High School Notebook: Controversy in California
by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
Some Southern California girls' lacrosse players were recently faced with a difficult decision.
A group of players from the San Diego Section had a chance to try out for the Southern California team that was coming to Maryland to play in the Women's Division National Tournament -- a premier recruiting event organized by US Lacrosse -- in late May. But a California Interscholastic Federation rule stated that if they played in that competition, they would be done for the high school season.
The players qualified for the National Tournament team and came to Maryland, but were not allowed to return to their high school teams, which were in the midst of the CIF sectional playoffs.
"Once you play in an outside competition in that sport, you can't go back and play for your school during the season," said Dennis Ackerman, commissioner of the California Interscholastic Federation's San Diego Section. "That's the rule."
Lacrosse is different than other sports in California in which the CIF can grant state waivers allowing athletes to play in a tournament and return to their respective high school teams. Soccer and other sports allow such waivers, but not lacrosse.
One parent sent Lacrosse Magazine an e-mail stating that the four winning teams in the San Diego Section's playoffs did not send players to the National Tournament. The four losing teams did, according to the e-mail.
High school athletes use the National Tournament as an opportunity to be seen by college coaches, something that's of additional import to players from areas like California, which aren't lacrosse hotbeds. Lacrosse has been a sacntioned high school sport in California for approximately six years.
Ackerman said he understands the rule can cause problems, adding that playoff dates are set long in advance, resulting in some tough choices for student-athletes.
"We're always looking at this rule," he said. "There's always
discussion about it."
The third time is...
Chantilly and Robinson will meet for the Virginia girls' lacrosse state title Saturday night. It won't be like some other playoff games in which teams might not know much about their opponents .
These two teams have already played each other twice. They'll meet Saturday at 6 p.m. at Westfield High with Chantilly hoping to get a win, as Robinson took the first two games.
The Chargers lost in last year's championship game and come into the title contest with a 20-2 record. Robinson enters at 17-3.
"I am so excited to get another shot at a state title," Chantilly's Katie Stillwell told the Washington Post earlier this week. "We're all friends. We know each other and how we play."
Stillwell has 60 goals this season.
It's official in North Carolina
Several Web sites and newspapers have reported that lacrosse will be an official sport for both boys and girls in North Carolina during the 2009-10 school year.
A recent post in HighSchoolOT.com cites the way the NCHSAA is starting to structure everything for lacrosse for next spring, including details about the way games will be played and for the season.
According to the Web site, lacrosse will be an open classification sport to be played in the spring next year. Season length has not yet been set, due to economic issues the NCHSAA faces across the board.
Sixteen-game seasons are a possibility, with playoffs on
Tuesdays and Fridays.
This spring's Georgia High School boys all-state teams were picked recently by the state's High School Coaches Council of the local chapter of US Lacrosse. Here's a list of those who made first team.
Owen Green - Lovett
Kevin Dunn - Milton
Griffin Lamie - Lassiter
David Banik - Lassiter
TJ Kenary - Milton
Matt Ivie - Blessed Trinity
North Winship - Lovett
Kevin Reed - Milton
Ross Lenenski - Walton
Matt Dumbleton - Alpharetta
Drew Bigalow (Long Stick Midfield) - Wesleyan
Wes Goldsberry - Harrison
Darius Bowling - Holy Innocents
Scott Ratliff - Walton
Zack Zessack - Lassiter
Taylor Grice - Wesleyan
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