Harbaugh Named Summer’s Most Outstanding


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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Littering Hippies Sweep Field!

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2015 HS HOTT Lax Champions

The Littering Hippies lived up to the hype with a 5-3 title game victory over the resilient Magic Mustangs last night at Cash-Bagley Fields. With the victory, the Hippies became only the second high school HOTT Lax team in Blackhawks history to win the championship with an undefeated record.

HSHL -- Title Game Scrum

Intense scrums like this were the hallmark of the title game between the Hippies and the Mustangs

HSHL Playoffs -- Hoist Cup

Hippies Hoist Cup

The game was tied 2-2 at halftime and was close throughout, with defensive play providing most of the highlights. The Hippies’ formidable stable of long-pole defenders limited the ‘Stangs to only 6 shots on goal for the game, but at the other end, keeper Jared Harbaugh (Glenn HS) kept the Mustangs in the game with a record-setting 15 saves, many of which were truly spectacular. Ultimately, however, it was Spencer Stringfellow (SW Guilford) with 2 goals and an assist, and Ethan Mize (N Davidson) with two key assists that helped the Hippies prevail. Jack Dean (Oak Ridge Military), August Case (N Davidson), and Clay DeHart (N Davidson) each tallied a goal for the Hippies to round out the scoring. Dean also dominated the faceoff “x” to help the Hippies control possession. For the Mustangs, Talon Terry (SW Guilford), with two goals, and Matt Vernon (SW Guilford), with one, provided the offensive highlights.

Congratulations to coaches Sam Newland, Larry Nichols, and Andrew McLaughlin and the Littering Hippies for an outstanding run and the 2015 HS HOTT Lax title!

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K-Vegas Classic

HL13-2The K-Vegas Classic will take place on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Cash-Bagley Fields.  Teams and individuals may register to participate in U13, U15, or High School competition.

Kids First Lacrosse will conduct a Free Youth Clinic for players U11 and younger.  While the clinic is free, preregistration is required at Kids First Youth Lacrosse Clinic.

Players may register individually and be placed on an at-large team.  Efforts will be made to put you on a team with players from your school.

More information and registration links at K-Vegas Classic.

See you at the K-Vegas Classic!

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Summer Lax Takes Off

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Summer ’15 Blackhawks after Wednesday’s Position Clinics

The 7th summer of Blackhawks lacrosse is underway with youth, high school, and adult programs.  Player numbers have increased for the 7th consecutive year, and this year’s group comes to the Blackhawks with a remarkable work ethic and willingness to learn the game.  Adult HOTT Lax, boasting an impressive mix of current and former D1, D2, and D3 college players and others, kicked off competition last Sunday evening.  The high school and youth groups have had preliminary practices and position clinics and begin HOTT Lax competition this week.  Ought to be another great Blackhawks summer!

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Shore, Leonard Picked for All-Star Game

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All-Stars Tracer Leonard (L) and Isaac Shore

Spring Blackhawks co-captains Isaac Shore and Tracer Leonard have been named to play in the Triad High School Lacrosse Senior All-Star Game to be played on May 26 at Guilford College.

Shore, who persevered through the difficult spring seasons of 2012 and 2013 as the ‘Hawks top defender, switched to attack last spring out of team necessity and quickly emerged as the Hawks “go to” guy on the offensive side of the field. Shore is the first home school student ever selected to play in the Senior All-Star Game.

Shore, right, was a top 'Hawks defender as a freshman in 2012

Shore, right, was a top ‘Hawks defender as a freshman in 2012

Shore currently stands second in career goals for the spring Blackhawks with 59 (behind 2012 All-Star Harry Keefe) and tied for third on the career assists list.  As a testament to his diversified talents, Shore holds the spring Blackhawks’ career lead in Loose Balls Caused and is second in career Ground Balls.  He is considered to be the Blackhawks top riding attackman.

Shore, a speedy multi-sport athlete who played running back and defensive back for the Greensboro Panthers in the Home School Football League of North Carolina, first picked up a stick as a freshman on the 2012 spring Blackhawks team and through hard work and commitment became one of the best players on that team.

