Lacrosse made an appearance June 30 and July 1 at Sheridan’s Dan Madia Field. Thirty-five players ages 8 to 13 participated in the two-day clinic learning the fundamentals of one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S.
David Pomeroy, head women’s lacrosse coach at Marian University in Wisconsin and one of his athletes, Harley, flew into Denver Friday and made their way up to Sheridan. Pomeroy, a University of Wyoming graduate and club lacrosse team alumni has a special connection with Wyoming having made his way to the university by way of Maryland several years ago. Lacrosse, or lax as many in the sport call it, runs through Pomeroy’s veins having played since he was 3 years old. That came through as he taught Sheridan players introductory skills.
Sheridan local JR Wright and Pomeroy were teammates at UW, which provided the relationship to bring Pomeroy to Sheridan for the weekend. Wright and his passion for lacrosse and introducing the sport to youth in Sheridan became apparent as he worked relentlessly to partner with the Sheridan Recreation District and several local sponsors to put on a top-notch clinic.
Lacrosse roots stem from early Native American history. According to the history books, the sport developed in the eastern side of North America and made its way west as tribes were forced westward. As the sport became better documented in the 1800s it gained popularity with European settlers and evolved into the four modern forms of lacrosse we see today: field lacrosse, the men’s version of the sport, box lacrosse, played in an enclosed area, women’s lacrosse, which has different rules then field lacrosse, and intercrosse, a less physical version played with a softer ball.
As nontraditional sports such as lacrosse, rugby and cross-country running continue to grow in popularity, the Sheridan Recreation District will work toward providing opportunities for youth and adults to experience these activities. Along with providing new opportunities we will continue to develop our traditional programs of youth football, baseball, softball, basketball, cheerleading and others with the goal being able to provide the best experience possible.
The SRD will continue to provide adult sports programming as well. We will provide opportunities for adults to play flag football, basketball, volleyball and softball among other programs. Folks with ideas on additional programs may feel free to contact SRD staff. Our youth day hike program, Fresh Air Fridays, visited Tongue River Canyon June 22 and Paradise Falls July 6. Our future trips will be to Coney Lake July 27 and Sawmill Lakes Aug. 10; registration is still available for those trips for ages 8 to 13.
The SRD board has a board member opening. Anyone living within Sheridan Country School District 2 boundary and interested in contributing to the board and the district is encouraged to submit a cover letter and resume to the SRD board with final appointment approval being given by Sheridan City Council.
The Sheridan Recreation District wishes everyone a fun and safe rodeo week!
Seth Ulvestad is the interim executive director of the Sheridan Recreation District.