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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Today is the First of a Two Day Tourney

After the Valley Tigers Lacrosse Team went 2-0 in junior varsity league play last week, we're off to Lincoln, NE for a three game round robin tournament. Unlike those games, this weekend we will be playing varsity competition from Lincoln, Kansas City, and Omaha. The games are scheduled to be played over the weekend and we plan to attend a MCLA game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Arkansas Razorbacks tonight.
Our first game is against the Lincoln Rampage at 2:00 pm. The team is made up of players from around the Lincoln metro and is in its first year of varsity play. Valley will play Lincoln for the second time; they previously met in the fall tournament. Despite the Tigers' relatively poor skills at the time, they managed to beat the Rampage 4-2 last October. Considering our outstanding play this week and expecting Lincoln to have improved as well, I predict that we will come away with a win.
Sunday sees us go head to head with St. Thomas Aquinas from Overland Park, KS at noon.. The Saints show that they have played three league games so far, but scores were not available. Kansas has a young league, but the Saints have been playing lacrosse since 2004. Last year, they put up 13 goals against Millard West's varsity team. They should prove to be a fair challenge.
Our last game of the tourney pits us against another Nebraska League varsity team, Papio LaVista. The 2:00 pm game sees us play against the Papio team we scouted last Saturday. They were on the field against the Creighton Prep varsity squad and looked rather impressive. Their fourth place ranking on West Side Lacrosse is rather deceiptive. Make no mistake, Papio will definitely be formidable competition.
I am confident that our boys will play a strong and controlled game. We will gain a lot of experience in this atmosphere and should come away with three wins. The temperature in Lincoln is supposed to be a smidgen warmer than Des Moines this weekend (48 on Sat & 60 on Sun), so weather should not be a factor. Go Tigers!
On a side note, from now on, I will primarily post results and news on the Valley Lacrosse home page.
The pictures in this article are of last week's games, courtesy of Ron Jacobs and Ed Feldman; used with permission.

As a reminder, If you are in town Today and like wine, the Two Saints Winery is having an Open House with free Tastings and Appetizers from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Is Adidas a Legit Lax Company?

David Beckham, Tracy McGrady, Reggie Bush. These names are synonymous with Adidas. Long known for producing high quality soccer gear, the Trefoil also produces (American) football cleats, gloves and uniforms. Their purchase of Reebok made them the exclusive supplier of the NBA and WNBA. Their baseball cleats are said to be some of the best on the market.
Now Adidas has entered the lacrosse world. Unlike their corporate sibling Reebok, Adidas is not making their gear in-house. Instead they have licensed their brand to the Henson Group, who also makes Adidas wrestling gear. Of course Adidas actually produces the footwear for both sports, Henson merely makes the uniforms and actual equipment.
With a growing number of colleges and universities choosing Adidas as their official athletic supplier, one would assume that their schools would begin using the new lacrosse gear as well. Notre Dame is the only Adidas sponsored school in NCAA Division 1 lacrosse. They wear Adidas uniforms and footwear but still use gear produced by Brine (owned by competitor New Balance). Without a major program using their equipment, Adidas is having a hard time establishing itself. Many hardcore laxers question the brand and claim that its gear is overpriced, uncomfortable, and poorly constructed.
Adidas/Henson seemed to have listened because their initial line of heads was retooled for the 2009 season and the early reports indicate that they are significantly better than last year's offerings. They have also sought to increase their reputability by signing professional standout John Grant Jr to endorse their gear. Another bold move came when Adidas lured Michigan away from long time athletic supplier Nike. As part of the deal, Adidas agreed to outfit the school's MCLA lacrosse team with uniforms and gear! Keep in mind, this program is technically a club sport and not a varsity program with scholarships.We are very fortunate to be sponsored by Adidas. Our players receive the same Adidas custom apparel that Michigan football players and every other varsity athlete receive. We wear Adidas shoes, and we wear Adidas uniforms. We are slowly making the switch over to Adidas equipment as it evolves, but our longtime equipment partner is Warrior. All equipment is provided.
While outfitting a club may seem fairly insignificant, it should be noted that Michigan is one of the perennial powerhouses in the MCLA and the defending national champions. On top of that, they are one of the most marketable schools in the nation; their all-purpose fan base stretches from coast to coast. Their visual presence helps add credibility to the Adidas lacrosse equipment. It also gives Adidas an opportunity to field test their equipment in real games with top notch lacrosse players (granted they are not necessarily Hopkins or Syracuse caliber) whose feedback will only lead to improvements.
At this time I would have to say that everything indicates that Adidas is not yet producing lax gear worthy of its price tag. However I have not had an opportunity to try it on, let alone use it. I do believe that they are the right track to become a major player in the next couple of years. When Notre Dame's contract with Brine is up, expect them to switch Adidas gear. Once that happens, their credibility will shoot through the roof. Given the resources of Adidas and Henson, I expect the gear to evolve rapidly and contribute greatly to the spread of lacrosse.
All gear pictured is from the AdiStrike line.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Valley Lacrosse Launches New Site!!!!

