The north division opened Starz Cup Championship play at the beautiful Campus El Segundo this past weekend. With Youth and Middle School brackets being played on Saturday and High School and Elite on Sunday, the turf got a serious workout! Heat in the low 90’s turned the sidelines into the perfect pop up tent advertisement. Players and parents found shade under the tents as they watched the competitive action. The 101 Starz made their innagural appearance winning a number of games at the Youth and Middle School level and playing a veteran OC Starz Elite team tough on Sunday. South Bay and Hill Starz got their rivalry off to a hot start as the two Youth teams went at it early Saturday morning. Hill’s youth team prevailed but expect the rematch tomorrow to be tight.
At the High School level we had four new programs on display, the Culver City Starz, the Lions Starz, the 101 Starz, and the Breakers Starz all competed in their first weekend of Starz action. Culver City got off to a great start and impressed with two strong wins. Lions Starz and Breakers are both talented teams who will certainly be in the mix for the Starz Cup come August 2nd.
South Division Review
Competition in the south division opened at Rancho Bernardo HS with Youth, Middle School, High school and Elite all having games. The usual suspects were strong as the Shredderz, Laxdawgs, and RC played well at all levels. The Olympian Youth team got their first taste of South Division competition and did well splitting their first two games to open the summer at 1-1. Fighting through unseasonably hot weather, Quad City HS team went 2-0 to open up the season, as did the Rebels A team.
Elite action opened as RC knocked off the SD Pride for a season opening victory. The Jr. Rip played well in their first Starz games ever and, the Shredderz opened the season with a victory over a tough OC Elite club. This weekend will bring some highly anticipated matchups back to Rancho Bernardo High School as the first game of the day Saturday pairs perennial powers RC and Shredderz at 2 pm. Good luck to all of the Southern Division teams in their second weekend of competition!
Girl’s and Mini Starz
Action for both the Girls Starz and Mini Starz programs begins this coming weekend. With Girls High School play opening at Venado Middle School in Orange County and Middle School play at Valley Center Primary School (14249 Fruitvale Rd, Valley Center, CA 90282). Mini Starz games are kicking off in Manhattan Beach at Mira Costa HS, as well as at Rancho Bernardo HS in San Diego. Starz will have Wagner Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach, Karen Rife on hand at Venado MS to watch the games and evaluate the Starz Girl’s program. We are lucky to have a Division 1 head coach at our first weekend of games and look forward to applying her constructive criticism to the program.
Mini Starz has it’s largest participation in the history of the program this summer with teams from the Valley to San Diego competing for the Starz Cup Trophy. Good luck to all of the Mini Starz teams playing this weekend!