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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Living in Fantasy Land... Part 9b

The first installment of this round of expansion saw teams rise in Sioux City and Council Bluffs. This installment shifts the focus to the eastern side of the state.

Hempstead Mustangs

Based on my limited knowledge of Dubuque, Hempstead seems to be the most likely candidate to sponsor a lacrosse team. The schools' demographics are not too far off of most of the schools I have already identified and the city is a hockey haven, which seems to translate to a willing acceptance of lax. As a bonus, there are current efforts to get lacrosse started in Dubuque right now. Not to mention the fact that Hempstead is a major lax town on Long Island.
Green and gold is not exactly my favorite color scheme, so I based the Mustangs' design on their football uniforms. Unfortunately those designs are very similar to the Green Bay Packers (gag). This includes gold helmets and shorts paired with a green jersey.
Davenport North Wildcats

I chose North as the first school on the Iowa side of the Quad Cities to field a lacrosse team because of their competitive reputation. The fact that the Wildcats have a fresh color scheme to work with is merely icing on the cake.The above listed Dubuque school may share a name with Hofstra's home city, but the Wildcats share their colors and even have a fairly similar mascot. While I doubt the real club would wear tiger stripes as most "Wildcats" are depicted as bobcats, lynx, or cougars, I felt they added an interesting style element to the design.Since I found a semi-usable copy of their logo and wordmark, I incorporated both into the designs. The colors do not match exactly, but I feel it gives the concept a better representation of what the actual uniforms would look like than if I had used generic items.As part of the Quad Citites, Davenport boasts MCLA clubs at Palmer Chiropractic and Augustana College (Rock Island, IL). Having two established college programs in the metro gives the Wildcats a leg up on available coaching staff much like what is available in the Cedar Rapids metro. The Wildcats could prove to be competitive as early as their first year.

-2018 Divisions-

North: Ames, Mason City, Ankeny, Johnston
South: Pella, Albia, Indianola, Southeast Polk
Mississippi: Davenport N, Hempstead
Cedar Valley: Waterloo, CR Jefferson, CR Kennedy, Iowa City High
Central: Valley, Waukee, Dowling Catholic, Urbandale
West: CB Lincoln, SC East

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