idaho-transThe Idaho Chapter of US Lacrosse, better known as the Idaho Lacrosse Association (ILA), is recognized through the Chapter Recognition Program this quarter for their remarkable statewide leadership of the sport. Since 2011, the chapter has grown by 35% and currently serves almost 3,000 members. The chapter board is currently led by its president, Kristy Sligar, who works alongside a talented executive board. The ILA’s efforts are currently concentrated on education and sport expansion initiatives throughout the state.

To educate new and experienced coaches in the area, the Idaho chapter has hosted US Lacrosse Coaching Education Program (CEP) Level 1 and Level 2 clinics. They plan to extend the reach of the CEP program by hosting a coaching education clinic in North Idaho in early 2015. In addition to the training available through US Lacrosse’s coaching education program, the chapter also hosts an annual Idaho Coaches Summit. MCLA or collegiate coaches host clinics at the summit in order to help local high school and youth coaches improve. The chapter also hosts social nights for coaches in conjunction with the player clinics so that the coaches have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with experienced clinicians. Read More

ML_GilbertwebPfeiffer University graduate Elliot Gilbert Hired as Offensive Coordinator for the Vandals Lacrosse Team

An Upstate New York native, Gilbert was a 3-year member of Corning East High’s lacrosse team making two appearances in its state championship game. After high school Gilbert attended Division II Pfeiffer University where he went on to start all four years at attack and midfield. At Pfeiffer Gilbert was 1 of 4 members of his class to record over 100 points throughout their career. Elliot is currently attending the University of Idaho to get his Masters in Athletic Training. When asked about Coach Gilbert, Coach Sammy stated “We are very excited about Coach Gilbert joining our staff, he is a great offensive player and offensive mind. He will really help take the 2015 Vandals to the next level. We are very excited about the experience he brings to the table and feel he will fit right into our staff.” Coach Gilbert will be the offensive coordinator for the Vandals, Coach Uphus will be the defensive coordinator, and Coach Morse will continue to be the strength and conditioning coordinator for the vandals. Head Coach Sammy Seidenberg is very excited about his coaching staff, which he feels will really help propel the young Vandals to a great 2014-2015 season.

laxtags-4When Grady Clemons was just 8 years old, he was excited to go with his uncle and dad to Tribal West Lacrosse and picked out his first stick. Grady, who plays for Utah Elite, Venom, Patriot Starz, Boise United and Bountiful, like many of us, picked out a head, custom mesh, stylish shooting strings and slick sidewalls. The end result was perfect, except for the end of the stick. With just a simple black endcap, Grady was disappointed to find out there weren’t many options to customize the endcaps.

“I asked my dad if we could make our own,” said Grady.

Allen, Grady’s dad, researched making their own but deemed it too expensive to create traditional endcaps. However, after some more thought, the Clemons clan thought of making two-piece endcaps. Enter ‘LAXtag’. Read More

Eagle has become one of the top programs in Idaho in recent years, developing a rivalry with Boise in the process. (Courtesy Photo)

Written by Todd Karpovich in June 24, 2014

Over the past three years, the Eagle (Idaho) girls’ lacrosse teams has established itself as one of the premier programs in Idaho.

The Mustangs have won three state championships and compiled a 48-1 record. This season, the Mustangs averaged more than 15 points per game and allowed only an average of seven goals.

Eagle has a reputation for being able to move the ball well and score quickly, but coach Jon Craig said the team’s defense is also as a part of its strength. Read More

IMG_0844Timberline High School FO/Midfielder Drew Welch has signed his commitment letter to become a Vandal for the 2014-2015 season. During Drew’s senior season, Drew took 87 shots on goal, had 30 goals, and 20 assists, for a total of 50 points. He also collected 132 GB, and had 2.94 points per game.  Drew also took 244 face-offs and won 160 face-offs for a face-off win percentage of 61.4%. Drew has been a consistent player for the Wolf’s scoring consistently in every season at Timberline. Drew helped lead his team to the state championship and played a huge role in their successful season. Drew was also awarded one of four 2014 Idaho US All-American Award. When asked about Drew Welch, Coach Sammy stated, “We are very honored and excited to have Drew Welch join the Vandals for the 2014-2015 season. He is a incredible athlete, he is a great leader, he is a great finisher, face-off man, and is a very unselfish player. We expect great things from Drew as the #1 Vandal recruit for 2014. We feel he will fit right into our hard dodging system.” Go Vandals!

boiseunited_cg3Boise United took two high school boys teams to Park City, Utah over the weekend and played in the Ski Town Shootout.  Neither of the teams had Thursday night games so the five games would be played Friday and Saturday.  Due to several players not being able to attend the benches for both teams was small.  Four players for the A team and five players for the B team-on a positive note, everyone got a lot of playing time.  Boise United had players from Ambrose, Boise, Bishop Kelly, Capital, Borah, Centennial, Meridian, Mountain View, Skyview, Emmett, and Rocky Mountain on their rosters.


