Monthly Archives: May 2008

Lacrosse Growing In South L.A.


(Excepts from San Francisco Chronicle’s “SFGate” Forum)

Thursday, May 29, 2008:  Sean McKeon, of slight build with bone white teeth, is trying to hit a bottle cap with the end of his lacrosse stick. His unlikely band of lacrosse players, a handful of Latino and African American youths, surround him. They are cajoling him for has inability to hit the bottle cap. He wiffs, but can’t seem to hit it.

“I couldn’t do it, so they all made fun of me,” the 31-year-old explains. “I kept on swinging at the bottle cap until I finally hit it. They would have just given up.”

That scene comes from his first year as a coach at Manual Arts High School, five years ago. McKeon had come to South Los Angeles’ potholed streets and fortified homes because he felt empty and needed something to fill him emotionally. He had bumped through seven on his wending route from his native Chicago to Los Angeles, and the only constant in his life was lacrosse, a game similar to soccer except players wear helmets and carry netted sticks.

His idea was to bring this game, with its prohibitively expensive equipment and its associations of white privilege, to the ghetto.

This year, McKeon started his fifth season as Manual Arts’ lacrosse coach. The team, in 50-plus games played, has won only two through this year, another winless season. But McKeon’s roster has swollen to 60 players. The high school, with 4,000 students, also has a girls’ lacrosse team, which practices next to the boys’ team on the gloriously bald and litter-strewn field. Further East, McKeon’s LAX in L.A. program has started girls’ and boys’ teams at Huntington Park High School, and a boys’ team at a middle school close to Manual Arts.

Find the original article at the following link:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2008/05/29/ED3T10UVUL.DTL

FOOTHILL KNIGHTS PICTURE OF THE YEAR


John Duddridge Torques It…….

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Orange County Coaches Selected to Coach Adidas Team


Adidas National High School Classic names West coaches:

Glen Miles of San Clemente High School

Greg Guy of El Toro High School

 

 

 

Baltimore, MD, March 20, 2008 – Head lacrosse coach of San Clemente High School, Glen Miles and El Toro High School head lacrosse coach Greg Guy have been named to coach the West Regional team in this summer’s adidas National High School Lacrosse Classic.

Coach Miles has an impressive lacrosse background. Recently inducted into the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Glen Miles was a three-time All-American at the U.S. Naval Academy who was named the nation’s top midfielder in 1986 and the only Navy lacrosse player to receive the Lt. J.G Donald MacLaughlin Jr. Award named after the former Navy Lacrosse standout who was killed in 1966.

Upon graduation, Miles was named as an alternate to Team USA in ’86, a rare honor at that time for a college player. Four years later he would earn his way onto Team USA and helped lead it to the world title over Team Canada in Perth, Australia. In addition to coaching at San Clemente High School, Glen Miles is the Director of Victory Lacrosse. Victory lacrosse is 501 c3 Lacrosse organization that focuses on lacrosse skill development as well as the character and leadership development of our youth.

Greg Guy, Orange County Coach of the Year, brings an impressive coaching background with record of 61-6. He directed El Toro High School to the 2007 California State Club Lacrosse Championship. A consistent winner, Coach Guy’s teams have reached the 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 Orange County lacrosse semifinals. He was the USA West U-19 Team assistant coach in 2006.
“I’m honored to be selected to coach such a revolutionary team. Being a product of Southern California lacrosse, I’m proud to be an ambassador for the sport. I’m also very excited to showcase Southern California talent on a national level to prove that lacrosse is no longer an “east-coast sport” says Coach Guy.

Greg Guy views the inaugural adidas Lacrosse event as a meaningful for the players. “This event has the potential to benefit hundreds of players nationwide. It will not only help players enhance their level of play through competition with the nation’s best, but will also help the recruiting process. One of the major drawbacks to California lacrosse is the lack of exposure to the best schools. This event gives schools a chance to see players from throughout the country, and potentially give students access to those schools and lacrosse programs.”

