2014 News From Around the League Archive

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To get a listing of Oregon lacrosse recruits, go to LaxPower Recruiting Page, scroll down to the bottom to the 'Listing of of Recruits" section, and click the 'Search' link for a desired year to get the LaxPower Recruits Database Search page.  While on the LaxPower Recruits Database Search page, type "OR" in the 'State' field, and hit the Submit button.

OregonLive on the OHSLA Season

April 5th, 2014

Oregon Live recently posted a brief write up on the OHSLA season kicking off and expectations for the season. 

The article notes the new playoff format and lists Lakeridge, West Linn, Wilsonville, Jesuit, Westview, Lincoln, and Beaverton amongst the contenders for the state championship. 

From this weeks scores, it looks like OES needs to be added to that list. 
Lakeridge's Ryan McLaughlin linked from Oregon Live

Sunset and Lincoln Battle Again

March 21, 2014
In a rare regular season match-up, Lincoln travelled to Sunset High School to take on the Apollos.  Given that Sunset and Lincoln battled in the state finals three consecutive years 2010-2012, these schools have history. 

In this round, as reported on OregonLive.com, after a close first half the Cardinals dominated the second half to come away with a 15-8 victory.  As is often the case in lacrosse games Lincoln also won the ground ball battle 27-16, nearly the same ratio as the game score. 

Go to the OregonLive.com article for more pictures, detailed game commentary, and post game comments. 
OregonLive pic
Photo Miles Vance/Beaverton Leader, as shown by OregonLive.com

Twenty Years of High School Lacrosse in Oregon

This year marks the twentieth year that high school lacrosse has been played in Oregon.  Throughout the year the OHSLA will be celebrating this tenure with articles and memorabilia starting with this article.

OHSLA Players on the National Recruiting Radar

As reported its article on the 2013 Adrenaline Showcase:
The fifth annual Adrenaline Showcase marked another great event for western lacrosse as 170 of the most talented individuals in the west gained significant exposure to NCAA and MCLA recruiters from all over the country.  The Adrenaline Evaluation Team (AET) and various college coaches have assembled a list of the top ten players who most impressed. 

On that list were three players from the OHSLA:
  • Matt Burton - Sunset High School
  • Jon Duffey - Lincoln High School
  • Ben Paris - Lincoln High School
This list not only included players from states throughout the west (California, Colorado, Arizona, & Nevada), but a player from Canada as well. Yet another statement of the quality of Oregon lacrosse!!

2014 Nike Coaching Clinic Recap

The 2014 Nike Coaches Clinic featured presentations from Tufts head coach Mike Daly, Jamesville-DeWitt High Scool coaches Jamie Archer and Tim Ristau, and Nike's Bill Daye.  Coach Daly's talk focused on his team's up tempo philosophy, featuring videos of the drills his team uses to execute that style of play at the college level.  Coaches Archer and Ristau focused more on the the High School and Youth level, while Bill Daye drew on his first hand goalkeeping career to give a brief "Goalkeeping 101" presentation for coaches who don't have experience at that position. 

Slides and video from the presentations are available on 2014 Nike Coaches Clinic recap page.

New Playoff format for 2014

The OHSLA board and the Conference Coach Representatives have approved expanding the number of teams participating in post season play from 32 to 40 and create two separate playoff classifications, Championship and Cascade Cup. 

The Championship bracket will have 24-teams calculated from a combination of conference standings and LaxPower ratings: the 1st and 2nd place conference teams (16 teams) and the remaining 8 spots determined by LaxPower rankings.  The computation of the first round bye and seeding will not change from previous years for the Championship bracket.  The new 16-team Cascade Cup bracket will be selected (and seeded) using the next 16 ranked teams (by LaxPower rankings) in the State.  More details can be found on the OHSLA 2014 Playoff page.

The OHSLA believes this new format will not only allow more teams to participate in post season play, but create more competitive games within each bracket.  Each bracket will have a final game played at the same site and appropriate recognition given to the winners of both brackets. 

Lakeridge Wins Championship

Oregon has a new Boy's High School Lacrosse Champion and, as the picture below shows, it's Lakeridge.  For pictures and details on the game 2013 Finals Recap Page.

Lakeridge Pic
Photo courtesy of Bob Miller

Quoting OHSLA Commissioner Dan Badders about the weekend:
" 2013 State Championship games were a smashing success, that reflects well upon the entire league and the coaches and players of Beaverton, Jesuit, West Linn, and Lakeridge.  The attendance totals for these three games, set a new record.  The lacrosse played was exciting and the weather for the final game was perfect.  My compliments to all the coaches and players involved, with special note to Curt Sheinin and his Lakeridge Pacer team...the 2013 state champions." 

"The continuing success of lacrosse in Oregon, is also due to the many parents/people who volunteer hours of time and focused effort to make it all happen.  Audra and Bob Smith and the 110+ Tigard High School volunteers, who made the state championship facilities possible, are at the top of the list to be acknowledged.  Simply an outstanding team effort on their part.  I also want to recognize the efforts of OHSLA Assistant Commissioners Brian Fritz, Lisa Hockman, Rick Gruen, and Mike Kelley for the countless hours they have devoted to make the season and the state playoffs happen."


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