High School Girls

April 3, 2009

High School Notebook: West Genny Won't Name Field After Messere

by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

A petition to have the West Genesee (N.Y.) High School athletic facility named for Hall of Fame lacrosse coach Mike Messere has been denied by the board.
© John Mecionis

When politics and sports get entangled, the results sometimes aren't nice. Take a look at what's happening in West Genesee (N.Y.), where a group of well-meaning people ran into the politicians.

The Central New York News reported March 24 that members of the school board are blocking a petition to name the school's athletic field after long-time coach Mike Messere as a show of thanks for the 687 victories, 29 league titles and 15 state championships.

Messere also played lacrosse at the school and taught there for 33 years before retiring (as a teacher) 10 years ago.

A petition with over 1,100 signatures was presented, but the school board will not consider it. The reason? Several board members said it's not in the district's policy to name facilities after people.

School board president Timothy E. Bates told the Central New York News that "if we tried to start naming facilities after adults, there would be questions over merit, who's more deserving, who's included and who's excluded from receiving recognition."

In other words, politics would get involved.

Maryland counties shuffle postseason lineup

Maryland's Howard and Anne Arundel counties, which have produced many strong college-bound players over the years, are hooking up for a slight change in their end-of-season schedules.

Howard County officials confirmed that the two counties will combine for a district championship this season. The best boys' team from Howard will meet the top one from Anne Arundel County. Same thing for the girls -- instead of separate county titles.

The championship games (basically a District V title matchup) are scheduled to be played on May 5 at North County High School in Anne Arundel County. The boys will play at 5 p.m., with the girls to follow at 7.

Public schools in Maryland play county championships that have no bearing on how far they advance in the regional and state playoffs.

The private schools have a separate playoff system.

Schools from these two counties will begin their regional playoffs  May 7, two days after the district title game.

The state championships in Maryland are set for later that month.

Still going strong

The West Genesee (N.Y.) girls will lose at some point -- maybe.

They stretched their winning streak to 50 earlier this week with a 10-7 victory over Honeoye Falls-Lima, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. West Genesee has won the Class A state title each of the last two years, going 24-0 each time.

Honeoye Falls-Lima lost in the state semifinals last year, but couldn't quite get past the strong Wildcats (2-0) this week.

Morgan Corson (three goals), Karlyn Tupper (two goals, two assists) and Bre Hudgins (two goals) carried most of the offensive load in the victory.

Playoff time in Florida

The Florida High School Athletic Association will begin its playoffs next week.

Postseason games in the district tournaments are scheduled for April 6-10 at a variety of sites around the state.

The finals play-in games will be held on Tuesday, April 14 and Friday, April 17.

After that, the FHSAA finals are  April 24 and 25 at West Orange High School in Winter Garden. The semifinals are going to be held the first day.

The girls will play the title game at 5 p.m. on April 25, with the boys going at 7:30. 

Lacrosse in Louisiana

The first Louisiana High School Lacrosse League state championship tournament will be held the weekend of May 1-3 at Independence Stadium in Shreveport.

"We are excited the Louisiana High School Lacrosse League [LHSLL] has chosen Shreveport to host this year's championship event," LHSLL Western District Coordinator Trey Medlock said in a recent statement. "We look forward to showcasing the best high school lacrosse the state of Louisiana has to offer."

The LHSLL is made up of an Eastern and Western District in Division I, each with six teams. C.E. Byrd, Captain Shreve, Caddo Magnet, and Loyola -- all from Shreveport -- will join Lafayette High and St. Thomas More from Lafayette in the West.

Teams in the East include Catholic High (out of Baton Rouge), plus Jesuit, Brother Martin, and Rummel High School from New Orleans, Mandeville, and Ocean Springs, Miss., respectively.

The top four teams from each district meet in quarterfinals to determine which teams will play in the final four in Shreveport.

For more Louisiana lacrosse, check out this week's "Big Shots" profile of Loyola's Sam McDaniel.  

Lacrosse from Japan

Keio High school became the first Japanese high school boys' team to come to the United States and play lacrosse when they visited last month.

They came to the Baltimore/Washington area and played the junior varsity teams from St. Paul's, Gilman and Boys' Latin and also got a chance to practice at Johns Hopkins' famed Homewood Field. They also visited the Lacrosse Museum and National Hall of Fame. 

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