Faceoff in action between Clayton Comets (in white) and Triad Blackhawks
The spring Blackhawks– the team for players whose high schools do not play lacrosse — opened their 4th season with an exciting, though disappointing, 6-4 loss to a strong team from Clayton High School at Cash-Bagley Fields on Saturday afternoon in Kernersville. Sporting a new attitude and work ethic after last spring’s difficult campaign, the Hawks fought like warriors throughout the game, controlling most of the possession and outshooting the Comets 28-15. It was ill-timed errors and a series of second-half penalties that really lost the game for the Hawks. Senior attackman Justin Carruthers scored 3 goals for the Hawks, and Colton Toth added one. Each goal was assisted, with Gabe O’Dea, Jacob Spindel, Brandon Creasey, and Colton Toth getting one assist each. Hawk defender Brica Patrick caused 5 loose balls on the defensive end while Robert Miller had 3 ground
Hawks Defense Confers During Quarter Break
balls and 3 loose balls caused. Freshmen Dylan Mabe and Dayton Koontz were solid at the defensive midfield, while senior Faysal Ibrahim provided quickness in the transition game. Veteran Spencer McNeeley and first-year keeper Kyle Beinke provided solid goalkeeping. Three first-time lacrosse players saw action in the game for the Hawks and held their own. The Blackhawks travel to Fayetteville next Saturday to play a doubleheader, first facing the Village Vipers — one of the state’s best teams — and then playing the always-competitive Knights from Village Christian Academy.
For more information about the spring Blackhawks, go to Spring 2013.
Parrish Competes at Blue Chip Regional
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
Parrish (#201) Demos at Blue Chip Regional
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!
Triad Blackhawks director Kevin Bugg presents the Triad Blackhawks’ check in the amount of $3,500 to Kernersville Elementary School principal Becky Carter (left) and school social worker Lisa May today at the school. The check, which will be used to benefit the Kernersville Christmas Relief Fund administered by the school, represents part of the net proceeds of the Blackhawks recent Hunger Games held at Bagley Fields. In addition to the proceeds that were raised for charity, the Hunger Games collected over 1.5 tons of non-perishable food that was delivered to Greensboro Urban Ministry.
"Ball! Release!" -- photo by Star Shuping
When our competitive juices get the best of us and we lose our focus, when we need to find our bearings during the difficult times, when we sometimes lose sight of the good amidst the schemes of the unworthy, please take a look at this photo. Perhaps it will remind us to give thanks for the many good people who grace our community and choose, among many options in a busy world, to make life a little better for our youth.
SANDY VICTIMS NEED COATS, HATS, GLOVES. The Greensboro College men’s lacrosse team is spearheading an effort to collect coats, hats, gloves, and other items to help the Long Island victims of Hurricane Sandy. You may bring your donated items to the football game tomorrow (Sat, 11/10) between Greensboro College and LaGrange (1:00 p.m. @ Grimsley HS) and receive free admission. The Blackhawks will also collect these items tomorrow (Saturday) from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Bagley Field and deliver them to the Greensboro College football game. Let’s help out those in need! For more information, please contact GC Lacrosse Coach Dan Cetrone at 336-253-5379 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team Peeta, a combination team from Ragsdale and Glenn (plus a player each from NW Guilford, S Alamance, and McMichael), donated the most food among all ten high school teams in Sunday's Hunger Games
Blackhawks and Old Goats (in white) in adult action. The Old Goats were the overwhelming winners in the adult division in food donated.
Thanks to the generosity of the Triad lacrosse community (and our friends from Fayetteville), the first annual Stick It To Hunger Classic collected 340 grocery bags brimming with non-perishable foods – weighing in at 3,284 pounds — as well as net revenue for local charities that is expected to exceed $5,000. The food will be delivered to Greensboro Urban Ministry, and the monetary proceeds will go to the Kernersville Christmas Relief Fund, military families in need, and A Stick From Chase. Team Peeta from the high school division and Old Goats from the adult division were the team winners in amount of food donated. Three teams — Team Everdeen, Blue Jays, and 6M Sports went undefeated in the high school division. The Adult Blackhawks went undefeated in the adult division.
The world’s largest lacrosse raffle– under the heady management of
Some of the 340 bags of donated food ... Thank you lacrosse community!
Commissioner Al Dollman — sold out in under 2 hours and raised over $1,500 for charity.
To see our post-tournament press release, go to Hunger Games — Press Release POST.
Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and to our sponsors Olympic Products, RF Micro, Hammerhead Lacrosse, and 6M Sports Lacrosse for making this event a reality. See you next year!
