Klein High School Wins Inaugural Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic park
Klein High School of Houston, Texas, was named the inaugural champion of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Lacrosse Classic after beating Evangel Christian High School of Shreveport, La. The Bearkats went 4-0-1 in the tournament after beating Evangel. The Eagles finished the tournament with a 2-1-2 mark, losing only to Klein in the final game.
Klein goalie J.J. Rowan was the Defensive Most Valuable Player for the tournament while teammate Jon Jones was the Offensive MVP.
The two-day event was held February 3-4 at LaSalle Park in Metairie, La. Eight high school boys' teams from the Gulf South region made the trip to compete against some of the best competition the South has to offer.
Teams participating in this year's tournament were: Jesuit High School (New Orleans), St. Thomas More High School (Lafayette, La.), C.E. Byrd High School (Shreveport, La.), Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, La.), Maclay School (Tallahassee, Fla.), Klein High School (Houston) and Gulf Coast Lacrosse Club (Ocean Springs, Miss.).
Lacrosse, one of the fastest growing youth sports in the United States, is fairly new to the Gulf South Region. FoNOLax (Friends of New Orleans Lacrosse) was formed in the summer of 2006 to promote growth of the sport in the New Orleans area. In addition to working with the Sugar Bowl for the inaugural tournament, FoNOLax encourages local schools to start lacrosse teams of their own. Currently, there is only one high school team (Jesuit) in the New Orleans area.