It was a long road to get there, but four Langley players have made B.C.’s midget-aged lacrosse team.
Stryker Roloff, Kyle Brunsch, Cooper Gettel, and Tristan Kirkham, who played all their minor lacrosse in Langley and are members of the Langley Thunder midget (16-year-old) squad, are among the 20 players who made the provincial squad.
They are currently fundraising as they prepare to join Team BC at the Canadian championships being held Aug. 4 to 13 in Whitby, Ont.
The four Langley players successfully auditoned for their zone team, made up of players from Port Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Langley, Mission, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack.
Then roughly 65 players including goaltenders from around B.C. including Roloff, Brunsch, Gettel, and Kirkham came together in May at the Langley Events Centre (LEC) for a weekend of tryouts.
All four of the province’s zone teams (including Vancouver Island, B.C. Interior, Fraser Valley, and Vancouver) played in a round robin tournament and were evaluated.
Coaches cut the numbers down to 30 runners and four goalies.
Then, after one, final game, the team was pared down to 18 runners and two goalies to make up Team BC.
The midget and peewee nationals are being held simultaneously in Whitby.
LANGLEY HOSTS MIDGET PROVINCIALS
Langley Minor Lacrosse Association is hosting the 2017 BCLA Midget Provincial Lacrosse Championships this weekend.
Top midget teams from across the province will be competing for a B.C. title from Thursday to Sunday (July 20 to 23).
The tournament includes teams in the midget A1, A2, and B divisions.
All games will be played at the LEC’s main building and fieldhouse, with the championship games taking place Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (B), 11:30 a.m. (A2), and 1:30 p.m. (A1).
Langley’s midget A1 and B teams will be participating.
This tournament is open to the public, and admission is free.
For scheduled games and stats go to www.langleythunder.ca.
The LEC is located at 7888 200 St.