Bever Hills, Loyola, Watts Games

LA Watts Games kick off summer lacrosse season June 9-10

5 - Published May 22, 2012 by in High School

The L.A. summer lacrosse season kicks off June 9-10 with the 44th Annual LA Watts Summer Games, featuring club teams representing 16 area high schools or clubs on the boys’ side and 14 on the girls’ side. This year, the lacrosse competition will take place at the Home Depot Center and Victoria Regional Park in Carson.

Bever Hills, Loyola, Watts Games

The LA Watts Summer Games open the summer tournament season June 9-10.

Boys’ teams registered include Crespi, Palisades Charter, Manual Arts, Torrance, Granada Lacrosse, Glendale HS, Peninsula HS, St. John Bosco, Santa Monica HS, Downey HS, Aliso Niguel, Laguna Hills HS, Culver City HS, Westchester, Thousand Oaks HS and Harvard-Westlake. Six of those teams made the US Lacrosse Southern Section playoffs this spring.

On the girls’ side, registered teams include Aliso Niguel, Trabuco Hills HS, Glendale HS, West Los Angeles Lacrosse, Louisville HS, Corona del Mar, Beverly Hills HS, Chaminade, Agoura Hills, Palisades Charter, Culver City HS, Laguna Hills HS, Santa Barbara Lacrosse and Peninsula HS. Seven of those teams made the playoffs.

Crespi, Watts Games

Crespi's Liv Lax club finished third last year, and the 2012 field looks even stronger.

More than an opportunity to watch lacrosse all day — never a bad thing — the Watts Games also provide plenty of opportunities to get involved. The organizers are seeking volunteers — especially people familiar with lacrosse — to help the even run smoothly. For both boys and girls brackets, the organizers say they will need the following each day:

  • 12 timekeepers/scorekeepers (2 per field)
  • 6 runners (1 per field)
  • 8 field-lining crews (two teams of four people each — one team assigned to the girls’ fields and one assigned to the boys’)

To volunteer with the lacrosse event — or with any facet of the tournament — contact Alana Pfeffinger, program manager, at or (213) 680-8009.

Last year, Palisades Charter won the boys tournament, perhaps a precursor to the Dolphins’ run to the L.A. County title game this spring, with Culver City placing second and Crespi third.  Raymier Simon, the goalie for Culver City, was named MVP, while the sportsmanship award went to defenseman Mac McCandless of Loyola.

On the girls’ side last year, Laguna Hills won the event, with El Segundo HS second. Marcy Levatino of Laguna Hills was named MVP, and the sportsmanship award went as a group to the Huntington Park team.

The LA Watts Summer Games were created in 1968 as a positive response to the Watts Riots of 1965. The Games were developed with the mission “to build bridges of understanding among high school youth by promoting positive interaction, respect and achievement through spirit competition.”

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5 Responses to LA Watts Games kick off summer lacrosse season June 9-10

  1. Swank January 22, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    That was a serious pick. Under-performance in 2012 does not guarantee under-performance in 2013. This is a team that played well below their talent level last year. Is 2011 really such a distant memory that you can’t envision this team being good?

  2. joe smith January 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

    They just were not in it, saw them a couple of times they just were not there.  I thought Middlebury put forth a better effort then Amherts.

  3. Swank January 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    “put forth a better effort” in what way? That’s a pretty general statement.

  4. joe smith January 23, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

    Like they had given up and did not have a chance to win, versus Middlebury who kept clawing back into the game in spite of their mishaps.

  5. Swank January 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm #

    Amherst has beaten Midd the last 3 times the two teams have played. And if you really think teams give up and stop trying, you don’t really understand what goes into being an athlete.

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