2017-09-13 / Sports

Parent pushing to start lacrosse program at GHS

Ledger Sports Writer

Maggie McCraw had never thought about playing lacrosse until she decided to tryout for a team at Boiling Springs High School.

Now Maggie would love to be there for the beginning of a lacrosse program at Gaffney High. After attending Boiling Springs last year, the Gaffney High sophomore now finds herself without an outlet for one of her favorite sports.

“Maggie was looking for a sport to play last spring when she found out Boiling Springs had a lacrosse team,” said Cameron McCraw, Maggie’s mother. “Once she played it, she was hooked.”

High school lacrosse has been played in South Carolina since 2001. The sport was sanctioned by the South Carolina High School League in 2010.

Cameron McCraw is among several parents working to gauge whether there is enough interest to start a boys and girls lacrosse program at Gaffney High this spring. Boiling Springs, Spartanburg and Dorman are among area schools with lacrosse teams.

When organic turf was installed in The Reservation, tick marks were added so a lacrosse field could be drawn if the sport is ever started locally.

Student interest will help determine whether Gaffney High would consider adding a lacrosse program, assistant athletic director Cindy Gallman said.

“If the interest is there, we would like to start to a club team first,” Gallman said. “This is the process a lot of schools have used before implementing a new sport.”

Interested parents can contact Cameron McCraw and Charm Ellis on Facebook for more information about the effort to start lacrosse at Gaffney High.

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