A Young Team is Honed by Intense Competition

Parkwood's William Wallace defends against an attempted goal

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The young Parkwood Rebels lacrosse team has seen some of the toughest competition that North Carolina has to offer in the three years since the program’s inception.  The level of competition that Parkwood faces in conference 14, including the Weddington Warriors whose lacrosse team is ranked 18 in the nation, has helped to fast-track their development as they show promise to become one of most competitive teams in the county.

Austin Love and Cayden Ball swarm on the ball (Photo D. M. Wallace)

Through a few difficult defeats and a load of determination, the Rebels have developed into a force to be reckoned as their last game against East Meck High School shows.  Just a week after a loss to powerhouse Weddington, the Parkwood Lacrosse Team was able to show just how quickly they learn and improve by defeating East Meck 18-3, scoring more in this game than ever in the program’s history.  According to head coach Bob Bass, they plan to bring the same heat to the Independence Patriots this week in a senior night rematch to their 8-5 win against the Patriots earlier in the season.

Jarvis Lotharp readies up (Photo: D. M. Wallace)

Coach Bass said that he is extremely proud of the work that his team has put in and the great progress that they have made.  The family atmosphere that the team has cultivated, he said, inspires the entire team to be the best that they can be on and off the field.  The camaraderie amongst the entire team, he said, allows for the program to develop and constantly improve despite the lack of a middle school feeder-system that most programs in the area have.  Their incoming players, Bass said, have to learn a lot in a short amount of time and that this is made possible by the close-knit community that has emerged out of the young program.

The Rebels come together to plan their attack Photo D. M. Wallace)

With 15 returning seniors next year, the Rebels are looking forward to a bright future according to Coach Bass.  This year, with help from two of the state’s top scorers Bradley Bass and Wilson Stone and a powerful and physical defense, the Rebels are playoff hopefuls speculating a need for two more wins on the season to make their first playoff appearance.

Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the nation and lacrosse programs across North Carolina are striving to help each other to grow and develop.  Coach Bob Bass offers his thanks to all of the lacrosse programs that have helped Parkwood on their journey to where they are today, especially Coach Britton Short of Weddington who has supported and encouraged the rebels since their inception three years ago.  The Parkwood community extends its thanks to Lynn McCain for his years as a dedicated fan and supporter of all sports at Parkwood High School.

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