Player of the Week - Junior Division (7th/8th Team)Updated Sunday July 17, 2016 by Lovejoy Leopards Lacrosse.
CHANEY KELLY & GAVIN WILSON (week of July 4, 2016)
Congratulations to Chaney Kelly (top left), Gavin Wilson (top right), Landon Taylor (bottom left) and Trevor Batastini (bottom right), who were each named to the 2016 DFW Youth Lacrosse League All-American Team. Chaney Kelly, who is a goalie, and Landon Taylor, who plays midfield, helped lead the D3 Lovejoy Lacrosse 7th/8th Grade Red Team to the semi-finals in this year's playoffs. Gavin Wilson, who plays defense and long stick midfield, and Trevor Batastini, who plays midfield, helped lead the D2 Lovejoy Lacrosse 7th/8th Grade Black Team to the Championship in this year's playoffs.
ENTIRE 7th/8th BLACK TEAM (week of May 2, 2016)
Congratulations to the entire 7th/8th Black Team, who are this year's DFW Youth Lacrosse League D2 CHAMPIONS!!!! After finishing the season with a 10-1-1 record, the 7th/8th Black Team entered the 2016 playoffs as the number 1 seed. In the playoffs, they beat Highland Park's Gold and Blue teams in back-to-back games. They then beat St. Mark's to advance to the championship game. In that game, they beat Parish 8-6 to capture the Gold Cup Trophy!!
ENTIRE 7th/8th RED TEAM (week of May 2, 2016)
Congratulations to the entire 7th/8th Red Team, who had a great showing at this year's playoffs and came within one game of advancing to the D3 championship game. The 7th/8th Red Team finished second in their District during the regular season and entered the playoffs as the #5 ranked team. They beat McKinney in the first round of the playoffs in a 6-5 Triple Overtime thriller. They then put on a defensive clinic in a 2-1 win over Colleyville. Their playoff run ended in a close, hard fought semi-final game against Fort Worth.
GARRETT HAAS, CADEN BUCKNER & MAJOR FRIESLAND (week of March 21, 2016)
Garrett Haas, Caden Buckner & Major Friesland (from L to R), who are this week's Players of the Week for the 7th/8th grade teams. Garrett, Caden and Major are the starting Attackmen on the Black Team. This past weekend, the trio combined to score 13 goals and had 13 assists in the team's 19-0 win over Plano East. Throughout the game the trio kept the ball moving and all looked for that one extra pass to their open teammate. Great job guys!!
DREW PEKINPAUGH (week of March 7, 2016)
Congratulations to Drew Pekinpaugh, who is this week's Player of the Week for the 7th/8th grade teams. This past weekend, Drew used the tools he learned in practice leading up to the weekend to help his team to a 7-6 win over Parish on Saturday and a 8-5 win over Denton on Sunday. Drew has become a Defensive Middie specialist. He scooped several groundballs with perfect technique. When he wasn't doing the scooping on GBs, Drew was blocking out an opposing player so his teammate could get the GB. On transitions, Drew was instrumental in helping his team clear the ball from the defensive end to the offensive end quickly and efficiently. Against Parish, his quick transition led to a goal of his own. Against Denton, one of his clears left a defender in the dust (and on the ground) and led to a great fast break pass-pass-goal.
LANDON SNOW (week of February 29, 2016)
Congratulations to Landon Snow, who is this week's Player of Week for the 7th/8th grade teams. Landon is a seventh grader at Willow Springs Middle School. On Saturday, February 27, against Hebron, Landon was the perfect example of a player who has a "team first" attitude. His team was short on players for the game, so Landon stepped up and played every position on the field when needed (other than goalie; but we're sure he would have if asked). Normally an attackman, Landon also played midfield, long stick midfield, defense, and on the man-down defensive unit. Way to go Landon!!
TREVOR BATASTINI (week of February 22, 2016)
Congratulations to Trevor Batastini (on left) who won 1st Place in his age group at last week's Face Off Academy hosted by Greg "Beast" Gurenlian at D1 Sports in Dallas. In the first two games of this season, Trevor has won more than 90% of his face-offs. Way to dominate Trevor!
