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Local lacrosse legend Avery Blake dies

Local lacrosse legend Avery Blake Jr. died Sept. 19. Blake was instrumental in developing the Gold Country Stampede lacrosse program in Nevada County. He is also a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
John R. Hart | The Union

National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member, Nevada County resident, and youth sports advocate Avery Blake Jr. passed away Thursday, according to two sources close to the Blake family.

Blake was instrumental in building the local Gold Country Stampede youth lacrosse program for the past several years.

Like his father, Avery Blake Sr., Blake Jr. is a member of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame, being inducted in 1979 after a stellar career both as a player and a coach.



Blake Jr. played lacrosse at Swarthmore University in Pennsylvania, bringing four straight years of winning lacrosse to the school. Blake was an All-American all four years at Swarthmore and led his team to four consecutive Pennsylvania-Delaware League Championships.

Continuing his lacrosse career after college, Blake played box lacrosse with the Swarthmore Indians for 10 years before turning to field lacrosse with the Philadelphia Lacrosse Club for six years, Maryland Lacrosse Club for three years, and the San Marino Lacrosse Club for another three years, according to uslacrosse.org.




Blake Jr. is survived by his wife Judy, sister Pat Sutton and children Kim and Steve, his sons from his marriage to Marge Blake-Myers; Brad and his wife, Leslie and their two daughters, Brittany and Hayley, youngest son, Geoffrey and his wife, Marcia and their sons, Xander and Dashiell, stepsons Stephen and his daughter, Sammy, and Greg and his wife, Kimm and their daughter, Lexi.

In lieu of flowers, Blake’s family would be grateful for any donations be made to The Gold Country Stampede Lacrosse Club (www.gcstampede.com) in Nevada County or to his son Brad’s, “College is Real” program (www.collegeisreal.org) in Danville.


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