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March 28, 2013

Modified for success

New modified program signals brighter future for LHS lacrosse

LOCKPORT —  

The growing pains of a popular high school sports program are so much easier to live with when there’s such a bright future on the horizon.
Lockport High School’s lacrosse program is energized with the addition of a board of education-supported modified program next year.
Lions head coach Scott Reddinger said it’s the missing link in a popular sports program that has exploded from the start into one of the most highly participated at LHS.
“Every one of the teams that we compete with in Section VI has a modified program. That’s been our only missing link and we’re very excited,” Reddinger said.
“We’ve just had tremendous numbers. We had 40 kids trying out for varsity and our junior varsity had astronomical numbers. Last month, the board of eduction granted us permission to begin the fundraising process to implement a modified lacrosse program next year. We’re halfway there.”
Added Lions senior defenseman Glenn Cascia, “You look around Lockport and everyone has a stick in their hands. Now we’ll have modified program that can help develop these younger players to the point where I can see us competing with every team. We have the athletes for it.”
Reddinger’s lax Lions opened their 2013 campaign Tuesday with a solid 9-4 victory at Lewiston-Porter’s all-weather surface field. They’ll open their Section VI Class A large school campaign at 5 p.m. on April 10, hosting Clarence. Other teams in their division, all powerhouses, are Orchard Park, Frontier and Lancaster. West Seneca East will join Class A beginning next spring.
Lockport enters the season on many positive notes, after finishing 3-13 a year ago. Key losses to graduation include Aaron Quast, Brandon LaRoach and Brendan Gleave. Among their 2012 victories was a fifth consecutive Canal Cup win over rival North Tonawanda, which began its lax program with Lockport a little more than half a decade ago.

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