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Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018
A busy day chocked full of lacrosse friendlies
by Randy Pascal

The Sudbury rep lacrosse crew were kept busy last Saturday, reviving an initiative that dated back almost ten years ago, shortly after box lacrosse was re-introduced to the Nickel City, having sat dormant for a decade or more.

With precious little competition in Northern Ontario, the Novice, Peewee and Bantam Rockhound teams welcomed those involved with the sport in the Tri-Towns (Temiscaming Shores) area to join up for a series of “friendlies”, with players from both associations intermingled for the enjoyment of one and all.

Eleven year-old Brad Scarpellini is in his second year with the competitive crew, with three years of total lacrosse experience, as he suits up with the Peewee Rockhounds this summer. “I’m enjoying that our team is passing it around a lot, and moving the ball up the floor.”

His summer sport provides a nice diversion, as Scarpellini readies for his first year of “AAA” hockey, having cracked the Sudbury Minor Peewee Wolves roster for 2016-2017. “In hockey, we have a lot of expectations,” he said. “But in lacrosse, you get to just have fun and try different things.”

Joining Scarpellini on the Peewee Rockhounds’ roster are Kiaus Lalonde, Oliver Coté, Stephen Rathwell, Jack Gouchie, Easton Hinschberger, Alex Hachez, Brandon Salem, Ashton Eadie-Chartrand, Alexie Dokis-Dupuis, Mason Lachance, Brek Morrow, Brandon Roney, Andrew Whitehouse, Cameron Shanks and Ben Harris.

The Rockhounds were in Peterborough a couple of weeks back for tournament action, participating in the Lakers Classic. For at least some of the Novice team, the event represented their initiation to rep lacrosse tournament play, a fact not lost on Sudbury coach Ron Duguay.

“There are some new players to the team, and the boys started playing very well together,” he said. “They play against each other in houseleague, they don’t get to play with each other, and practice is a lot different than game play.”

“Overall, we were very happy with the boys progress,” added Duguay. “It was a good development weekend.” The coaching staff was viewing the Tri-Town friendlies with much the same mindset, building a foundation for the future.

“They are moving the ball well, setting themselves up, and challenging the house. They seem to be reluctant at doing that sometimes.” The Novice squad that Duguay and company are working with features Cooper Leblanc, Carter Roney, Felix Chartrand, Joe Gouchie, Max McGregor, Sam Dumais, Caden McDonald, Aleksander Duguay, Hudson Bown-Downie, Tyler Thompson, Jacob Barney, Caden Dubreuil and Peyton Hinschberger.

The Novice, Peewee and Bantam Rockhounds will crank up the competitiveness this weekend, leaving for Orillia later in the week, with all three teams taking part in the Boyd Balkwill Memorial Tournament, with the Intermediate team in Milton the following weekend.

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