Klein High School Wins Third Straight Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic
Monday, February 9, 2009
Klein High School from Houston remains the only school to own an Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic title as it defeated Byrd High School from Shreveport, 8-4, on Sunday for its third championship in the three-year history of the event.
Klein finished with a perfect 5-0 record in the two-day event, outscoring its opponents, 47-6. Byrd, which took runner-up honors for the second year in a row, gave Klein all they could handle. After Klein jumped to a 4-1 advantage, the Shreveport squad battled back to 4-3, but then Klein scored three unanswered goals to wrap up the title.
In junior varsity action, Ithaca, which traveled from New York for the event, completed a perfect 5-0 weekend with a 5-3 championship game victory over Jesuit. Ithaca had stopped Jesuit, 12-7, in an early morning matchup to advance to the title game. Jesuit advanced based on goals scored, breaking a tie with Caddo and Byrd.
The third annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic was held at City Park from Friday-Sunday, Feb. 6-8. The classic featured 27 varsity, junior varsity and middle school boys' teams.
The event has grown at a pace which matches the sport throughout the country. In 2007, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic had eight teams; last season, that jumped to 17 squads; while this year's event reached 27 teams. Recognized as one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States, lacrosse has seen youth participation grow over 500 percent since 1999 to nearly 250,000. No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10 years and there are now an estimated 200,000 high school players. The high-speed game is also a fan favorite, drawing crowds of as many as 50,000 for NCAA Final Four games.
High schools in action at this year's Allstate Sugar Bowl event included New Orleans area squads from Brother Martin High School, St. Paul's High School, Mandeville High School, Caddo School, Archbishop Rummel High School and Jesuit High School. Lafayette High School from Lafayette was in action as well as Baton Rouge Catholic. Shreveport was represented by Byrd High School, St. Thomas More and the Storm Lacrosse Club, while Mississippi contributed the Ocean Springs Lacrosse Club to the event. Klein High School represented Texas while the Ithaca Lacrosse Club earned the prize for furthest distance traveled, arriving from Ithaca, N.Y., earlier in the week and working on community service projects before the tournament.
The event opened with the Premier Lacrosse Clinic, a free skills clinic on Friday afternoon, featuring professional lacrosse standouts Spencer Ford, Liam Banks and Jordan Harris. There was also a head-stringing clinic for players to learn proper technique for stringing lacrosse sticks.
In addition to competition prizes and giveaways throughout the tournament, there will also be a Shoot & Score Arcade presented by Warrior, a 2-on-2 Mini Lacrosse Challenge presented by Brine and an autograph session with the Major League Lacrosse stars.
More information on the event, as well as the sport of lacrosse in New Orleans, is available by visiting www.fonolax.com.