Editor’s note: This is in response to Sports Writer Ted Anderson’s column “Yes or no for lacrosse” published in the Wednesday edition.
I fully disagree with the article where it stated that by adding lacrosse “that would mean that more athletes would be siphoned away from the present sports which would make those programs weaker.”
If lacrosse was added to this part of the Range and sanctioned through the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) that would allow not just students in 9th-12th grade but students in 7th-8th grade to have another sport to choose from.
I disagree that you would siphon kids off from one sport to another. Quite often kids try a sport, realize it’s not for them and leave to try something else. Or they just don’t do any other sport in that season for the rest of high school.
I do not think you would lose many kids from their current sport by introducing lacrosse. If Hibbing decided to add lacrosse, either at the high school level or as a club sport, they could make it a combined sport, as they have now for soccer, hockey, skiing and tennis. You might also have students from Victory Christian Academy becoming involved as well as providing an additional option for home schooled students.
Other schools in the area (Virginia, Eveleth-Gilbert, Mountain Iron-Buhl, Cherry, Nashwauk-Keewatin and Mesabi East) could also make this combined activity, similar to what they do now for some sports.
Even with Hibbing High School having over 500 students in grades 9th-12th, there are over 1,000 students in grades 7th-12th and within those students there are a large number of kids that are not involved in anything (sport or activity) at the high school level.
Many kids even double up in some seasons playing soccer and football, cheerleading and being a team manager or drama or figure skating, trap shooting and tennis or golf or drama, or are involved in a high school sport or activity while competing in a Junior Olympic sport at the same time, etc. When you start to look at numbers and names of students, you can very quickly realize that many of the same kids are in multiple sports or activities at the same time.
In my opinion, I think that any opportunity the schools have to incorporate another sport or activity they should.
We should be encouraging students to try something new, get involved, be active, create school spirit and community pride.