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Prep sports: District OKs lacrosse

West Ranch High gains approval for Santa Clarita Valley’s first CIF-sanctioned lacrosse program

Posted: October 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: October 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.

For the last five years, the lacrosse community has argued just how popular the sport is and has tried to get it in the Santa Clarita Valley’s high schools.

Now one school will have it.

The William S. Hart Union High School District announced Monday that West Ranch High will field a CIF-sanctioned team in February, becoming the first school in the district to offer the sport.

“Lacrosse is the first new sport added to the extensive list of athletic programs since boys volleyball was added in 1988 and we are excited to have West Ranch High School be the first school with this new program,” said West Ranch High Principal Bob Vincent in a press release.

According to Greg Lee, director of human resources and equity services for the Hart District, this has been a two-year process and one of the biggest hurdles to adding it was financial concerns, as the district is cutting back and trying to maximize what it already has.

But the school will field a varsity and junior varsity sport that is financially self-sustaining.

The district will still hire the coaches who will receive a stipend, but the lacrosse program has to pay back that stipend.
No state funding will be provided for the programs.

The Wildcats lacrosse team will be competing against other high schools in a freelance format, with the hope being that the sport will join the Foothill League when at least four schools field a team.

Girls can try out for the team as well.

“If we get enough girls to sustain its own program, they would break off,” Lee said.

West Ranch becomes the first school because it came to the district with a plan that was self-sustaining and there was a high interest level.

Lee said there were about 60 kids at an informational meeting earlier this year.

He added that if other schools show they have the interest and infrastructure in place, they will likely be approved to field a lacrosse team.

“I think this is going to last,” Lee said of West Ranch lacrosse.

Other sports groups have approached the district about fielding teams in wrestling and water polo in recent years, Lee said, but those efforts weren’t successful.

The CIF-Southern Section doesn’t have a postseason for lacrosse.



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