Fargo Warriors 2013 Season Preview

 

High School: Fargo ND

Coaches:

Ben Fairbanks – Head Coach – 3 Years
Sam Morse – Assistant Coach – 2 Years
Chase Suiter – Assistant Coach – 1 Year

Last Year’s Record:

6-6 Conference
11-10 Season


Number of Returning Starters/Key Returning Players
:

Fargo  returns 6 of their starting 10 from last year.  The Warriors return several key players from last season.  The attack position will be led by Carter Schulke who was the 2012 MBSLA Scoring Champion.  Returning veterans on defense include long poles Travis Bruse and Joe Noah along with goalie Danny Evenson.  The midfield is position is a led by All Conference Member Ben Noah along with Arik Foster and Mike Schlanser.

Key Losses:

The Warriors graduated a large senior class from the 2012 season, including 1st Team All Conference members Aaron Monson, and Mike Kringle, and Second Teamers Aaron Vanyo and John Deelstra.


Key Newcomers to this years team
:

This season, the Warriors have had the good fortune to have several players move into the Fargo area that have lacrosse backgrounds and experience.  The Halverson BrothersAlek  and Conner, arrived in Fargo from Texas bringing with them a lot of talent to the offensive side of the ball.  Alek a senior, put up big numbers last season at attack, and his younger brother Conner beings speed to the midfield position.  Arriving from New York is senior Tanner Brandt who will bring his hard nose style of play to the defensive side of the ball.  Other newcomers who will look to make a name for themselves this season are midfielder Blake McGovern, and LSM Chase Schulke, as well as an athletic group of freshman talent.

Team Strength this season:

Veteran leadership at the Attack position will be a strength for the Warriors.  They will look to control the pace of the game with their Attack unit and limit their opponents scoring opportunities with their veteran long poles.  Veteran goal tending will also be a key factor for success in 2013.

Games to Watch:

Big games this season will be against conference opponents Duluth and Grand Rapids as the top remaining teams from the 2012 Northern Division.  Another game to watch will be against fellow North Dakota opponent Grand Cities.  Coach Fairbanks says, “Their team continues to improve every time we see them and we look forward to seeing the what 2013 holds for this rivalry.”

Season Outlook:

Coach Fairbanks is looking to start the Fargo Warriors season with a bang as they travel to a Billings Montana tournament April 12-14.  Fairbanks says, “We’re looking forward forward to fresh competition early in the season to help get our feet wet and set the pace for the season.”  He continues, “This will be a good opportunity to provide experience for a number of rookie players and promote veteran leadership within the team. Once we have those elements established we feel that our team has the skilled players and dedication to improve on last years records and earn another berth into the state tournament.”

 

Other teams from around the league will be featured along with the Warriors on the Minnesota Lacrosse Blog – Northern Lights Lacrosse.

http://www.northernlightslacrosse.blogspot.com/

 

Do you like pizza?

Join Fargo Warriors Lacrosse Team at Pizza Ranch on 45th street Today from 5pm – 8pm for our Pizza Ranch Fundraiser.  Tell the person at the check out your there to support the Lacrosse Team to help us get a portion of the proceeds!

Thanks for your support and we’ll see you tonight!

REMINDER: Fargo Warriors Lacrosse club season kick-off meeting on Thursday

Fargo Warriors Lacrosse logo

FARGO, N.D. – Attention current and potential Fargo Warriors Lacrosse players and parents: Don’t forget that the first team meeting of the 2013 spring season will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fargo Holiday Inn.

All registered and potential players and at least one of their parents or guardians must attend. The agenda will be forthcoming but it will include the playing schedule, practice schedule, fundraisers (optional), apparel order, season expectations, introduction of coaches, etc.

At this time, everyone who registered for the team of their choice is rostered on that team.  We currently have 26 players signed up for the varsity team, 15 players for the Under-15 team and 15 players for the Under-13 team.

However, there are still open positions for all three squads: varsity, U15 and U13. We can always use more budding young lacrosse players!

The tentative varsity indoor practice schedule is posted on the club’s official website here. Monday practices are firm. The other listed practices are fairly firm for the U13 and U15 teams. The varsity practices (other than Mondays) are tentative as we explore the rental of the Golf Bubble. There will also be conditioning in West Fargo at the Vets Arena; probably on Tuesday evenings. The U13 and U15 game schedules will be negotiated on March 2 in Minneapolis.

The Fargo Warriors Lacrosse Club was incorporated in 2007 and has offered programs for players from third grade through high school.

To learn more about the club, visit the official club website here, find our varsity and 7th/8th grade teams on Facebook and read more on this blog.

We will see you all Thursday night for the kickoff to the season!

