This school year is just about over but there’s a group of high school students that can’t wait for school to begin next year.
The Washington lacrosse team is counting down the days to next season after the school board voted last week to add lacrosse as a school-sponsored varsity sport.
“I’ve been through the hallways the last couple of days and everyone’s talking. They say, ‘I heard about lacrosse.’ I say you should come out,” said sophomore player Rylan McQueary. “Now I’m trying to get my friends to come out and play.
There are 55 players on Washington’s varsity and junior varsity club teams and some have been playing lacrosse in clubs for eight years. They’ve been waiting for the day their high school would welcome their spring sport to the Panther family.
“Not everyone plays baseball. Not everybody wants to run track,” said junior Nick Sutherland. “Adding this sport gives an opportunity to students at the school.”
Lacrosse seems to appeal to football, soccer and hockey players who are looking for a complimentary spring sport.
“The transfer from the football field to lacrosse is similar. The hand-eye coordination, body awareness. Kids love it.You don’t get that in other sports,” said Washington’s club lacrosse coach Zach Davis.
Washington High School will offer girls lacrosse next year, as well. Dunlap is the only other area school
that offers lacrosse as a varsity sport.
“To be play for my high school is a big thing, make wins count for something,” said junior Conner Holderness. “Not just playing for a club team. You have a school behind you.”