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In order to fully devote time to his Lake Oswego coaching position, Rick Gruen has stepped down as Assistant Commissioner of Scheduling & Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which has created a vacancy on the OHSLA board. The primary role of this Assistant Commissioner is to coordinate the OHSLA game schedule with the Oregon Lacrosse Officials Association (OLOA) during the season (and post-season). In addition this board member also manages requests around the OHSLA SOPs, processes game ejections, and serves on the (three member) Ejection Appeals Committee. For more information and details as to the qualications & expectations of the position, check the complete board position description.
The NFHS has announced the rule changes for 2015. Most notable - defensive restart from point of infraction; no need to restart outside the box. Adopted at the national convention Most notable - defensive restart from point of infraction; no need to restart outside the box. There will also be some subtle changes on stick stringing rules that are intended to make it easier for defenders to dislodge balls from sticks. For a complete list of all the rule changes, check the NFHS article or the LaxPower reprint online.
While Quin Kessenich may espouse the growth of lacrosse on the west coast of the US, the chart to the right clearly shows that the center of lacrosse remains the Northeastern States. While California has shown huge growth in the last few years, Long Island continues to rule as the producer of the most quality players in the NCAA. For more details check out Inside Lacrosse Magazine's story.
Source Inside Lacrosse Magazine
Like the College Application process, NCAA recruiting is a lot different than when most parents of current High School players were on the scene. This Inside Lacrosse video from Ryan Boyle is an informative strart for players who think they'd like to play at the college level.
As documented in this LaxPower Scoring Analysis, last years scoring average was still 20.4 goals per game (gpg), slightly down from the 20.6gpg. the previous year. The chart to the right shows the scoring averages since the 2000 season. The good news is that the average goal differential has been 4.5-4.7 in the last six years in D-I, but D-II & D-II have had larger differentials 5.9-7.1 over the same period. Is it time to eliminate offset heads yet?
..but NCAA Women still outscore the Men.
The 2015 OHSLA Calendar is now on the Calendar page. While some dates such as the Nike Clinic, are not yet set, most of the important season dates that mark the nine week regular season are there. This means that the Standings and Schedule has moved on to 2015, if you'd like to see last year's standings or scores from last year, you can go to the OHSLA Archives.
OHSLA Alum Aaron Prosser (Lincoln '08) played for Team England in the 2014 FIL World Championships last week. Prosser, who was co-captain at Drexel in 2012, was amongst several former NCAA players on the English team. Prosser scored 11 goals in the tournament with two hat-tricks, including one in England's final game against Scotland which sealed England's fifth place finish in the tournament. Since graduating Drexel in 2012, Prosser has been on the LXM Pro Tour, the 2014 MLL Denver Outlaws practice team, and volunteer assistant coach at Lincoln HS.
LXM Pro Aaron Prosser
The inaugural 2014 OHSLA/Nike All Star Games of Oregon in Sisters were a tremendous success. Teams from five conferences made it to Sisters (Midwestern, Columbia, North Valley, Pacific and High Desert). Each team got four games in on Saturday & Sunday in an abbreviated tournament format. After the Saturday games there was lasagna dinner for all the players, followed by bonfire for the players sleeping in the yurts at Sisters HS. On Sunday, after a player breakfast, there were couple of closing games including random players game using the time old "sticks-in-a-pile" selection format. Despite some conferences not being able to muster teams for the weekend, by all reports a fun time was had by all. The OHSLA thanks the hard work of Jeff Melville for spearheading the logistics of the weekend, Bill Daye of Nike Lacrosse for uniforms, and most of all Sisters Park & Recreation, volunteers, and staff at Sisters High School for hosting this fantastic event. Check here for the weekend recap with some additional pictures from Coach Melville.
The teams before the final Sticks-in-a-pile game (click for larger picture).
The 2014 OHSLA State Champion is West Linn and inaugural Cascade Cup winner was Wilson. Recaps and photos can be found for Championship here and the Cascade Cup Final soon (still looking for pictures Cascade Cup Semo's & Finals, if you have any please use the Site Feedback page to let our webmaster know). Other recaps are available for the Championship Bracket Semi's: West Linn vs Jesuit here or the OES vs Lakeridge here. Recaps for the Cascade Cup Semi-finals will be on the site as soon as pictures become available. The OHSLA All-Americans and All-State teams that were announced at the Championship Final are now on the OHSLA 2014 Honors page.
Congratulations West Linn and Wilson!!!
Photo Courtesy Bob Miller
2014 OHSLA Champion West Linn Lions
Photo Courtesy Richard Calderwood
2014 Cascade Cup Winner Wilson Trojans
Photo Courtesy Richard Calderwood
Check the All-Conference section of the Honors page for player selections. Note: Several of the All-Conference teams have sign-up buttons to help coaches obtain contact info of players who can participate in the AllStar game Weekend in Sisters. If you are player who would like to play in that Tourney, please check your All-Conference page to see if the Coach wants you to sign-up.
Young people with undiagnosed heart defects, especially athletes, are susceptible to sudden cardiac arrest. Often there are no advance signs or symptoms and most routine physical exams will not pick up the defects. An electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) is usually necessary to uncover signs of heart irregularities, which is something normally not done in "well-child" checks or even some sports physicals.
In an effort to protect the hearts (and lives) of area middle and high school students, the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute is sponsoring the Play Smart program to provide free painless, non-invasive heart/health checks to youth aged 12-18. For more information check out our Play Smart details page.