CIF SOUTHERN/SAN DIEGO SECTION TITLE SUMMARY


SOUTHERN SECTION CHAMPIONS

BOY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Foothill-OC 11 – Palos Verdes 7

GIRL’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

St. Margaret’s Episcopal 16 – Palos Verdes 8

SAN DIEGO SECTION CHAMPIONS

BOY’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

La Costa Canyon 15 – Coronado 5

GIRL’S CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

La Costa Canyon 11 – Coronado 10

Congrats to 2008 All-Orange County Teams


2008 ALL-ORANGE COUNTY LACROSSE TEAMS

           

Boys All-County team
Trent Jones, Foothill, attack: He wasn’t just the table-setter for the Foothill offense. Jones scored several important goals as the Knights repeated as county and section champions.
Mike Kidushim, Corona del Mar, attack: He scored 46 goals, had 32 assists and leaves as CdM’s all-time leading scorer.
Graham Nichols, El Toro, attack: Stepped forward to lead the Chargers after the team graduated 15 seniors and six starters from 2007.
John Duddridge, Foothill, midfield: Stood tall in the biggest moments, scoring three goals and assisting on two others in the county championship game
Noah Molnar, Corona del Mar, midfield: Could have been the best middle in the county, had 58 goals, 22 assists, 103 ground balls and 41 takeaways.
Hunter Steffien, St. Margaret’s, midfield: Trinity League MVP Steffien scored 48 points and had 31 assists for the Tartans.
Nick Taylor, Corona del Mar, defense: Was the key to the Sea King defense with 87 takeaways and 109 ground balls.
Jeremy Baileys, St. Margaret’s, defense: The anchor of the Tartan defense. Baileys recorded 128 ground balls this season.
Michael Fice, Santa Margarita, defense: Voted MVP of the Eagles, Fice also earned first-team all-Trinity League honors as a valuable member of the Eagles defense
Kelly McMinn, JSerra, goalie: McMinn set a team record with 251 saves. He also had a 68 percent save rate and allowed 5.7 goals a game.
 
 Girls All-County team
Sara Weber, Tesoro, attack: She scored 58 points (40 goals, 18 assists) to earn her second consecutive first team all-county selection.
Shelby Grose, Trabuco Hills, attack: Scored 46 goals, five assists and had 31 ground balls for the Mustangs.
Natalie Cummins, Foothill, attack: Cummins (Brown) controlled 60 percent of draws, scored 40 goals, 22 assists and led the Knights with 102 ground ball possessions.
Abbey Messmer, Beckman, attack: Described as the future of the Patriots’ program, Messmer scored 30 goals in her freshman season.
Olivia Wetterau, St. Margaret’s, midfield: Had 41 goals, 29 assists and 27 ground balls for the Tartans in their double championship campaign.
Francie Crowell, Los Alamitos, midifield: Two-year captain for the Griffins led with 63 points (46 goals, 17 assists) on the way to a berth in the county championship game.
Anna Maria Carabini, St. Margaret’s, midfield: Scored eight goals in four playoff games. She finished the season with 43 goals and 43 ground balls.
Natalie Cross, Foothill, midfield: Led the Knights with 60 goals and 79 points and recorded the most ground balls (40) for an attack player.
Lindsey Schmidt-Beck, Los Alamitos, defense: Labeled as an aggressive defender. She picked up 25 ground balls and had 19 draw controls.
Mary-Rachel Walsh, St. Margaret’s, defense: Had 72 ground balls and 25 draw controls. Walsh also scored 10 goals in four playoff games.
Jeni Centner, Foothill, goalie: Last year’s county player of the year didn’t disappoint this year, anchoring Foothill’s defense with six saves a game.
 
 Boys lacrosse coach of the year
Jon Fox, FoothillFox did a remarkable job guiding the Knights to the O.C. and Southern Section titles in 2007. However, his greatest job was getting them to do it again.
That’s what happened this season as the Knights repeated their double championship season, and, for that, Fox is the Register’s coach of the year.
The Knights began the season a target on their back and emerged with two nonleague losses, thanks to Fox’s leadership.

 Girls lacrosse coach of the year
Summer Crabtree, St. Margaret’sThe Tartans got a taste of success last season, advancing to the semifinals of the county championship. That was all the motivation they needed.
“We focused on being mentally prepared,” Crabtree said. “We had a lot of team-building activities that challenged them.”
It all worked as the Tartans won the county championship and the first girls Southern Section title. That’s why Crabtree earns the nod as Register’s coach of the year.Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com
 

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