Beginning their second year of existence this spring, the North Florida All-Stars are proud to announce the addition of lacrosse to its year-round all-star tournaments; however, COVID-19 grounded it before it could take off.
At a site to be determined, the all-day tournaments were to be held May 23; and feature eight of the top boys’ teams from all over North and North Central Florida.
The eight teams were to be divided into eight regions consisting of Northwest, North, Northeast, Central, Midwest, Mideast, Southwest, and the Southeast.
Some of the top seniors from Alachua/Marion, Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Volusia, Flagler, Seminole, Orange, Lake, and Brevard counties were to compete in the all-day tournament.
Ponte Vedra is coming off the areas first public school state title and first-ever state title as well. Lacrosse has become a hot sport over the last few years in the North Florida area and it only made sense to add it to the list and become the ninth overall sporting event.
Players were evaluated and selected based on their 2019 and 2020 stats, due to having the majority of the 2020 season taken away from them due to the COVID-19 virus.
Among the invited players to the inaugural event were to be Bishop Moore seniors attacker Brooks Rask (34 goals, 38 assists), attacker RJ Sanflippo (50 goals, 22 assists) and goalie Davison Oser (111 saves, 57% saves).
Other invitees include attacker JD Goin (46 goals, 41 assists) from Edgewater, midfielder Eric Dobson (Notre Dame commit) from Fleming Island, attacker Christian Hofer (59 goals, 33 assists) from Hagerty, defender and All-American Travis Lesko from Lake Brantley, midfielder Hudson Bohn (Penn State signee) from Lake Highland Prep, Orlando Sentinel first-team goalie Chase Strait from Lake Brantley and Guy Bistrow (86 goals, 37 assists) from Providence.
The North team, coached by Brian Theiss (Providence) and Glenn Carter (Episcopal), features two Fletcher players attackers Devon Lingle and Charlie Fritts and eight Providence players including Brendan Patacca (14 goals) and Bistrow. Joining them are four players from Episcopal, three from Bolles, and three from Mandarin.
The Northwest team, coached by Casey Adams (Buchholz) and Kyle Strausser (Ocala Forest), is a well-rounded team featuring five players from Santa Fe, four each from Buchholz and Eastside and three each from Ocala Forest and Oak Hall. Jared Lamb (16 goals), Wilson Bullard (35 goals), Conner Dolan (14 goals), Kentavious Johnson (12 goals), Luke Lower (22 goals), and Spencer Bonfiglio (35 goals) were some of the players invited.
Defending state champion Ponte Vedra led by coach Tom West was to be represented by seven players on the Northeast team including Freddie Amato (45 goals, 34 assists) a Lehigh signee, Dylan Hess (51 goals, 49 assists) a Georgetown signee, Carter Parlette (39 goals, 49 assists) a Notre Dame signee, Davis Smith (Utah), Cameron Welch (Mercer), Tommy Zitello (Army) and midfielder Aidan Dunigan (Long Island Post).
Seminole County is well represented on the Central team coached by Ken Hofer (Hagerty) and Garrick Robinson (Lake Mary), with multiple players from Hagerty, Lake Mary, Lake Brantley, Winter Springs and Oviedo. Hofer (59 goals, 33 assists) from Hagerty and defender and All-American Lesko from Lake Brantley lead the Central team.
State power Lake Highland Prep coached by Jeff Vander Meulen and Winter Park coach Ryan Healey were selected to coach the Mideast team, which represents Northeast Orlando. Seven Highlander players were selected to play, while three Wildcats were also selected.
Kyle Hofstaedter (Bishop Moore) and Rabon Smith (Edgewater) were selected to coach the Midwest team, which represents North Orlando. The two schools comprise 16 of the 20 spots available, including nine from Bishop Moore and seven from Edgewater, including JD Goin (46 goals, 41 assists) and Tyler Douglass (35 goals).
The Southwest squad, coached by Carlos Burbano (West Orange) and Richard Kaetzel (Windermere), features players from all over Southwest Orlando including West Orange, Windermere, Windermere Prep, East Ridge, Celebration, Lake Minneola, and Foundation Academy.
Brevard County represents our final team the Southeast, coached by Bo Bartlett (Viera) and John Cooms (Melbourne Central Catholic). Viera was well represented on the team with eight players selected led by attackers Nate Deplancke (23 goals, 6 assists) and Matthew Lynch (15 goals, 4 assists).
Joining them are players from Satellite, Edgewood, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Melbourne, and Westshore, led by Robert Gunning (24 goals) from Edgewood.
As you can see the all-day event was to feature boys from all over different parts of North and North Central Florida and feature some of the top talent in Florida.
So that is just some of the talent chosen for the inaugural North Florida Boys Lacrosse All-Star Classic. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has had other ideas for our area, country, and our world. But congratulations to all the senior players chosen and good luck to them on graduating and in their future endeavors.