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Even in the offseason, there’s news for boys’ high school lacrosse. Here’s a recap of some of the latest news from around the nation.
This is good news for lacrosse fans, but not for football and a few other sports. WCNC in North Carolina did a report on declining participation numbers in football, wrestling, men’s golf, softball and men’s tennis. Lacrosse, along with men’s soccer, swimming, cross country, and volleyball are on the rise in the state. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association said the declines were “concerning.”
“The numbers in football and several other sports declining is concerning, as we believe we are seeing some impact from increased specialization by students, cutting their participation in other sports to focus on training for a single-sport year-round, and in some cases, there may be other concerns,” Commissioner Que Tucker said.
St. Joseph-Montvale (N.J.) get a new head coach with Dan DaPonte taking. DaPonte has been an assistant the last three years and takes over for Dale Weingarten.
“Dan has done a great job coaching for the Green Knights lacrosse program for the past three years”, said Logan. “Dan demonstrates knowledge and expertise for the sport, excellent management skills, and he has positive leadership and communication skills.
A fantastic story about Bill Belichick coaching a high school lacrosse team in Michigan in the late ‘70s. It’s well documented that Belichick is a lacrosse fan, but it’s nice to see that his roots are deep and that even when he was coaching in the NFL, he took the time to coach a high school team.
“To this day, no one remembers exactly how, when or why Belichick showed up. Country Day’s head lacrosse coach at the time was Gene Reilly, who coached lacrosse and football at Wesleyan before Belichick arrived on campus. Spencer said perhaps the Wesleyan connection led Belichick to Country Day in what he remembers as a spring day in 1976.”
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