Four local lacrosse players will be representing the Kootenays during the provincial summer games when the event kicks off in Surrey in a few weeks.
However, Andrew Lafreniere, Matt Barzilay, Brodie Liddle and Kortlen Tschetters face a tough decision in doing so.
All three are midget-aged players that run with the Cranbrook Jr. Elite, which is gearing up for a post-season appearance against the Lethbridge Barracudas next weekend. If the Elite make it past their first round opponents, they'll head into the second, which is right smack in the middle of the BC Summer Games.
The four haven't made a firm choice on which team they will suit up for, but are leaning towards representing the Kootenays at the Games in Surrey.
The Cranbrook Outlaws of the minor lacrosse association didn't field a midget-aged team this year, but the three made an impression with Jr. Elite head coach Ron Miles, who has been inserting them in the lineup throughout most of the season.
Castlegar hosted the tryout camp at the end of May, and the four players headed to Castlegar to show the coaches what they could do.
The tryout was open, featuring roughly 20 players, and the three locals who eventually ended up on the roster weren't quite sure what they were going to be facing.
Barzilay came up through the Cranbrook outlaw minor association and has been playing lacrosse for four years. He missed roughly half the Elite season due to a broken hand injury sustained in a hockey game earlier in the spring.
"We just went out there and showed our leadership, tried to help the guys and get a spot on the team and we got to miss school, so that's pretty good," Barzilay said.
Lafreniere, 16, has been playing lacrosse for the past 11 years, earning a spot with the Elite last year.
"I've enjoyed it, I played with these guys last year so I've definitely enjoyed my time; the guys have been really nice to me," Lafreniere said.
Liddle, like Lafreniere, is playing his second year with the Elite and has adjusted well playing against bigger and more skilled opponents.
That experience gave him an edge at camp, Liddle said.
"You could definitely tell the difference of the skill level," Liddle said, of the difference between the Elite players and the others at the tryout camp.
The four will head down to Surrey from July 19-22 to play for Team Kootenay in the B.C. Summer Games if they make that decision.
If they don't, then it'll be off to the second round of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League should the Elite get past their first round opponent.