Lax Links: July 10, 2012

Rounding up the latest in state of Michigan lacrosse. As always, e-mail or tweet me any links or news tips you want to share.

High School

Chris Walker Brother Rice Warriors Michigan Wolverines Lacrosse

Chris Walker is one of five Brother Rice All-Americans. Photo by GLS

I missed this when it first came around, but the list of All-Americans from the Michigan region has been released. Boys All-Americans include:

  • Holt A Stevie McKee (Queens)
  • Holt FO Alex Hrapkiewicz
  • Seaholm A JD Hess (UDM)
  • Northville A Jakob Kippola (GVSU)
  • Clarkston A Kevin O’Grady (Albion)
  • Rockford G Connor Flynn (UDM)
  • Rockford A Kento Nakano
  • Brother Rice M Sergio Perkovic (2013 – Notre Dame)
  • Brother Rice A/M Riley Kennedy (Michigan)
  • Brother Rice FO Danny Gorman
  • Ann Arbor Pioneer M Dylan Swanson (UDM)
  • Forest Hills Central D Chris Bosscher
  • Troy Athens M Kevin Lining (Queens)
  • Cranbrook M Matt Giampetroni
  • Forest Hills Central M Colin Schlosser
  • UD-Jesuit M Michael Wroblewski
  • Brother Rice D Chris Walker (Michigan)
  • Brother Rice A Henry Nelson (Marquette)
  • Okemos G Matt Henry
  • Detroit Country Day G Ahmed Iftikhar (Penn)

Congrats to all the selections.

All-Oakland County team: not quite as prestigious, but close. Riley Kennedy earned player of the year honors.

FHC and Rockford “dominated” honors on the West side of the state.

Stevie McKee is the Lansing State Journal player of the year.

Cranbrook’s lacrosse camp is ongoing. See info about that (and more camps in the state) at this GLS destination.

NCAA

UDM’s Shayne Adams and Tom Masterson are showing off their skills in the Ontario Junior A leagues this summer. Teammate Jordan Houtby is also participating in the league, as is incoming freshman Ryan Callaghan.

College Crosse eulogizes the Titans’ season. OK, much of it is stuff you already read here, but clock over anyway. More post-season UDM coverage should be arriving on these pages shortly.

The 2013 MAAC lacrosse championship will be held in Buffalo.

The Grand Valley State women will have a conference home for lacrosse, and it’s a familiar one for the rest of their sports: the GLIAC.

Olivet College will be traveling to Vermont for its spring break games. Apparently this is rare for D-3 teams. I have no idea.

Men’s lacrosse has a photo up for vote in Michigan’s athletic department-wide photo of the year bracket. Make your way over there to vote for Trevor Yealy’s goal against Ohio State.

Recruiting

UD-Mercy has picked up another commitment, in the form of Seaholm attack JD Hess. He was all set for Michigan State before the Division-1 lacrosse oportunity presented itself. GLS should have more on Hess in the coming days.

You may recall from the most recent links post that the Michigan women have picked up a commitment from Radnor (Pa.) Brooke PancoastPhillyLacrosse.com goes into more detail.

Michigan freshman Brendan Gaughan was named an All-American.

My impressions of Michigan’s recruits after seeing them in person, and a host of photos. John Carroll’s twitter operator believes Michigan’s current recruits are a sign of good times in the future.

#GrowtheGame

Not that it was expected, but there are no plans for MLL expansion, meaning the hopes for a Michigan-based pro team will have to wait to come to fruition.

A Chicago teacher is bringing lacrosse to the city. I love to see stories like this, and would also love to see youth clinics in the city of Detroit.

Etc.

History of the sport in Michigan:

Monsieur de Sabrevois, commandant of Fort Pontchartrain, penned a description of the region in 1718. Referring to the Potawatomi village located near the fort, he wrote:

In summer they play a great deal at la crosse, twenty or more on each side. Their bat [crosse] is a sort of small racket, and the ball with which they Play is of very Heavy wood, a little larger than the balls we use in Tennis. When they Play, they are entirely naked; they have only a breech-clout, and Shoes of deer-skin. Their bodies are painted all over with all Kinds of colors.

Interesting stuff if you have the time for a quick read.

Highlights from the Heat Lacrosse Exhibition, thanks to TheRush.com. Photos of the event.

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