This spring marks the first season in which Telluride’s Lady Miners lacrosse team will join the ranks of the Colorado High School Activities Association’s Mountain League. As the still budding team moves from the more recreational Club level and into the statewide CHSAA program, the Lady Miners will play at a higher competitive echelon alongside other established high school girls lacrosse programs in the region.
It’s a move the team is ready to make, says Telluride High School girls’ lacrosse coach Brianne Hovey.
“We are coming to the end of our second week of practice, and seeing some great progress in skills in the gym,” Hovey says. (Like all spring sports in Telluride, girls’ lacrosse does not enjoy the luxury of starting the season outdoors, since all playing surfaces are still covered in snow for much of the spring season.) The team ushers in their inaugural season as an official high school sport toting a roster of new-to-the-game young players, who will garner familiarity with the game thanks to a veteran crew of seniors-through-sophomores who have lead the team for the past few years and will be returning in 2011.
“Our team goals for the season are to have fun, learn and improve upon the basic skills, have an injury free season – and win some games!” Hovey says.
Joining CHSAA’s Mountain League will enable Telluride’s still-developing girls lacrosse program to garner more game time than they’ve ever seen in the past. As Hovey explains, since the team’s conception as a club team in 2006, the squad has filled its schedule with a few tournaments and individual matches here and there. “The first few years, we were able to schedule games with some of the other schools that were also club teams, but last year most of the schools in the region who had teams had become part of the league through CHSAA. We had a really hard time scheduling games but were finally able to play some games in tournaments in May,” she says.
Getting on board with CHSAA this year not only gives Telluride girls lacrosse legitimacy (as a sanctioned school sport,) but will also open the door for the team to grow and develop, Hovey says.
“We are really excited to have a full schedule of games this season,” she says.
The team meets its first competition of the season this weekend, as they travel to Aspen for a double-header.