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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 three to four athletes from our Warrior 40 Tracker.

Dean Ferris, Jr., Culver Academy (Culver, Ind.), attackman
Ferris has already committed to Ohio State, so you know he's got the offensive skills to make an impact in any game he plays. And if he makes the roster for Warrior 40, expect him to bring his speed, quickness and a knack for finding his way to the front of the net.

Brier Davis, Jr., McCallie (Memphis, Tenn.), attackman
Davis was simply unstoppable for McCallie in 2012, posting 58 goals and 20 assists in 20 games. He scored four-plus goals in six separate games, including a six-goal performance in a 13-5 win over Brentwood. The Hofstra commit is relentless in the offensive end, so Warrior 40 defensemen won't be able to rest for even a split-second if Davis is in the game.

Chandler Kirby, Jr., Jericho (N.Y.), midfielder
Kirby stands just 5-foot-7, but underestimate his physicality at your own risk. He can bang with the best of them, and his two-way ability makes him an intriguing option for a spot on the Warrior 40 roster. Kirby committed to Cornell in December.

Jimmy Wyrick, Jr., St. Stephen's & St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.), defenseman
Wyrick is one of the nation's top defensemen, and he's also one of the most experienced. He's played on the St. Stephen's & St. Agnes varsity squad since his freshman year, so he's spent a lot of time going up against elite offensive players. He could definitely hold his own at Warrior 40, making the star attackmen work for every scoring opportunity.

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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.

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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.

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.

Lake Highland (Fla.) wins in potential FAB 50 meeting

February, 29, 2012
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Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) defeated Ponte Vedra (Fla.), 11-5 in the first meeting of teams expected to be in the POWERADE FAB 50 when the preseason rankings are released on Wednesday, March 7.

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Around the Crease: Feb. 9, 2011

February, 9, 2012
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ESPNHS continues its weekly feature, Around the Crease, which takes a look at players, teams and high school lacrosse news from around the country.

News And Notes

It is an exciting week for the growth of lacrosse. Not only is Florida adding 30-35 new teams that will begin play in less then two weeks, but districts in Pennsylvania and Illinois have approved the formation of new programs this week.

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How to get ranked in the POWERADE FAB 50

February, 1, 2012
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Taylor Cummings, McDonogh, Under ArmourJimmy Hurlburt/ESPNHSThe girls' FAB 50 will be voted on by media from around the country in 2012.
This might sound redundant, but fifty high school lacrosse teams finished last year ranked in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings. But during the course of the season more than 100 teams either received votes or entered the rankings.

Media members from around the country voted for the boys FAB 50 in 2011. In 2012 both the boys and girls FAB 50 will be voted by the media.

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Around The Crease: Nov. 21, 2011

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Colin Heacock, Boys LatinJimmy Hurlburt/ESPNHSColin Heacock from Boys' Latin (Md.) at the 2011 Under Armour Underclassmen games.
ESPNHS continues its weekly feature, Around the Crease, which takes a look at players, teams and high school lacrosse news from around the country.

Look Who’s Playing


Posey Valis, a 2013 graduate

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Cazenovia (N.Y.) junior selects Maryland

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Related Commitment Links: Most Recent Commits | Class of 2013 Boys | LaxPower Recruit Database

Connor Cannizzaro, a 2013 attacker from Cazenovia (Cazenovia, N.Y.), has given a verbal commitment to play men’s lacrosse for the University of Maryland.

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Conestoga (Pa.) junior chooses Delaware

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Related Commitment Links: Most Recent Commits | Class of 2013 Boys | LaxPower Recruit Database

PhillyLacrosse.com is reporting that Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) junior, Carson Scott, has verbally committed to play men’s lacrosse for Delaware.

The defender becomes the 10 player from Conestoga to give a verbal commitment to play Division I men’s lacrosse.

The Pioneers who finished 25-1 last season and won their second-straight PIAA championship could be a contender for the Preseason POWERADE FAB 50 National Ranking.

Conestoga finished ranked No. 3 last season.

E-mail lacrosse editor, Mike Loveday, at Email Michael.Loveday@espn.com with commitments. Follow ESPNHS on Twitter @ESPNMike

Hauppauge (N.Y.) junior chooses Stony Brook

October, 3, 2011
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Related Commitment Links: Most Recent Commits | Class of 2013 Girls | LaxPower Recruit Database

Hauppauge (Hauppauge, N.Y.) junior, Jessica Volpe, has given her verbal commitment to play women’s lacrosse for Stony Brook.

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Michigan gains Conestoga (Pa.) goalie

September, 29, 2011
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PhillyLacrosse.com is reporting that Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.) junior, Robbie Zonino, has given a verbal commitment to play men’s lacrosse for Michigan.

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West Islip (N.Y.) middie verbals to Marquette

September, 7, 2011
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Related Commitment Links: Most Recent Commits | Class of 2012 Boys | LaxPower Recruit Database

Paul Riportella from West Islip (West Islip, N.Y.) has given a verbal commitment

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