Well, I'm back again with my second annual Top 10 stories list. It could have stretched beyond ten but then it wouldn't be fair to say Top 10 . . .
I apologize in advance if you feel something that did not make the list is among your favorite.
You can always send me your own list and if it is well written I might well publish yours too!
To those who wonder, I try to give a bigger look at the Florida scene and how it is fitting into the national and international lacrosse picture.
So, here we go!
First, a bonus one:
Immokalee’s High and Low
A program-best 13-7 record and a second straight district final trip
And a devastating night courtesy of Irma
Thank you to all of you who helped them recover!
#10 - Girls High
SOS - I went to a new phone and lost all my contacts!!
In order to be able to do season previews I'm going to need some help from you!
Please send to me at email@example.com your cell number, school name (better I learn any more coaching moves now) and if you have your schedules in a Word, Excel or PDF format I'd appreciate that too! Those of you who have my cell number can send the contact data via text so I can upload it directly to my phone.
Many of you can also help me out by sending out this request to the other coaches in your districts that don't frequent our web site . . . please do so! Otherwise I'll have to call each school individually and that's not a good use of my time. Thanks for all the help up front!
For the fans I have some good news bas
We at FLN wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving . . . and if you are so inclined, a brisk shopping day tomorrow!
The web site has a lot to be grateful this year. Our metrics continue to rise . . . sessions, Twitter followers, FB likers, etc.! The new format has met with plenty of positive comments and our transition to a reorganized team has also gone smoothly. The quality of lacrosse at the high school level in the state, on both the Boys and Girls side, continues to impress. We had exciting FHSAA playoffs on both sides. We had another successful college season and two more Division 2 startup programs for the SSC coming. Keiser nearly captured an NAIA title too, while Ave Maria made their first NAIA tourney appearance too. The Florida Launch made the playoffs and look lik
A picture is worth a thousand words . . .
We've all heard that cliche . . . probably a thousand times each.
The lacrosse community has started to respond in a big way to the plight of one of our own.
It's not time to sit back now. If you can, and haven't yet, please remember this cause.
We still need gift cards for the following stores: Winn Dixie, Citgo, CVS, Family Dollar and WalMart. Immokalee is a small community and these are the only stores nearby, so please stick with this list. The agriculture economy many of the families in Immokalee make their living from is not likely to produce any sort of crops for at least the next three months. This is no longer a short term problem to solve, we need to help for the next three months to keep the community afloat as
Author's Note: As long-time readers and podcast listeners know I've spent a good deal of time and words chronicling the rise of the Immokalee program and their coach Scott Rickard as they bring the great sport of ours to a community that faced unique challenges in building their program. This is not a silver spoon community and they have worked hard to get to where they have built a competitive team.
I’ve been in contact with Coach Rickard since the day before the storm arrived. They took a direct hit from Irma, and are now dealing with destroyed homes and significant challenges. He has requested gift cards to local stores so that while his families and players are dealing with the aftermath of the storm, they might be able to buy food and supplies necessary to sustain
It's now nearly a week since we have gone through Irma and I welcome back all our readers.
Not all of us in Florida have recovered power at this point and a number of our residents will not see a semblance of normality for quite a long time to come. If you are Jake Luce and the Key West high school team or Coral Shores this is going to be a long way back. Ransom Everglades sustained a lot of damage. I'm sure that some of the West Coast schools also have a lot of cleanup and work to do.
I texted back and forth with Immokalee HC Scott Rickard and most of his kids were in the high school shelter and that's a community that we need to keep an eye on during the recovery given how much damage our state's agricultural producers suffered.
Given what this storm produced the lo
This will be my last article for now as we wait for Irma to hit this weekend.
All of us at FLN hope to be back with you as soon as possible, which will likely coincide with when I am back with electricity.
I told my son that this weekend might well be the one he tells his grandchildren about and it likely will be.
I wish all my fellow Floridians and those in the states that Irma will likely also affect the best of health coming out of this. People can rebuild property and possessions but family needs protecting.
Good luck and God bless.