List of lacrosse movies not as long as other sports, but here’s a couple you can watch this weekend

FARGO, N.D. – The sport of lacrosse isn’t the darling of Hollywood that other sports are. The lists of boxing, baseball, football, basketball and other sports movies are long and legendary. … The list of lacrosse movies, on the other hand, is not so long and the few movies made aren’t going to be legendary anytime soon.
However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t out there. So, if you find yourself with some time this weekend and you want to check out a lacrosse movie to learn more about the sport, we recommend you try these. Let us know what you think of them. Players on our teams have given us some interesting mixed reviews of the first. We don’t know if anyone has seen the second.

“Crooked Arrows”

Crooked Arrows movie website

Billed as “America’s first mainstream lacrosse movie,” this Hollywood feature was released last year to much fanfare in the lacrosse community. … (Hey, when your sport’s list of feature films can be counted on one hand, these are things to be excited about!)
Click on the movie subhead above and you’ll see that there is an entire website dedicated to the movie. You can even get swag from the movie here!
But, hey, what about plot, right? … Well, here is the site’s description of the movie:
“A mixed-blood Native American, Joe Logan, eager to modernize his reservation, must first prove himself to his father, the traditionalist Tribal Chairman, by rediscovering his spirit. He is tasked with coaching the reservation’s high school lacrosse team which competes against the better equipped and better trained players of the elite Prep School League.
Joe inspires the Native American boys and teaches them the true meaning of tribal pride. Ignited by their heritage and believing in their new-found potential, coach and team climb an uphill battle to the state championship finals against their privileged prep school rivals…will they win?
Crooked Arrows is an original, uplifting sports movie in the tradition of such classics as Mighty Ducks, Bad News Bears, Hoosiers, and Bend It Like Beckham–set in the fresh, contemporary worlds of Native American reservations, prep schools, and lacrosse…”
We know there’s copies of Crooked Arrows available for rent in town. We’ve seen them at various rental stores and in some Red Box machines around town. Enjoy and let us know what you think of the movie.

“A Warrior’s Heart”

A Warrior’s Heart movie cover

A second lacrosse flick you might try to find is “A Warrior’s Heart.” This film came out in 2011 and according to the ratings on IMDb, is a middle-of-the-pack film, receiving a 4.7 out of 10 rating.This is one we here at the blog haven’t seen so we can’t make a recommendation about how good a movie it is, but it’s one of the few other full-length Hollywood movies that center on lacrosse.
According to the IMDb site, the movie’s description is: “In shock and denial over his Marine father’s death in battle, star Lacrosse player Conor Sullivan, always a maverick and a hothead, starts acting out in self-destructive ways that have his mom, Claire, at her wit’s end. But arduous training in a wilderness Lacrosse camp under the tutelage of his dad’s old combat buddy, Sgt. Major Duke Wayne, opens Conor’s eyes to the true meaning of maturity, sportsmanship and manhood.”
We have no idea of the availability of this movie here in town, so this might be something you have to find on the web. Regardless, if you’ve seen it, let us know your review. We’re always looking for a new reason to watch a lacrosse movie!

Fargo Warriors Lacrosse spring team meeting set for March 7

Fargo Warriors Lacrosse logo

FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo Warriors Lacrosse club will host an all-team meeting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 7 at the Fargo Holiday Inn.

All players registered or interested in the club’s varsity, Under 15 or Under 13 spring competitive teams, and at least one of those players’ parents or guardians, must attend.

The agenda will include season schedules, practice schedules, fundraisers (optional), apparel order, season expectations, introduction of coaches, etc.

At this time, everyone who registered for the team of their choice is rostered on that team. However, there are still open positions for all three squads: varsity, U15 and U13. We can always use more budding young lacrosse players!

The tentative varsity indoor practice schedule is posted on the club’s official website here. Monday practices are firm. The other listed practices are fairly firm for the U13 and U15 teams. The varsity practices (other than Mondays) are tentative as we explore the rental of the Golf Bubble. There will also be conditioning in West Fargo at the Vets Arena; probably on Tuesday evenings. The U13 and U15 game schedules will be negotiated on March 2 in Minneapolis.

“The club has expanded for the second straight year. And the Warriors are exploring adding a girls team as well,” said club President Matt Noah. “We have come a long way since 2011 when we had 1 team and 1 win. It is exciting to see the kids have this opportunity to play the sport of their choice.”

The Fargo Warriors Lacrosse Club was incorporated in 2007 and has offered programs for players from third grade through high school.

To learn more about the club, visit the official club website here, find our varsity and 7th/8th grade teams on Facebook and read more on this blog.

Sioux Falls, S.D., making push to grow youth lacrosse

FARGO, N.D. – Apparently, according to a recent story in the Argus Leader, a South Dakota man is pushing to introduce lacrosse to the state’s youth.

Collegiate lacrosse has been played at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion for a number of years but the youth game has been relatively unseen in South Dakota. Rapid City has a couple of start-up programs but it looks like the Sioux Falls area will make the first real push to roster a competitive team.

Check out the story here.

