Lacrosse gets green light at three Grand Strand schools

soclax-10The fastest growing sport on the Grand Strand carries a big stick, and apparently a lot of weight with the Horry County School Board.

The board voted unanimously Monday to approve the additions of boys and girls lacrosse teams at Myrtle Beach and St. James High, as well as to allow the Carolina Forest program to compete as a member of the SCHSL sanctioning body. Factor in the existing boys and girls programs at Socastee and lacrosse has grown from two teams in 2011 to eight beginning in the spring of 2015.

The growth of the sports can be attributed to the summer programs that have seen as more than 60 local players participate over the past few months, enough for a four-team league. Those numbers included players from several Horry County schools who previously had to play for Socastee, or the club sport at Carolina Forest, to take part in lacrosse.

The addition of new programs will also drastically reduce the amount of travel each school will have to mame in order to play a full schedule. Socastee and Carolina Forest have had to make long trips to the Lowcountry areas around Charleston to find opponents, but now they can play one another, along with nearby Waccamaw High.

Photo courtesy of SHS Athletics

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