The previous website was lacking in options so packed up our bags and moved to a better website! This site offers a lot more when it comes to creating schedules, uploading game pictures, posting stats, and maintaining the team's history.

Valley lacrosse will be located here for the foreseeable future. The tabs on the side should offer easy navigation and you will find items organized for convenience. Should you get lost, there is always the Site Map. If you have any questions or suggestions about this site, Valley Lacrosse, or lacrosse in the Des Moines metro area, please contact me!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Another Lax Movie - Crooked Arrows

After sporadic details about the upcoming lacrosse movie Warriors, news has come out about a second lax movie scheduled to hit theaters in the next year or so. Unlike the serious coming of age (think Varsity Blues) Warriors, Crooked Arrow will have more of a comedic tone.

Steve Rash directing 'Crooked Arrows' pic
Sports comedy set in world of lacrosse
By Borys Kit
March 15, 2009, 11:00 PM ET
Steve Rash has signed on to direct "Crooked Arrows," an underdog sports comedy set in the world of lacrosse.Mitchell Peck and Adam Leff, who co-wrote and exec produced "Bio-Dome," are producing with J. Todd Harris ("Bottle Shock"). The trio are fans of the sport and, in the words of Peck, aim to make "the first mainstream lacrosse movie out of Hollywood."They are finalizing financing and sponsorships for a late-summer shoot in the Northeast. They have already lined up endorsements from Major League Lacrosse, the National Lacrosse League, US Lacrosse and LaxFestUSA. The producers also are talking to sports brands, colleges and prep schools. The sport's origins date back to northeastern American Indian tribes in the 1100s, and "Arrows" will have a Native American angle, with the story set on an upstate New York reservation.The film centers on a 30-year-old of mixed blood who must postpone his casino-building dreams to coach the inept local Native American high school lacrosse squad against the prep school league in which he used to star. Todd Baird wrote the script. Jacques Vroom III and Marc Marcum will co-produce. Gersh-repped Rash, who is part Cherokee and whose son played lacrosse in prep school, has a history of working with young actors; he directed "Can't Buy Me Love" and sequels to "American Pie," "Bring It On" and "Road Trip." Leff, who also co-wrote "The Last Action Hero" and "PCU," has fashion documentary "Valentino: The Last Emperor," which he co-exec produced, coming out in the spring. Peck has "Priest" in development at Sony Screen Gems, and longtime producer Harris is exec producing "Piranha 3D" for the Weinstein Co.

Crooked Arrow article from The Hollywood Reporter.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Valley's First Games

I am EXCITED & HAPPY to report that the Valley Tigers Lacrosse Team is undefeated!!!!! We came home last night at 2-0!!
Game 1 vs Millard West JV W4-2 After the long and early drive to Omaha, we arrived at a Creighton Preparatory High School in the middle of major renovations. A new football field (with permanent lacrosse lines on its field turf!) and a new gym were under construction. This severely limited parking and bathroom access.
We watched a little bit of the Prep/Papio varsity game before heading off to an open and relatively flat area to warm up. We started with a pep talk, stretching, and line drills. By the time the varsity game was over, our boys were bursting with adrenaline.
The boys came out strong and played a very physical game. Cam Bostwick won the opening face off and took it straight in to score within the first 10 seconds. That set the tone for the first half. It seems that the Wildcats may have underestimated us early on because we noticed more varsity players on the field and improved play during the second half. Despite giving up two goals, we never slowed down or let up. We definitely ruled in the hitting department.
Game 2 vs Creighton Prep JV W6-1
We had about an hour after the Millard West game to stretch out, get a drink, and have a snack. Meanwhile I prepared the score book at the scorers' table. I overheard a group of Blue Jays talking smack about Valley based on their experiences at the Lincoln Tournament last fall. I used what I had heard as a motivational tool when we addressed the team before the game.
The kids took it to heart and came out with a fury. They fought for ground balls, made solid passes, and delivered stunning hits.
We were closing in a on a shutout (on their home turf no less) but Coach Zach jinxed it...
No matter, we plowed through Prep and the boys looked as though they had been playing for years. It was an outstanding result and no doubt earned us some respect and credibility in the league.

Next week we'll have four games in the two day Lincoln Tournament. Unlike this week's contests, the games at the University of Nebraska will be against varsity teams. This will be a great test for the boys and the coaches as we will face the Creighton Prep varsity squad; they won the league championship last year. We will also play Papio, who we saw against Prep prior to our first game yesterday. We will also play Blue Valley West, a more established program from Kansas City. It will be an interesting weekend...

On a side note, the sun must shine brighter over in Omaha because all three coaches got a bit of a sunburn. My ears are red and I have raccoon eyes from wearing my sunglasses all day. Oh well, it was worth it! The pictures are courtesy of Ron & Nate Jacobs; the full gallery can be found here.I figured this would be an appropriate place to include the results of the last poll:
33% of respondents said that they planned on attending all three Home games
49% of respondents were players or coaches
16% of respondents did not plan on attending any games

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