Chaykun: Delco Product Plays In Prestigious European Lax Tournament

Robert Foster played lacrosse at Upper Darby High (Class of 2010) and Neumann University (Class of 2014).

In the fall of 2015, he played in the Premier Series Lacrosse League (PSL) and started making plans to compete in the Alex Hrebsky Memorial, the most prestigious box lacrosse event in Europe, which is held in Prague.

“I made connections with many of the players who have made this trip in the past,” Foster said. “The program director for the Istanbul Sultans, Pat Dougherty, reached out to me because he heard I was interested in participating.

“After a few weeks of talking to Pat, my flight was booked and I was heading to Prague.”

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At the tournament, Foster had to adjust to a number of differences from the game of outdoor lacrosse he had played in high school and college.

“The biggest thing is the physicality and speed of the game,” he said. “Box lacrosse has a 30-second shot clock, which makes the game much faster.

“Since the game is in a significantly smaller space than the outdoor game, you have to be able to physically handle the tight spaces.”

Foster played transition defense for the Sultans.

“My responsibility was stopping any fast breaks coming off the bench,” said Foster, who is coaching and giving private lessons at Maplezone Sports in Garnet Valley, “and getting the ball down the floor to the offense.

“Our team had a lot of first-time tournament players, and a lot of them were from British Columbia. Being young in international play was our biggest downfall. We finished 12th in the 21-team tournament.”

Foster was pleased with the way the visiting players were received at the tournament.

“The biggest highlight of the trip for me was seeing how the city of RadotÍn (a city outside of Prague, where the tournament is held) buys into the tournament,” he said. “The locals take off from work to watch every game. We played the first game after the opening ceremonies against the defending champs, Pioneers of Canada, and we beat them in a shootout. When we were leaving the floor, kids would approach us and ask for our autographs. Being looked at as a professional athlete to them was the biggest highlight of the trip, an experience that may never be replicated in America.

“I plan to make the trip to Prague for many more years, and I will continue to play in the PSL and Philadelphia Box Lacrosse Association (PBLA).”

Hilltop’s 8U softball team earned the Babe Ruth state championship with a win over Audubon last weekend.

Among the members of the team are Natalie Wright, Samantha Welsh, Kimmy Perthes, Emma Finnerty, Alex Gillin, Brinley McCollum, Ryley Geary, Grace Walsh, Olivia DeMaio, Maggie Campbell, Camryn McGeehan and Caroline Cassidy.

Bud Wright is the team’s head coach. He was assisted by Jamie Welsh and Joe Gillin.

Brandywine Youth Club’s 12U baseball team earned the Cal Ripken District 9 title for the fourth time in five years.

After wins over Unionville and Nether Providence, BYC lost to Unionville before coming back to win the deciding game of the championship round 8-6.

Reed Farrell threw four innings to earn the decision. He was backed by home runs from Luke Lassik, Zack Liberatore, Colin Breiner and Nolan Brennan.

Scott Hanson hit a two-run homer for Unionville, but BYC’s Breiner hurled a scoreless sixth inning to earn the save.

Among the other members of the BYC team were Corey Silberglied, Will Wrzesniewski, Owen Abbott, Danny Dunphy, Drew Jackalous, Ryan Saunders, Grant Bach and batboy Zack Breiner.

Phil Liberatore is the team’s head coach. He was assisted by Dave Wrzesniewski, Chris Brennan and Sean Breiner.

The Mickey Vernon Gallery of the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum, which is located at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne, has an exhibit of bobble-head figures at the Golden Impulse Jewelry store at 25 W. State Street in Media.

The museum is highlighting a “Bobble-Head of the Week” on its website at www.sportslegendsofdelawarecounty.com. This week’s featured item is a bobble-head of former Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino, the Flyin’ Hawaiian.

The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum is putting together a card set featuring 50 individuals from Delaware County who have distinguished themselves as athletes, coaches or officials.

Museum curator Jim Vankoski is seeking sponsors for a number of cards. Each sponsorship will cost $100.

Among the cards that need sponsors are those of Ed Bolden, Marty Brill, Ted Dean, Emily deRiel, Jake Hoyle, John Mobley, Ryan Mulhern, Rene Portland, Gina Procaccio, Harry Perretta, Jack Sherry, Cindy Timchal and Richard Norris Williams.

Additional information can be obtained by calling Vankoski at 610-909-4919.

A group of men who have played and coached softball in Delaware County or Chester County will be playing a pair of benefit baseball games Saturday, Sept. 24, at Frawley Stadium, home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Funds raised from the event will go to the HeadStrong Foundation to fight cancer in honor of Nick Baratelle, the former Springfield High lacrosse goalie who has been recovering following surgery for a brain tumor.

The event is being sponsored by Carlson’s Auto Body of Lima.

Tickets are $10, and additional information can be obtained from Anthony Baratelle at 610-574-1852, Eric Carlson at 484-319-8823, or Gary Zimmerman at 610-608-7346.

Source : http://www.delcotimes.com/article/DC/20160710/SPORTS/160719977

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