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On Saturday June 25, Port Washington Youth Activities and The Port Community celebrated another tremendously successful lacrosse season with its Second Annual Lacrosse Jamboree and barbeque.

Billy Owens did a terrific job preparing Lions Field for the all day event which included intra squad games between the PYA third and fourth graders and fifth and sixth graders. Mr. Harvey Cohen, the godfather of Port Lacrosse, announced the games with his trademark bullhorn while varsity head coach Ken Case and assistant coach Mike Gallagher checked out the up and coming talent. The third and fourth grade teams took the field first, and were followed by the fifth and sixth graders. All of the parents and spectators were treated to a solid display of lacrosse from all the age groups.

In between games John Gagliardi, Conor Denihan and Blake Miller, members of the Long Island Lizards professional Lacrosse team and the USA National team, spoke to the youth league players and ran them through a brief clinic. Many of the players got autographs and had pictures taken with the Lizards and then participated in various skills competitions. Many prizes were given out and everyone who participated received a commemorative T-shirt.

After the youngsters completed their activities the Port Washington H.S. alumni took the field for a spirited "odd vs. even" game. There were over 50 participants, ranging in age from recent grads (2004) to the class of 1979 who traveled from as far as Maryland to play for bragging rights. In the end the Odd team won and had the rest of the evening to enjoy their victory at the post game barbeque.

Steve Avazis, the PYA Lacrosse Commission and owner of Arena Sport and Graphics said "It was just a great day for Port Lacrosse. Not only did we see how strong our youth program is, but also how deep our lacrosse roots go. Today was a testament to the many volunteers, past and present who have contributed to the development of this program. I would especially like to thank our current coaches who are directly responsible for the recent increase in participation on the Little League level." "We are looking forward to another strong season next year."

PYA will be sponsoring an abbreviated fall lacrosse clinic and there will be many opportunities for anyone interested in participating in the winter indoor lacrosse league. Please contact Steve Avazis at 516-767-5108 to learn more about the upcoming seasons or for getting your child started next spring.


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