The first game Friday were the toughest games for both teams.  The A Team took on the Utah Elite team and lost 4-7.  It was the first time the Boise United players had played an actual game together and the Utah Elite team was filled with All Americans, All Utah and All Star players, most of whom were rising seniors.  The Utah Elite team gave up 7 goals all weekend; 4 of them were to Boise United.   The B Team played Team Chaos and lost 5-13.  Not sure why Team Chaos was in the intermediate bracket to be honest, they finished 5-0.  The second game of the day was an hour later and the A Team beat the AZ HotShots 8-5.  The B Team lost a close one to the NU Utah Thunder 3-5. Read More

photoThe Idaho Outlaw 8 (U15) team of 16 players headed to Seattle on June 13 for the Battle of Bothell tournament. There were 30 teams at the 7/8 grade level from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and all teams competed in 5 games of pool play. The top 8 teams from pool play were then seeded into the Gold bracket. Idaho Outlaw 8 went 4-1 in pool play and was the 7th seed going into the Gold bracket. The players were excited to be matched in their first Gold bracket game against the #2 seed—the Pink Flamingos which was the only team Idaho Outlaw 8 lost to during pool play with a score of 2-1.

Idaho Outlaw 8 was coached by Grant Band and assistant coaches Tanner Job and Tom Henning. Looking for redemption, they cruised past the Pink Flamingos 15-9 and made it to the final 4 of the Gold bracket. They faced the # 1 seed Bellevue Blue in the semi-finals. Up until this game, Bellevue Blue had only 2 goals scored against them in the tournament. At the half, the score was 3-4 with Bellevue Blue ahead. The final outcome was Bellevue Blue winning 7-3 and Bellevue went on to win the Gold bracket. Read More

2014 NILL All-Star Team Back row: Harris Wester (Lake City), JJ Delcomte (Coeur d’Alene), Max Johnson (Lake City), Caden Robertson (Lake City), Gabe Geesey (Lake City), Gabe Johnson (Coeur d’Alene), Trevor Morse (Logos), Lucas Ross (Lake City) Front Row: Henry Vaughn (Moscow), Zach Kerzman (Lake City), Luke Osmanski (Coeur d’Alene), Gavin Gelhausen (Lake City), Eric Wilde (Coeur d’Alene), Jameson Evans (Logos)

2014 NILL All-Star Team
Back row: Harris Wester (Lake City), JJ Delcomte (Coeur d’Alene), Max Johnson (Lake City), Caden Robertson (Lake City), Gabe Geesey (Lake City), Gabe Johnson (Coeur d’Alene), Trevor Morse (Logos), Lucas Ross (Lake City)
Front Row: Henry Vaughn (Moscow), Zach Kerzman (Lake City), Luke Osmanski (Coeur d’Alene), Gavin Gelhausen (Lake City), Eric Wilde (Coeur d’Alene), Jameson Evans (Logos)


2014 NILL All-Star Team

Gavin Gelhausen (Lake City),  Max Johnson (Lake City),  Trevor Morse (Logos),  Eric Wilde (Coeur d’Alene)

Lucas Ross (Lake City),  Caden Robertson (Lake City),  Gabe Johnson (Coeur d’Alene),  Jameson Evans (Logos)

Gabe Geesey (Lake City),  Harris Wester (Lake City),  JJ Delcomte (Coeur d’Alene),  Luke Osmanski (Coeur d’Alene),  Henry Vaughn (Moscow)

Zach Kerzman (Lake City)

NILL Individual League Awards

Most Goals: Sean Stanton (Logos)
Most Assists: Harrison Davies (Coeur d’Alene)
Most Points: Harrison Davies (Coeur d’Alene)
Face-Off Leader: Gabe Johnson (Coeur d’Alene)
Ground Ball Leader: Gabe Johnson (Coeur d’Alene)
Goalie of the Year: Zach Kerzman (Lake City)
Co-Sportsman of the Year: Lucas Ross (Lake City)
Co-Sportsman of the Year: Ryan Steiner (Coeur d’Alene)
Co-MVP: Caden Robertson (Lake City)
Co-MVP: Trevor Morse (Logos)

6777_bannerThe Idaho chapter of US Lacrosse is pleased to recognize the following individuals for their excellence and hard work.

All American

  • Troy Vance-Sr-Mountain View
  • Drew Welch-Sr-Timberline
  • Josh Buss-Sr-Mountain View
  • Cole Oliver-Sr-Bishop Kelly

Academic All American

  • Charlie Dolar-Sr-Centennial
  • Carson McKay-Sr-Timberline

Bob Scott Award

  • Cole Oliver-Sr-Bishop Kelly

Coach of the Year

  • Jon Mundy-Timberline

Assistant Coach of the Year

  • Dan Bargholz-Borah

Man of the Year

  • Russ Wheeler-TVLL Commissioner