2013 Season Comes to a
Planning For Next Year starts now!
Over the past
few days, the KMHS Varsity teams were eliminated from the State Playoffs. On
Tuesday, the Girls played a great nip and tuck game at home against
Chattahoochee, but came up just short. I want to thank everyone who turned out.
We had what I believe was the largest crowd of the season for the girls to
support them in what turned out to be their final game of 2013. It was final
game for Seniors Meredith Rhodes, Caitlin Farmer, Jordyn Rogers and Victoria
Hipsher. Congratulations to these seniors, Coach Mater and the rest of the Lady
Mustangs for a great season.
On Wednesday night, the boys traveled to
Chattahoochee for their playoff contest. The Mustangs stunned the Cougars early
with the a quick opening goal. The team fought hard but were outmanned in the
end by the Number 4 Ranked team in the state. Once again, as usual the Mustang
faithful traveled well and supported the Team until the end. The game marked the
end of a high school career for 10 Mustang Seniors. Cole Bobo, Wade Buffington,
Kyle Clark, Christian Groff, Tyler Hale, Josh Heineman, Will Lyman, Brody Morin,
Andrew Nix, Jackson Schrampfer played their last game for KMHS. A number of
these players will go onto play at the NCAA level as well as at the Club Level.
Congratulations to these seniors, Coach Whitt, Coach Hull, and the rest of the
Mustangs on a great season. Additionally, congratulations to Kyle Clark and
Andrew Nix for being selected for the 2013 Georgia High School Lacrosse All-Star
game which will be held on Sunday May 19th at noon at Sprayberry High
We also want to recognize the success of Coach Miner and JV Lady
Mustangs and Coach Thom and JV Boys Mustangs for great JV seasons and we look
forward to seeing you at the Varsity level next year and in years to come. The
development of our players at the Junior Varsity level is at an all time high
and bodes well for the future of Mustang Lacrosse.
This development does
not stop there, as we had a record number of teams and players in our
Junior/Youth Mustang program. We have gone from 1 team 2 years ago to 5 teams
and close to 100 players in the program. Thanks to all who helped and
participated in this vital part of Mustang Lacrosse. I know there are many to
thank but I have to thank Gary Lee and Omar Fernandez for their management and
Coaches Steve Knoblock, Dave Jones, Tim Coons, Omar Fernandez, Mike McHugh and
all the other coaches for their commitment to the kids and to this program. We
could not do this without you!
It is hard to believe that just over 7
years ago my oldest son Owen came to me and said Dad I am playing Lacrosse. I
said playing what? I saw my first game between Ga Tech and Presbyterian a week
later. Now as my youngest Andrew graduates, I am amazed at the changes in the
game both at Kennesaw Mountain, in West Cobb and in the State at the youth, High
School and Collegiate levels. The opportunities to introduce young kids to "the
fastest sport on turf" and the opportunities for them to develop their skills is
10 fold what it was just 7 years ago. I believe this is just the beginning for
And I believe this great year for Kennesaw Mountain Lacrosse
is just the beginning. As I step down as President and after serving on the
Board for 7 years, I want to encourage each of you to consider how you will
contribute to taking this program to the next level. To that end, we will be
hold elections for the 2013-2014 KMHS Lacrosse Booster Club Executive Committee
on Thursday, May 30th.
The following are the elected positions of
President, VP HS Boys, VP HS Girls, VP Youth Treasurer,
The Head Varsity Coaches also are members of the
I know we will have some current members agree to return
to the same or different positions, but all positions are up for election each
year. So do not hesitate to contact me, one of the other Board members or the
coaches if you are interested.
In addition, the Executive Board appoints
Committee Chairs, those committee chairs along with the Executive Board make up
the KMHS Lacrosse Board of Directors.
The standing committees are:
Relations/Communications/Web, Fundraising, Oversight, Hospitality,
In closing I want to thank this year’s Executive Board and
Committee Chairs. Thanks to Allison Rhodes,Don Schrampfer, Connie Buffington,
Caye Hale, Steve Carmean, Stacy Barnett, Gary Lee, Janet Powell, Tod Hoyme,
Brett Stevens, Dawn Benedit and Linda Christian for your efforts this year. A
Special thank you to my fellow Senior Parents. For most of us, this ride started
6 or 7 years ago and we have spent many days, evenings road trips, etc watching
these young men and women grow both on the field and off. For most of you as
with myself, this is the last year with a child in the program and as we move
on, there are a lot of shoes to fill. To those with children still in the
program whether it be in HS or at the U9 level KMHS Lacrosse NEEDS YOU TO FILL