There’s a new sport in town for the ladies of West Stokes. Seventeen girls ranging from ninth to eleventh grade, alongside coach Alice Gaddy, have come together and formed a lacrosse club team this season.
“We’re hoping to be a varsity sport next year as long as we have continued interest. We’re mostly a young team with freshmen and sophomores, but hopefully we’ll have them stick with it all four years,” the coach said.
A group of students approached Gaddy, a biology teacher at West, after hearing she played lacrosse in high school. Soon after, colleague Leah Bishop, who’s also coached basketball and tennis stepped up to help.
“All the girls are new to the sport but are picking up the skills very quickly and are very dedicated. This group of girls truly makes a wonderful team. They’re all very supportive and encouraging to one another during drills and running,” the coach said.
Gaddy believes the team’s already improving, especially in their endurance which they’ll need for their first game on March 16 against R.J. Reynolds.
“We want the girls to get comfortable with the sport and improve their stick and running skills. We also hope to gain interest and bring more girls onto the team,” she said. “We plan on having a summer day camp for current and rising high school girls from July 11-15 to teach the basics of the sport in preparation for next year. We would really like to see this sport take off in the area and hopefully build a strong women’s lacrosse community.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.