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Triad Blackhawks Facebook Page. The addition of Lightning Lax this year for youth players, and the food that those future stars donated to the cause, virtually guarantees that this year's event broke the record for donated food. In addition, the net proceeds from the event are expected to exceed $7,000, all of which will go to local charities. It was an outstanding start for the Blackhawks first-year partnership with Salvation Army and its Triad Holiday Food Drive. Thank you to all of our volunteers, players, coaches, and sponsors!The 2016 Hunger Games generated about three tons of donated food and lots of great lacrosse on Saturday at Cash-Bagley Fields in Kernersville. With a record 17 high school teams joining 4 adult teams and approximately 35 youth Lightning Lax players, the four fields at Cash-Bagley were rocking all day with good, competitive lacrosse. Players and teams came from Raleigh, Charlotte, Fayetteville, in addition to players from just about all lacrosse-playing high schools in the Triad. The Alamance War Dogs -- who have appeared in all seven of these charity lacrosse events -- won the donated food championship in the High School division, while the Adult Blackhawks (sporting spiffy box jerseys) won in the Adult division. Photos of the event can be found at the
Stick it to Hunger Charity Lacrosse Classic will be held on Saturday, November 19 at Cash-Bagley Fields. The event will feature lacrosse for players from 9 years old through adults. The event will begin at 9:00 AM and go until mid-afternoon. As in the past, each participating player will donate a bag of non-perishable food to the event, and all food and net tournament revenues will go to those in need. Last year's event collected over 3.2 tons of non-perishable food and donated $7,000 to charity. This year's event features two exciting changes:The 7th edition of the Blackhawks
Youth will now play in the event, this year in short-field, short-sided "lightning lax" games.
The Blackhawks are teaming with The Salvation Army and supporting the Triad Holiday Food Drive with all donated food.With commitments already from players and teams throughout the Triad and from Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Charlotte, this year's event promises to be another success! For more information, go to Hunger Games.
Most Outstanding High School Player. Dean led the HOTT Lax league in goals scored (18) and ground balls (52), was third in shooting percentage (47.4%), and asserted his faceoff dominance throughout the summer in leading his team, CrosseFire, to the HOTT Lax finals. For the second summer in a row, Dean led all players in HOTT Lax Impact Quotient, one of the Blackhawks' statistical measures for field players. In addition, Jack won 34 of 47 faceoffs (72%) against some of the southeast U.S.'s best club teams in the Mid-Summer Classic -- South last month. Against a Carolina Hilltoppers high school team in the Blackhawks annual trek to Durham last month, Jack scored 4 goals, including the top-shelf game winner with 14 seconds left, in the Blackhawks 7-6 victory. He capped off his summer by breaking the Blackhawks shot speed record in the Lacrosse Olympics on June 29 with a shot of 98 miles per hour. Jack hopes to continue playing lacrosse in college once he completes his high school career. Other award winners:Jack Dean, a rising senior at Oak Ridge Military Academy, has been named the Blackhawks' summer 2016
- Most Outstanding Offensive Player: Patrick Ellis ( W Stokes HS)
- Most Outstanding Defensive Player: Jared Harbaugh (Glenn HS)
- Most Outstanding Goalie: Wyatt Puckett (Wesleyan Christian)
- Coaches Award (exceptional heart & hustle): Justin Raver (N Davidson)
- Blackhawk Awards (for effort, leadership, team focus, and coachability): Nathan Dupke (E Forsyth), Nick Sigmon (Glenn), Ethan Mize (N Davidson), Colin Davis (Wesleyan Christian), Sebastian Manzano (W Stokes), TJ Bassi (SW Guilford).
K-Vegas Classic -- the “Tournament for the Rest of Us” -- made its second annual appearance yesterday at Cash-Bagley Fields with players from 35 different schools represented in the High School division and numerous middle and elementary schools represented in the Youth Division. Unlike last year, the weather cooperated, and when the first two high school games ended in ties and had to be settled by Braveheart, we just know it would be a great day of lacrosse. In the High School division, Knotty Knights ended up undefeated after a one-goal win in what turned out to be the championship game against the Cats. In the Youth division, we brought out the box lacrosse goals and the Swax Lax balls and had as much fast-paced "Lightning Lax" 4 v 4 action as those energetic future stars could handle. Italian Ice was the popular consumable of the afternoon, and some brave souls agreed to be victimized in the dunking booth. Coach Joel Mize made a splash after a first-throw bull’s-eye by a North Davidson lacrosse mom and earned $1,000 for the Black Knights soon-to-be varsity lacrosse program. Hard Pressed Designs and the Pratt crew were on hand to make sure everyone’s apparel needs were met. STX Pix was on hand to memorialize the event in photos (they put our amateur photos below to shame!). Thank you to all players, coaches, fans, and vendors for making this a truly superb day of lacrosse!The
Registration for the Triad Blackhawks' 8th summer of lacrosse for youth, high school, and adult players is now open! For more information and registration link, go to Summer 16.
Dedicated lacrosse players understand that watching the game played at a high level is a critical part of developing lacrosse IQ and improving one's overall game. The Triad is blessed with three intercollegiate lacrosse teams (High Point University, Greensboro College, and Guilford College) which provide exciting lacrosse action throughout the spring. We encourage players to get out and watch games when they can and to focus on those who play their position. These games also feature many players who started their lacrosse careers in the local youth leagues and high schools. For a composite schedule of these games, along with the local players who will be participating in them, go to College Games in the Triad 2016.
Stick It To Hunger Charity Lacrosse Classic a success once again. With a record number of high school and adult teams, four fields kept busy all day, sidelines teeming with spectators, and cooperative weather, it was simply a great day for the Triad's largest charity lacrosse event. Best of all, the Triad lacrosse community stepped up once again, donating 6,426 lbs -- over 3.2 tons -- of non-perishable food for distribution through the Greensboro Urban Ministry. This total breaks last year's record of 2.6 tons and marks the third straight year of breaking the previous year's record. The event is expected also to donate over $8,000 to local charities. Fifty-two different high schools were represented in this year's Games, and the Adult division featured current and former professional and college players. The East Great Falls adult team played with D1 proficiency, and their game with the 6M Lacrosse team was the highlight contest of the adult division. The Asheville Lacrosse Club also played extremely well in the adult division. Dr. Gifty Chung, owner and director of Kernersville's Forest Trail Academy -- the area's newest lacrosse program -- conducted the honorary faceoff. East Forsyth HS and the Alamance War Dogs were recognized on Saturday for their sixth consecutive appearance in the Hunger Games. Coach Hugh Fiery was recognized for developing the concept for this charity event and for his tireless devotion to the event since its inception. Heidi Pratt and her husband Scott (Hard Pressed Designs) and their daughters Julia and Anna also received a Hunger Games Award for their work in putting together and promoting the event. While donated food and revenues -- all of which are donated by the Blackhawks to those in need -- are still being counted, this was unquestionably the largest of the Blackhawks' fall charity events in the six years they have taken place. Southwest Guilford's Black team won the trophy in the fiercely-competitive high school division for most food donated. The Laxin' Martians, Village Vipers, and K-Vegas Kats won honorable mention. The Prospectors took home honors for most food donated in the Adult Division, with the Gray Eagles a close second. The event simply would not have happened without our sponsors and dedicated core of volunteers. Most of all, the success of the event in giving back to the community was ensured by the over 400 lacrosse players and probably double that in spectators came out to support the cause.The generosity of the lacrosse community helped to make Saturday's