Saturday, December 11, 2010

All-State games coming to ASC in June

Top high school seniors in six sports to descend on ASC Campus

ALAMOSA, Colo.- Approximately 250 of the state's best high school seniors in six different sports will call Adams State College's athletic facilities and resident halls home in early June as the college has been selected to host the 2011 Colorado High School Coaches Association's All-State games.

The CHSCA Board of Directors recently selected ASC to host the event that includes all-classification high school all-star games in the sports of boys and girls basketball, football, softball, volleyball and wrestling.

Practices and games run throughout the week of June 7-11.

A Friday night (June 10) banquet for approximately 700 people also highlights the week's activities and will feature the awarding of the prestigious Fred Steinmark Award to one female and one male high school scholar athlete.

"Adams State College is very proud of the opportunity to be hosting the CHSCA All-State Games," Director of Athletics Larry Mortensen said.

"This presents a tremendous opportunity for Adams State College, the community of Alamosa and the entire San Luis Valley to put on a first class event and to showcase our new athletic facilities and renovated campus to Colorado coaches, high school participants and their parents," he continued.

"Hosting this event is a big win for Alamosa and San Luis Valley businesses," Mortensen also said while noting the influx of visitors to the area that the event will bring.

"This will have a huge economic impact on Alamosa and the entire San Luis Valley and I wish to commend Mortensen and ASC for making this happen," said Keith Cerny, president of the ASC Grizzly Club and publisher of the Valley Courier.

"We put feelers out to a number of different campuses in the state," said CHSCA Executive Director John Burke.  "Larry Mortensen (ASC's Director of Athletics) and his staff did a great job at putting together a proposal."

The 2011 event will mark the organization's 55th All-State games, the flagship event of the organization, made up of approximately 2,500 high school coaches each year.  The games have been held in Greeley at the University of Northern Colorado for the last few years, but have been held at various venues around the state based on the needs of CHSCA at the time, Burke noted.

"There's a lot of people excited about this," said CHSCA Past President Dave Forster, a 1981 ASC graduate and the girls basketball coach at Centauri High School in La Jara.  "It was time for a change and Adams State did a really good job of putting together a very competitive bid," Forster continued.

The ASC campus facilities have undergone a remarkable facelift in the past two years, highlighted by a $12 million renovation to Plachy Hall, which will host the basketball, volleyball and wrestling events, and the construction of a one-of-a-kind combined stadium and apartment-style student housing unit.  Features of Rex Stadium, which will host the football game, will include a video scoreboard, sports turf field, chair-backed seats, a new multiple-booth press box and a new environment-controlled booster box, great for group parties.

Construction of a new sports turf softball field is also well underway in time for the Grizzlies' upcoming 2011 season and a new soccer and lacrosse field, also made of sports turf, was recently completed and will be the home of the new Grizzly men's and women's lacrosse teams, who both begin NCAA Division II play this spring.  The Grizzly women's and men's soccer programs, started in 2002 and 2009, respectively, have also already used the field for numerous practices and will begin official completion  on it in the fall.

"I had come to Alamosa and ASC last summer to play in the football program's golf tournament and I was amazed at how much the facilities had improved.  Adams State has some outstanding facilities and we are looking forward to a first-class event," Burke continued.

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