The boys lacrosse squad traveled to Boise, Idaho, for the Gem State Jamboree (GSJ), a two-day tournament that draws teams from all over the region. It’s a running clock tournament; games are 45 minutes long with 22 minute halves.

The team left for Boise a day early, on Thursday, March 7, so that they could stop in Burns and get in their first practice on grass this season. They did a half-field scrimmage against Burns in a city park. Coach Paul Patton told The Nugget that Burns’ coach, Rick Roy, who is very knowledgeable in the sport, took time to instruct the Outlaws’ boys on zone defense.

Friday morning the team got in another practice on a grass field in a big park in preparation for their first game, which was against Middleton, Idaho, on Friday afternoon. Gator Haken scored both Sisters’ goals in their 8-2 loss.

On Saturday, the Outlaws played three games, the first a 13-1 loss to Bountiful, Utah.

“They were an experienced and physical team and our young guys were a little overwhelmed,” said Patton.

Sisters next game was against West Billings where they lost 12-0. By the end of the game the Outlaws were feeling a bit depleted. Two players were out due to concussion symptoms, and several others were dealing with a variety of injuries that either slowed them down or kept them off the field.

The Outlaws kept up their scrappy play in their fourth and final game of the tournament. Patton told The Nugget it was their best game of the tourney, even though they lost to Idaho Falls 5-1.

Several players stood out over the two-day tournament. Goalie Anthony Randolph made many impressive saves in his first significant time in the goal as a second year player. Matt Harris was the senior leader of the defensive unit, and Haken was the Outlaws’ best scorer until shoulder pain took him out of the last game and a half.

Ethan Manuel was a steady influence on the attack end of the field, and Evan Palmer was invaluable as the Outlaws utility player, as he filled in at every position except for goalie. Kinnon Rutherford used his speed at the middle position and covered the entire field. Titan Kroytz played well on the defensive end, and Connor Martin had a great first game at face-off before he suffered a concussion.

According to Patton, the freshmen who saw varsity action for the first time, played their hearts out and improved dramatically over the course of the four games.

Patton said, “We returned home Saturday night a little bumped and bruised, but also a much improved lacrosse team. We also forged some stronger connections as a group that will help carry us through the challenges the coming season will hold.”