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Lacrosse. This is a sport that has skyrocketed in popularity and has become more recognized over the last 10+ years in Pennsylvania. If you aren’t familiar with Lacrosse, it is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick that is used to throw the ball in the air, across the field, and into the goal. Tournaments are popping up everywhere but there has been a very popular one right here in our backyard for many, many years.
In its 11th year, the Lumberjax Shootout Lacrosse
Tournament took place on Saturday, May 13th at the Spring Grove School District’s athletic fields. The tournament offers teams ranging from 3rd through 8th grade the opportunity to play other teams in surrounding counties and vie to be dubbed the champions of their division.
Originally, it started out as a four team High School/JV tournament with only 70 athletes playing on just two fields. This year, they had a total of 58 teams with 1,050 athletes (boys & girls) competing for the championship title. The biggest turnout the tournament has ever had was a total of 78 teams and 1,500 athletes playing on a 16 fields. Teams from York, Cumberland, Lancaster, Union, Berks, and Baltimore counties traveled near and far to play theirhardest to have a shot at the title. This was the first year in 11 years that it has rained during the tournament but that didn’t stop the athletes from showcasing their athleticism in the great sport of Lacrosse.
This event is carefully planned over the course of each year and takes a lot of time, effort, sponsors, and volunteers. Yazoo was a major sponsor of the tournament and our donation helped contribute towards the $13,000+ that was paid in just referee fees alone.
For more information on the Spring Grove Lacrosse Club, please click here