Young soccer stars get their kicks in Durango

Alexa Howell, in white, of the Durango Blaze competed against members of Fire FC from Grand Junction in the under-10 age bracket of the Durango Shootout on Sunday at Fort Lewis College. Alexa is the daughter of Brian and Amanda Howell. From left are Katelyn Johnson, Celia Mahlum, Howell, Quinci Lusby and Madison Martinez. The tournament featured 144 teams in multiple age divisions and almost 2,500 players were expected to participate. Enlarge photo

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Alexa Howell, in white, of the Durango Blaze competed against members of Fire FC from Grand Junction in the under-10 age bracket of the Durango Shootout on Sunday at Fort Lewis College. Alexa is the daughter of Brian and Amanda Howell. From left are Katelyn Johnson, Celia Mahlum, Howell, Quinci Lusby and Madison Martinez. The tournament featured 144 teams in multiple age divisions and almost 2,500 players were expected to participate.