High School Boys

April 18, 2009

High School Notebook

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magainze Online

Three-time defending Florida state girls' lacrosse champ Vero Beach almost lost an opportunity to win its fourth in a row, but its disqualification has been overturned.
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Lacrosse and the world of preventive health care are getting together this weekend for an event that could help just about anyone.

The Haverford School (Pa.) will host the first-annual Checking for Cancer Lacrosse Invitational, sponsored by Nike, on Saturday. This event will feature eight high-profile boys' programs from around the country playing in games and promoting cancer awareness.

Checking for Cancer was spurred by what happened to two of the coaches involved. Haverford coach John Nostrant discovered he had prostate cancer about 14 months ago, while his college roommate and teammate Kevin Giblin (coach at Georgetown Prep) is undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

The two are still very close friends and helped coach the U.S. U-19 men's team to the world championship in British Columbia last year.

Carole and Chris Hupfeldt, from the Haverford community, were the driving forces organizing this event over the last month. Chris Hupfeldt is on the US Lacrosse Men's Division Board of Governors  and worked hard with his wife to turn this dream into a reality.

"It's just come together," Carole Hupfeldt said. "People have been amazing. We have close to $20,000 raised, and we haven't even had the event yet. We just want people to become aware of what they should do, the self-awareness of your body and taking care of yourself."

Games start at 8:30 a.m. and continue through the afternoon with various teams to both raise money and promote self-awareness -- not to mention showcase some rather good high school lacrosse.

"A lot of people have come together on this," Carole Hupfeldt said. "We've been very fortunate."

Vero Beach disqualified from Florida playoffs

Three-time defending Florida state girls' lacrosse champion Vero Beach was favored to make it four this month, but the landscape changed drastically when the Florida High School Athletic Association booted the Indians due to scheduling regulations.

According to an FHSAA release, Vero Beach violated a rule that states, "a school must play not less than 60 percent of its regular season contests in the sport against FHSAA member schools." The Indians played 10 out-of-state teams and eight games against FHSAA member schools. They were unbeaten against Florida teams and improved to 19-1 after drubbing Dr. Phillips, 29-1, in the first round of the state playoffs.

"They were a dead lock [to win the state championship]," Timber Creek coach Randy Polito told the Orlando Sentinel. "It was not even a question of whether or not you could beat Vero -- it was just how long you could hang around."

UPDATE: Indians Back in the Game

Vero Beach fought its disqualification and won.

The Indians will resume play in the Florida High School Athletic Association State Series.

Circuit Judge Robert Pegg approved a temporary court injunction preventing the FHSAA from prohibiting the team from competing in the playoffs. Vero Beach will meet Benjamin in a second-round play-in game at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

“We are just really excited to be back in it,” senior captain Sarah Sarnoski told TCPalm.com. “It means a lot to us. There is a drastic change in energy among our team — from depressed to extremely happy. It’s the exact opposite of what we were feeling yesterday.”

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Texas team unite to remember two of their own

The Woodlands (Texas) boys' lacrosse team plans to honor Kody Soeder at its games (eighth grade, JV and varsity) when they play at Strake Jesuit Friday night.

Soeder, 16, was killed in a car accident April 11. He was a sophomore defenseman for Woodlands. Both Strake and Woodlands will honor his memory with a moment of silence.

Charles Alford of Strake was also killed in a car accident earlier this year.

Players from both teams will exchange stickers with the names of the two players to symbolize their unity in honoring their former teammates.

Woodlands wore their game jerseys to school earlier this week to honor Soeder, and for the next three seasons (he would have graduated in 2011), a player will be picked by the team to wear his number 27 for every game. In addition, a jersey patch and helmet sticker is going to be created and worn by teammates.

Soeder's number will be retired after that.

An annual scholarship fund in his honor will be given out each season.

For details, check out the team's Web site at www.woodlandslax.com

No stopping Centennial

Centennial (Idaho) stretched its winning streak to 36 with an 8-5 victory over Bishop Kelly in a recent game.

The win gave the Patriots a 9-0 record, according to westsidelax.com, and they have one of the nation's top winning streaks.

Zach Hall led the way with three goals and two assists in the Treasure Valley Lacrosse League match-up. Dallin Wilkes added three goals to spark Centennial.

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