNTY – As the old lacrosse adage goes, the team that wins the ground ball battle wins the game. Breckenridge Middle School Lacrosse team did just that on Sunday, as the new youth program dominated ground balls against Eagle County Lacrosse’s downvalley team. Breck won the first game in the young program’s history, 6-2.

The team was led defensively by starters Nick Hyrcaj, Taylor Miller and Ty Coker, who made sure Breck’s goalie, Colin Rada, had some leisure time. Rada only faced nine shots all game.

Breckenridge scooped up a total of 55 loose balls to Eagle’s 29. Attackman Braxton Campbell led the ground ball charge with six. Four other players, Shamis O’Neill, Jeff Montepare, Alex Gutierrez and Ty Coker had five each.

“I truly couldn’t have asked for a more solid team effort from the guys,” head coach Jeff Echols said. “We dressed 21 players and 16 of them tallied at least one ground ball.”

Campbell was also a standout in the offensive category leading the team with four shots-on-goal and stinging Eagle’s net with a hat trick. Other Breck offensive players to light up the scoreboard were Brock Barto, Max O’Neill and Ty Coker.

The team travels to Eagle County this weekend for a big two-day tournament against various squads from the Rocky Mountain Region.

Breckenridge will play two games on Saturday at the Avon Recreation Center, game times are 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday’s games will be at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.


SILVERTHORNE – Silverthorne Recreation Center gymnastics qualified 16 of 18 girls for the regional meet last Saturday in Hyland Hills.

In the first meet of the season, Silverthorne gymnasts snagged two first places and visited the podium more than 25 times.

In the optional gymnast category – where gymnasts adjust routines based on skill levels – Libby Helmer, Chelsee Farrell, Sarah Reichardt, Brie Anna Barto, Kelli McDonald and Laura Reichardt all qualified for the regionals in at least one event and finished in the top six.

Among Compulsory 5s – a tougher division – qualified Gabi Ketzenbarger, Abby Akers and Bronwyn Walls, who all landed at least one regional qualifying score. Kathleen Moore and Jordan Smith are still working their way toward regionals.

Most of the Level 4 athletes from Summit were brand new to the sport. Still, Tessa Gunnin won the beam. Ann DeJulio, Megan Heil, Brianna Roullard, Erica Getz and Emily Johnson qualified for regionals.

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