Boys Lacrosse Whitney Young 9 Lane Tech 8 Upstart Whitney Young showed that there is a new power in the city, as the Dolphins beat Lane Tech for I believe the first time in boys lacrosse.
Baseball Morgan Park 9 Simeon 7 Morgan Park takes the Jackie Robinson Conference lead with a 13-1 conference record. The Simeon Morgan Park rivalry goes beyond football and basketball.
Girls Softball Lane Tech 11 Loyola 5 Any time a CPS school beats Loyola in almost any sport, it is news. Lane girls softball team beat Maine West earlier in the season and now Loyola. The Indians are seeded #4 in the upcoming Ressurection state sectional. That is one of the highest seedings I can remember for a CPS girls softball team.
Jack Devine (jr, Midfielder) is Co-Captain of a Whitney Young team that was 13-2 playing in its first season of lacrosse last year. Watch out for the upcoming Lane Tech vs Whitney Young boys lacrosse game on April 23rd. Whitney Young is trying to get its first win over CPS boys lacrosse powerhouse Lane Tech.
Thank you to the following article emailed (Publisher@LaneTechFan.com) to me by Whitney Young lacrosse player Zachary Nandapurkar:
off I'd like to say I love your blog! I use it every day to catch up on
my school's sports and other cps schools in sports.
I noticed that the last post on Lacrosse was from 2010, and now that
Lacrosse is back and mostly in full swing, might I suggest covering the
Whitney Young vs Lane Tech Lacrosse game on April 23rd at 5p.m. if you
by chance have the time. It should be a great game and won't
"A little bit about
the team: The Whitney Young Lacrosse team formed in 2011 around only
about 4 experienced lacrosse players and many willing athletes who
currently played different sports or even no other sports. Lacrosse was
always something that was always desired at WY and finally got the
parent support it needed in 2011. As a team comprised of mostly
Sophomores and only 1 Senior our first season was the spring of 2012 and
our combined varsity/jv record ended up at 13-2 with varsity wins over
every CPS team except Lane, and some varsity wins over suburban teams
such as St Laurence and St Francis High Schools. In addition we had 2
players make the all city roster last year: #33 Jack DeVine (1st team)
and #99 Owen Bloomfield (2nd team). This season we already have one win
under our belt against a combined (North/South) Downers Grove team (7-6
Due to budget cuts the CPS has officially decided to cut funding for lacrosse and water polo.
This is truly a sad day for anyone in the CPS involved in lacrosse and water polo.
"It was a sad day for me to hear the news but a worse day for my teamates my heart is hurt because we were planing to make history this year but all good things must come to an end sooner or later. I guess what the cps did was right, let teams go to save money since they are way over there budget. Our coach is trying to get donations so we can get money to play since the cps don't sponsor us i hope it works"
- James Harvey Harlan Lacrosse player
Reading the statement above from Harlan lacrosse player Jame Harvey, pretty much says it all. They had a good thing going. Unfortunately, the reality of the times, made funding an issue. Lacrosse and Water Polo have been dropped.
Water Polo and Lacrosse did not have the most participation but there were schools with promising programs. Lane Tech has always been good in both sports and have beaten quality suburban and private school opponents over the years. Curie had an all-state water polo from last year's city championship team and had the biggest upset of the water polo season when they beat defending state runner up Sandburg in a regular season match last year.
This is not the first sport the CPS has dropped. The CPS eliminated funding for girls and boys gymnastics in the 1990's.
It does not mean, the sports are completely dead. Like Harvey said
Harlan will try to get donations to keep the sport alive at Harlan. At
a school like Lane Tech where Lacrosse is much more advanced, I'd
expect the Lacrosse team to make the efforts to keep a team together.
They may have to resort to creative measures like have team
fundraisers, have players and parents contribute, and try to get
Lacrosse will be extinct if the Sun-Times report is true. What is next?
I know the Sun-Times wrote it in print : CPS will be "cutting back some spring non-varsity sports and eliminating lacrosse and water polo." I can't believe what I read. Eliminating lacrosse and water polo? Until, I hear it from more sources than just the Chicago Sun-Times, I am not going to fully believe it.
If someone can confirm or not confirm in the comments that would be great. In the meantime, I am asking some of my sources to confirm the report. As soon as I get some additional info, I will let everyone know.
www.CPSfan.com had a FaceBook conversation with Harlan junior James Harvey. Harvey is on Harlan's football and lacrosse teams. Below is are parts of the conversation as well as some other Harlan Lacrosse information.
