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PREP LACROSSE: Elizabethtown Marksmen have organizational meeting Friday (08/09)

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By Nathaniel Bryan

From deciding on jersey colors, a nickname and someone to run its high school girls’ team, the fledgling Elizabethtown lacrosse team has picked up steam since being formed in July.

Now the Marksmen need to pick up some players.

Club founder Virgil Lyon, who played at Dean College, hopes tonight’s organizational meeting at 7:30 p.m. near the bandstand at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown will help with the roster issue. While the team is for high schoolers, eighth-graders are encouraged to attend the meeting as well since they can play up.

“We’ll bring and set up a lacrosse goal to make it easier to find us and so that those who want to may use it while we’re there,” Lyon said.

Lyon said the Marksmen have secured a practice field at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown. They’ll need to start hitting the field since they have entered into a fall league agreement with teams from Anderson, Scott and Woodford counties. The Marksmen also plan to enter the Turkeyshoot Lacrosse Tournament at Centre College in Danville.

Between the fall league and the Centre tournament, Lyon estimated the team would get in at least 15 games prior to the official spring season.

Lyon originally had named the team the Eagles as an ode to his father, a Morehead State University grad. However, the dozen or so current team members voted on Marksmen after the club had a name-the-team contest when it helped served as a host for the NXT Sports Lacrosse State Fair last month at the Elizabethtown Sports Park – where the Marksmen hope to be able to play at least one game this spring.

The other mascot finalists were Bears, Black Knights, Blast, Cobras, Dark Raiders, Dukes, Guardians, Hawks, Head Hunters, Hillbillies, Hornets, Ignitors, Impact, Indians, Kings/Queens, Knights, Mavericks, Mud Dogs, Ninjas, Panthers, Racers, Riot, Rockets, Royal Guards, Saints, Scots, Slayers, Snails, Terror, Toads, Tribe and Wasps.

“I’m happy we have a name because it’s one more that makes things solid and real,” Lyon said. “And I’m kind of happy that it’s unique.”

The team had already decided on black and white as its base uniform color and voted to add gold after considering 17 other colors.

Lyon said Anne Evertz has agreed to coach the girls’ team. Lyon wanted both teams to have their own coaches. Plus, he said, he’s not as familiar with the girls’ rules.

Evertz played at Minnesota prep power Totino-Grace in Fridley before going on to assist the women’s program at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.

Since June, Evertz has been the youth ministry coordinator at St. James Catholic Church.

“It’s good to have Anne on board, especially since we’re starting to get a lot of interest from high school aged girls in the program,” Lyon said. “It’s good to have another long-term devotee to the cause.”

Nathaniel Bryancan be reached at 270-505-1758 or nbryan@thenewsenterprise.com.