Defense Dominates Early HS HOTT Lax

HS HOTT Lax Action, June 11, 2014

Four games into this summer’s HS HOTT Lax action, tough defense and outstanding goalkeeping have kept scores low and games exciting.  Six teams are off and running in their quest to secure the HOTT Lax championship.

With Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over the Beastly Llamas and 6-1 pelting of the Gang of Blue, Fire Breathers (3-1) holds the early lead over Steamed Crabs (3-1) on goal differential.  The Fire Breathers have relied on balanced scoring (including Austin Prairie with 4 goals and 2 assists), the Ragsdale defensive duo of Mitchell Jackson and Z’Andre Minter, the full-field intensity of Trevor and Matt Woods, and the clutch goalkeeping of Jacob Pace (68% saves), while the Crabs boast the East Forsyth scoring tandem of Nike Blue Chip Aaron Parrish (8 goals) and cat-quick Charlie Bugg (5 goals) along with Jaden “Grins” Knowles (3 g, 1 a) and  a strong

Gang of Blue (in white) vs Fire Breathers

complement of Alamance County players.

Four teams — Top Cheese, Beastly Llamas, Gang of Blue, and Wi Nots — are tied with 1-2-1 records.  Top Cheese is led by last summer’s offensive player of the year, Brian Miller, and his NW Guilford teammate Aaron Blake along with top defensive middie Brenan Romero and goalie Jacob Freeman (79% saves).  Beastly Llamas have relied upon Tommy Fradenburg, Sam Burgmann, and Andre Carrano on defense and Stephen Arkiszewski and August Case on offense.  Llama keeper Tyler Perkins boasts an 85% save percentage.  The Wi Nots have struggled a bit offensively, but have stayed in games on the backs of defender Tracer Leonard and goalie Parker Dotson.  The Gang of Blue looks strong when goalie save leader Thompson Vickers is in a zone, and the goal-scoring capability of Isaac Shore and the full-field tenacity of middies Nieko Overton and Keyvon Davis has other teams on the lookout for a run by this team.

Stats and standings appear at HS HOTT Lax.

Plenty of games left before the “cream rises to the top.”


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Spring Team Finishes Strong

Hawks Pose After N Davidson Game, 4/24/14

The 2014 spring Blackhawks won their final four games of the season to ensure the team’s first winning record since 2011.  Under the direction of first-year head coach Sam Newland, the spring Hawks’s varsity team finished 6-5 while the junior varsity finished 4-2-1, giving the ‘Hawks an overall record of 10-7-1.  In addition to the weather issues faced by all area teams this spring, the ‘Hawks overcame an especially tumultuous spring that featured eighteen different roster changes and ultimately reduced an initial roster of 26 down to as low as 12 for a few mid-season games before return of some players raised the roster count to 19 players.  The group that remained was one of the most resilient, tenacious, and close-knit teams that the Blackhawks have ever had. Eighteen different

February Practice. Fields Closed, but not the Parking Lot ...

players scored goals, and sixteen different players took faceoffs. Last year’s top goal scorer was unable to play this spring.   Last year’s top defender became this year’s top goal scorer.  It was truly an amazing and rewarding spring season, a testament to what a team can do when they work hard and stick together.  Congratulations to Coach Newland and the spring Blackhawks!


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Summer Registration Opens

The Blackhawks are pleased to announce their 6th summer of lacrosse!

Registration for the program, which runs from early June (late May for high school players) to July, is now open at the Summer 14 tab on this website or directly at Summer Registration.

Hott Lax leagues return once again, with games and playoffs at Cash-Bagley Fields in Kernersville.  Last summer, 130 high school players and 100 adults competed for Hott Lax crowns in their respective divisions.  While it will be hard to top last summer’s improbable and exciting playoff runs, it won’t stop us from trying!  These leagues are open to players of all experience levels, including new players.

