K-Vegas Two!

KV6 -- War Dogs vs Cowboys

Cowboys face War Dogs in the first game on the Stadium Field. The War Dogs prevailed on a Braveheart.

KV5 -- Mize in Dunk Booth

Coach Joel Mize of North Davidson HS braved the dunking booth and won $1,000 for his school’s lacrosse program

KV9 -- Cats vs GLC

Cats vs Greensboro Lacrosse Club

The 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!

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Summer Registration Opens!

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.

Summer ’15 Participants and Coaches

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Casey Powell a Big Hit in K-Vegas!

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Lacrosse Legend Casey Powell demonstrates offensive skills at last Saturday’s clinic in Kernersville

Lacrosse legend Casey Powell, one of the best all-time indoor and outdoor players of all time, put on two clinics on Saturday (Feb 27) — a youth clinic and a high school clinic — at Cash-Bagley Fields in Kernersville. The clinic was blend of instruction, entertainment, and lacrosse philosophy that kept the 60-70 players at each clinic on the edge of their cleats throughout. Sponsored by the Triad Blackhawks, Kernersville Cannons, and Deep River Renegades, the clnics introduced new drills and new approaches to the game of lacrosse that almost certainly made every participant and coach better at what they do. Thank you, Casey Powell!

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College Games Galore in Triad

Guilford College LaxDedicated 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.

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6th K-Box Season Concludes

HS Group -- Last Day

HS Box Lacrosse Players & Coaches

The 6th season of indoor lacrosse concluded on Monday evening with intense high school play as “mix-and-match” teams battled it out in semifinal and championship games.  For the first time, K-Box featured an upgrade to the new Swax Lax ball that arrived with some skepticism but which soon became the favorite among all players.  The result was less chasing of the bouncing ball and more meaningful touches by the players, all the better for player development.  With players from fourteen different high schools, the 2016 K-Box season allowed players to play both with their high school teammates and in a mix-and-match competition.  Coaches commented that they have never seen better team play than this season.

 

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Hunger Games Draws Record Attendance, Record Food Donations

HG15 -- Spectators

Spectators enjoy the 2015 Hunger Games

The generosity of the lacrosse community helped to make Saturday’s 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.

HG15 -- Kats Dogs Sideline

Sideline during game between Alamance War Dogs and K-Vegas Kats

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.

Prospectors, Adult Division Champs, Most Donated Food

Prospectors, Adult Division Champs, Most Donated Food

 

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.

HG15 -- SWG Food Champs

SW Guilford Black, Food Champs in HS Division for 2nd year in a row

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

Portion of the food donated by the lacrosse community at Saturday's Hunger Games

Portion of the food donated by the lacrosse community at Saturday’s Hunger Games

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.

 

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Hunger Games Seeks 3-Peat

Kevin Bugg presents tournament check for $5,000 to Kernersville Christmas Relief Fund representative Heidi Pratt

Kevin Bugg presents tournament check for $5,000 to Kernersville Christmas Relief Fund representative Heidi Pratt at the 2014 Hunger Games

The Blackhawks’ 2015 Stick it to Hunger Charity Lacrosse Classic — a competition for high school and adult teams to be held on Saturday, November 21 at Cash-Bagley Fields — seeks to break its record for non-perishable food collected for the third straight year.  The event began as a Toys For Tots charity tournament in 2010 and 2011 before changing its charitable focus to collecting food for those in need.  Since the first true Hunger Games in 2012, the event has a two-year streak of breaking the previous year’s food collections, culminating in the collection of 2.6 tons of non-perishable food last November.

In addition, the Hunger Games donates all net tournament proceeds to charity.  During each of the last two years, the Blackhawks have donated about $8,000 to worthy charities, including the Kernersville Christmas Relief Fund, Wounded Warrior, and inner-city lacrosse initiatives.

Registrations so far have outpaced any previous year, so the Blackhawks are optimistic that the charitable impact of the event will continue to increase.

In addition to high school and adult lacrosse competition, the event features vendors, concessions, silent auction, and a free youth clinic.

For more information and registration links, see 2015 Hunger Games.

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Fall Registration Opens

Action PicThe Blackhawks 2015 fall high school lacrosse program — a mix of instructional drills and HOTT Lax games — will take place on Sunday afternoons beginning September 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The fall ball program will take place at Ivey Redmon Athletic Complex (formerly Beeson Park).

