Edmonds youth lacrosse coach selected for state Hall of Fame

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Long-time Edmonds youth lacrosse coach Harry Ostrander has been tapped for 2010 induction into the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse. 

For nearly 20 years, Ostrander has been involved in the teaching of lacrosse skills to Washington state’s youth as an equipment supplier and organizer of clinics at the high school and middle school levels, along with Boys & Girls Clubs in Bellevue, Edmonds and Snohomish. In addition, the 64-year-old Ostrander has served on the state board of directors of the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association, and was head lacrosse coach at Lakeside Middle School  from 1988-2006. 

The former St. Lawrence University player will join the 2010 class of six inductees that includes Mercer Island High School boys assistant coach Mark Larson; longtime high school officials Janet Lennon-Jones of Redmond and Lorrie McKay of Seattle; Whitman College and Vashon Island High School program founder Charley Rosenberry; and Bainbridge High School coach and former Canadian National Team member Tami Tommila.

The six inductees “have all made incredible contributions to the sport of lacrosse in Washington state,” said Dave Low, Executive Board President of the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse. “Their work has fostered exponential growth in the sport so that today thousands of youth, high school, collegiate and professional athletes and spectators in Washington can enjoy lacrosse.”

The Saturday, Oct. 23 induction ceremonies get underway at 6 p.m. at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.  A total of 22 lacrosse standouts are now a part of the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Tickets for the induction ceremonies are $66 and available at www.uslax-wa.org/hof.html  

Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and in Washington state the sport has seen double-digit growth in six of the last eight years.  In 2010, more than 2,700 high school students representing 83 boys (www.WHSBLA.org) and 55 girls (www.WSLAX.org) varsity and JV teams in eastern and western Washington compete in a nine-week season March-May.  The annual Boys and Girls Washington State High School Championships take place in late May. 

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