Three young Niagara Thunderhawks lacrosse teams competed in a weekend tournament in Oshawa and all three made it to the semifinals in their division.
The U9 major, U11 and U13 teams played last weekend in the Braver Than Brave Tournament.
All three NOTL teams battled hard, winning some games to earn berths in the semifinals.
The U9 major team is coached by James Sticca, Chris Riddle, Matt Dietsch, Kevin Coffey and Adam Stewart.
Players are: Ryan Riddle, Lucas Froese, Colton Dietsch, Smith Kaposy, Kaleb Coffey, Rily Hill, Theo Moore, Reed Francis, Lee Jay Allen, Jason Young, Ethan Sticca, Sydney Herriman, Noah Scaringi and Weston Stewart.
The U11 Thunderhawks are coached by Jay Thorimbert, Dave Funk, Chris Riddle, Jason Meleskie and Brandon Berry.
Players are: James Froese, Owen Thorimbert, Jace Szabo, Brody Cech, Chris Washburn Jr., Jesiah Paul, Conor Bailey, Hunter Berry, Nicholas Riddle, Nikolaas Peters, Nash Funk, Blake Bedic, Colton Meleskie, Charlie Fratangelo, Peter Kostanis and Bentley Barry.
The U13 team is coached by Connor Watson, Dan Willms, Aaron Ward, Ben Froese and Braedon Rawsthorne.
Players are: Mason Jaeckle, Elijah Paul, Hunter Froese, Malakai Visscher, Jax Johnson, Jack Sartor, Ace Washburn, Jett Jimerson, Max Plomish, Miller Davis, Barrett Fiwchuk, Ryder Kallies, Larenzo Ball, Jack Kislasko, Logan Dodd, Benjamin Eramian and Tyonih White.
The Braver Than Brave Tournament is named in honour of lacrosse player Tucker Williams, who was diagnosed with cancer and ultimately lost the battle at the age of 8.
The short, heartbreaking history of Tucker’s battle with a rare form of cancer can be found at oshawablueknights.ca/braver-than-brave.