The cost is $75 for registrations received by August 30 and $100 thereafter.

Fall 2015 Registration Link

Players will also have the opportunity to earn an invitation to a Blackhawks tournament team.  The Blackhawks plan to enter two fall tournaments.

This fall will also feature the Blackhawks annual Stick It To Hunger Charity Lacrosse Classic for high school and adult teams on Saturday, November 21 at Cash-Bagley Fields.

Hope to see you soon!

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Harbaugh Named Summer’s Most Outstanding

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Jared Harbaugh, Blackhawks Summer ’15 Most Outstanding Player

The Blackhawks’ versatile Jared Harbaugh — moving between long-pole defender and goalie in various competitions this summer — has been named by the Blackhawks coaches as this summer’s most outstanding player.  This honor is reserved for a  player whose commitment, work ethic, attitude, and performance contribute in substantial ways to the Blackhawks summer program. Among the 144 high school players in the Blackhawks summer program, Jared Harbaugh truly stood out as the most outstanding player.

Harbaugh, a rising junior at Glenn High School, saved 59% of the shots on goal he faced this summer for the Magic Mustangs, culminating with a record-setting 15-save performance – many of which were truly spectacular — in the HOTT Lax Championship loss to the Littering Hippies.   That memorable performance kept the Mustangs in the game against the formidable Hippies.

In addition, Harbaugh played solidly in goal for Team 66 in the K-Vegas Classic and for the Blackhawks’ Apache team in the Summer Meltown tournament.

Jared Harbaugh -- Meltdown Clearing Pass

Harbaugh (center) clears the ball against Pumba Lax in the July 11 Summer Meltdown

Finally, Harbaugh turned in a truly excellent performances both in goal and as a long-stick defender against the Carolina Hilltoppers in scrimmage action at NC Central University back in June and in the Blackhawks scrimmages against the Alamance War Dogs.

Harbaugh’s excellent summer was complemented by stellar attendance at position clinics and HOTT Lax scrimmages and games.  Throughout the summer, Jared was always willing to step in and play where needed and served as a mentor to some of our less-experienced players.

Congratulations, Jared Harbaugh!

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7th Summer Exceeds Expectations

Littering Hippies, undefeated high school HOTT Lax champs

Littering Hippies, undefeated high school HOTT Lax champs

As Triad-area lacrosse grows, so too does the Triad Blackhawks summer program.  This summer. the Blackhawks program served a record 300+ lacrosse players of all ages and experience levels in their regular summer program.  In addition, several highlights emerged from this summer that made it arguably the best summer in Blackhawks history, including:

  • The Blackhawks had 25 youth and high school players who had never played before, and 62 youth and high school players who had played but for only a year or less.  Almost 2/3 of all youth and high school players had 2 or less years of playing experience.  This relative lack of experience allowed our coaches to have more of an impact on the development of these players.
  • The general consensus among the coaches was that this summer’s players were the most committed and coachable players ever seen in our program.
  • Attendance at practices, scrimmages, and position clinics was at record levels.
  • Fourteen of our coaches had the benefit of having played lacrosse in college.
  • Our high school players came from 27 different high schools.

Hooked-Nosed Hawks, 2015 Adult HOTT Lax Champs

    Hooked-Nose Hawks, 2015 Adult HOTT Lax Champs
  • We fielded competitive U13, U15, and High School teams in our annual scrimmages against the Carolina Hilltoppers under the lights at NC Central University in Durham.
  • We played three competitive scrimmages against the Alamance War Dogs on Thursday evenings at Northeast Park in Kernersville.  An estimated 30 players got to experience their first off-season outside competition in these scrimmages.
Annoying Aardvarks, 2015 Youth HOTT Lax Champions

Annoying Aardvarks, 2015 Youth HOTT Lax Champions

  • We hosted our own K-Vegas Classic, ultimately outwitting challenging weather to give every player in our high school program and all of our U11 and older youth players an opportunity to participate, without cost, in tournament play.
  • We fielded 3 competitive teams in the Summer Meltdown, with our Apache team comprised substantially of undergraduates; our Bravo team comprised mostly of U15 players; and our U13 team playing with half its roster containing U11-eligible players.  Twenty-two players experienced their first-ever tournament competition.

Attendance at Position Clinics was Impressive!

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone associated with Summer ’15 Blackhawks for another great run!

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