LONGMONT — Lacrosse just keeps getting bigger and bigger in Colorado.
As major universities in the state have been ramping up their programs, and high school teams statewide increase their attendance numbers and Colorado High School Activities Association support, there is a brand new team coming to the St. Vrain School District.
Starting in spring of 2016, Twin Peaks Charter Academy expects to offer the St. Vrain its first lacrosse programs and facilities for prep athletes.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity,” said Kathy DeMatteo, president of the board of directors at Twin Peaks. “We’ve known for a while that there is a great population of St. Vrain Valley students who have been looking to play lacrosse within the district. We’ve got a couple of club teams that practice inside at the school in the winter time right now and we’re hoping to have good participation numbers right away.”
DeMatteo said Twin Peaks hopes to add a junior varsity boys lacrosse program in spring of 2016 and a girls lacrosse program for the following spring. As per the guidelines of its CHSAA sanctioning, the Twin Peaks lacrosse team will be open to all eligible high school students in the St. Vrain Valley School District.
Twin Peaks is also building a regulation lacrosse field to support its new programs. The field is scheduled to be completed in May. Administrators at Twin Peaks are still working to establish an affiliation with existing boys and girls lacrosse conferences, most likely targeting the 4A Foothills League according to Twin Peaks principal BJ Buchmann.
“Once we get started, we’d contact CHSAA and petition to be a part of that league,” Buchmann said. “Of course, we’d have to fulfill all the requirements.”
Until now, St. Vrain players have had to look outside the district to teams like the boys squad at Dawson School and the girls squad at Centaurus for a place to play high school lacrosse. As for how Twin Peaks’ addition may affect those teams, both Dawson coach Peter Devlin and Centaurus coach Bob Kline, whose starting goalkeeper Morgan Pittser attends Niwot High, are more excited about the sport growing than worried about their talent pools diminishing.
“In the past we’ve had some (St. Vrain players),” Kline said. “There could always be one or two talented individuals that would affect us. But generally, the growth of the sport is seen as a positive by everyone. Anything that grows the sport and gets girls to play is a positive and even if it affected us more, we would still support it. The more girls that play, the more the sport gets bigger so it’s a win for everybody.”
Other planned additions to the Twin Peaks facilities include a regulation track and field facility and an additional soccer field. A future baseball field is in the planning stages.
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