Question - Lacrosse is a relatively new sport in the city, a lot of people my self included do not know a lot about Lacrosse. Tell us about Lacrosse?
okay lacrosse is a sport that has 10 players 3 defenders 3 attackers 3 midddies and a goalie. The object of the game is to score on your opponent. That is played using a small solid rubber ball and a long-handled racquet called a crosse or lacrosse stick. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose netting that is designed to hold the lacrosse ball. Offensively, the objective of the game is to use the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball in an effort to score by ultimately hurling the ball into an opponent's goal. Defensively, the objective is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to depossess them of the ball through the use of stick checking and body contact or positioning. The attackers can come all the way to the 50 but can't pass it the same way for a defender. He has a ball and is racquet but can not pass the 50 if he does he will get a flag.
Question- Tell me about Harlan Lacrosse?
This 2010 spring we will host a varsity squad and a jv squad.
Question- How about your experience?
Our first year playing lacrosse was difficult I couldn't shoot I couldn't pass but as time went on it got easier for me.
We were one of the worse teams in the state on the jv level, but things changed when we entered are second season. We had me,theo adams, aaron burnes, micheal finney, hakeem blackmond, terrance ballard, justin fox, carva tucker, micheal finney, and avontae pope.
We had the number one goalie in the state on the jv level justin fox who came big on all our games. He was one of the reasons we had success in our second season. Now since we know we are playing higher competition on the varsity level we plan to get stronger and get better. As far as our weakness as far as I know neil you might not know our team in all but I see something in our team that my coaches don't see. We have a chance to do something this year that hasn't never been done for black lacrosse program and that's too win city and qualify for state.
Harlan will be part of the new CPS Lacrosse Conference
According to the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association (IHSLA):
in the 2010 season, the lacrosse conferences will be rearranged to
better match the IHSA conference alignment. This realignment will usher
in a new Chicago Public Schools Conference and a Catholic Conference.
The Chicago Metro Conference will be eliminated.
Each team will be expected to play at least five of their games within
their conference. Non-conference games will be scheduled after the
conference game schedules have been finalized.
Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
Here is a note from Coach Wilhelmi of Collins:
Lacrosse thanks Fenwick for scheduling JV games in April. We are
especially appreciative of Fenwick in that, not only will Fenwick play
Collins, they will also hold practices with my squad and donate some
To us, that is the spirit to which we all aspire. Thank you Bill
Iannessa and the Fenwick staff for this opportunity. We cannot repay
We realize that experienced teams want to play other experienced teams
to improve their programs. For some programs, it is all about winning.
On Chicago's west side we just want to save lives-- give these boys an
opportunity to get off the streets in the spring. We realize our kids
cannot compete on the same level in the classroom. However, just given
an opportunity to literally play on the same playing field as some of
the more privileged kids would mean the world to my boys.
If any JV programs can find space in their full schedules for a new program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Harlan Falcons will join the new CPS boys lacrosse conference.
The IHSA has sanctioned adding Lacrosse as an official IHSA sport starting in the 2010-11 school season. Currently, Lacrosse is an emerging intramural club sport in the state of Illinois with 65 boys teams, 43 girls programs, and more schools opening up programs every year. According to the IHSLA, Lacrosse will be sanctioned as long as a minimum of 65 boys teams and 40 girls teams participate. Mother McAuley from the south side just announced they will make a new girls lacrosse team. Lacrosse is biggest in the North Shore where schools like New Trier, Stevenson , and Loyola Academy have had thriving club teams for many years.
Lane Tech has been the most dominant CPS boys lacrosse team for the past 10 years.
Like Bass Fishing, Harlan Lacrosse at the varsity level is new.
Harlan had a JV team last year and should have a varsity team this spring. James Harvey is their best player and they are coached by Greg Simmons
Also, new this year will be an official Chicago Public Schools conference at the boys level. Previously, CPS schools participated in conferences that included non- CPS schools. This year, CPS schools will be grouped into one conference called the "CPS conference" as there are only few teams - Mather, Northside, Lane Tech, Lincoln Park, Taft, and believe it or not Orr and Harlan. They can still play teams outside the conference but at the end of the year, there will be crowned a CPS conference champion.
Of the CPS teams, most of them are relatively new to Lacrosse. Lane Tech is by far the most advanced program in the state and has beaten several suburban programs over the years. Last year, Lane Tech beat St. Rita, Notre Dame, and Vernon Hills. I know they didn't beat any New Trier or Loyola type schools, but Lane did finish with a respectable 8-6 record. Also, over the years, Lane Tech has had several players play at college level lacrosse.
Look out this spring for CPS conference boys lacrosse news.