North Tahoe youth lacrosse enjoys successful first season |

North Tahoe youth lacrosse enjoys successful first season

Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comThe North Tahoe Lacrosse varsity team recently won the High Sierra Youth Lacrosse League Championship. The first row, from left to right, is coach Brett McCann, James McKelvey, Stein Arntson, Conner Gebhardt, Chase Whitney, Ethan Faye, Garrett Driller, Sean Robinson, Lucas Early, Jackson Schmidt, Juan Estrada, Alax Kalange, Reed Gebhardt, Ryan Conner, Rudi Arntson, Eric Bourke, Mason Schmidt and Austin Nall. In the second row is Trevor Cook, Jack McCann, Alax Kalange, Reed Gebhardt, Ryan Conner, Rudi Arntson, Eric Bourke, Mason Schmidt and Austin Nall.

The inaugural High Sierra Youth Lacrosse League Tournament took place on Sunday, June 12 at Pomin Field in Tahoe City. And what an incredible tournament it was for the North Tahoe Varsity and JV squads.First, the North Tahoe varsity team coached by Brett McCann and with players ages 12-14 was crowned High Sierra Youth Lacrosse League Champions with two dominating performances. North Tahoe set the tone for the day with a 9-2 victory over Reno 2 in the first-round game. The team then dismantled Reno 1 by a score of 13-4 in the championship game. North Tahoe played solid team lacrosse. andamp;#8220;Our defense was aggressive and challenged both Reno teams on every offensive possession,andamp;#8221; McCann said. andamp;#8220;The defense continually took away high percentage shots and frustrated Reno’s offense to make mistakes all afternoon.andamp;#8221; McCann said North Tahoe’s goalie did an incredible job of anticipating passes and shots while clearing the ball beautifully. The offense played a great game as well, the coach said, and the midfield lines were andamp;#8220;superb.andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;The middies slashed and dodged through Reno’s defense at will and scored a good percentage of shots,andamp;#8221; McCann said. andamp;#8220;When the Reno teams finally started to double team our middies, our middies found wide-open attack men who took advantage for easy goals.andamp;#8221; The North Tahoe varsity team finished the season undefeated, at 7-0.The North Tahoe JV squad, which includes players ages 8-11, was equally impressive in its tournament results. The team lost a heartbreaking game to Reno 1 in a first-round match-up, 12-10. They then took care of business in the afternoon contest against rival Truckee, beating Truckee 9-3 to take home third place in the High Sierra Youth Lacrosse League Tournament. andamp;#8220;What is amazing about this first-year accomplishment for the junior varsity team is that every player is 100 percent new to lacrosse,andamp;#8221; McCann said. andamp;#8220;Coaches Dirk Shoonmaker, Brad Powell and all-star recruiter Scott Wilderman have assembled and prepared an enthusiastic group of great kids to compete on the same level with programs that have been in existence for 10 years. The future looks bright.andamp;#8221;andamp;#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at

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