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.
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.
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.
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 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!
Portion of the food donated by the lacrosse community at Saturday’s Hunger Games
The 7th edition of the Blackhawks Stick it to Hunger Charity Lacrosse Classic will be held on Saturday, November 19 at Cash-Bagley Fields. The event will feature lacrosse for players from 9 years old through adults.
The event will begin at 9:00 AM and go until mid-afternoon.
As in the past, each participating player will donate a bag of non-perishable food to the event, and all food and net tournament revenues will go to those in need. Last year’s event collected over 3.2 tons of non-perishable food and donated $7,000 to charity.
This year’s event features two exciting changes:
Youth will now play in the event, this year in short-field, short-sided “lightning lax” games.
The Blackhawks are teaming with The Salvation Army and supporting the Triad Holiday Food Drive with all donated food.
With commitments already from players and teams throughout the Triad and from Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Charlotte, this year’s event promises to be another success!
For more information, go to Hunger Games.
Jack Dean, Summer 2016 Most Outstanding HS Player
Jack Dean, a rising senior at Oak Ridge Military Academy, has been named the Blackhawks’ summer 2016 Most Outstanding High School Player. Dean led the HOTT Lax league in goals scored (18) and ground balls (52), was third in shooting percentage (47.4%), and asserted his faceoff dominance throughout the summer in leading his team, CrosseFire, to the HOTT Lax finals. For the second summer in a row, Dean led all players in HOTT Lax Impact Quotient, one of the Blackhawks’ statistical measures for field players.
In addition, Jack won 34 of 47 faceoffs (72%) against some of the southeast U.S.’s best club teams in the Mid-Summer Classic — South last month.
Against a Carolina Hilltoppers high school team in the Blackhawks annual trek to Durham last month, Jack scored 4 goals, including the top-shelf
Dean Faces Off in Mid-Summer Classic
game winner with 14 seconds left, in the Blackhawks 7-6 victory.
He capped off his summer by breaking the Blackhawks shot speed record in the Lacrosse Olympics on June 29 with a shot of 98 miles per hour.
Jack hopes to continue playing lacrosse in college once he completes his high school career.
Other award winners:
- Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Patrick Ellis ( W Stokes HS)
- Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Jared Harbaugh (Glenn HS)
- Most Outstanding Goalie: Wyatt Puckett (Wesleyan Christian)
- Coaches Award (exceptional heart & hustle): Justin Raver (N Davidson)
- Blackhawk Awards (for effort, leadership, team focus, and coachability): Nathan Dupke (E Forsyth), Nick Sigmon (Glenn), Ethan Mize (N Davidson), Colin Davis (Wesleyan Christian), Sebastian Manzano (W Stokes), TJ Bassi (SW Guilford).
Patrick Ellis (right), Most Outstanding Offensive Player, follows through on goal-scoring shot vs Hilltoppers in Durham
Goliath Groupers, 2016 HS HOTT Lax Champs
Jackson Sapp is mobbed after scoring game winner for Groupers in overtime of the title game
We have had some good HOTT Lax finals in the last eight years. But this was the best. Period.
Nick Sigmon (Glenn) tied the game with under a minute left in regulation and Jackson Sapp (W Stokes) scored from 8 yards out with 1:30 left in overtime to carry the Goliath Groupers to a come-from-behind 8-7 title game victory over top seed Crossefit under the lights at soggy Cash-Bagley Fields last night. Sapp’s heroics capped an incredible run for the Groupers, who barely survived against Cheddar in the semifinals, again in overtime. The gritty Groupers simply refused to lose, riding several clutch saves by goalie Wyatt Puckett (Wesleyan Christian) and the ground ball play of
CrosseFire — Runner-Up Fought to the End
Mitch Reichart (E Alamance) and Jason Trace (Ragsdale) to bring home the Fiery Cup to head coach Sam Newland for the second year in a row. The physical contest was for much of the game an offensive duel between Crossefit wizard Jack Dean (Oak Ridge Military) and Grouper middie Gage Pearman (SW Guilford). Crossefit appeared to have the game won late — holding a 7-5 lead in the waning minutes — but a key late-hit call on a Grouper goal gave possession back to the Groupers and away from Crossefit faceoff stud Jack Dean and was key in turning the tide.
In the end, the drenched spectators knew they had seen a game for the ages, one in which two outstanding teams gave it their all.
Congratulation to the Goliath Groupers, HS HOTT Lax Champions of 2016!
Cowboys face War Dogs in the first game on the Stadium Field. The War Dogs prevailed on a Braveheart.
Coach Joel Mize of North Davidson HS braved the dunking booth and won $1,000 for his school’s lacrosse program
Cats vs Greensboro Lacrosse Club
The K-Vegas Classic — the “Tournament for the Rest of Us” — made its second annual appearance yesterday at Cash-Bagley Fields with players from 35 different schools represented in the High School division and numerous middle and elementary schools represented in the Youth Division. Unlike last year, the weather cooperated, and when the first two high school games ended in ties and had to be settled by Braveheart, we just know it would be a great day of lacrosse. In the High School division, Knotty Knights ended up undefeated after a one-goal win in what turned out to be the championship game against the Cats. In the Youth division, we brought out the box lacrosse goals and the Swax Lax balls and had as much fast-paced “Lightning Lax” 4 v 4 action as those energetic future stars could handle. Italian Ice was the popular consumable of the afternoon, and some brave souls agreed to be victimized in the dunking booth. Coach Joel Mize made a splash after a first-throw bull’s-eye by a North Davidson lacrosse mom and earned $1,000 for the Black Knights soon-to-be varsity lacrosse program. Hard Pressed Designs and the Pratt crew were on hand to make sure everyone’s apparel needs were met. STX Pix was on hand to memorialize the event in photos (they put our amateur photos below to shame!). Thank you to all players, coaches, fans, and vendors for making this a truly superb day of lacrosse!
Registration for the Triad Blackhawks’ 8th summer of lacrosse for youth, high school, and adult players is now open! For more information and registration link, go to Summer 16.
Summer ’15 Participants and Coaches
Lacrosse Legend Casey Powell demonstrates offensive skills at last Saturday’s clinic in Kernersville
Lacrosse legend Casey Powell, one of the best all-time indoor and outdoor players of all time, put on two clinics on Saturday (Feb 27) — a youth clinic and a high school clinic — at Cash-Bagley Fields in Kernersville. The clinic was blend of instruction, entertainment, and lacrosse philosophy that kept the 60-70 players at each clinic on the edge of their cleats throughout. Sponsored by the Triad Blackhawks, Kernersville Cannons, and Deep River Renegades, the clnics introduced new drills and new approaches to the game of lacrosse that almost certainly made every participant and coach better at what they do. Thank you, Casey Powell!