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PHOTOS: Maple Ridge hosts only U17 lacrosse tournament in B.C.

West Coast Classic included 22 teams from B.C. and Alberta

Dozens of U17 lacrosse teams from across Western Canada came and went last weekend as Maple Ridge hosted the annual West Coast Classic tournament.

Terra Slade, tournament coordinator for the Ridge Meadows Minor Lacrosse Association (RMMLA), explained that a total of 54 games were played across the three days, with some of the teams coming from as far away as Alberta.

“The U17 West Coast Classic is the only tournament dedicated to the U17 division and had most of the top-ranked teams in each tier attend,” said Slade.

“A big thank-you to the dedicated tournament committee that invested countless hours of planning and effort to make this event possible.”

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There were three tiers in the tournament, with seven or eight teams in each tier, including various local Burrards teams.

In the A1 division, it was the Langley Thunder that took gold, with the Coquitlam Adanacs getting silver, and the Saanich Tigers earning bronze.

The Port Moody Thunder came out on top in the A2 division, with silver going to the Adanacs, and bronze going to the Comox Valley Wild.

In the B division, the Penticton Heat got gold, with the Tigers taking silver, and Langley getting bronze.

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RMMLA president Tyson Craiggs said that the association is proud to offer the only tournament in B.C. that features competitions at all of the tiered levels, and they are already looking at what they can do to make next year’s tournament even better.

“We look forward to continuing to build the elite West Coast tournament brand,” said Craiggs.

This tournament series will continue on June 6 when the RMMLA hosts the U15 and female portions of the West Coast Classic.

Brandon Tucker

About the Author: Brandon Tucker

I have been a journalist since 2013, with much of my career spent covering sports and entertainment stories in Alberta.
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