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Lovejoy hockey players take to the rink.

Lovejoy hockey players take to the rink.

-photo courtesy of Kristen Pottinger

-photo courtesy of Kristen Pottinger

Lovejoy hockey players take to the rink.

LeopardLife Zach Dillard and Michael Modine, Staff Writers

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Hockey and lacrosse are off-campus non-UIL supported sports that some Lovejoy students believe are two of the great sports WSMS has yet to offer.

These two are sports many do not think of right away, but to a few people are very important, from the suspense of hitting someone in lacrosse to the thrill of scoring a hockey goal, these two sports are sure to stick around.

These sports are known by very few people, but are very liked by their fans.

“I think it is great that our school offers us a chance to play and enjoy sports that are not offered, and hope some of these sports become offered in our school,” seventh-grader, Carson Parks, said.

Players enjoy how fast-paced spor

-photo courtesy of Kristen Pottinger
The Lovejoy hockey season starts off strong.

t hockey and the physicality of the sport. Hockey is a mostly North American sport but is also played in other parts of the world. Hockey is popular in colder states and continents, such as Canada. The sport of hockey is a sport in which a team of players hit a puck up and down a rink, and try to score a point. The way the teams stop people from scoring is a goaley, a key player who is a necessity to win games. Hockey does have some health effects due to fighting being a major part of the sport. Players can fight and check people with no consequence.

 

“I like hockey because I get to nail people and hit them, I started to play when I was four years old, and it has had some major effects on me such as three concussions,” Jake Scanlon, seventh-grade, said.

Individuals wanting to check out local hockey games played by Lovejoy students can do so on these dates and locations:

1/28 at 7:30pm at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Plano

2/4 at 7pm at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Richardson

2/8 at 8:30pm at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Farmers Branch

2/11 at 7pm at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Richardson

According to CNN, lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Lacrosse is a fast, chaotic sport that requires a player to throw the ball with a lacrosse stick into a goal. Lacrosse was invented by a Canadian group of Plains Indians in the early 1600’s. The sport has some great perks such as increased mental awareness and staying fit constantly. This is a sport of strategy and only requires someone to be in good physical shape and good stamina. This is why most kids start out young so that they can develop those skills.

“In Kindergarten my friend got me into lacrosse and I really enjoyed it. Lacrosse gives me something to do, and it is probably one of the ways I have to get into college,” eighth-grader,  Catherine Evins, said.

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