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Boys' lacrosse athlete of the year: Parker Price, Air Academy
When Parker Price was in fourth grade, he went to watch a friend play lacrosse and was smitten by the sport.
Price came home and told his dad, Paul, he wanted to play. His dad, an avid baseball fan wasn’t so sure but relented.
Eight years later, it’s turned out to be a good move.
“I used to play baseball but never got into the groove of it,” said Price, a four-year letterman for Air Academy and the Pikes Peak Conference Most Valuable Player. “(Dad) didn’t know how to take it. He was so used to playing baseball; any other sport seemed foreign to him.”
Price scored 26 goals and added 18 assists as a senior midfielder. His tenacity getting up and down the field continued to impress coach Mark Shriver
“He is voracious, he’s relentless, he does not back down,” Shriver said. “The biggest asset he brings to the table is his total commitment. That kid leaves everything on the field.”
Being in the middle of the field, Price does a little bit of everything.
“Parker is a player looking not just to put the ball in the back of the net, but looking to draw additional coverage (from the opposition),” Shriver said. “That unselfish play helped us win a lot of games this year.”
Fourteen to be exact, as Air Academy (14-2) captured the league title.
Price loves his spot as a midfielder. The 6-foot-4, 175-pounder plays a physical, quick transition game.
“I like the transition into the offense,” Price said. “It’s fast-paced, everyone is moving at 100 mph. If you’re not paying attention, you don’t see the ball and it’s in the back of the net before you blink.”
Price even has used the transition game on his dad, turning Paul into something of a lacrosse fan.
“After the first game, he said he started to love it, too,” Price said. “I’ll catch him in watching games on TV that I’m not even watching.”