While the weekend wasn't paved with gold for the Lawrence teams competing in the Sunflower State Games in-line hockey tournament, there certainly was plenty of silver to go around.
Lawrence teams took the silver medal in all three age groups that were played over the weekend in the parking lot at SuperTarget. In addition, the Lawrence Blades won the bronze in the 11-12 age group.
Shawnee-McLin took the gold in each category, the 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18 age brackets. Shawnee dominated most of the tournament, including a 13-0 win over Lawrence in the gold medal game of the 13-14 pool.
While the score was lopsided, Lawrence was forced to use many of its players from the younger Red Wings to play in the age group. In the final 13-14 game, Lawrence had only one 13-year old, and two 12-year olds.
"They practice like every day, and they're a lot older than us," said Red Wings player Jonathan Ewing.
Lawrence's Red Wings had dented the Shawnee armor earlier in the day by beating them 6-4. The two teams went to a tiebreaker to decide the gold because Shawnee had won on Saturday, 7-4. Shawnee won the gold because of a better goal differential.
Tournament organizer Mark Ewing said that not everything had gone as planned, but that was to be expected in the sports first year as a Sunflower Games event.
"The biggest problem was that we wanted to have a competitive division and a recreational division, but we weren't able to do that because we didn't have enough teams," Ewing said. "We had to put everyone into one, and the Shawnee team was dominant, especially in the 15-18."
Ewing said that Lawrence Parks and Recreation will have two more in-line hockey seasons this year. Practices for the upcoming season start next week.
The entry fee is $15. For more information, call 832-7920.