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Wow!!! What a finish. All should be very proud of their recent accomplishments this past weekend in Denver. It was crazy, chaotic, and very busy but great to be back to the Denver Shootout after a 3-year hiatus. It was almost perfect with our older guys making the final once again. 3-3 at halftime things were still looking ok but..unfortunately a very good Denver Elite team pulled away.
As we told the boys though – the loss doesn’t mean they failed. It was just one instance in a 4-year journey that every one of them should be proud of being a part of and completing. The tears at the end weren’t due to the loss but instead because this journey is now over and it meant something to all.
The coaches are extremely proud to have been a small part of each and every one of the grade 12 class’s path through high school and wish these young men the very best of luck beyond high school and look forward to shaking their hands as they cross the stage next week.
The younger guys also did an amazing job this weekend and saw what it takes and means to play at the highest levels possible as they carry the ‘Spartan torch’ in the coming years.
Head lacrosse coach
With all the indoor schedules and very busy times as well as numerous other groups already doing bottle drives we are going to do a ‘Friends and Family’ bottle drive where we pick and /or they can drop off and we will sort at Claremont
Tomorrow – Sat, May 28 from 8:30/9:00 to 11:00
All the boys know and have agreed to be there to help. Ideally we will use gr 11/12 guys to do pickups but if you have a truck that would be awesome. Other guys will be at the school sorting and then taking to the depot
Please email, post on FB, and IG to get the word out
The document Template_bottle_drive__1_.pdf was attached to this post.
Hello all – we (Ang Gault, Kevin Morrison and Mike Verhagen) have been trying to find a date to do a non sort bottle drive but there were 3 in the area that kept getting in the way, causing us to postpone hoping for a date that worked for all.
With box lacrosse in full swing, finding a date on a weekend that works for all will be next to impossible so…we are going with two other options
We have set up our Claremont lacrosse acct for those families who have the piles building up (or friends) and want to get them out of their garage. Please take in, sort, and tell cashier that it goes into the Claremont LACROSSE acct (make sure you say lacrosse as there are two others tied to Claremont there.
If you want to have families drop off bottles and put them on the Claremont Lacrosse account, please be sure to have them bring their receipt (even just take a picture and text it). In the past, we have had friends drop off bottles for the lacrosse academy and when I went to collect they had no record of it (and asked for receipts).
Option 2 – I will work out with the guys where we attempt to have a ‘non sort’ pickup day where approx 5-6 vehicles are doing pickups and 15-20 guys are at depot organizing as needed for non sort. Many of the guys (myself included) have numerous locations to pick up large mounts and if we can pick the same 2 hours on a Sat or Sun morning we will do so. Will check schedules and see if possible next weekend
Here is an update from Darren:
Apologies for the delay – I was in Vancouver the rest of the week after lacrosse ended and was coaching girls bb. Super Busy week for sure but good problems to have and great success for Claremont Athletics.
Last week was the culmination of the Invitational provincial championships for the guys and a great week of lacrosse. Keeping perspective it was a pretty solid week of lacrosse for the whole program.
First – the jr group was split evenly in two and it got off to a real rough start and as well a few key guys had bball and then sickness too. But…. by the end both jr teams had great improvements, tons of guys had chances to play and develop, and both teams ended up in the semi finals. Their progression was unreal. Team #1 with brand new Ryland Thompson in goal all the way came within 2 goals to making the final losing to NDSS 7-5 in a great semi final. Team 2 plays a great game beating RB’s jr team in other semi and then eventually beating NDSS in final 4-3. Was awesome for all jr guys! Fantastic
The Gr 12’s (despite driving the coaches nuts at times) actually were a little unlucky and did a good only losing one game in the whole tourney. It was a game that looking back we should have won and that loss cost them a berth in final 4 (due to tiebreaker) where I’m sure they would have performed well. They rebounded well and won every other game after that.
And…then the gr 11’s rebounded from a real tough game vs Centennial in round robin where the guys had the difficult task of overcoming seeing one of their team mates endure a pretty major injury (thankfully Keegan is on the mend and Coach McKay deserves a ton of credit in handling the situation) to a big semi final win over Charles Best with only 3 subs. Then down to only two subs they almost won the whole thing in a rematch vs Centennial. The guys had numerous shots to win at the end of regulation and OT but full credit to Centennial in what was an excellent final.
All in all and keeping perspective the coaches are super proud of the representation the guys gave to Claremont lacrosse on and off the field. As the field chair commented to at the end of the final, ‘Claremont continues to be the ’mark’ that other programs aspire to so full credit to all our players and coaches for a job well done.
Looking ahead to the schedule this week and next
Mon to Wed both classes will be at school. Tues the gr 9, 10, and 11’s will be spending the first 30 min of class doing their course selections for next year as well as the order forms and other info for the lacrosse program for next Sept (Please remind your son to bring his course selection form and the rest will be supplied)
Thur, next Tues and the following Thur;
-we will be having a 2 out of 3 series for each class with their tourney teams with some sort of minor bragging rights and/or pizza on the line. These will be done during class time and if time feel free to attend
Lastly – huge thx to our coaches for the hours given to make this past week happen as well as our parent drivers and chaperones and of course….we can’t forget to also thank alumni dad Grant Pepper for giving his time to drive the bus for the jr program
For New Players Interested in Attending Claremont’s Lacrosse Academy – information and application forms are now available.
Please visit the school website for application information for next year at: https://claremont.sd63.bc.ca/mod/page/view.php?id=45915
If there are any questions please forward those to Darren Reisig at email@example.com