Clinton-Massie asked to launch lacrosse for 2016-17


By Gary Huffenberger - [email protected]



From left, Mackenzie Click and Olivia Swicegood were recognized by the Clinton-Massie school board for the OMEA District 13 Middle School Honor Band distinction.


From left, Raelynne Mason and Dylan Klingensmith were recognized for the OMEA District 13 High School Honor Choir distinction. Not pictured are Shelby Miller and Jacob Miller.


Jen Updike is one of 11 people recognized this week by the Clinton-Massie school district with a Consistently Making a Difference Award.


Jim Wagner is recognized by the Clinton-Massie school district with a Consistently Making a Difference Award.


At the high school level, lacrosse continues to be the fastest-growing sport in the nation, according to U.S. Lacrosse. Just under 300,000 players competed on varsity, junior varsity, freshman and club teams. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, from 2009 to 2014, a total of 551 schools added boys’ programs and 556 schools added girls’ programs. That resulted in a growth rate of 27.8 percent for boys’ lacrosse and 31.2 percent for girls’ lacrosse. No other sport had a growth rate above 10 percent.

ADAMS TOWNSHIP — Clinton-Massie Lacrosse Club board members made a case for the contact team game to be a school-sponsored varsity sport in the 2016-17 academic year.

After hearing the presentation, Clinton-Massie Board of Education President Jeremy Lamb said Monday night there needs to be some fact-finding on the question prior to a decision.

Lacrosse Club board Treasurer Michelle Lennon told the school board that lacrosse will be adopted as a sport by the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), beginning next school year. Lacrosse will be a spring sport with the first OHSAA statewide tournament series beginning in 2017, according to a summer 2015 OHSAA news release.

“This means that the current OHSLA [Ohio High School Lacrosse Association] organization will no longer be,” Lennon stated. “Unless the high schools pick up the sport of lacrosse, the club teams will no longer be around for the kids.”

There are 19 players on the Clinton-Massie Lacrosse Club roster, she said.

On the funding question, parents and players are offering support in any way they can, said Lennon.

The lacrosse club has funded its budget this season, the club’s treasurer said, based on fundraising and a participation fee per player.

In addition, the players provide their own helmets, protective padding, mouth guard and lacrosse stick, Lennon said.

With the start-up of a new team, the existing club can donate uniforms, lacrosse practice and game day goals, a first-aid kit, penalty stop watches and metal sideline benches.

In board action:

Approved overnight field trip for the fourth-grade gifted class to the Cincinnati Zoo on April 22-23, paid for by the Educational Service Center (ESC).

Approved bus use for an SOESC (Southern Ohio Educational Service Center) field trip to C.O.S.I. in Columbus for a S.T.E.M. [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] Energy summer camp, paid for by the ESC.

Approved summer speech services funded by the Charles F. Fischer Society.

Approved contract for a change of the 2016 prom location to the Manor House.

Awards and recognition included:

Consistently Making a Difference Awards were presented to Jamie Roe, Judy Weaver, Jen Updike, Mike Adams, Jill Binau, Nicole Friend, Betsy Wellman, Jim Wagner, Tammy Mudd, Katie Klei and Sam Binau.

Mary Daugherty, Colton New, Gabriel Leavitt and Nicholas Bell were recognized for the Xavier University Honor Band distinction.

Shelby Miller was recognized for the OSU High School Honor Choir distinction.

Olivia Swicegood, Arissa Bailey, Ethan Amstutz and Abigail George were recognized for the OSU Middle School Honor Band distinction.

Gunnar Broglin and Connor Hendrickson were recognized for the OMEA (Ohio Music Education Association) District 13 High School Honor Band distinction.

Mackenzie Click and Olivia Swicegood were recognized for the OMEA District 13 Middle School Honor Band distinction.

Dylan Klingensmith, Shelby Miller, Jacob Miller and Raelynne Mason were recognized for the OMEA District 13 High School Honor Choir distinction.

Mackenzie Click, Logan Flores, Christian Burns, Jenna Norman, Kelsea Garrison, Madison Brausch, Amelia Binau, Madison Love and Maura Pridemore were recognized for the OMEA District 13 Middle School Honor Choir distinction.

Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.

From left, Mackenzie Click and Olivia Swicegood were recognized by the Clinton-Massie school board for the OMEA District 13 Middle School Honor Band distinction.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_click_swice_f.jpgFrom left, Mackenzie Click and Olivia Swicegood were recognized by the Clinton-Massie school board for the OMEA District 13 Middle School Honor Band distinction.

From left, Raelynne Mason and Dylan Klingensmith were recognized for the OMEA District 13 High School Honor Choir distinction. Not pictured are Shelby Miller and Jacob Miller.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_mason_klingen_p_f.jpgFrom left, Raelynne Mason and Dylan Klingensmith were recognized for the OMEA District 13 High School Honor Choir distinction. Not pictured are Shelby Miller and Jacob Miller.

Jen Updike is one of 11 people recognized this week by the Clinton-Massie school district with a Consistently Making a Difference Award.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_updike_p_f.jpgJen Updike is one of 11 people recognized this week by the Clinton-Massie school district with a Consistently Making a Difference Award.

Jim Wagner is recognized by the Clinton-Massie school district with a Consistently Making a Difference Award.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_wagner_p_f.jpgJim Wagner is recognized by the Clinton-Massie school district with a Consistently Making a Difference Award.

By Gary Huffenberger

[email protected]

At the high school level, lacrosse continues to be the fastest-growing sport in the nation, according to U.S. Lacrosse. Just under 300,000 players competed on varsity, junior varsity, freshman and club teams. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, from 2009 to 2014, a total of 551 schools added boys’ programs and 556 schools added girls’ programs. That resulted in a growth rate of 27.8 percent for boys’ lacrosse and 31.2 percent for girls’ lacrosse. No other sport had a growth rate above 10 percent.

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