Starting this spring, lacrosse will become a varsity sport for boys and girls at Navarre.
Navarre would be the ninth school in the area with the sport, but just the second at the 2A level. Niceville is the other.
Gulf Breeze, Pensacola, Pensacola Catholic, Washington, West Florida, Fort Walton Beach and Milton are the other area teams and are all at the 1A level.
This would be the second consecutive year the Raiders have added a new sport. Flag football made its debut in 2019.
And like flag football, Navarre would be able to play games this season. However, it isn’t eligible to be in a district or compete in the postseason until 2021.
Navarre Athletic Director Scott Murphy said discussion for adding lacrosse has been in the works since the fall.
Interest has been shown in it, in part because there is already a club team at NYSA.
“We’ve been working on dotting our I’s and crossing our T’s. We’ll still have to hire coaches and kids will have to take physicals, but we’re working to get it started,” Murphy said. “It’s another sport that creates interest and adds to the school spirit.”
Coaching position openings have been posted already and an informational meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the high school.
First sergeant Tim Grier, an ROTC instructor at the school, has been involved with the club program at NYSA. He said there is certainly interest at the school. Grier grew up playing the sport while in Maryland.
“I had students ask me in the fall about it and there’s been a lot of interest from parents, too,” Grier said. “We have a good relationship with NYSA and we’ll use their field. The bottom line is it’s about providing another opportunity for students and it’s a good thing as long as they are having fun being a part of it and learning from the experience.”
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