From the Directors
Normally the week before the Shootout is when the diehards begin to gather in Vail and reminisce, misinterpret and remember the adventures that have found us in the Vail Valley. There are way too many memories from our 47 years in Vail to put into this post, but here are a few highlights.
We have been touched over the decades by so many great volunteers and attendees who have wandered into Vail with us for 48 years (many by sheer muscle memory this year). The Shootout paused, but is ready to move on, built on your dedication, love of the sport, and desire to gather as family in Vail.
Our love and thoughts go out to those affected by the world changing events of this year. That may include the entire population of Earth by now.
To the Town of Vail: We will be there in small groups in masks instead of helmets this year but we look forward to returning to the fields in 2021!
Back in the Aspen Days
Over the years I've seen a lot of games and a lot of epic games with legends like Jimmy Lewis, Ted Bauer, the Hardin brothers, the Gait Brothers, Dave Pietramala, Bill Beroza, Vinny Sombrotto and on and on, however, my favorite memory has to be the 1977 SWLA (Texas) Championship team. We were the first team, in 1976, to come from out of state to play in the tourney, Coached by the legendary Earl Bill. We were so young we played against the Colorado College alums (or at least I think we did) in the semis, a team that featured a youthful Jim Soran and Flip Naumburg. If memory serves, we won a very close one by 1 or 2 goals. Then, we beat the Denver team on the main field in downtown Aspen by 3 or 4.
So while the tourney has had great teams over the years, the California boys, Long Island, the Panners, MT Washington Tavern, MAB Paints, Lacrosse Unlimited, etc, that 77 SWLA team stands out to me, as it was my first title. The tourney was a small gathering then and was a foreshadowing of what a great tourney it would evolve into. Proud to say I was on a Championship team in the early days.
SWLA (Southwest Lacrosse Association), Team Texas, the Magic Wands, Los Viejos and Los Abuelos.