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Local laxers dot all-league squad

Petersen, Morrow lead postseason picks

Battle Mountain's Tucker Morrow racks up 41 goals and 12 assists on his way to earning all-league honors.
Chris Dillmann | Daily file photo

Class 4A Western Slope Lacrosse Awards

First team

Jayme Belyea, Battle Mountain

Tom Boyne, Battle Mountain

Chris Cappel, Battle Mountain

Ryan Cole. Vail Mountain

Joe Hall, Eagle Valley

Henry Hancock, Vail Mountain

Tucker Morrow, Battle Mountain

Philip Petersen, Eagle Valley

Conner Underwood, Battle Mountain

Second Team

Freddy Alto, Eagle Valley

Bergen Blomquist, Eagle Valley

Shane Cole, Vail Mountain

Becker Dienst, Vail Mountain

Matt Gay, Vail Mountain

Baker Gentry, Battle Mountain

Mason Jurcak, Eagle Valley

John Verratti, Vail Mountain

Nick Walter, Battle Mountain

OK, so how does this work?

Traditionally, you start three attackers in lacrosse. Going over the all-league team, Battle Mountain’s Tucker Morrow (41 goals, 12 assists) and Eagle Valley’s Philip Petersen (54-20) obviously start. But what about the third spot?

Vail Mountain has Becker Dienst with 28 and 17 as a sophomore. How about the Devils’ Bergen Blomquist (23-16) or the Huskies’ Jayme Belyea (21-22). Do you move Blomquist back to his traditional midfielder spot? That works, but what about Dienst and Belyea for one spot?

The local squads also have three goalies — Conner Underwood, Mason Jurcak and Matt Gay — on the all-league squad. That’s another mathematical issue.

Eagle Valley’s Bergen Blomquist helps his team make the playoffs for the first time since 2013. (Daily file photo)
Mort Mulliken | Special to the Daily

It’s a good problem to have and a statement of the level of lacrosse in Eagle County.

Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley both made the playoffs this spring. The Huskies rallied from 4-7 to continue their run of postseason appearances, dating back to 2013, in tact, while the Devils made it for only the second time in school history (2013).

And their path seemed to cross in 2019. Eagle Valley served notice that it would be a playoff team by beating Battle Mountain, 12-11, in March. The Huskies kicked their playoff drive into gear by returning the favor, 11-8, in April.

Meanwhile, it was a rough year for Vail Mountain School with a 4-11 record. However, four of the five Gore Rangers’ all-league selections are underclassmen.