East Forsyth sophomore middie Aaron Parrish competed in the 3D Blue Chip South Regional against the southern United States’s best high school underclassmen on January 18-20 in Davenport, Florida. The 3DBC is a regional tryout competition among 120 select players in the region, with each player being evaluated against players in all 5 regions by National Evaluators for possible selection to the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip Lacrosse Camp at University of Maryland this summer. Many of the participants in the 3DBC go on to play Division I college lacrosse.
The camp ran from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for three days. Aaron was frequently selected as the “demo” guy in front of all participants. To combat cramps, Aaron often reached into his pockets for mustard, earning him the moniker “Mr. Mustard” among the National Evaluators.
Aaron will know by March 1 whether he has been selected for the Nike Blue Chip Camp
Aaron has played lacrosse for only two years, first learning and developing a passion for the game under coaches Kevin Bugg and Al Dollman with the Kernersville Cannons. During the summer of 2011, Aaron — with merely six months of lacrosse experience — led the Blackhawks “Miracle on Grass” U15 team in goals, assists, and ground balls and was key to the team winning its first five games and reaching the finals of the the Blaze at the Beach tournament in Wilmington. This past summer, Aaron led the Blackhawks Apache high school team in groundballs and faceoff wins and was one of the team’s top-scoring middies even while having to miss the team’s last tournament. Aaron played on the undefeated Assassins in this summer’s house league, finishing 3rd in scoring among 130 players. Aaron was also the most proficient scorer and ground ball middie on the HOTT Lax Blackhawks that competed in the fall Cardinal Cup.
This fall, Aaron was a stalwart for the U15 Gate City Hens that went undefeated this fall against predominately high school select team competition.
Aaron is an example of how important passion, work ethic, and effort are in the game of lacrosse. He is a true competitor. Good luck, Aaron!