Twenty-four competitors earned the right to compete in the final competition after capturing top honors at the Local and Sectional levels of the program that began in March. More than 2000 kids ages 6-14 competed in the state-wide competition around Colorado in 2006.
As part of their state champions titles the six first-place finishers got the chance to be recognized in front of the crowd down on the field prior to the Rapids game were presented championship medals from Rapids Managing Director Jeff Plush and also all received free scholarships to the 2007 Colorado Rapids Soccer Academy.
The Colorado Rapids Dribble Pass and Score program is a three-skill competition that includes dribbling through a slalom-style course of flags for speed passing to zones for accuracy and shooting at a regulation size target goal for accuracy. The competition is divided into six separate boys and girls divisions.
The following are the 2006 Colorado Rapids DPS State Champions:
8/9 Boys: Chris Key of Boulder
8/9 Girls: Sarah Radzihovsky of Boulder
10/11 Boys: Lars Peterson of Parker
10/11 Girls: Nicole Barbour of Superior
12/14 Boys: Arick Zeigel of Carbondale
12/14 Girls: Andi Tostanoski of Colorado Springs
The Colorado Rapids congratulate the Colorado Rapids 2006 Dribble Pass & Score champions! And thanks to all the kids from across Colorado who participated this season.......we look forward to seeing you out at the DPS competitions in 2007!