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St. Cloud High to add varsity lacrosse

By J. Daniel Pearson on Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Bulldogs become 3rd Osceola program to add the growing sport


St. Cloud will become the third high school in Osceola County to add lacrosse to its varsity sports roster, when they field boys and girls teams for the 2022-23 school year.

The Bulldogs will join Celebration and Tohopekaliga to offer the popular and rapidly growing sport. Zach Beaverson will coach both teams. Todd Schultz, who played lacrosse in college, will serve as his assistant for the sport played during the spring season.

“My predecessor (Eric Godfrey) really had a lot to do with getting the sport to varsity status for us,” St. Cloud Athletics Director Bryan Smart said. “When he was approached by Zach and some students last year, he was very supportive about getting a team started. When enough students showed an interest a club team was formed and we it was decided to make the leap to varsity this year.”

Many challenges exist to starting a new varsity team. In additional to making sure enough students are interested to actually field teams, hiring coaches, finding money for a budget and scheduling practice time are all considerations Smart and Beaverson will have to face.

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