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.