Author's Note: This article appeared in the latest US Lacrosse Magazine and we had to wait for it to post online before we could link to it. It's a great read!
Why Pensacola Could Become A Lacrosse Hotbed
by Matt Hamilton
Football and baseball reign supreme on Florida’s Gulf Coast, especially in and around the Pensacola area.
But starting about six years ago, Cassandra Waller, who oversees the physical education curriculum for Escambia County Public Schools, started to hear rumblings of another sport in her community — lacrosse.
More and more youth programs, like the Pensacola Knights and Gulf Breeze, popped up and children were increasingly becoming interested in the stick-and-ball game.
“I started to notice an upward trend in lacrosse
In this part FLN went through the final MaxPreps rankings to populate a field of 64, split into 4 quadrants of 16 teams each. All district champions were included and we went straight down the final rankings to figure the next 8 teams in each current quadrant.
Remember that some teams might have fallen through the cracks if they did not post 15 game results. A second place finish did not guarantee a bid and in some cases one district got three teams into the field. I seeded the teams 1-16 based on their final rankings. A link to the first page of the rankings are here:
Again, I have some real issues with some of these rankings so don't shoot the messenger! There is a lot of good in this approach
Over the past few months I've been asked over and over about the possibility of lacrosse going to a classification system similar to many other sports in the state of Florida. We have nearly 200 Boys and 200 Girls high school programs in this state and seriously about 8 schools that could win the Boy's title last season. Many programs are frustrated at not being able to be competitive enough and some would welcome a second classification to open up the possibility of a second state title to play for. Some of that debate has broken down among Public vs Private high schools, Small vs Large and any sort of approach.
The first thought that was put forward was along this:
A preliminary proposal, as noted in the Presentation Packet passed out for the September 5th presentation
The experience in Israel was amazing. Two weeks of playing lacrosse with everyone from around the world. My brother Jim and I both played lacrosse at Hagerty High School. I was a goalie from 2007-2010, He played defense from 2010-2013. We both went to Berry College in Rome, Ga and played lacrosse there as well. I played FO/middie from 2011-2014. My brother Jim was there from 2014-2017. We got to play on the same team my senior year in college, his freshman year. He went to Germany over the summer with a team from USAAI and played a few teams while they were over there. One of the teams was the Slovakian team. While over there my brother explained to them that we were Slovakian. Martin, one of the guys who kind of runs the team asked if we would like to play with them in Israel. F...
Pro Coach Brings Expertise to Fleming Island Lacrosse
by Randy Lefko
FLEMING ISLAND – Fleming Island High lacrosse coach John Hawley has slowly built his Eagles’ team into a regionally strong unit with interest growing more and more in north Florida in the sport.
“We started three years ago just trying to keep the interest level high here,” said Hawley, a Naval Academy standout and a recent US Lacrosse North coach of the year recipient for his 2018 season. “The previous coaches here, like previous coach Jeff LaVangie, now at Shorter University, set a high standard for the kids to learn the sport and we have just tried to keep that momentum.”
On Mon., July 2, Hawley, who took over for LaVangie in 2016, landed Flori