YOUTH LACROSSE: Stampede to face Braves for state championship
KNOW & GO
What: 2016 High School Club State Lacrosse Championship
Who: Gold Country Stampede vs. St. John Bosco Braves
When: 2 p.m., Staurday
Where: Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park
The Gold Country Stampede varsity lacrosse team navigated its way through Northern California, crushing all challengers that came in its path.
The Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association Champion Stampede will now face off with the best Southern California has to offer, St. John Bosco (Bellflower), with the High School Club State Lacrosse Championship on the line.
“I’m extremely proud of these kids. They are the first varsity team in club history to make it this far,” said Stampede head coach Greg Porter. “We wanted to play the best team in SoCal and that’s what we got. I just hope we can win one more.”
The Stampede have done nothing other than win, going 14-0 in the regular season, then beating Napa and Chico in the playoffs and topping Oakland Tech in the NorCal title game.
Oakland Tech gave the Stampede all it could handle in the championship game, putting them in 9-4 hole heading into the fourth quarter, but the Stampede rallied to win 11-10, on a 7-1 fourth quarter run.
“I just liked the way the character of my kids continues to show through,” Poretr said. “When the chips were down in the fourth quarter, and with a few motivational speeches and adjustments, the kids showed heart and put it together.”
As for the St. John Bosco Braves, they won the Pacific Lacrosse League, which is the club high school league for Southern California. They went 12-2 during the season and outscored their opponents 214-59. The Braves beat the West Los Angeles Riptide, 11-9, in the PLL Championship.
Porter said he doesn’t know too much about St. John Bosco, but has been doing research on the team and looks forward to squaring off with their coach Ryland Huyghue, who has been a lacrosse figure in Southern California for decades.
“They’re coach is a very experienced diplomat in the sport of lacrosse,” Porter said. “With all the committees he’s been on and the way he’s championed lacrosse in Southern California, I’m as excited to meet him as I am to coach against him.”
The clash between the two best teams in the state is set for 2 p.m., Saturday at Rancho Cotate High School in Rohnert Park.
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