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Ohio County Phantoms Youth Lacrosse Team Celebrates 2012 Season, Program Expansion
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Team joins Western Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association, Establishes Youth Girls Squad

 

WHEELING, West Virginia – The Ohio County Phantoms youth lacrosse team recently celebrated the conclusion of its 2012 season at a players picnic held at Oglebay Park.  In just its second year of existence, the Phantoms fielded two competitive squads of middle school-aged players this year, both under the direction of Head Coach Chuck Scatterday of Wheeling.

 

The varsity squad, made up of more experienced players, compiled a record of (9-5) while the rookie squad, comprised mostly of first-year players, compiled a record of (5-3-1). Even more impressive, both age groups expanded their play in 2012 by joining the Western Pennsylvania Youth Lacrosse Association (WPYLA), which allowed them to play against more seasoned teams from Western Pennsylvania. The Phantoms were up to the challenge and finished 3-1 in WPYLA games.

 

Boasting 48 players on the 2012 team roster, the program’s incredible growth and team successes were highlighted at the picnic, along with individual player achievements.  Fifth grader Spencer Abraham led all Phantoms with 56 ground balls and was honored with the Ground Ball “Hog” Award. Patrick Hurley, an eighth grader, was announced as the “Wingman” Award winner for most assists on goal during the season with 23. The defensive “Brick Wall” Award went to eighth grader Noah Clune, as he helped force nearly 20 turnovers over the season, while the team’s “Spirit of the Game” award went to eighth grader Colby Round who best exemplified all that lacrosse represents.  The Most Improved Players of the year went to Spencer Abraham and seventh grader Scotty Meaige; both players received a gift card from Play It Again Sports to honor their performance on the field.

 

Coach Scatterday said he was pleased with his players’ performance this year. “Since starting the Phantom organization in 2010, the main goal has been aimed at introducing the fastest game on two feet to Wheeling,” he said.  “All three high schools in Wheeling have lacrosse teams so it’s been a natural fit to start a youth program introducing the basic skills needed to enjoy and play the game well.” Phantom players represented 10 middle schools located throughout the Ohio Valley, as well as home-schooled students.   

 

In spring 2012, Scatterday also established the Lady Phantoms, a new youth girls’ lacrosse team, launched under Head Coach Megan Dent-Carmen. The Lady Phantoms will begin their competitive game schedule in 2013. Scatterday also plans to add a team for elementary school-aged players to next year’s Phantom line-up. The team will be known as the Gremlins.

 

The success of the Phantoms program has been recognized by those outside the Ohio Valley. At a recent awards banquet held by the Pittsburgh Lacrosse Foundation in Wexford, PA, two Phantoms youth players were named recipients of the WPLYA’s “Spirit of the Game Award.” Eighth grader Patrick Hurley, a student at St. Michael Parish School, and seventh grader Drew Scatterday, of Triadelphia Middle School, received the award for “best embodying the characteristics that the U.S. Lacrosse Association promotes: good character, good sportsmanship, commitment, teamwork and love of the game.” 

 

“These two players have all the qualities of outstanding lacrosse players as well as good young people,” Scatterday said.

 

Special accolades have also been extended to Coach Scatterday for spearheading the youth lacrosse program in Wheeling. At the Phantoms picnic, Wheeling Park High School lacrosse coach Joey Susbasic presented Scatterday with West Virginia’s 2012 U.S. Lacrosse Man of Year award, voted upon by all lacrosse coaches in the Mountain State. The award honors those individuals whose dedication, commitment, and support of the game and its ideals extend beyond his/her specific team.

 

“This is a real honor to have my peers unanimously identify me as someone who wants to see the sports of lacrosse succeed and grow in the Mountain State,” Scatterday said upon hearing the news.

 

The Phantoms formed in 2010 as a middle school lacrosse team for the youth of Wheeling, WV. The Phantoms play local teams in West Virginia, Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. For team information, visit wheelinglacrosse.com

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