History was made at Moorhead High School earlier this week as the Spud boys and girls lacrosse teams played their first varsity games. The boys had a convincing win over Sartell, while the girls made some instant memories against St. Cloud.
"There were a lot of emotions, a lot of excitement and jitters, think everyone was pretty nervous because it was the first game but I think everyone was super excited." said junior Briann Martinson.
Lacrosse may still be considered a novelty for sports fans in this part of the world. It's only been a high school sport for twenty years in Minnesota, but it's incredibly popular in the Twin Cities. Moorhead became the 86th boys varsity team in the state.
If it can happen in Moorhead, then it can happen in North Dakota. "We got close to 300 kids in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and D-G-F within thirty miles of Fargo-Moorhead that are playing lacrosse." said Moorhead lacrosse booster club president Matt Gilbertson.
Softball has exploded in popularity in North Dakota over the last several springs, with teams sprouting up all over the state. I have a feeling North Dakota would too. Club teams in Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot already exist.
Hopefully with Moorhead's success the North Dakota High School Activities Association is taking notice and be able to give kids a new sport and opportunity to pursue.