ENTIRE 7th/8th GRADE TEAM (week of October 19, 2015)
Congratulations to our 7th/8th grade team, who finished in 3rd place in the 2015 Fall cLAXic Lacrosse Tournament - Divison II - held this past weekend. Great job team!!!!.
CODY TABOR & TREVOR BATASTINI (week of June 1, 2015)
Congratulations to Cody Tabor (on right) and Trevor Batastini (on left), who were named to the 2015 DFW Lacrosse League All-Star Team (7th/8th Grade Division III).
ENTIRE 7TH/8TH GRADE TEAM (week of May 4)
Congratulations to our 7th/8th grade team on a great 2015 Spring Season! The team was awarded the 2015 DFW Lacrosse League Silver Cup in the D3 Gold Bracket!
TREVOR BATASTINI & BRANDON KOFAHL (week of April 27)
Brandon Kofahl is a seventh grader at Willow Springs Middle School. Brandon is the Goalie on the 7th/8th grade Lovejoy Lacrosse team. On Saturday against Keller, Brandon led the team to an 11-6 victory in the team’s first round playoff game. After sitting out the first four games of the season due to a broken arm, Brandon has a 5-1 record as the team’s starting goalie. Brandon is an A Honor Roll student and is a member of the 8th grade band. Brandon was recently invited to become a member of the National Honor Society. Brandon is also heavily involved with his church – Greenville Oaks Church.
Favorite School Subject: Math
Favorite Sports Team: Texas A&M Aggies
Trevor Batastini is a seventh grader at Willow Springs Middle School. Trevor is a Midfielder and face-off specialist on the 7th/8th grade Lovejoy Lacrosse team. In Saturday’s first round playoff game, Trevor won 88% of his face-offs in the team’s 11-6 win over Keller. Trevor is also a member of the Lovejoy track team. Trevor recently competed in the Regional track meet and placed 1st in the 4x400 relay and 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles.
Favorite School Subject: Science
Favorite Athlete: Paul Rabil & Greg Gurenlian
Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers & New York Lizards
ENTIRE 7TH/8TH GRADE TEAM (week of April 13)
Congratulations to our 7th/8th grade team who ended the regular season with a 9-1 record. It's now on to the playoffs!
CHAYDEN DU BOIS (week of April 6)
Chayden Du Bois is an eighth grader at Willow Springs Middle School. Chayden is a Defenseman on the 7th/8th grade Lovejoy Lacrosse team. Chayden is a recent winner of the Practice Player of the Day trophy and against Hillcrest, he caused 2 turnovers.
Outside of lacrosse, Chayden enjoys riding four-wheelers and paintball. He is a member of the Lovejoy Limelight choir and the Lovejoy theater program. Chayden is also very active in his local Boy Scout troop and is finishing up the requirements for his Eagle Scout rank.
Favorite School Subject: Math
Favorite Book: The Maze Runner series
Favorite Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys & BYU Cougars
HUNTER DUNCAN (week of March 30)
Hunter Duncan is a seventh grader at Willow Springs Middle School and is an A Honor Roll student. Hunter is a Midfielder on the 7th/8th grade Lovejoy Lacrosse team. Against Frisco on April 2, Hunter recorded a team high 8 groundballs and caused 3 turnovers. Two days later, against Flower Mound, Hunter volunteered to play goalie after the team’s first and second team goalie were unavailable to play. Hunter allowed only 1 goal in a 13-1 victory.
Hunter is also a part of the football, wrestling, and track teams. Hunter recently competed in the District track meet and placed 3rd in the 200 meter dash, 3rd in the 4x100 meter relay, and 2nd in the 4x200 meter relay.
Favorite School Subject: Science
Favorite Athlete: Samaje Perine (RB – Oklahoma Sooners)
Favorite Sports Team: Oklahoma Sooners Football