New Hanover Co. parents, students push for junior varsity lacrosse

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Submitted: Wed, 01/09/2013 - 4:32am
Updated: Wed, 01/09/2013 - 1:59pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — About a hundred parents and students, many spinning lacrosse sticks, crowded the New Hanover County Board of Education meeting room tonight.

They were all there to rally for junior varsity lacrosse teams in New Hanover County high schools.

Lacrosse is the only varsity sport in the county that does not have a junior varsity team.

The group said the move would be good for students on and off the field.

“It’s helped him to be able to get energy out. As well as build friendships, and keeps him a little bit more focused, probably, on his schoolwork as well,” said Jaime Bentfield, parent of a lacrosse player.

Every member of the board expressed support for the move and said it would be considered at their next budget meeting.


  • Peyton Garrett says:

    High School Sports are an integral part of the education of our children. They instill pride within the High School community no matter the size. I have one remaining in school who plays one varsity sport. To have a JV program in Lacrosse will benefit not only the Varsity Programs at each school but enable more kids to participate at an earlier age. I am for it and I believe booster programs would be involved to help fund it. Most of the equipment is already property of the student anyway.

  • ali a says:

    no i disagree with both of you
    true it is lots of tax monies but people wanna have a career in sports
    so what they dont want to be a docter or enginner but it doesnt mean you can crush there dreams. look at it this way; no sports, no education or no education, no sports

  • SurfCityTom says:

    to Forrest Gump.

    At a high school level, and that is what we are talking about, no sports means more funds available for learning and teaching.

    When did you drop out?

  • Steve says:

    Well I can certainly understand the money issues. However, what you may not know is that almost all the the Varsity Lacrosse money source comes from outside of the school Budget. Parents, boosters, donors, area business sponsors and fund raising. Coaches have even purchased equipment for the kids. The support from the community is there. 3 years ago the High Schools in New Hanover were already implementing a JV lacrosse program on there own. Then all of sudden is just stopped. No money for that program came out of a school budget. The kids paid to play. Why did it just stop. Or a better question is who stopped it.


  • Vog46 says:

    I hear you on the age thing. One thing that amuses me is that back then I didn’t pay attention to things like taxes – which were MUCH higher then, rate wise.
    Or job creation – which was also higher then. (Dwight E and JFK provided a decade of VERY high job creation even with high taxes).
    Things were simpler then.

    But in today’s age where we rail against higher taxes user fee’s do provide some relief – not much, but some. Heck they’re talking a toll bridge or tunnel for the new bridge project – which is OK by me. I’ll take my time and go over a crowded bridge instead.
    This of course is the problem with a consumer based tax system – if they don’t buy – the government doesn’t collect – which means that at every slow down revenues will become a problem.
    Of course the current crop of GOP-ers doesn’t understand this:
    High taxes don’t thwart job creation
    In today’s economy making money off money is more prevalent than making money off making “things” – so investments are no longer in factories – they’re in stocks and bonds which don’t create jobs……..
    I read the Fair Tax book and my first reaction to it was why do they limit the size of the purchase which is subjected to the tax and why do they not tax financial transactions?


  • Vog46 says:

    I believe the time has come for high school parents and students to realize that sports and other extra curricular activities COST taxpayers monies.
    It is time for “pay to play” with fees being imposed for the privilege of being on sports teams and clubs. Otherwise we may be approaching a point where we might start talking of banning all sports and clubs at high schools and concentrate on scholastic only education………


  • SurfCityTom says:

    especially when we talk about junior varsity sports.

    I played high school football and lacrosse as well as wrestled for 3 years on varsity.

    IN addition to buying accident insurance for each sport, we paid a per sport fee with the exception of wrestling.

    Of course I’m showing my age; but there were never any issues surrounding education funding or borrowing to keep the Department of Education afloat during my younger years.

    Of course too it helped that we knew whom our parents were and discipline for school began at home.

    We never had any violence; and we never needed police resource officers.

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