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Packer All-State bound

Broomfield High School to host game

Melinda Mawdsley

Greg Packer has one more roadtrip planned with his high school friends. They are heading to southern California as a sort of last hurrah before they go in different directions.

Packer will head southeast, to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he will play soccer. But before he reports to practice in less than two weeks, he has one more high school soccer game left to play.

Packer was selected to participate in the Colorado High School Soccer Coaches Association’s All-State Game at 7 p.m. Saturday at Broomfield High School. The opportunity to play in the game was too good to pass up.

“I just want to be known as one of the better players in the state,” Packer said. “It’s an honor to be voted on by the coaches.”

Packer said it’s meaningful to be selected to the CHSSCA’s All-State team as opposed to the state teams compiled by Colorado’s large newspapers. Prep writers in Denver often look at stats, Packer said. Coaches have seen him play and know what they are getting from the Sailor forward who scored 17 goals and had nine assists in his senior season.

Packer will be wearing an assigned jersey for the All-State Game, but he plans to take some Steamboat things with him to Broomfield. Packer played his final tournament with many of his teammates when the Steamboat Ranch Hands took part in the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament earlier in July.

“I’ll always remember my high school team,” he said. “We went through a lot as a team.”

This Saturday, one of Packer’s future UCCS teammates, Marcus Reynolds, will be on the opposing team. From the rosters provided, it appears as if the All-State Game could be a fun one to watch.

Packer will be teamed with two of Colorado’s best defenders, Brian Sheehan of Mullen and Stephen Zipprich of Denver South, on the blue team. Both are attending premier Division I schools next fall.

UCCS is a Division II school in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Other schools in the conference include the Colorado School of Mines and Regis University, so Packer will have the opportunity to play relatively close to Steamboat.

“I’ve been running and lifting every day and working with ball touches a little bit,” Packer said.

Daniel Barney, another 2004 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, was an honorable-mention selection to the team.

— To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com


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