This summer features:

  • Sunday evening Adult Hott Lax.
  • Monday evening High School Hott Lax for rising 8th through 12th graders.
  • Tuesday & Thursday evening youth program, including 7 v 7 Hott Lax
  • Lacrosse “Olympics” for youth and high school players
  • High School skills clinics on Wednesday evenings.
  • Tournament participation for selected players.
  • Kernersville Youth Clinic during the week of June 23.
  • Northeast Youth Clinic in mid-July.
  • Various other clinics and scrimmages.


An early bird discount is available for registrations received before midnight on Sunday, May 11.

See you this summer!

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Newland Takes Helm of Spring Blackhawks

Sam Newland, Spring Blackhawks Head Coach

Sam Newland, who headed up the Blackhawks tournament team last fall, has been named the head coach of the Spring Blackhawks as the team enters its fifth season of competition.  Newland, who hails from Vienna, VA, recently completed a successful 4-year career as a faceoff and defensive midfielder for the Guilford College Quakers where he was a member of the Student-Athlete Honor Roll.  He came to Guilford College from John Marshall High School in Falls Church, VA, where he also participated in football, basketball, and swimming.

In 2012, Newland was named defensive coordinator for the Blackhawks and has served as a coach of the Blackhawks travel teams each of the last two summers.

Newland is also a key performer for the Adult Blackhawks.

The spring Blackhawks is comprised mostly of players from high schools who do not field lacrosse teams.  It plays a competitive spring schedule while adhering to its developmental philosophy that every player, irrespective of experience, who works hard and has a good team attitude will play in competition.

Newland will be assisted this spring by coaches Brian Keefe, Brian Brown, Rick Carrano, and Justin Pearson.

Congratulations and good luck to Coach Sam and the spring ‘Hawks!

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Team Alpine -- HS Box Champs

Team Alpine’s high-octane offense carried it to the Blackhawks/Cannons Box Lacrosse title in the high school division on Saturday at Ultimate Sports Arena in Kernersville. Team Alpine, the #1 seed entering the playoffs, got by Team Luge, 11-7, in the semi-finals and then defeated Team Nordic, 16-11, in the title clash. The third-place game, however, produced the most drama, as Team Luge upset team Team Sochi in sudden death overtime.

U13/U15 Action

Team Alpine was led on offense by Aaron Parrish and Paul Gulledge and on defense by stellar goalkeeper Hunter Bacorn and received significant contributions in its title run from John Lindstrom, Sam Knibb, Adam Augustine, Ben Oakman, Sam Ingles, Kenny Presta, and Johan Charpentier.  Runner-up Team Nordic showed well against the champs, keeping the score close

Team Nordic -- HS Runnerup

throughout the final.  Nordic got gritty play from Spencer Dollman, Matt Finnegan, Charlie Bugg, Parker Ford, John Adams, Chase Mabe, Keyvon Davis, Zach Kellum, and Parker Dotson.

The teams were created out of players from 14 different Triad-area high schools, while competition also took place in U11,U13, U15, and adult divisions.

It all added up to an exciting final day as Kernersville Box concluded its fourth straight year.   Congratulations to all of our players at all ages!

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Spring Team Registration Opens

The spring Blackhawks — for high school players whose schools do not have lacrosse teams — will soon take the field for its fifth season of competition.  This program provides high school players with an opportunity to play competitive lacrosse in the spring when they otherwise would not be able to play.  We welcome players of all experience levels (even new players) from public and private high schools and home schools throughout the region.  There will be an interest meeting for spring team candidates on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Cash-Bagley Fields, 4700 Old Hollow Road, Kernersville.  Registration for this unique spring program is now open at SPRING REGISTRATION.  More information is available at the SPRING TEAM PAGE.

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A Sampling of the Donated Food from Yesterday's Hunger Games

In the largest yet of the Blackhawks’ four charity tournaments held since 2010, sixteen high school teams and four adult teams brought their passion for the game of lacrosse to Saturday’s second annual Stick It To Hunger Lacrosse Classic at Cash-Bagley Fields in Kernersville.  They also brought close to two tons of non-perishable food to help fight hunger in the Triad and generated tournament proceeds of over $8,000 for charity.

