Aspen’s Tyler Tick: Lacrosse All-American |

Aspen’s Tyler Tick: Lacrosse All-American

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
The 2015 Aspen High School boys lacrosse team celebrates the program's first state championship last month at Mile High Stadium in Denver. The Skiers beat Valor Christian 17-12 in the Class 4A state final.
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Tyler Tick looked up into the crowd at Mile High Stadium and shook his head in disbelief.

But he believes now.

Tick, an Aspen High School graduate of one week, was named to the high school All-America Team for boys lacrosse this week, as selected by the national high school lacrosse coaches association.

Less than a month after celebrating the Class 4A state lacrosse championship at cavernous Mile High Stadium, Tick and his AHS boys lacrosse teammates continue to collect honors after an unprecedented, record-setting season for the Aspen Skiers.

Tick, who will attend the University of Michigan next year, also was voted first-team all-state and first-team All-Mountain League this season.

Coaches in the conference also selected the high-scoring Tick as the 2015 Mountain League Player of the Year.

As Aspen High School’s first all-American lacrosse player, Tick concluded his prep career with four goals in the state championship victory over Valor Christian on the state championship stage. Those goals gave him a total of 212 goals for his four-year prep career at AHS.

He also piled up 60 assists for a total of 272 career points — the Aspen High School all-time record.

Tick scored 79 goals in 2015 to lead Class 4A for the second consecutive year.

The Skiers were 34-5 over those two seasons.

Teammate and fellow senior/graduate John Heaphey also won national honors this season as a member of the Academic All-America Team for boys prep lacrosse.

Heaphey, who scored five goals in the state final against Valor Christian, finished the season with 37 goals for a career total of 103 goals.

He also posted 49 assists over a four-year career.

Heaphey also was an all-league and all-state soccer player and all-league placekicker in football.

Heaphey, who will play lacrosse at Colgate next year, was named the Aspen Times Senior Male Athlete of the Year for Aspen High School.

In addition, Heaphey was first-team all-state and first-team all-conference in boys lacrosse this season.

AHS senior Zach Storm, a defender for the Skiers, was voted all-league and all-state after the Skiers finished 17-2 with a state title this season.

Connor Peirce, a first-team All-Mountain League selection, was named to the all-state second team this year.

Fellow senior Ryan Fitzgerald also was a first-team all-league pick and a second-team all-stater this year.

Fitzgerald also was an all-state running back for the AHS football team and the state’s leading rusher in his class over the last two seasons.

He finished his lacrosse career with 159 goals, 61 assists and a total of 220 points.

He scored 51 goals during Aspen’s state championship season.

Aspen goalie Art Kelso also was a second-team all-stater this season as well as a first-team all-league pick.

He was in goal at Mile High Stadium when the Skiers defeated Valor Christian for the school’s first lax championship.

Second-team all-conference honors for the Skiers went to Trey Robinson, Nicky Cottrell, Harry Ferguson and Jonathan Wells.

All played key roles in Aspen’s run through the regular season and state playoffs.

Ferguson, the AHS career leader in assists, finished his high school career with 118 assists — a school record.

He also scored 110 goals for a career total of 228 points, behind only Tick in career numbers for the Skiers.

Aspen High School head coach Mike Goerne was voted the state coach of the year by his state peers this season.

Goerne led the Skiers to the state title this year after directed the Aspen boys to the state semifinals in 2014.

A year before that, Goerne also had the AHS boys lacrosse team in the state playoffs.

Goerne also coached in the recent all-state game when Tyler Tick was voted the most valuable player.

“The most important award of the season was holding up the state championship trophy in a team pile on Sports Authority Field (at Mile High),” Goerne said.


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