By Robert Whitmire
A full slate of spring sports will be underway soon at SPASH with track and field, baseball, softball, soccer, golf, and tennis.
New this year on the schedule is boys lacrosse.
The coop team, with players from SPASH and Wisconsin Rapids will compete in the Bay Valley Lacrosse Association with other high school teams from Neenah, Appleton, Green Bay, Oneida, Notre Dame Academy, Wausau, DC Everest and Kimberly.
To better compete as a new team, the SPASH Lacrosse team must play as a junior varsity level team for two years before being ready for varsity competition.
“The need for a high school team builds upon the impressive growth of the youth lacrosse organization.” Said SPASH coach Lori Peeters. “Recently, Stevens Point youth teams have enjoyed successful growth which will ultimately support the membership of a team at the high school level.”
The play of the game is fast and intense and the first year team has drawn athletes from football, hockey, and Lacrosse. Their talents and skills will go a long way in helping to put a competitive team on the field.
“I think people will enjoy watching this game as much as our team enjoys playing it,” said junior Zach DeDeker.“Lacrosse was a sport that I loved to watch on television.
The speed and intensity of the game is what really made it interesting and fun to play,” he added. “I’m really excited for this program and I think others will be too. I hope to see a lot of people out at our games because it is a fun sport to watch.”
Home games scheduled include 4/11, 4/28, 5/4 and 5/8 at 5:30 pm and are played at the SPASH athletics fields.
“An end of the season JV tournament is in its preliminary planning stage but will also be hosted by SPASH We are currently looking for volunteers to help with that tournament,” said Peeters.