The donated food will be distributed to families in need through the Greensboro Urban Ministry.  The tournament proceeds will

Youth Clinic at Hunger Games

benefit the Kernersville Christmas Relief Fund, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Triad inner-city lacrosse initiatives, and Wounded Warrior.

The event featured players representing 46 different high schools – including high schools from Fayetteville, the Raleigh

High School Game Action: Catching Fire vs 6M Kernersville

area, Alamance County, Stokes County, as well as local players from Forsyth and Guilford Counties.  The four adult teams were comprised predominately of present and former college players.  Kevin Drew, who plays for Major

Presentation of Check to Kernersville Christmas Relief Fund

League Lacrosse’s Charlotte Hounds , played in the adult division.  Each team played three games over the course of the event.

East Forsyth High School and West Stokes High School tied for most donated food in the high school division.  The “Old Goats” won the donated-food title for the second year in a row in the adult division.  The event also featured a free youth lacrosse clinic and a raffle of lacrosse equipment.

Fans Enjoy Lacrosse Action at Hunger Games

The event was sponsored by the Triad Blackhawks lacrosse club in partnership with Help Kick Hunger, a father-son organization that sponsors similar events in the soccer community.

6M Sports Lacrosse — through in-kind donations — and Olympic Products — which presented a check to the tournament in the amount of $1,500, were sponsors of the event.

For more tournament photos, please check out Betsy Siousset’s Shutterfly Page.  For the post-tournament press release, got to Hunger Games 2013 — Press Release.

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Slim Jim

"Slim Jim" Action

The fall Blackhawks introduced “Slim Jim” to its players yesterday at Cash-Bagley.  The game uses a 6-foot tall, 4-inch diameter pipe as a goal in a 4 v 4 game (no goalies) to accelerate the development of players in the fundamentals of the game.  The game results in lots of ball touches for the players, encourages tight defense, and discourages the unsound practices of sidearm shooting and overpowering of shots .  The narrow goal and large crease place a premium on shooting accuracy and make for an entertaining, fast-paced game.  Yesterday’s game lasted 12 minutes, non-stop, and the scores were 2-0, 4-1, and 1-0.  The players loved it!

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Fall Ball Registration Opens

My, how time flies!  It seems like just yesterday that the Blackhawks had their first fall ball session, way back in 2008.  We now embark upon our 6th consecutive session of fall ball, and registration is now open at FALL BALL 2013.  In addition to a Saturday morning program at Cash-Bagley in Kernersville that focuses on fundamentals and small-sided scrimmages (you can expect to play some “Chumash” lacrosse as well!) and a travel team, the Blackhawks will once again host and sponsor the Stick it to Hunger Games, this year on Saturday, November 23, at Cash-Bagley Fields.  See you on the fields!

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Mountaineers Ascend to Title

'Neers with Trophy

The Mountaineers beat the Flying Donkeys of Nubbinsville, 6-2, in tonight’s high school HOTT Lax final at Cash-Bagley. The title represents a repeat of sorts, as Coach Andrew Allison coached both the Mountaineers and last year’s undefeated champion Allison’s Assassins. This year, as last, was a total team effort. Among the keys for the champions were the midfield play of Luke Mulvey (4 goals in 2 playoff games), Sean Glass, and Ian Miller; the offensive work of Paul Gulledge (3 goals in title game) and Zach Vaughn (3 goals in playoffs); the defensive prowess of Trevor and Matthew Woods and Cade Justad-Sandberg; and the steady goalkeeping of Nathan White (saved 2 of 4 shots on goal in title game) that allowed Allison’s latest edition to ascend to the title. The 4th-seeded Donkeys — coached by Hugh Fiery and led by Joseph Floyd (4 goals, 2 assists in playoffs), Jacob Hales (2 goals, 1 assist in playoffs), Razaun Dantzler, and all-star goalie Matt Miller

Title Game Action

(saved 15 of 26 shots on goal in playoffs)– beat Buggie, 4-3, in the quarterfinal and then knocked off top seeded but shorthanded K Vegas Rock, 5-2, in the semifinal, while the Mountaineers beat FP Mafia, 6-4, in the other semifinal. Great job by all teams! Congrats to the ‘Neers!

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