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Kyleigh Peoples started playing lacrosse nine years ago and developed into one of the state’s top girls lacrosse players.Peoples, a senior at Castle View, led the Castle View/Douglas County team and the Continental League with 57 goals, 43 assists and 100 points last spring.She has been honored as the 2017 Colorado Community Media South Metro Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year.“I started out playing basketball,” recalled Peoples. “After that season was finished my dad (Alex) wanted to put me in another sport. A friend I played basketball with, her dad told my dad that his daughter would be playing lacrosse. My dad said he had never heard of lacrosse.“He drove me out to a practice, I played and said I’d give it a shot. I was in fourth grade and didn’t really care what sport I was playing. After my first season I realized I really loved the sport and realized I was pretty good. I just kept playing up from my age level. The competitive spirit in me helped me get ahead.”Peoples, a three-year captain, scored 171 goals and had 266 points in 51 games for Castle View/Douglas County.“Kyleigh is an amazing lacrosse player and she is also so much more than that,” said Castle View/Douglas County coach Samantha Silverman. “Kyleigh’s stick skills, her shot, her draw controls, her assists, her all-around presence on the field is something that does not just happen overnight.“The amount of time she spends working on her skills and thinking about lacrosse have really made her into an amazing player.”Hard work has paid dividends.“My coaches and parents pushed me to become better,” said Peoples. “It took a lot of individual efforts from teammates to get me the ball to finish goals and have those assists. It all helped me to have the season I had this year. Finished goals came from practice, putting myself in position and getting the balls from my teammates. It’s something I’ve worked on over and over.”Peoples will continue playing next season at Regis University.“I do think Regis knows that they have an amazing lacrosse player coming to them next year,” said Silverman, “but they don’t know how much more Kyleigh will bring to that team.“The reason why Kyleigh is such a special player is because she is never just thinking about herself and she knows what it takes to be a part of a team. She is always working on her own skills but she is also constantly working on helping her teammates get better as well. Where she really shines is being a part of a team, motivating others, and just being a leader on and off the field.”
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