Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America, with new high schools and colleges adding the sport every year. Both Elkhart high schools and the district administration recognized this growth trend and began developing the sport 2 years ago in the middle schools. That success, led to the introduction of both a VArsity boys and girls team last year into the high school’s. Both teams were successful in building the skills of the players and introducing them to the fastest game on two feet. The boys had a Varsity record of 5-1 aided by many experience players that had developed in other towns youth and HS leagues. The girls had a harder time, as all the teams in this area and Indianapolis have experienced squads and strong youth program to create formidable teams. Both teams are looking forward to great victories, as the quality of play increases with these athletes.
The sport combines the stamina of soccer, the offense and defense of basketball and for boys the checking of hockey, so there is some familiarity for the athletes. This is a testament to both the independence and courage of athletes to join a new and unique sport. The best part of these teams is that they combine the two high schools into one team, creating a precursor to the talent available when the school merger occurs. The ability of these rival kids to meld into a cohesive team environment proves that the power of competition transcends emotional attachments. Striving to be the best is the goal, although a little Charger/Blazer rivalry helps push the athletes to achieve success on the field.
-Jeff Penney, Boys Head Coach
-Claire Ackerson, Girls Head Coach