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Jackson Sapp, Nathan Dupke, and Jac Patterson have been named Blackhawk Award winners as the most outstanding high school players in the Blackhawks recently-concluded summer program. They were selected at co-winners by the summer coaches from among over 100 players based upon their commitment, work ethic, leadership, attitude, and quality of play in both HOTT Lax play and in tournament team competition.Sapp, who many remember for scoring the title-winning goal in overtime in the championship game last summer for the Goliath Groupers, was all over the field as a long-stick midfielder this summer. A rising senior at West Stokes High School, Sapp finished second in the HOTT Lax league in HLIQ, ground balls, and defensive stops and even finished in the top ten in goals scored. Like Dupke, Sapp played on one of the HOTT Lax league’s weaker teams but played with tenacity and high energy irrespective of the scoreboard. He successfully balanced a full-time job and lacrosse, often working a full day and then showing up in his work clothes, quickly changing, and still excelling on the lacrosse field. Dupke, a rising senior defender from East Forsyth, was a dominant defensive presence for the second summer in a row, leading the HOTT Lax league in defensive stops and finishing third in HOTT Lax Impact Quotient (HLIQ). He usually was assigned to the opponent’s most potent offensive threat and was invariably successful in shutting them down. Dupke’s highlighted his outstanding summer with superb play for the Blackhawks in the Southern Sizzle tournament in Charlotte. Dupke, who also plays football at East Forsyth, played through a hamstring injury late in the summer season and still played in HOTT Lax games and in tournament games. Patterson, the only underclassmen selected, is a rising junior at Southern Alamance High School. With close to an hour drive each way to practice and HOTT Lax games, he nonetheless rarely missed a session. Patterson’s faceoff prowess, ground ball play, and leadership by example was the key to the Hammers’ comeback victory over the Pachyderms in the HOTT Lax championship game. He led the HOTT Lax league in ground balls and contributed on both sides of midfield with his spirited play. Patterson was probably most impressive with his overall play for the Blackhawks in the recent Commonwealth Games, as he took faceoffs, won many key ground ball battles, played tough middie defense, and scored a couple of goals. Congratulations to Jackson Sapp, Nathan Dupke, and Jac Patterson on their recognition as the Blackhawks's most outstanding high school summer players.
fense to claw back into the game. The Hammers took the lead, 4-3, in the game's waning moments and then snuffed out multiple last-minute offensive advances by the Pachyderms. With 15 seconds remaining, however, the 'Derms' Ramiro Ponce (East Forsyth) ripped a bounce shot to send the game into overtime. The Hammers then won the first faceoff of overtime and moved the ball around to give Fernandez, the league scoring leader, a chance to work his magic from the left side. The game winner was Fernandez's third goal in the title game.Brian Fernandez (Eastern Alamance) dodged from the right side and calmly scored on a 10-yard bounce shot on the first possession of overtime to give the Hammers a stunning 5-4 win over the undefeated and top-seeded Pachyderms in tonight's High School HOTT Lax playoffs at Ivey Redmon Athletic Complex. After falling behind 3-1 at halftime, the Hammers used the faceoff play of Jac Patterson (Southern Alamance), a stingy defense, and a patient of
The Hammers reached the final with a convincing 6-1 victory over Category 5 in the semifinals, while the 'Derms advanced with a workmanlike 7-4 win over the Crease Monkeys in the other semifinal. The Hammers upset in the final ended the quest of Pachyderm coach Sam Newland to achieve an historic title three-peat. Congratulations to Coach Tyler Haines and the Hammers!
Bull City All Star Game to be played at Duke University's Koskinen Stadium on Saturday, June 3. Dean was selected from among over 200 nominated senior players throughout the state and is the only player selected from a club team to participate. Dean, who finished in the top eight in his age group at the Faceoff Academy National Showcase in New Jersey in December, was the Blackhawks summer 2017 MVP and a starter on its Apache travel team. His shot was clocked last summer at 98 mph. This spring, Jack served as co-captain of the spring Blackhawks, led the team in goals and ground balls, and won over 78% of his faceoffs. He will attend Quinnipiac University in the fall, where he will major in Game Design & Development and hopes to earn a spot on the lacrosse team. Congratulations, Jack!Jack Dean, a senior at Oak Ridge Military Academy and a member of the 2017 spring Blackhawks, has been selected to play in the inaugural
Rarely does a team have such fine young men band together in the way that the 2017 spring Blackhawks did this season. The players in the photo to the left -- 5 who just started playing lacrosse this year -- were with us at the beginning and were still with us at our last game today in the NC Club Championships in Mooresville. A book could be written about everything that happened in between. We did not take home any hardware, but those who witnessed the games came away impressed with the hard play and good spirits of these stalwart young men. These are the guys who played hurt and sick, who came to practice and worked hard, who committed to the team, who did not make excuses, who completed the Blackhawks unique academic program, and who were friends to each other. These were the ones who simply refused to quit. Thank you, Reade Allen, Austin Carr, Marko Oakes, Jake Eaton, Nick Griffin, Paul Stancil, Talon Terry, Reilly McGuire, Quinlan Stewart, Aidan Weyer, Max Dumas, Caleb Tuck, Mason Kearns, and Tray Rickard. GO 'HAWKS!
It has been a challenging week for the spring Blackhawks, with the sudden loss of the head coach and about 1/2 of their roster due to circumstances outside of our control. Circumstances like these sometimes require that you just "suck it up and play," and that's exactly what the spring Blackhawks did at Saturday's Southern Alamance Play Day when a schedule of 5 games in a row faced the 11 players pictured here. Very proud of this group! Not a single complaint the entire day. Not one. They just competed and had fun. GO 'HAWKS!
The Blackhawks will offer Box Lacrosse for U11 through Adult on Monday nights beginning January 2, 2016 and continuing through February 6, 2016 at the Ultimate Sports Arena, 1368 South Park Drive, Kernersville. This fast-paced 5 v 5 action played with box lacrosse goals and an indoor ball has proven to be a great way to improve stick skills, decision-making, positioning, and foot quickness during the time just before the spring lacrosse season begins. To register or for more information, click BOX LAX 2017.