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Huntington High students form boys lacrosse team
Huntington - Apr. 30, 2011 - Persistence pays. A group of students from Huntington
High School never gave up hope in getting a boys high school team started in
Huntington. Matt Schaffer and Devin McIlvan sent emails to the West Virginia
Scholastic Association (WVSLA) and others in February requesting assistance in
forming a team.
They now have a lacrosse team with over 25
players called the Huntington Lacrosse Club. The team will begin playing other
teams in the state in early May.
Grant McGuire, an attorney who played
lacrosse at Duke University, had the experience, but not the time to coach or
manage a team. This spring McGuire recruited Ben Allen as the coach and David
McIlvan, father of Devin, as the team manager. The team instantly took ff.
"I felt guilty not to have started lacrosse
here years ago," said McGuire. "So I couldn't turn this group of boys down. They
wanted this team so badly that I just squeezed the organizing into my spare
time." McGuire set up meetings with the YMCA, Huntington High, Veterans
Memorial Field House and others to get the process started. "There are 11 boys
teams and 8 girls teams in the state. All these teams, especially those around
Charleston, really want to start playing us," said McGuire. The team set up the
Facebook page "Huntington Lacrosse" to get the word out.
McGuire said, "Our magager, David McIlvan,
has worked incredibly hard getting the boys rostered, insured and equipped in a
short amount of time. Coach Allen has been training the players regularly
since the end of March and the results are showing." Members of the
Marshall University Men's Lacrosse Club have commented on the stick
handling skills that have already developed on the team
Coach Allen has coached high school sports for 5 years. He played his high
school lacrosse at Wooster High in Ohio and college lacrosse for the
University of Miami, also in Ohio. He was a volunteer lacrosse coach for
Morgantown High and University High before becoming the paid JV Coach at
University High in 2009. His
employer, Young Life, transferred him to Huntington, where he is now able to
lend his expertise to the new program.
"Ben is a classy guy," said University
High's Head Coach, Jeff Dreisbach. "I hated to lose him. He really knows the
game and works well with the kids."
Most of the Huntington players have purchased
their own sticks. The team need further funding to purchase uniforms, sticks,
helmets, pads & goals. The players are holding fundraisers and are seeking
donations. The team will greatly appreciate checks made out to "Huntington
Lacrosse" and sent to David McIlvan, 106 Parkway Drive, Huntington, WV