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Twins John and Jude Trahan lead young Miners squad

The brothers have a strong bond that also holds the team together

Park City High School boys lacrosse player John Trahan carries the ball as he runs past a Lone Peak player earlier in the season. Trahan and his twin brother Jude are valuable senior leaders for the Miners.
Park Record file photo

Seniors John and Jude Trahan only needed one game to show why their connection is so special for Park City High School’s boys lacrosse team.

In their season opener, the Miners were tied 8-8 with Lone Peak as the game headed into overtime. The extra period didn’t last very long, as Jude Trahan ended up with the ball after a Park City faceoff win. He spotted his brother downfield and passed him the ball. John Trahan whipped the ball toward the goal and scored the game-winning goal. When one of your teammates has been your best friend for as long as you’ve been alive, sometimes it’s that simple.

“We’re just always moving the ball to each other, we know each other, we know our skills,” Jude Trahan said. “(It’s) really interesting that I’m a righty and John’s a lefty. So, my parents love that. So, it’s easy for us to connect to each other.”



Park City has plenty of players who are capable of putting the ball in the back of the net whenever the Miners need a goal – they have five players with double-digit goals this season, after all. But what makes that play special is that it plays out a little differently if it’s junior Chase Beyer or sophomore Brendan Johnson on the other end instead of John Trahan.

“Not only was Jude the one that passed it to me, but Jude was the one that made me understand the matchup,” John Trahan said. “He’s like, ‘You got it, you take it, you’re the one to score this,’ and he was selfless in that moment. I don’t think it was something that anyone else could have done the way that Jude trusted me to do that. And he told me, ‘Take this matchup, you got this. This is all you.’”



Park City’s roster is fairly young this year, with most of its key contributors being underclassmen. John Trahan is the only senior among Park City’s top six scorers. Thus, the Trahans’ experience is valuable for a talented but inexperienced Miners team. The need for their leadership has only increased because Beyer, the Miners’ leading scorer, is injured.

“Jude’s a captain, but John might as well be,” Park City coach Michael Persky said. “He leads on the field, he’s vocal in practice. Especially with Chase out, those two, I’d say they stepped up, but they were already there. They’re just incredible kids on and off the field.”

Park City senior Jude Trahan keeps the ball away from a Green Canyon defender during a game earlier this season. Trahan shares a special bond with his twin brother, John.
Park Record file photo

Persky moved the twins to attack with Beyer out against an undefeated Mountain Ridge team last week. The switch resulted in a 16-6 win for Park City, and the Trahans were a big reason why. John Trahan scored three goals, and Jude Trahan added two more. The game was practically over at halftime, with Park City up 12-2.

“In the absence of Chase, we wanted to be able to play strong ball-handlers, some guys that could try and fill the void that Chase’s injury created, and they were awesome,” Persky said. “It wasn’t even close, and they played a key role in that game.”

They’re not the only twin partnership on Park City’s team, either. When Beyer is healthy, he regularly teams up with his brother, Brayden.

The Trahans are also well aware of how much young talent is on Park City’s team. They’re obviously gunning for a state championship this year, but it’s also clear to them that the Miners could be contenders for years to come.

“Honestly, what I’ve been telling everyone this year, it’s like, ‘We’re going to win a state championship this year, but if we don’t, you’re going to win one next year, you’re going to win one the year after that,” Jude Trahan said. “We’re kind of setting the groundwork. The preseason stuff, it’s kind of a rebuilding year for Park City. It is a rebuilding year, but we’re still going to do great, and we are doing great.”

Their work with their younger teammates hasn’t gone unnoticed. Persky praised how they’ve helped Park City’s underclassmen this year.

“I love the way that they have adopted the role of leaders and how all through the fall and through the winter they worked with the younger kids to help make the program better,” he said. “It wasn’t just about them, but it was their understanding that we’re trying to build a program and that we really will succeed or fail as a team.”

Park City boys lacrosse coach Michael Persky congratulates John Trahan after the Miners’ win over Lone Peak to start the season. Trahan scored the winning goal in overtime in that game.
Park Record file photo

Their brotherly connection has a couple of benefits for the Miners. First, it certainly helps to have the kind of chemistry that even the closest teammates won’t have unless they’re related. There’s a belief in the Trahan household that the brothers are just more likely to score when the other one passes them the ball.

“It’s really cool to see the twin connection, and my dad and my mom, they absolutely love seeing it, too,” John Trahan said.

“It’s super fun just having each other because we’ve grown up together,” Jude Trahan added. “Honestly, John and I haven’t spent a day apart in our entire lives, like, we’re best friends. That kind of extends onto the lacrosse field. Most of my assisted goals go to John and vice-versa.”

The other benefit of having the Trahans is that Persky believes that their chemistry spreads to the rest of the team. A little bit of the typical competitiveness between siblings helps increase the intensity as well.

“The fact that they’re twins, the fact that they’re brothers, the fact that they get along so well is really admirable, and the chemistry that they create, I think, flows through to the other players,” Persky said. “They just seem to know where each other are, and they seem to get along tremendously well. They find each other on the field offensively, they support each other tremendously at practice at the same time. They compete, and the level of competition between the two of them drives up the competitiveness of our practices. They’re super hardworking.”

On top of that, the Trahans are model students in the classroom. They’re among the top students in their class and attack schoolwork with the same hardworking attitude they bring to the lacrosse field. They’re currently evaluating their college options, like the University of Virginia, the University of Southern California and the University of Texas at Austin.

“These kids are incredibly well-rounded,” Persky said. “They’re students, they’re athletes, they give back to the community in terms of the activities that they do. They’re great role models to the younger guys in terms of their work ethic on and off the field. And it certainly helps to have smart guys leading your team, but to me, it’s a reflection of Park City lacrosse: hardworking, smart and really capable.”

On the field, these twins know that they have a special connection, and it’s just natural.

“Honestly, I don’t know any different, I’ve always been a twin, so it’s been a blessing” Jude Trahan said. “John and I wouldn’t be the same that we are right now without how competitive we are with each other. And that’s what’s pushed us to be our best at lacrosse, our best at school, our best at friendships and just be the best person possible.”

And in crunch time, that might be all the Miners need.

 

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