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The Swarm Season Begins

Here are the girls last night, outside the Xcel Arena in St. Paul. Unfortunately, the Swarm lost to Rochester in OT. We were impressed with the play of several of the new players — Giles, Suitor and Smith — and were happy to have Travis Hill back on defense. Can’t wait for Jan. 22!

The Minnesota Swarm pro lacrosse team will host its second-annual American Indian Heritage Night, presented by Treasure Island Resort & Casino and the Prairie Island Indian Community, at the team’s home opener at the Xcel Center in St. Paul on Jan. 8. Once again, Heritage Night will feature a halftime exhibition game of traditional lacrosse, featuring teams from the Oneida and Menominee nations. There will also be exhibits by native organizations and businesses, as well as a drum group performing before the game. Heritage Night will also pay tribute to local Native American youth lacrosse players and recognize children from Prairie Island, as well as other reservations, who participated in the in the “Lax-4-Life” lacrosse camp. This past summer, the Minnesota Swarm hosted a weeklong camp at Prairie Island to introduce the boys and girls on the reservation to the sport of lacrosse, the heritage of the game, health tips and life skills. In an effort to develop a team to compete in youth lacrosse, the Swarm initiated after school practices two days a week at Prairie Island starting in October. Swarm Assistant Coach Aime Caines and Native American Lacrosse Program Coordinator Brian Kimmell serve as the coaches at the practices.

Check it out. There will be special ticket prices, with a portion of each ticket sale benefitting the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce. To order tickets or for additional questions, contact Brett Miller at (651) 726-1794 or shoot him an email.

Anetsodi, y’all

Jesse and I spent Sunday night and all day Monday at the Fond du Lac reservation near Duluth for a lacrosse camp put on by the Minnesota Swarm, the Native American Law Enforcement Summit and the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe. I was there to write about the camp and to take some pictures for The Circle newspaper and several other native publications on behalf of the Swarm. Jesse was there to hang out with the other native youth and her favorite all time lax player, the great Travis Hill. We had to rush back to The Cities late Monday afternoon, me for a school board meeting and Jesse for lacrosse playoffs (Eastview B beat Burnsville 6-4 to start the tourney — go, Lightning!)

Below are some pix from the camp. I’ll post links to the story when it’s done.

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Jesse, the Lax Warrior

Jesse playing lacrosse

Jesse playing defense against Hastings

Here are some photos of Jesse in action against Hastings today with the Eastview 7-8 Black team. She is the only girl in the all-boys league. Eastview won the first game of the day 8-1. Jesse had a great hit on an attack man twice her size, knocking him to the ground. She later stepped in front of one of his shots when the goalie was out of the net, taking the shot in her unprotected bicep. She saved the goal, but got a nice bruise in return. In the day’s second game, Eastview Black lost a close one, 5-3, to a powerhouse Centennial team that beat its opponents by a combined 28-1 in both  opening weekend games. Eastview Black’s season record now stands at 3-1. Go, Lightning!

Jesse playing lacrosse

Jesse stays on her man

Jesse playing lacrosse

Jesse cuts off her man

Jesse plays lacrosse

You can tell Jesse because she has that Josh-Funk-flowing-hair thing going on

Check out the rest of the photos in our Flickr set. We’ll be adding to them as the spring season progresses:

Watch Out, Boys!

Jesse in lacrosse gear

Attention: Pro lacrosse scouts...

Jesse and her friend, Allie, decided to play boys lacrosse this spring, so Allie’s mom and I took them down to the local lacrosse shop this weekend in Rosemount (Lavin Lacrosse — check it out. These guys know lacrosse and lax equipment and are great to work with). Above, Jesse is all decked out in her new equipment. She and Allie got everything on the required list … well, except for the cups. Lavin had a boatload of good used equipment for us to pick through. We got some pretty sweet deals on the pads and helmet. Allie even picked up a used helmet that used to belong to local lax hero Colin Achenbach, now a member of the Minnesota Swarm and the new boys JV coach at Eastview HS. Also check out Jesse’s sharp new Maverik stick. No more using dad’s old beat-up Gait stick.

Final 2009 Swarm Game Tonight

travisTonight is American Indian Night at the Swarm, when Minnesota’s professional lacrosse team celebrates the game’s roots in American Indian culture before European contact. After the game, Coach Duane Jacobs, a hall-of-fame player and Six Nations native, will join popular player Travis Hill (shown in action above) for a Q&A session with members of the local native community. The Swarm’s owners and management have been stepping up their efforts to reach out to the American Indian community in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota. If you get a chance to pick up the latest issue of The Circle newspaper in Minneapolis, check out the front-page story I wrote about the team’s outreach efforts. Unfortunately, the story has not yet been posted to The Circle’s spiffy new web site (full disclosure: I was recently elected to The Circle’s board).
Unfortunately, The Swarm saw their playoff dreams dashed last night when Colorado beat Edmonton to wrap up the final playoff spot in the Western Division. Tonight’s game will be played for pride. I imagine with the inconsistent play we’ve seen this year, we might be saying goodbye tonight to some guys who are playing their last game in the blue and gold. I have faith in the new owners to make the changes necessary to make the Swarm successful in the long term. Swarm it up!
Finally, a special thanks to the Terzichs, our friends and neighbors, who will be providing transportation to the game since I am still unable to drive after my accident. I plan to chew up a few pain pills, throw on my Swarm jersey, grab my crutches and go, Swarm, go!