Close Defender Tracer Leonard

Close Defender Tracer Leonard

Defensive stopper Tracer Leonard, who has played for the spring Blackhawks for only two seasons, is the team’s career record holder in ground balls and has led the team for two consecutive seasons in defensive stops.   At the end of last season, he was named the team’s most outstanding defensive player.

Leonard played defensive back on the football team and competed on the wrestling team at Dalton McMichael High School in Mayodan.  He qualified for the state championship wrestling tournament this past season.

Both Shore and Leonard played for the Blackhawks’ summer Apache team that won the championship in the Summer Meltdown last July.

Congratulations, Isaac and Tracer!

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Leonard Breaks GB Record

Tracer Leonard currently has 170 ground balls for the spring Blackhawks in his career, with several games remaining in his senior campaign

Spring Blackhawks senior co-captain LSM Tracer Leonard (McMichael High School) has broken the spring Blackhawks career record for ground balls after only 28 career games with the spring Blackhawks.  He surpassed the previous record holder, Harry Keefe, who played with the spring Blackhawks from 2010 through 2012.  Leonard, who plays football and wrestles at McMichael High School, first joined the spring Blackhawks last season and was the team’s most outstanding defensive player and served as team captain.  Last summer, Tracer was also selected from among 135 Blackhawks players as its most outstanding defensive player and played LSM on the Blackhawks Apache team that won the Summer Meltdown tournament. Tracer plans to play his college lacrosse at Greensboro College.  Congratulations, Tracer!

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Summer ’15 Registration Opens

Registration for Blackhawks summer 2015 lacrosse for U11 through adults is NOW OPEN!

This summer features a return of exciting HOTT Lax action as well as position clinics and the inaugural K-Vegas Classic tournament.


More information at Summer ’15 Blackhawks.



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Mixed Start for Spring Team

2015 Blackhawks

The 2015 spring Blackhawks, like all other area spring sports teams, dealt with a schedule disrupted by snow, rain, and wet fields, but finally got in some practice and were able to get in their first game on Thursday, March 12 against Oak Ridge Military, the latest season start in six years.  After a 15-3 win over a young but scrappy team from Oak Ridge Military, the ‘Hawks played one of their most disappointing games in recent memory, losing 11-1 to the always-tough Clayton Warriors after a fairly even first half.  On Saturday, March 21, the ‘Hawks gave a better performance, beating Central Cabarrus, 14-7, and Village Vipers, 11-10, in back-to-back games in Fayetteville.

This year’s team, under the direction of 2nd-year head coach Sam Newland, features several seniors who are in their 4th year of spring lacrosse with the Blackhawks — Isaac Shore (2014 team leader in goals), Kyle Beinke, Gabe O’Dea, Brandon Creasey (2014 assists leader), and Cesar Grisales — along with senior defender Tracer Leonard (2014 leader in ground balls and loose balls caused) and gritty faceoff midfielder Brenan Romero.   This group is joined by a group of eager underclassmen who will form the backbone of future spring squads.

This year features the first-ever state championship tournament for high school club teams in North Carolina, which will be held on May 16-17 in Asheville.

For more information, see Spring ’15 Team.

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Spring Preseason Off and Running

The sixth edition of the Blackhawks’ high school spring team has been focused on conditioning and stickwork since the beginning of January, meeting on Saturday mornings and working hard to get better as it prepares for the spring competition season.

The spring team consists mostly of players whose schools do not have lacrosse teams.  The program started in 2010, and has continued each season since then with a competitive mix of club and high school varsity and junior varsity games.

This year’s team features a crop of 4-year Blackhawks who will hope to leave a positive mark on the program with strong senior seasons.  The team is also excited to welcome a group of younger players to the program.  This is the first year of a state playoff for club teams — May 16 & 17 in Asheville — and the spring Blackhawks hope that they can make a run in that tournament.

For more information, go to Spring 2015 Blackhawks.

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