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May 2, 2013

Tyrrell's true passion is freestyle skiing

Junior midfielder Hunter Tyrrell has helped Andover boys lacrosse to a 6-3 start as a talented two-way midfielder. While he enjoys lacrosse, his real talent and passion is in freestyle skiing.

“Hitting jumps, grinding rails, all that stuff,” Tyrrell said.

Tyrrell is a rider for HG Ski, an east coast premier ski company based out of Burlington, Vt., which sponsors him and provides him with new ski equipment every year.

Tyrrell has been skiing since he was 2-years-old. He raced from ages 6 to 11.

“And then I just decided, ‘I’m done — this is really boring turning left and right,’” Tyrrell said. “I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do my own thing and ski in the park.”

His family has a house near Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vt. where he practices. For the most part, he’s self-taught.

“Each year I progress on my own,” Tyrrell said. “In the summers I head out to Mount Hood (in Oregon) and do the camps out there. And I do better out there. I progress in one week out there more than I would in a couple weeks or a month back at the East Coast.”

Does Tyrrell have any aspirations of competing in the X Games someday?

“I feel like if I took a couple years off from school — but I doubt that would ever happen — that I could maybe one day be at that level,” Tyrrell said. “In reality, no, I’m not going to go to the X Games.”

Tyrrell said lacrosse takes his mind off skiing. It’s a nice alternative to his real passion.

Andover recently posted an impressive 8-7 overtime victory over Billerica and Tyrrell is impressed with his team.

“At the beginning of the season, I was like kind of hesitant with the team because we had a lot of young kids to break into varsity,” Tyrrell said. “I feel like this (past) month there’s been a real fast progression that I didn’t think would happen. I’m real happy for it.”

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