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Colorado lacrosse emerging as hotbed

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Wilkins Dismuke, Rock Canyon, Warrior 40Doug Austin/ESPNHSWilkins Dismuke from Rock Canyon (Littleton, Colo.) participated in the 2011 Warrior 40.


When you think of traditional lacrosse hotbeds, the usual suspects are grouped together in the mid-Atlantic region -- Virginia; Maryland; Long Island, N.Y.; etc.

But a new hot zone may be emerging out west. Colorado is producing elite players and fielding some of the best high school teams in the country, and the national spotlight will be shining on the region Aug. 13-15, when the Warrior 40 will be held in Commerce City, Colo.

The marquee event will provide an opportunity for Colorado to assert itself as a budding superpower, as the nation’s best players in the classes of 2013-14 compete.

The Rocky Mountain State will be well represented in the game, with three Colorado natives on the Warrior 40 roster.

Pete Aplet, a Wheat Ridge (Colo.) attackman in the Class of 2013, is part of the home-grown trio, as is Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.) defender Brian Wegner (2013).

The third member of the hometown group is Wilkins Dismuke, an attackman from Rock Canyon (Littleton, Colo.). He's ranked No. 17 in the ESPNHS Top 50 Juniors list, and he's no stranger to the Warrior 40 -- he scored three goals and won Offensive MVP honors at last year's event, which was held in Boston.

Dismuke is relishing the chance to perform closer to home this time around.

"The atmosphere at last year's game was great," Dismuke said, "but having it in my home state of Colorado is very exciting. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Dismuke thinks this could be an opportunity for Colorado to show how far it's come in the lacrosse world.

"Normally, kids back east look at Colorado and the west coast and think it's not up to the same level," Dismuke said. "But I think it's really coming on strong. The last couple years we've had a lot of kids going to Division I, and I think we already have eight or nine kids from my class who have committed to DI schools. The talent is there."

Colorado’s ascent isn’t limited to producing elite players. The level of competition in the region is getting better and better, with teams breaking into the national rankings. Arapahoe (Littleton, Colo.) went 19-0 en route to a state title in 2012 and finished the season ranked No. 33 in the POWERADE FAB 50.

And the state's recent surge may not be limited to the high school level. While Dismuke has committed to college powerhouse Johns Hopkins, Aplet and Wegner are staying close to home, as both have pledged to Denver.
The third annual Warrior 40 competition is Aug. 13-15 in Commerce City, Colo. The three-day event hosts the nation's best high school boys lacrosse players.

Each week until the final roster is announced, ESPNHS will profile four athletes from our Warrior 40 Tracker.

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The third annual Warrior 40 competition is Aug. 13-15 in Commerce City, Colo. The three-day event hosts the nation's best high school boys lacrosse players.

Each week until the final roster is announced, ESPNHS will profile four athletes from our Warrior 40 Tracker.

Read More »

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The third annual Warrior 40 competition is Aug. 13-15 in Commerce City, Colo. The three-day event hosts the nation's best high school boys lacrosse players.

Each week until the final roster is announced, ESPNHS will profile four athletes from our Warrior 40 Tracker.

Read More »

The third annual Warrior 40 competition is Aug. 13-15 in Commerce City, Colo. The three-day event hosts the nation's best high school boys lacrosse players.

Each week until the final roster is announced, ESPNHS will profile four athletes from our Warrior 40 Tracker.

Justin Anderson, Soph., Centennial (Las Vegas, Nev.), midfielder
Anderson could bring some West Coast flavor to the Warrior 40, as he's one of the region's top players regardless of class. A midfielder, Anderson excels at moving the ball and creating for his teammates. He showed his all-around skills in an April 17 game against Spring Valley (Las Vegas, Nev.), totaling seven goals and five assists in a 21-7 win. Despite being one of the younger players on the Warrior 40 Watch List, Anderson has to be given serious consideration at this point. The sophomore committed to North Carolina in March.

Tyler Andreassi, Jr., Sachem North (N.Y.), long stick midfielder
As one of the top long stick midfielders in the country, Andreassi brings great versatility to the position. He's capable of shutting down elite offensive midfielders and creating opportunities going the other way. Andreassi is ranked No. 37 in the ESPNHS Top 50 Juniors, and he's No. 3 among LSMs. He has committed to Stony Brook, where he will play with his older brother Michael, a sophomore attackman for the Sea Wolves.

Pete Aplet, Jr., Wheat Ridge, (Colo.), attackman
With his ability to apply constant pressure in the offensive end, Aplet would seem like a natural to earn a Warrior 40 invite this summer. And he wouldn't have to travel very far, either, as this year's Warrior 40 is being held in Denver. So far this season, the junior attack has compiled 40 goals and 32 assists in 13 games. He has already enjoyed four four-goal games this spring.

Nick Aponte, Jr., West Islip (N.Y.), midfielder
Ranked No. 26 in the ESPNHS Top 50 Juniors, the Aponte has lived up to that billing by scoring clutch goals all season long for West Islip. With Aponte leading the way, West Islip is currently 8-1 and ranked No. 6 in the POWERADE FAB 50. The midfielder is currently undecided on college.

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Austin Shanks from Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) confirmed to ESPNHS that he has given his verbal commitment to play men's lacrosse for Michigan.

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