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June 23, 2017 — From early commitment to early matriculationtopofthecircle

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:01:49 +0000

There have been plenty of stories about the excesses of college sports, where coaches have gotten verbal commitments from middle-schoolers in the revenue sports. More recently, the controversy was about how non-revenue athletic programs, such as those found in field hockey and lacrosse, were seeking verbal commitments from ninth and 10th-graders. And it even got […](image)

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June 22, 2017 — One missing piecetopofthecircle

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 08:52:04 +0000

They held the graduation ceremony yesterday for Philadelphia Strawberry Mansion (Pa.) at the Independence Seaport Museum. In attendance was Jazmine Smith, the lacrosse and field hockey impresario who has invested more than a year of time and some of her own money into bringing these two sports to the school, which at one time was […](image)

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June 21, 2017 — Tony DiCicco, 1948-2017topofthecircle

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:55:11 +0000

As long as there has been a U.S. women’s national soccer team, there have been great players and teams which have won three World Cups and four Olympic gold medals. The women have blazed a trail for personal and team success that has impacted American and world culture far beyond what had ever been dreamed […](image)

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June 20, 2017 — Top 10 for the week of June 18topofthecircle

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:55:44 +0000

With the end of the scholastic girls’ lacrosse season last weekend, we come back with this week’s back-of-the-envelope Top 10. It will be the last one before our better-researched Final Top 50 comes out. The Top 10 are not guaranteed to be in the same order when that list is released. Our honorary No. 11 […](image)

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June 19, 2017 — A need-to-read seriestopofthecircle

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:58:50 +0000

The world of girls’ high school lacrosse often gets very low billing in terms of scholastic sports coverage in local newspapers. That’s what made an initiative by The Valley News of West Lebanon, N.H. so unique. The series is called The Climb, and it follows the Lebanon (N.H.) varsity through a season of transition, where […](image)

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June 18, 2017 — The story ends with a three-peat in an unexpected placetopofthecircle

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 14:49:25 +0000

The 2017 domestic girls’ lacrosse season ended yesterday with championship doubleheaders in Maine and in Massachusetts. Waterboro Massabesic (Maine) and Kennebunk (Maine), a pair of schools about 10 miles from each other near the New Hampshire border, won their respective Maine Principals Association titles. Further south, Cohasset (Mass.) and Needham (Mass.) brought their respective Massachusetts […](image)

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June 17, 2017 — More disappearing stripestopofthecircle

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 07:37:01 +0000

This story came out yesterday in The Washington Post. There is a lot to digest in this, especially some of the stated reasons delineated in the article for the reasons why game officials in many sports don’t return. And they go far beyond verbal or physical abuse and confrontations. I’ll give you some perspective on […](image)

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June 16, 2017 — Friday Statwatch for games played through June 14topofthecircle

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:58:46 +0000

Hi, all. Given the low number of games this week, this will be the last Friday Statwatch until our Final Statwatch, which will be out in a few days. Below are statistics compiled from, amongst others,, NJ Advance Media, The Harrisburg Patriot-News, The Providence Journal, The Albany Times-Union, Long Island Newsday, The Worcester Telegram, The […](image)

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June 15, 2017 — Two additional competitions and one big conundrumtopofthecircle

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:50:46 +0000

For the last 19 or so years, this space has advocated for more professional and semiprofessional competitions in the United States for field hockey and lacrosse. And I’m sure the national governing bodies of both sports have looked askance at their own marketing departments, wondering why cricket, ultimate Frisbee, and rugby have made major inroads […](image)

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June 14, 2017 — When history repeatstopofthecircle

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:07:44 +0000

ADVISORY: If you are a minor, you may want to have an adult reading this alongside you. Scotia, N.Y. (pop. 7,803) and Glenville, N.Y. (pop. 29,480) are towns tucked along a bend in the Mohawk River about 10 miles northwest of the state capital, Albany. Like all small-to-medium-sized towns in America, they have business, industry, […](image)

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