HOTT Lax Sizzling!

Three weeks into HOTT Lax, and it has become no easier to predict the ultimate champion in the high school and adult divisions.

HOTT Lax Stats & Standings

In the high school division, offensive juggernaut K Vegas Rock and defensive power The Biceps are tied at the top with 5-1 records.  Rock is led by the offensive trio of Brian Miller, Thomas Barreca, and Spencer Dollman, the ground ball tenacity of Miller and Robert Russell, the defending of Drew Kwapil, and the “rock”-solid goalkeeping of Griffen Glover, while Biceps are led by aggressive midfielders Reece Parillo and Parker Ford, stalwart defenders Ryan McFetters and Isaac Shore, and goalie Mitch Grunwald.  Rock beat Biceps 5-4 in their only matchup, but the two HOTT Lax giants will meet again this Wednesday in the featured game with the top playoff seeding on the line.

Lurking back in the pack in the high school division are FP Mafia, Flying Donkeys, and Mountaineers.  FP Mafia is led by defenders Jeffrey Jefferson and Sam Knibb, and the Donkeys rely on lightning-quick midfielder Razuan Dantzler and goalie Matt Miller.  The Mountaineers have holes to plug on the defensive end but boast the league’s most efficient offense (37% shooting) behind Will Murphy, Luke Mulvey, and Zach Vaughn and emerging young defender Trevor Woods.  The Buggies, the fall champions, have struggled with player absences but are capable of making a run behind the magic of goaltender Josh Wonders (58% saves).

In adult play, the undefeated Hoodats (4-0), Skeeps (3-1), and Landsharks (and 2-1-1) are battling it out for the top spot, and the Adult Hawks (1-3), despite the stellar play of middie Erick Smith, are struggling in their bid to repeat as champions.  Waves of shorties –including James Furlow, Henry Farley, Chase Watts, Sam Newland, and Parker Ford — make the Skeeps a real force.  For the Hoodats, Derek Watts, Rob Thomas, David Lee, Aaron Hales, and defender Brett Hewitt have kept them within breathing distance of the top seed.  The Landsharks’ success has come on the backs of attackman Andrew Allison and middie Randy Brooks on offense and Josh Thompson and recently-acquired Garrett Swaim on defense.  The K-Dogs, even at 1-3, are poised to make a run, as they boast of the league’s ground ball leader (Michael Campbell), last summer’s scoring leader (Jake Johnson), and defensive wizard Brian Holden.  The K-Dogs recently added savvy middie Zach Frohne to its offensive repertoire.  The Old Goats are struggling with their aging legs, but their “old school” culture and new acquisitions are expected to give them at least a fighting chance.

Action resumes tomorrow (Monday) at Cash-Bagley — 5:30 p.m. for high school and 7:00 p.m. for adults.

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SUMMER ON FIRE!

The Blackhawks 5th summer campaign faced off on May 28 and has turned into the Blackhawks’ busiest summer yet.  As the 3rd week of the summer draws to a close, our high school and youth programs are the largest we have ever had and we have introduced the first-ever Blackhawks U21 team.  All of these activities, coupled with increased Adult HOTT Lax registrations and a Stokes County high school and middle school clinic, have kept things hopping for the Blackhawks.  We have already had among our outstanding guest coaches: former Greensboro College coach Dan Cetrone; Guilford College coaches Tom Carmean and Nate Bates; one of the leading goalies in the country, John Perrucci; former Syracuse player Brian Holden; and RJ Reynolds HS defensive coach George Costas.  The high school Hawks have entered two teams in this weekend’s Mid-Summer Classic and three teams in the upcoming Cardinal Cup in Martinsville, VA.  We have reaffirmed our focus on fundamentals, player development, and affordable “Leave No Man Behind” lacrosse, even as the Triad lacrosse community seems to trend toward “elite” teams.  We look forward to making this 5th summer the best ever!