What are the five things every lacrosse parent should know? Find out here …

FARGO, N.D. – With more and more new families joining the Fargo Warriors Lacrosse community, we thought it was an appropriate time to share an introductory magazine article that new lacrosse parents may find useful.

Finding good lacrosse information in a community just beginning to embrace this fast-rising sport is sometimes a challenge. And we here at the Warriors blog want fellow lacrosse families to see us as a useful resource.

With that said, here’s a U.S. Lacrosse Magazine story on the “Five Big Things Every Lacrosse Parent Should Know” … and they might not be things you’d think of. Enjoy the read and follow us here on the blog for more resources and support.

Remember to help keep spreading the word about Fargo Warriors Lacrosse. Refer people to our blog, to our official website and our varsity and 7/8th grade team Facebook pages.

We’ve added our third competitive team for spring 2013! Let’s continue the growth.

Fargo Warriors Lacrosse clubs expands to three competitive teams for spring season

Fargo Warriors Lacrosse logo

FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo Warriors Lacrosse Club has announced that it has expanded for its second straight season, adding a third team for the 2013 spring competitive season.

The Warriors announced this week they have added an Under-13 team for fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders. This newest competitive Warriors team joins the Warriors high school varsity team that was started in 2011 and the 7th/8th grade team that was added in 2012.

That means that for 2013, the club will field nearly 75 players on three teams: a high school varsity team, an Under-15 team for eighth- and ninth-graders and the U-13 team for fifth-, sixth- and seventh-graders.

Registration for all three teams will close on March 1, but there still is room for interested youths to participate. To register for a Fargo Warriors Lacrosse competitive team, visit the team website here.

“We’ve seen a steady increase of interest in lacrosse in our community as evidenced by more kids playing in our competitive program, in the (Fargo) Park District instructional program and in our winter clinics,” said Fargo Warriors Lacrosse President Matt Noah. “We’ve also seen the beginnings of interest in a team for girls.”

Lacrosse is a sanctioned boys and girls sport by the Minnesota State High School League, however not by the North Dakota High School Activities Association.

“We anticipate the day that Moorhead High School will enter a team in the MSHSL,” Noah said. “However, sanctioning the sport by the NDHSAA will require the spread of the sport to Bismarck, Minot, Jamestown, etc. Currently, only Grand Forks and Fargo offer competitive youth lacrosse in North Dakota.”

The Fargo Warriors Lacrosse Club was incorporated in 2007 and has offered programs for players from third grade through high school.

To learn more about the club, visit the official club website here, find our varsity and 7th/8th grade teams on Facebook and read more on this blog.

Registration continues for Fargo Warrior’s 2013 spring competitive season

Fargo Warriors Lacrosse logo

FARGO, N.D. – Registration continues for the Fargo Warriors Lacrosse Club’s spring 2013 competitive high school varsity, Under-15 and Under-13 teams. Opportunities are still available for boys or girls to play on one of the three competitive teams, but registration ends March 1.

The Warriors’ varsity team is open to boys or girls in ninth through 12th grade; however, the club will roster up to only 25 players per team. If more than 25 players register, team tryouts may be held. Those in grades 10-12 will be given preference over those in ninth grade since the club also will field a U15 team for players born on Sept. 1, 1997 or after.

The U13 team is for boys or girls who are born no earlier than Sept. 1, 1999.

To register for any of the Warriors teams, click here.

Costs to register are $320 for the varsity team, $280 for the U15 team and $250 for the U13 team. Registration fees cover indoor rental fees, outdoor field fees, referee fees for league games, league participation fees, tournament fees, goals, nets, balls, coaching and all game fees.

Registration fees do not cover player equipment; however, the club does have a limited number of sets of sticks, arm pads, shoulder pads and gloves available for use at no cost. Also, helmets for varsity players will be provided as they were donated by Scheels to assist the team start-up two years ago.

Players will be responsible for their own travel costs, including transportation, meals and hotel charges for away games, including tournaments. (See the Warriors’ 2013 spring schedule here.) Players also would have to pay for travel costs to Minneapolis in June should the varsity team make the Minnesota Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association playoffs.

Players interested should register as early as possible as tryouts for varsity will be held as early as January during the club’s annual winter indoor clinic. The Warriors’ first games will be in April.

Additionally, those who would otherwise qualify for the U15 team may be able to play on the varsity team under a number of conditions. U15 players wishing to play varsity should register for the varsity team but recognize that they may be placed on the U15 team.

The club also is pushing to add a U13 team team to give younger players an opportunity to play competitively and gain experience in a live-game setting. Younger players are the future of the Warrior club and its’ the club’s goal to build opportunities for younger players to excel in lacrosse.

The upcoming spring season marks the Warriors third competitive season in the MBSLA. Fargo plays in the league’s North Conference with Grand Cities of Grand Forks, N.D., DuluthProctorGrand Rapids and Brainerd.

For more information about the club or to register to play for the Warriors visit the club’s website here. Also check out the club’s varsity and junior varsity Facebook pages, and read more on this blog.