Lacrosse: Every Kid is Welcome

Participation in lacrosse has doubled over the past decade, according to US Lacrosse, the national governing body. It’s no wonder.

“Every player is involved, with no waiting around,” said Jeff Wilson, president of the Anthem-based North Valley Predators, which has grown from 35 players when it started four years ago to 73 players last year. In this no-cut league, any kid, big or small, can contribute. The game, a bit like a cross between hockey, basketball and soccer, is quick and engaging for players and spectators.

“Parents… will be the first to tell you how fun the sport is to watch,” said Dave Kelly, president of Boulder Creek Lacrosse. 


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North Valley Predators is a feeder league for the high school program. Last season, 18 eighth graders graduated from the Predators program, and 16 are headed to the BCHS lacrosse team (if enough players join, a second team could be added). Boulder Creek aims to win its first D1 State championship title in lacrosse within the next couple of years, Kelly said.

Parents can register kids ages 5–14 online for the Predators program through Nov. 30, though the season begins Nov. 1. 

Predators New-Parent Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m.
Anthem Civic Building
3701 W. Anthem Way, Anthem
480-455-7115
northvalleypredators@gmail.com

www.northvalleylacrosse.com


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Ciatlin Coulter
NoPho resident Caitlin Struchen launched her journalism career when she joined In&Out Publications as event listings editor in 2017. She has a bachelor of science degree in communication from Arizona State University.

Ciatlin Coulter

NoPho resident Caitlin Struchen launched her journalism career when she joined In&Out Publications as event listings editor in 2017. She has a bachelor of science degree in communication from Arizona State University.

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