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Valley Lacrosse 2.0

0 - Published October 10, 2012 by in Des Moines, Growth, High School, Uniforms, Valley, Youth

This is turning into a season of changes for the Valley Tigers.  We have already announced the unfortunate departure of head coach Zach Zielonko, as well as assistants Tyler Nielsen and Austin Ladd.  While I have assumed head coaching duties, we are currently speaking with candidates to volunteer as assistants.  The sideline will look much […]

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2012 Youth Program Launch – Part 5

0 - Published June 12, 2012 by in CILA, Des Moines, Equipment, Growth, Summer League, Women, Youth

With Valley’s 2012 season in the rear view mirror, we are now focused on the future of lacrosse in Central Iowa.  After a successful pilot program last summer, the Central Iowa Lacrosse Association significantly expanded our youth lacrosse program this summer.  A generous gift from West Genesse allowed us to equip a greater number of […]

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2012 Boys & Girls Lacrosse Program

0 - Published May 4, 2012 by in CILA, Equipment, Growth, Youth

The Central Iowa Lacrosse Association has renewed its focus on growing the game.  A major component of this focus is an emphasis on youth lacrosse.  After a small pilot program last summer, the Central Iowa Lacrosse Association is partnering with the Walnut Creek YMCA in Windsor Heights, IA to expand the youth program.  The generous […]

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More On the West Genesee Equipment Drive

0 - Published April 24, 2012 by in CILA, Des Moines, Equipment, Gloves, Growth, Helmet, Youth

With West Genesee’s mind-blowing equipment drive now two days behind us, news keeps rolling in.  Your News Now in Syracuse covered the lacrosse gear drive; check out the video here.  Along with interviews with Adam Higginbotham and Coach Messere, there are some nice shots of the donated equipment.  The Central Iowa Lacrosse Association logo (on […]

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Long Live the King!

1 - Published April 6, 2012 by in Equipment, Gloves, High School, Valley

At long last Valley’s 2012 team gloves have arrived! Harrow supplied out optional team gloves for the last two years, but we decided to mix things up this season.  We originally wanted to go with the Warrior Riot lacrosse gloves, but the added cost for rushed production made them unfeasible.  After perusing the various new […]

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For Your Viewing Pleasure…

0 - Published March 30, 2012 by in High School, Uniforms, Valley

The still-in-the-box first look at the 2012 Valley Tigers‘ shooter shirts: Please share your thoughts below. A big thanks to Ron Garcia at Dasher Sports for the quick turn around and assisting us with the design!  

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Is Paul Gait Cursed?

6 - Published February 15, 2012 by in Equipment, Helmet

When it comes to famous lacrosse families, only the Powells seem to rival the notoriety of the Gaits.  Just as Mikey is more widely recognized than brothers Casey and Ryan, Gary the more famous of the Gaits.  Despite being perpetually in his twin brother’s shadow, Paul had a strong and respected lacrosse career.  After three […]

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Laxy Claus’ Greatest Gift

2 - Published January 4, 2012 by in Equipment, Helmet

After handing out new sticks and kicks, the jolly old man known as Laxy Claus still had one more package for me. I was definitely not expecting a brand new Cascade CPX-R under (ok, technically beside) the Christmas tree, even though I was in the market for a new lid. Originally, I planned to buy […]

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Twigs From Laxy Claus

1 - Published January 4, 2012 by in Equipment

Ho ho ho!  Laxy Claus visited my house over Christmas, bringing a couple of pieces of gear for my enjoyment.  Last week I shared pics of my new cleats, but what would a visit from Laxy Claus be without a stick or two? While not the latest gear on the market, Laxy Claus managed to […]

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A Visit From Laxy Claus

2 - Published December 27, 2011 by in Equipment

As I predicted last week, Laxy Claus visited my house over the weekend. Although this year’s pickings were few in number, they were great in quality. Up first are my new cleats: Before the Christmas shopping season, I knew that I wanted the Warrior Burn 5.0. Not only have Warrior’s cleats improved by leaps and […]

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Defensive Position – US Lacrosse & Growth

0 - Published November 14, 2011 by in Equipment, Growth, Reponse Post, US Lacrosse

On November 7 I published “Does US Lacrosse Really Care About Growth?” which questioned the distribution of equipment grants by the national organization.  This piece called into question the distribution of equipment to programs to various boroughs in New York, as well as Philadelphia, Albany, and Connecticut (I originally included Chicago but I nixed that after […]