Inaugural Columbia County Classic sparks lacrosse interest

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Jan. 26, 2014 AUGUSTA, GA-- The sport of lacrosse hasn't always held a lot of attention, or weight in the local sport spectrum.

Thanks to the hard work of the Augusta Lacrosse Club, that may soon change.

On Saturday, the inaugural Columbia County Classic brought college lacrosse to the area for the first time. The game pitted Emmanuel University against Point University. However, the main outcome of the game was to draw new interest to the sport.

Currently, only Greenbrier and Lakeside hold high school lacrosse teams in the CSRA. The local club believes more in the area could and should be picking up the sticks.

"We're trying to help them realize they can do it. It's something that a lot of kids can be involved in," club board member Steve Boe said.

"You don't have to be the strongest and fastest, the biggest kid. There's positions in lacrosse for all different sized kid, so it benefits everybody."

Local lacrosse coach Kurt Gary started the lacrosse club in 1989. Gary was honored at halftime of Saturday's classic with a trophy in his name.

The trophy will be presented yearly to the winner of the Greenbrier vs. Lakeside high school lacrosse game.

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