Hunger Games 2017

Alamance War Dogs, 2016 HS Food Champs

Alamance War Dogs, 2016 HS Food Champs

The 8th annual Stick it to Hunger Charity Lacrosse Classic, the Triad’s longest-running off-season lacrosse event, will be held on Saturday, November 18 at Cash-Bagley Athletic Complex in Kernersville.

The annual event, which is organized and hosted by the Triad Blackhawks lacrosse club, features adult and high school team competition and a youth event, collects non-perishable food from each participant and donates all net revenues to local charities.  Each registered player in the event will donate a grocery bag of non-perishable food, which will be distributed to families in need through First Christian Food Pantry in Kernersville.  In addition, this year’s event will feature the The Table Food Truck, a part of First Christian’s FeedUFeed2 ministry, as the food

Adult Hawks, 2016 adult food champs

Adult Hawks, 2016 adult food champs

concession.  The event has consistently collected and donated over 3 tons of non-perishable food each year for distribution.

This year’s Hunger Games features high school and adult teams and players from counties throughout the Triad and beyond.  For two programs – East Forsyth High School and the Alamance County War Dogs – this will be their 8th straight year of participation.

The event is also open to youth competition in short-field “lightning lax” games.

The day’s festivities will include a raffle, vendors, and concessions.

Admission to the event is free for spectators, and members of the public are encouraged to drop by, make a food donation, and enjoy a day of exciting lacrosse action.

More information at Hunger Games 2017.

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Three Win Summer Honors

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.

Jackson Sapp

Jackson Sapp

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

Nathan Dupke

Nathan Dupke

(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

Patterson hoists Cup after HOTT Lax championship

Jac Patterson hoists Cup after HOTT Lax championship

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.

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Hammer Time!

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The Hammers, 2017 HS HOTT Lax Champs

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.

HS HL Playoffs -- Overtime Possession

First and final overtime possession. Shortly after this photo was taken, Brian Fernandez, #91 (left background) dodged from the left side and scored the title game winning goal.

HS HL Playoffs -- Pachyderms Team

The Pachyderms entered the HOTT Lax playoffs as the undefeated top seed, but just did not have enough to beat the spirited Hammers

After falling behind 3-1 at halftime, the Hammers used the faceoff play of Jac Patterson (Southern Alamance), a stingy defense, and a patient offense 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.

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!

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Summer Lax

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Players & Coaches from the June 14 Position Clinics

Over 100 players representing 27 different schools from the Triad area are participating in this, the 9th season of high school summer lacrosse for the Triad Blackhawks.  With a mix of our traditional HOTT Lax league play, position clinics, scrimmages, and outside competition, the Blackhawks are keeping a lot of area lacrosse players busy with exciting and competitive play this summer.  We have 40 additional players in our U11 and U13 programs, along with 100 adult players who mix it up on Sunday evenings.  For more information about the summer HOTT Lax league, including stats and standings, go to Summer 2017 High School HOTT Lax.

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Dean Picked for Bull City All-Star Game

Jack Dean

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 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!

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No Quit in These Guys

Standing at the EndRarely 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!

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Spring Team Alive & Well

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Team co-captain Marko Oakes in recent action against Kannapolis. The players on the 2017 team represent 14 different high schools and have some players drive an hour each way to practice.

The spring Blackhawks have certainly had their challenges this spring.  The team has had to deal with recent tragedies affecting friends and families of players; withstand their spring head coach’s sudden, early-season resignation; play with low numbers in too many games; and absorb more than the normal quota of injuries.  We have yet to prove this season that we can compete with the top club teams in North Carolina, but we are proud of our players for the way they have responded to adversity and have played, if not with the greatest skill at all times, certainly with a love for their teammates and for the game of lacrosse.

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This core group of 11 players played 5 games in a row during the Feb 25 play day at Southern Alamance HS.

 

With the Blackhawks having won two games in a row over inexperienced but spirited opponents, the team stands at 4-5 as it enters the stretch toward the state playoffs.  In our seven years of spring Blackhawks, we have had some truly remarkable young men take the field, but the 2017 team may leave its own mark as the most resilient of all.

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Spring Iron Men Play 5 with 11

Spring Team Iron Men -- 022517It 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!

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BOX LAX 2017

dscn0228The 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.

 

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Hunger Games Delivers

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Adult Blackhawks won the food trophy in the Adult division

The 2016 Hunger Games generated about three tons of donated food and lots of great lacrosse on Saturday at Cash-Bagley Fields in Kernersville. With a record 17 high school teams joining 4 adult teams and approximately 35 youth Lightning Lax players, the four fields at Cash-Bagley were rocking all day with good, competitive lacrosse.  Players and teams came from Raleigh, Charlotte, Fayetteville, in addition to players from just about all lacrosse-playing high schools in the Triad.  The Alamance War Dogs — who have appeared in all seven of these charity lacrosse events — won the donated food championship in the High School division, while the Adult Blackhawks (sporting spiffy box jerseys) won in the Adult division.  Photos of the event can be found at the Triad Blackhawks Facebook Page.

The Alamance War Dogs took home the food trophy in the High School division

The Alamance War Dogs took home the food trophy in the High School division

The addition of Lightning Lax this year for youth players, and the food that those future stars donated to the cause, virtually guarantees that this year’s event broke the record for donated food. In addition, the net proceeds from the event are expected to exceed $7,000, all of which will go to local charities.  It was an outstanding start for the Blackhawks first-year partnership with Salvation Army and its Triad Holiday Food Drive.  Thank you to all of our volunteers, players, coaches, and sponsors!

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