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Pee Wee Legends defy major odds

Posted by Langley Thunder Lacrosse at Jul 25, 2018 11:47AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Hey Thunder,

This is a great story about some amazing Langley coaches that stepped up to help a team in need! A very special shout out to our Bantam B head coach Randy Clark. What a great show of sportsmanship!

The Vernon Pee Wee Legends lacrosse team with their provincial bronze medals. (Photo Submitted)
No coaches for the recent B.C. Pee Lacrosse Championships in Coquitlam. No worries for the North Okanagan Legends.
Faced with a major dilemma, some very caring people decided to swing into action and find a bench boss.
“The kids deserved the opportunity to play in a provincial championship by working hard and winning their first two games in the league playdowns locally,” said co-manager Achim Colmorgen. “It was at that time that we were faced with a big decision…get a team together to go to the provincials or face a fine from BCLA. We were determined to make this happen for these boys. We decided to reach out to the lacrosse community for support and try come up with a solution to the situation.”
Added co-manager Misty Colmorgen: “We have a very good friend that coaches Bantam in Langley. He has twin boys playing and their team won provincial gold the week prior in Richmond. When we asked him to coach this Pee Wee team that he had never met before, coach Randy Clark was both excited and apprehensive to take on this unique challenge. The first thing he asked: ‘How many players do you have coming to play?’ We told him we had 11 runners and a goalie. He said that we were crazy but agreed to make the best of things for the sake of the kids…no pressure or expectations. Little did anybody know what was about to happen.”
It was obvious early in the tournament that a special bond and chemistry was being created between the coaches and this group of total strangers. Clark starting calling them the Bad News Bears.
After round-robin play, the boys were 2-1 and in a three-way tie for first. With the help of some mathematics to break that tie, they ended up first in their pool. That pool consisted of Ridge-Meadows Burrards, Nanaimo Timbermen and the New Westminster Salmonbellies.
That set up a semifinal against a strong team of 18 players from PoCo Saturday night. The Legends battled hard but just ran out of gas in a 9-3 loss.
That set the stage for a re-match for the bronze medal game early the next morning against a Ridge-Meadows team that they had previously beat 10-5 in the first game of the tourney. The Legends had fire in their eyes and winning on their minds as they came to play and once again beat a strong Burrards team from Ridge-Meadows 9-4 for the bronze medal.
It was truly amazing to see a team with a regular-season record of 3-8 come together and gel into a tight-knit group of champions.
“They took their game to a new level, played a team game and they were rewarded for their efforts,” said Achim Colmorgen. “It was amazing to be a part of this experience…it was an emotional weekend for a lot of people. As the weekend progressed, news had travelled around the tournament about the North Okanagan team and the wide-spread support was something we will never forget.”
“When kids from other teams in the higher divisions were lining up outside of our dressing room to give the boys high fives and cheer for them as they took to the floor was very cool to watch. They were the Cinderella story of the whole tournament,” said Vernon assistant coach Tony Danford.
Colmorgen said the team was extremely grateful to Kari Gares (president of NOMLA), some very compassionate and caring people from the BCLA for their incredible support, the Coquitlam Adanacs Lacrosse Association for supplying the Legends with a great group of Junior players that helped by running the doors and supporting the kids on the bench all weekend, and most of all, to coaches Clark and Sean Morrison.
Said Clark: “I have been involved in lacrosse as a player and a coach for a long time and it was very special to be a part of a such a great group of determined boys…You guys rock. Battered and bruised…but never broken. It was amazing what you accomplished over the weekend with only 11 runners. It was an honour to be a part of your success. I am very proud of all of you.”


A huge shout out to our Langley boys who proudly represented on team Fraser Valley , for theTeam BC Summer Games .
The boys brought home the BRONZE!
Left to right:
Justin Pilson
Jack Margetson
Liam Tailefer
Carter Stasuk
Nico Gerussi
Jesse Tremblay

Congratulations guys !

Hey Thunder,

The early bird Field Lacrosse Registration end tonight. July 23rd 11:59 pm. If you haven’t already done so, REGISTER NOW!

Hey Thunder,

Just a friendly reminder!!!

Registered and non registered players with lacrosse experience are invited to come out to the Field Lacrosse Pre Season Development Sessions.Bring a Friend/Try It sessions will run at the same time as the Pre Season Development Sessions and are geared to athletes with no prior lacrosse experience. Visit our Pre Season Development Registration page to sign up!

Please review the equipment requirements:
Returning Players Youth/Co-Ed and Girls – Full Gear Required
Try It Players Youth/Co-Ed – Helmets Required, lacrosse sticks will be provided
Try It Girls only – Gear will be Provided

Sessions will be held at Willoughby Community Park Field S1 (behind RE Mountain Secondary School).

Cost is $20 for 4 sessions, full payment will be collected at your first session

U8, U12, U15 and U19 Girls – August 7, 14, 21, 28 6-730pm
U7 & U9 Youth August 9, 16, 23, 30 6-730pm
U11 Youth August 9, 16, 23, 30 730-9pm
U13, U15, U18 Youth August 7,14, 21, 28 730-9pm

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BC Provincial Champions

Posted by Langley Thunder Lacrosse at Jul 9, 2018 8:54PM PDT ( 1 Comment )

Hey Thunder,

It was a great weekend for Langley Lacrosse. Our Bantam B’s finished the season off with a huge 7-2 win, bringing home the GOLD at the 2018 BC Provincials. Amazing job!

Our Novice A1 won GOLD at the 2018 Crosby Novice All Star Tournament. They finished their season undefeated!!! ( 20 league games and 3 tournaments ) They lead their division in goals for, had the least goals against and had the lowest number of penalty minutes.
On top of winning 3 GOLD medal this season they were also awarded the Sportsmanship Team Award – the highest honor a team can achieve for their division. Well done Thunder! Way to represent our Thunder organization.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to both teams on their outstanding seasons!!