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Chippewa Valley students to have option to play lacrosse

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Chippewa Valley students will have the option to play Lacrosse for the first time in the school’s history.

Dakota High School has been approved to have a Boy’s Lacrosse team. Only 9 students – not enough to field a lacrosse team – from Chippewa Valley expressed interested in playing for the school, so those students will be able to play for Dakota.

“Dakota High School asked if we would be interested in creating a unified team so our students had an opportunity to participate in lacrosse this spring,” Chippewa Valley athletic director Chad Hottle said. “The two high schools created a plan of forming a unified team to launch the sport of lacrosse in our school district.”

The team was approved by the Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education, the Macomb Area Conference (MAC), and Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). Typically, unified programs are only approved for schools whose combined enrollment does not exceed 3,500 students – Chippewa Valley and Dakota High School combined enrollments are just under 5,500 students – but a waiver was granted for three seasons because neither high school had sponsored lacrosse in the past.

“The process took some time,” Mike Benavides, who will be the team’s head coach said. “Rob Dameron [Co-Coach] and I approached the Dakota Athletic program 11 years ago to have discussions about forming a team; at that time there was not a great deal of interest and the Board Office was not in favor or creating a new athletic team.”

“Fast forward to September of 2016, the Board Office approved the possible creation of a lacrosse program at Chippewa Valley H.S. and Dakota H.S.”

Benavides says the decision to form a team was approved by the Board under two conditions. First, both programs will be non-funded, meaning they’ll receive no financial support from the district and everything is paid or fund raised by players and parents. Secondly, there was a large enough interest to move forward.

First year programs generally struggle, but Benavides and Demeron have no shortage of goals for the team.”First and foremost we want to let these students know they are a part of history – they will forever be very special to us as the first team ever. Secondly, we want teach the great game of lacrosse to as many Dakota/Chippewa Valley students as possible. We want them to fall in love the athleticism and competitiveness that comes with lacrosse (and many other sports). We want to use lacrosse to teach life lessons and to build relationships that last a long time. We want all players to have a positive experience playing lacrosse. Lastly, get better each day and be as competitive as possible.”

As to generating enough interest for Chippewa Valley to create their own team, Hottle is optimistic that interest in the sport of lacrosse will grow now that some of our students are competing and representing our school district during MAC and MHSAA competitions. “By recognizing the successes and accomplishments of our student-athletes, we are hoping to shed light on a sport that many people are not very familiar with. Lacrosse is a highly skilled, action packed sport that is exciting to watch and hopefully our students quickly learn is also very fun to play.”

If interested in playing lacrosse for Chippewa Valley, contact Mr. Hottle at CHottle@cvs.k12.mi.us or 586-723-2402.

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