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Hurricane High's lacrosse team excels in first year

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Spring High School sports, such as baseball, softball, track and tennis, are winding down across West Virginia.


There's one spring sport that's not indigenous to the state, but starting to grow every year in the Kanawha Valley especially out at Hurricane High School.



"It's not like football. It's not start then stop. It's a different kind of conditioning than any other sport," Hurricane senior Josh Ellis said.


Lacrosse has been around for centuries and has been popular on the east coast and parts of the Midwest for decades. But just in the last few years, lacrosse has migrated to the south and has slowly gained in popularity in The Mountain State.


"The popularity is slowly sinking down to the south and spreading out west you're seeing a lot more high schools get this program because they're going with a college programs that are starting to blossom," Hurricane Head Coach Shawn Wilson said.


"We just got a team together and we all started play all summer," Hurricane Assistant Coach Ben Hewett added.  "We started growing all summer until we got a full team. We started with about 10 kids and now we're up to about 22."


The Redskins are currently in their first year as a member of the West Virginia Scholastic Lacrosse Association. Hurricane is among 17 schools in the state and five from the Kanawha Valley.


Lacrosse is considered a club sport and may not reach varsity status for at least 5-10 more years due to Title IX and funding. But for these kids they don't mind not being affiliated with WVSSAC. For them it's all about having fun."


"It doesn't bother me," Hurricane Senior Jared Hunley said. "This is my sport. I love to play it. And that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to play at the collegiate level and that's all I care about."


"The team varsity means nothing," Ellis added. "In preseason a lot of people thought we were just a club sport and we wouldn't be anything. We caught a lot of backlash from technically being a club but we came out and had a better seasons than they did."


Hurricane is sporting an 8-3 record and is the 5th seed in this weekends state playoffs in Wheeling.


"Saturday vs. Wheeling's going to be a good one," Hunley said. "I'm excited for it...everyone is excited for it. It's the first time in the playoffs for a first year team."


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