Lacrosse club starts at Dunlap High School
A new club is taking shape at Dunlap High School thanks to an “up-and-coming sport in Illinois,” according to Mike Dicken.
Dicken, a math instructor at DHS and JV soccer coach, is starting to sponsor a lacrosse club at the high school.
“Dunlap is the only club team in the area to be school-supported,” he said. “However, area communities such as Washington and Morton also have lacrosse programs. Dunlap’s club will be a part of the CiLax (Central Illinois Lacrosse) organization. Currently, the programs belonging to CiLax are: Dunlap, Washington, Morton, Bloomington, Champaign and Belleville.”
According to Dicken, the sport has been rapidly growing in the Chicago area and is starting to make its way to central Illinois.
“We have a few students who have played in the Peoria area and have expressed interest in starting a Dunlap High School lacrosse club team,” Dicken said. “It is my goal to have a well established lacrosse club program at DHS so that we can hit the ground running if (and when) this becomes an IHSA sport.”
During the club’s first meeting on Nov. 4, over 70 students were in attendance.
Dicken said that athletes playing basketball, football and soccer are interested in joining the club.
The season would start in March and go until June.
“At the end of the season, an ‘all-star’ CiLax team will be formed and will play against Chicago area teams,” Dicken said. “It is my hope to begin practicing and scrimmaging within the next few weeks. We are hoping to host informal practices to educate our players about lacrosse two-three times per week.”
The team will face only teams in the CiLax organization, unless players were selected to the all-star team.