Lacrosse camp slated in Aspen next week

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Aspen's John Heaphey, who will play lacrosse at Colgate next year, was voted to the Academic All-America Team this season. Heaphey also was named the Aspen Times AHS Senior Male Athlete of the Year.
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Two prominent players on the Aspen High School state championship boys lacrosse team are ready to share their skills with upcoming generations.

John Heaphey and Tyler Tick, two recent AHS graduates who led the Skiers to the 2015 state lacrosse championship, will present the Aspen Skiers Lacrosse Camp next week in Aspen.

The camp is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 10-12, at the turf field at Iselin Park, adjacent to the Aspen Recreation Center (ARC).

The camp is for ages U9 through U15.

Camp sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. all three days of the youth lacrosse camp.

“Tyler and I have participated in countless camps and have learned what players like and what they don’t like about camps,” Heaphey said. “Our goal is to help each player get better. But more importantly, our goal is to have fun.”

Heaphey, a Colorado all-state selection as a junior and a senior, was voted to the prep Academic All-America Team this year, representing Aspen High School.

He is scheduled to play lacrosse at Colgate in the fall.

Tick, the camp co-director, won All-American honors for the Aspen Skiers this year.

He and Heaphey and the Skiers won their first state lacrosse title with a championship game victory over Valor Christian High School in a final played at Mile High Stadium in Denver.

Tick, the leading scorer in Aspen lacrosse history, finished his prep career with 212 goals and 60 assists for 272 points — all school records.

“Day-to-day activities at the camp will include stick work and activities to improve the players’ lacrosse IQ,” Heaphey said. “Toward the end of each day, we will play various games and have competitions for prizes.”

He said a camper of the week will be honored on the final day of the Aspen Skiers Lacrosse Camp.

That top camper for the week will win prizes for hard work, sportsmanship and improvement.

Cost of the three-day camp is $150.

“It is an all-around camp,” said Tick, who will attend the University of Michigan in the fall. “It’s for any position. We’ll work on all skills.”

Tick said it will be fun to be back on the lacrosse field with Heaphey, his longtime high school teammate.

They helped the Skiers advance to the state semifinals in 2014 before taking the state title in 2015 under head coach Mike Goerne.

Tick specialized as an attackman for the Aspen Skiers during his prep career.

He led the state in scoring as a junior.

Heaphey played primarily as an attacking midfielder.

The state-championship AHS boys lacrosse team finished the season 17-2 with the school’s first state lacrosse title and the best record in school history.

For camp information and registration, contact Heaphey at or contact Greg Schwartz at