Washington lacrosse hall to induct six on Saturday

SEATTLE – Six state lacrosse leaders from Mercer Island, Edmonds, Redmond, Seattle, Vashon Island, and Bainbridge Island have been selected for induction into the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Mercer Island High School assistant coach and youth program founder Mark Larson; youth lacrosse champion and coach Harry Ostrander of Edmonds; 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 were tapped for induction by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse.

The six will be enshrined at the state hall’s third induction ceremonies, at 6 p.m., this Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Washington Athletic Club in Seattle.

“Mark Larson, Harry Ostrander, Janet Lennon-Jones, Lorrie McKay, Charley Rosenberry and Tami Tommila 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.”

With the class of 2010, a total of 22 lacrosse standouts have been named to the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the induction ceremonies are $66 and available at www.uslax-wa.org/hof.html

Seattle, Wash. (Mercer Island High School)
Former Florida State University lacrosse player, Mark Larson, 53, of Seattle is the Mercer Island High School boys assistant coach, co-founder of the Mercer Island Youth Lacrosse program and former Washington chapter president of US Lacrosse. Under Larson’s seven-year guidance, MIYL grew from just 20 participants to over 70. Today, over 250 Mercer Island youth participate in the program, which has become a model youth lacrosse program in the State of Washington.

Edmonds, Wash. (Youth Lacrosse / Lakeside School)
Former St. Lawrence University lacrosse player, Harry Ostrander of Edmonds is a longtime youth coach and champion of the sport in Washington state. Along with service on the state board of directors of the Boys High School League, Ostrander, 64, was the head coach at Lakeside Middle School from 1988 – 2006 and for nearly 20 years was involved in the teaching of lacrosse skills to Washington state’s youth as an equipment supplier and organizer of lacrosse clinics at the high school and middle school levels along with Boys & Girls Clubs in Bellevue, Edmonds and Snohomish.

Redmond, Wash. (Official)
Former Wellesley College lacrosse player Janet Lennon-Jones of Redmond is a 19-year veteran umpire in Washington state. Lennon-Jones, 41, was the state’s first district-rated umpire and also the first in the state to hold a national rating as an official. She officiated the first Washington high school girl’s state championship in 1993. She is just the third official to be named to the state hall. Today she continues to pass her skills to younger generations of officials by conducting officiating clinics throughout the state.

Seattle, Wash. (Official)
Former Western Washington University player Lorrie McKay has umpired lacrosse games at every level in Washington state for over 20 years. An organizer of the association that became the Washington Women’s Lacrosse Umpire Association (WWLUA), McKay, 45, has served in a variety of roles including chair of the WWLUA from 2005 – 07 and league umpire assignor from 2003 – 06. She is just the third official to be named to the state hall. She was also a founder of the Washington Junior Umpire Program. For her efforts the local umpire board has recognized McKay’s contributions by naming their annual service award in her honor.

Vashon Island, Wash. (Vashon Island High School / Whitman College)
Former Whitman College lacrosse player Charley Rosenberry of Vashon Island is the founder and current head coach of the Vashon High School lacrosse team. Rosenberry, 51, founded the Whitman College lacrosse program while a student on the Walla Walla campus in the 1970s. Since coming to Vashon, he won the Division II state championship in 1997 and 2005 and was selected Division II coach of the year in 2003 and 2006. At Whitman, Rosenberry serves on the school’s Board of Overseers and a lacrosse scholarship fund at the school was dedicated to him in 2006.

Bainbridge Island, Wash. (Bainbridge Island High School)
Langara College lacrosse standout and former Canadian National Team member Tami Tommila is the head coach of the Bainbridge Island girls lacrosse team. While at Bainbridge, Tommila coached the Spartans to four state championships and was runner-up in 2009 and 2010. For her efforts she was named the 2005 Washington high school girls coach of the year. As an athlete Tommila competed in three World Cup tournaments serving as Canadian team captain in 1997. A tireless champion of the sport, she runs a Bainbridge youth lacrosse camp for kindergarten through high school aged players and organizes off-season competition opportunities for girls playing the sport. Tommila is the first member of a national team to be inducted to the Washington state hall.

About High School Lacrosse in Washington State
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, over 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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About the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse
A recognized Chapter of US Lacrosse, the Washington State Lacrosse Foundation serves an important role in the growth of lacrosse in Washington State. The Chapter provides funds for equipment grants for new boys and girls teams, travel grants for coaches to attend the US Lacrosse National Convention, CPR and First Aid training, and continuing education programs to develop coaches and officials. The Chapter proudly sponsors the Washington State Lacrosse Championships, LaxFest and the Hall of Fame Awards Dinner. For more information visit www.uslax-wa.org

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