Time to talk about Deep South lax. Again.
Our state is new to this whole “lax” thing right? The first High School lacrosse team was started in Shreveport roughly eleven years ago. Our official high school lacrosse league was started two years ago, including 15 teams spanning across two states.
Other nearby states are seeing unprecedented growth. Alabama is taking off. Mississippi is on board and working to add two more high schools this year (big deal, because right now there’s only one, and that one team is getting flooded with prospective players).
That, in itself, is pretty impressive stuff… But in retrospect, is it really that surprising? How many times have you had the conversation about how awesome lacrosse is and the phrase “I mean, it’s really only a matter of time till it explodes” has come up?
The explsion is happening. Imagine a nuclear explosion, that flings lacrosse sticks, gloves, shorts, non-white helmets, Con Bro Chill downloads, gumdrop smiles, and double rainbows across the country.
It’s spreading like radioactive poisoning, and no one is seeking shelter.
Check out this article. Article Team Quick Stick
Readers Digest version (since I know most of you will take a glance and go “hah, not reading that much”):
“On Saturday July 24th, Louisiana sent its first lacrosse team to a national lacrosse tournament in Atlanta, Georgia[...] Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Louisiana all fielded teams for the weekend of games. The age of players ranged from U-13 all the way up to the highest competitive level of U-19 Elite “A” Division
Team Quick Stick opened the tournament in the Elite B Division against Top Tier Lacrosse from Charlotte, North Carolina. Team Quick Stick lost 11-2 to a team they should have been more competitive with.
With the continued leadership of goalie Stephen Baay the defense made an impressive stand against the D1 Destroyers (Atlanta, Georgia) beating them in a very physical 10-5 victory. Team Quick Stick went on to beat The Excell Storm and finish the preliminary round with a 6-1 victory Sunday morning against the Storm.
Team Quick Stick took the field for the last time on Sunday to face the Atlanta Blue Jays. The game ended with a 5-3 win for Team Quick Stick and a third place victory for Louisiana lacrosse.
These players were playing for a lot more that just themselves, they were playing for respect. Their victory will be shared by their high school teammates back home and all the future lacrosse players of Louisiana.”
Makes me happy every time I read it.
Try and tell me their kits aren’t fresh. You can’t do it, can you?
I’m playing in an indoor tourney on August 15th, coincidentally at Austin Speni’s place. I double dare your club to sign up. Pics and videos will, of course, as always, follow.
And here’s a video from a pick up game.
About the author: Knox is a 24 year old High School Head Coach in a small area east of Baton Rouge. He played High School ball for four years, and college ball for about 1 week until he realized his collegiate priorities rested with more important things like partying and eventually trying to get his grades up. He enjoys things that most Louisiana people do – eating boiled crawfish and alligator, a cold Abita Amber, anything LSU, his dog, and his beautiful girlfriend, Audrey. Lacrosse is not listed because most Louisiana people have no idea what lacrosse is.
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