They will be a part of the under-19 team, which is Mexico’s first youth national team. Mexico started an adult national team two years ago. The teams are currently based in San Jose, with plans to eventually have them based in Mexico City.
Since Watsonville is one of the few programs with a dominant Latino presence and has a strong team, many of its players have been recruited to play for Team Mexico. The players include Diego Rosillo, Dominic Acosta, David Torres, Daniel Torres, Blake Gradilla, Matt Juarez, Michael Juarez, Jacob Schekman, Oscar Hernandez, Nick Rangel and Felix Budiao.
Additionally, Watsonville coaches Mike Blum and Nikki Lewen and Aptos High coach Paul Murtha are joining the effort, assisting Iliad Rodriguez and a representative from Mexico City.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our local youth to represent their communities, their families’ heritage and to gain a valuable experience,” Blum and Lewen stated in a press release.
The players are participating in several fundraisers to pay for the cost of traveling, rooms, uniforms and entry fees. A carwash will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Oil Can Henry’s, near Target in the Overlook Shopping Center on Main Street. They will also be selling T-shirts and accepting donations.
Anyone interested in making a donation or sponsoring an athlete can contact Blum or Lewen at 728-6390, ext. 710, or write a check to “Lacrosse” and mail it to Coach Blum/Lewen, Watsonville High School, 250 E. Beach St., Watsonville, CA 95076.