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.
Only one submission got the Final Four exactly correct . . . And it was good enough to eke out a 1-point win in our Bracket Challenge. But it also gives me a pause in the awarding of the first place prize . . . To recap the scoring: 1 point for the first round 2 points for the second round 3 points for the third round 5 points for the semifinals 7 points for the finals winner And after coming into the semifinals tied for EIGHTH place, JP Crowley has leapfrogged everyone to edge out Kepler Funk for the first place in our annual Bracket Challenge! JP, who trailed his own mother (bragging rights at the dinner table must have been fun to listen to), will now be able to proudly proclaim himself the winner of the intra-Crowley clan! Wh
I had a lot of mixed feelings yesterday and felt I needed to get things down on paper . . . or on whatever we now call it in the electronic world . . . I put up Wells’ article on the STA-Oxbridge game and didn’t go with my usual game write up because I had to tend to a family matter yesterday afternoon and just didn’t have the time to do so. The family priority came first. Which always should. It was pretty easy to add to his article . . . STA pretty much pitched the lacrosse equivalent of baseball’s no-hitter and the way they played that game has to be commended. Pretty much EVERY 50/50 ground ball was gathered in and time of possession was almost frightening . . . probably around the 35 minutes out of 48 range. Oxbridge had some really close in early looks that they f