Ten high school teams and 3 adult teams will participate in this Sunday’s charitable Stick It To Hunger Classic at Cash-Bagley Fields in Kernersville. Schedules, team assignments, and tournament information are posted at Hunger Games Info. Everyone is excited about the prospect of collecting and donating over 250 grocery bags of non-perishable food to Urban Ministry. The game will also feature Smitty’s Concessions and brick oven pizzas by Gianno’s. Al “Dr. Raffle” Dollman has put together what is sure to be the largest raffle of lacrosse equipment ever to take place on a lacrosse field in this country! And, of course, the 6M Sports Skills Competition will take place as well! Ought to be a blast! See you on Sunday …
Leaf Rakers Following OT Victory in Title Game
Having lost both of its games last week, the beleaguered Leaf Rakers hoped to salvage some pride in today’s fall HOTT Lax finals at Bagley Field. They did that … and more … upsetting Autumn Rage, 6-3, in the semifinals and coming back from a 3-1 deficit to wing a sudden death overtime heartstopper, 4-3, over the Crunch in the title game to take home the league crown. Aaron Parrish was the hero in the final, finding the twine from 8 yards out with 2:10 left in the first overtime period to give the Rakers the championship. Parrish and teammates Zach Duncan and Xavier Smith controlled the ground ball wars in both games, but it was the
Aaron Parrish, #17 for the Leaf Rakers, scored the sudden death OT gamewinner for the Rakers
play of unsung heroes Dylan Trask and Justin Prairie that really helped to turn the tide for the Rakers. Trask scored two goals each in the semifinal and final, and controlled the key ground ball and was credited with a Blackhawk assist in the sequence that led to Parrish’s game winner. Prairie had a goal and 3 assists in the final and played tenaciously in the riding game to end up as the top-rated attackman in the league. Congratulations to Coaches Kevin Bugg and Erick “Boogie” Smith and their players on an outstanding run and the first fall HOTT Lax title!
Autumn Rage’s Marshall Lemmond, the 4-year Blackhawk warhorse, edged out a tough field to finish with the highest HOTT Impact Quotient, repeating his accomplishment from last summer’s HOTT Lax.
Congratulations, too, to Coach Justin Smith, who steered the Crunch to an amazing 6-game undefeated streak and almost came away with the title. Coach Smith was selected fall HOTT Lax Coach of the Year.
Final stats and standings are posted at http://triadblackhawks.com/?page_id=951.
In one of this fall’s epic HOTT Lax contests, Jaquarre Hailey won a ground ball and scored on a right-handed rocket from 10 yards out to give the Autumn Rage a thrilling 5-4 sudden death overtime victory over the Tailgaters and the top seed in next Sunday’s HOTT Lax Finals. So close were all teams in the standings — each entered yesterday’s final day of regular season play with identical 3-3-1 records — that an Autumn Rage loss would have dropped them to a third seed and elevated the Crunch to the top seed. Current Stats and Standings. The Rage, led by high-scoring midfielder Chase Mabe and shutdown defender Marshall Lemmond, will play its semifinal against the Leaf Rakers at 4:00 p.m. next Sunday at Bagley. The other semifinal will feature the league’s best offensive team, the Tailgaters, against the resurgent Crunch, who have gone undefeated in their last five games. The semifinal winners will play in the title game for the right to hoist the first fall HOTT Lax trophy.
The Triad Blackhawks are pleased to announce the Hunger Games, a 10 v 10 lacrosse tournament for Adult and High School teams to be held at Cash-Bagley Fields, 4700 Old Hollow Road, Kernersville on Sunday, November 4, 2012.
Each participant will bring a grocery bag of non-perishable food to the tournament, which will then be donated through Help Kick Hunger to the Greensboro Urban Ministry. There will be a team competition to determine who brings the most donated food to the tournament.
This tournament will be played in lieu of the former Holiday Toy Classic. While the focus of the tournament is now food rather than toys, the charitable nature of the tournament remains remains alive and well. In addition to the large amounts of food that will be donated to the needy, the tournament’s net proceeds will be donated to local charities.
Each team will play three games. As in past years, there will be a skills competition for high school players in the following categories: Shot Speed; Shot Accuracy; Longest Shot; and Ground Balls.
REGISTER FOR THE HUNGER GAMES
The cost of participation is $25 per player if payment is received on or before Saturday, October 6 and $35 thereafter.
For high school teams that wish to register as a team, the cost is $400 if payment is received before Saturday, October 6 and $500 thereafter.