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Spring Hawks Wrap Up 4th Campaign

Spring 2013 Team, End of Final Practice

The spring Blackhawks concluded their 4th season, finishing 3-10 at the varsity level and 3-2-1 at the junior varsity level.  This year’s team was the least experienced so far in the 4 years of spring Blackhawks, but probably had the best team cameraderie and willingess to sacrifice for the good of the team.  Some players drove up to 45 minutes each way for practice.  The players banded together after disciplinary issues cost the team its leading scorer early in the season.  As a result of scheduling conflicts — to be expected on a team that had players from 13 different high schools — the spring Hawks never started the same lineup in any game.  The team nonetheless played hard in every practice and game and saw a significant amount of improvement in individual players, several of whom were in only their first or second year of playing the game.   The won-loss record at both the varsity and jv levels marks an improvement over last year, a pleasant surprise after the

Rain Game vs. Fuquay-Varina, 4/28/13

graduation last year of All-Stars Harry Keefe and Cole Clifton.  Although this year’s team loses 9 players to graduation and 2 others who will return to their schools to play, a solid core of underclassmen will return next season.

At the season-ending team picnic at 4th of July Park in Kernersville last Thursday, May 16, the team got together to share food and company and to recognize some individual and team accomplishments from the seaason.  Each player received a Blackhawk dogtag to commemorate his participation in the Blackhawks unique spring program, which has beat the odds by competing for four straight years.  Among the award winners this season were the following:

  • Offensive Player of the Year: Colton Toth
  • Defensive Player of the Year: Isaac Shore
  • Midfielder of the Year: Faysal Ibrahim
  • Defensive Midfielder of the Year: Dylan Mabe
  • Ultimate Blackhawk: Zane Wiesman
  • Courage Award: Kyle Beinke
  • Unsung Hero: Brica Patrick
  • Semper Fi Award: Robert Miller
  • Most Versatile Player: Andre Carrano
  • Outstanding First-Year Player: Chris Short
  • Team Leader, Assists: Brandon Creasey
  • Most Improved: Cesar Grisales

This season marked the end of the careers of 4-year Blackhawks Robert Miller, AJ Hyatt, and Michael Yu.  Miller gave the team 4 years of aggressive defensive and ground ball play; AJ Hyatt became the team’s most efficient scorer at attack; and Yu was constantly recognized for his ground ball player and energetic defense as a short-stick middie.

Thank you to coaches Mike Toth, Brian Keefe, Brian Brown, and Rick Carrano, trainer Jeff Beinke, and videographer Robert Bailey for making this the most enjoyable spring season yet.

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SUMMER REGISTRATION OPENS

Summer 2013 Pinnies

The Triad Blackhawks have opened registration for its 5th summer of exciting lacrosse action.  To go to the information and registration page, go to SUMMER 2013.

REGISTER NOW

What’s New?

  1. The popular HOTT Lax scrimmage program is now part of – in fact, it is the foundation of — our regular program for U15, High School, and Adult players.
  2. All rising 9th graders will play in the U15 division.  In rare cases, the coaches may decide to have a rising 9th grader play up in the High School division.
  3. All rising seniors may attend the High School position clinics and are eligible to be invited to play on a high school travel tournament team (should the Blackhawks decide to have one), but will participate in HOTT Lax in the Adult Division. (Seniors with 2 years or less lacrosse experience may be permitted to play in the high school division, in the discretion of the Blackhawks).
  4. You may now purchase Blackhawks apparel during the registration process. To see all available apparel, go to  SUMMER 2013 BLACKHAWKS APPAREL  Apparel will be available for pickup during the first week of the summer program.
  5. Wednesday Evening Position Clinics.  Open to Youth, U15, and High School players(including rising high school seniors), these extend of our popular goalie clinics to include a focus on a particular skill or position on each Wednesday evening in June.

Summer '12 HS Champs -- Allison's Assassins

 

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Spring Season Faces Off

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.

Go ‘Hawks!

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“Mr. Mustard” Competes with Best

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

this summer.

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!

 

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Hunger Games Benefits Christmas Relief Fund

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.

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Thank You!

"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.

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GC Men’s Lax Collecting Coats, Gloves, Hats for Sandy Victims

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 dcetrone@greensboro.edu.

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HUNGER GAMES HUGE SUCCESS!

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!

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