Lacrosse enthusiasts hoping to start program in Billings

2011-02-28T23:00:00Z 2011-03-01T06:17:45Z Lacrosse enthusiasts hoping to start program in Billings

Gazette Staff‌

The Billings Gazette
February 28, 2011 11:00 pm  • 

A group of lacrosse enthusiasts hoping to bring the sport to Billings will have a meeting for parents and children at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Best Western ClockTower Inn, 2511 First Ave. N.

The people behind the effort are Blake Wahrlich, who has played and coached lacrosse in the United States and England; Steve Wahrlich, Blake’s father, who has coached; and Rayanne Crick, formerly the head trainer for the Vancouver Ravens professional lacrosse team.

Lacrosse is a sport of Native American origin in which two teams use long-handled rackets to catch, carry and throw a rubber ball to advance on their opponent’s goal.

The organizers say they are working with the Billings Sportsplex in hopes of getting as early a start as possible this spring in what will be their inaugural season. They are hoping to start with sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders and then expand the program in future years.

The initial cost would be a U.S. Lacrosse membership of $25, which includes insurance, and $30 for a stick. Later costs could include full gear, if the player is interested in continuing.

To begin with, the commitment would be one or possibly two nights a week.

For more information, call 406-233-9635 or write to BillingsScorpions@gmail.com.

Contact Ed Kemmick at ekemmick@billingsgazette.com or 657-1293.

Contact Ed Kemmick at ekemmick@billingsgazette.com or 657-1293.

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