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Lacrosse holds annual meeting

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The Estevan Box Lacrosse Association showed tremendous growth in 2013, with new teams and an influx of players.

And president Jody Harris is looking forward to an even better year in 2014.

Estevan has experienced the highest growth rate in the province, Harris said. The number of local lacrosse players has more than doubled since 2011.

The success has inspired the organization to create a "Local Lacrosse Heroes" campaign, which will highlight the accomplishments of such players as Rhett Handley, who was the top scorer in the Prairie Gold Lacrosse League in 2013.

"There's lots of future in lacrosse if you're competitive, or if you just want to play for fun," said Harris.

Estevan lacrosse is working with Queen City Minor Box Lacrosse to have some exhibition games next year, and Harris is hopeful that the peewee and midget teams will have an early start so that they can attend a tournament in Swift Current in mid-April.

"We want to get that game component for our players more than we did last season," Harris said.

There will also be a mini-tyke division for players who are six years old and under. Harris hopes that their youngest players will enjoy playing against those in their own age group.

They also hope to host one-day mini-tournaments for the different age groups in 2014.

"We'll get other teams from Regina and Moose Jaw into Estevan for a one-day festival, have a lot of fun and keep increasing the skill level," said Harris.

Registration costs will go up next year, she said, as their rental fees have increased. But their fees will remain competitive with other summer sports in the city.

The organization had a surplus of about $2,000 in 2013, she said, as they spent a lot of money on equipment upgrades.

Harris said she will remain the president in 2014.


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