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Roberson Brings Lacrosse to Buncombe Schools
Roberson Brings Lacrosse to Buncombe Schools
Posted on 03/18/2019
T.C. Roberson High's historic first lacrosse team brings the sport to Asheville.By: Benjamin Rickert, Communications Dept.

A lacrosse team was born at T.C. Roberson High early this year thanks to the motivation of students and local supporters in the Rams community. The team- along with a new team at neighboring Asheville High - is a first for Asheville area’s public schools, but the idea has been gaining momentum for years. So, when Roberson held three days of lacrosse try-outs and practice in mid-February, it was a dream come true for many.

“It’s unreal to be a part of this program,” smiled the team’s first head coach, Roberson math teacher Mr. Glenn Alford. “The players love being out here and it’s a great culture that we’ve established.”

Alford coaches alongside science teacher Mr. Kevin Keen, ISS assistant Rob Canan, and former Montreat College goalie Dakota Henson. On the field, Coach Alford’s players described him as strict and intense, while realistic and fair, expecting everyone to give their best effort.

Roberson's first lacrosse head coach is Coach Glenn Alford.“He holds you accountable when you’re not giving your team your all,” said defender William Harvey, who played for five year’s with the local Asheville Empire Lacrosse club.

While the Rams have plenty of experience on the field, roughly half of the team’s 23 players are new to the sport, including a number of freshman and sophomores. Nonetheless, the Rams aren’t planning to let the team’s age hold back their potential.

“We try not to let the fact that we’re a first year team lower our expectations for ourselves,” said Harvey. “If anything, we try to break that idea.”

So far, the Rams’ grit and hard work during practices have already put two wins under their belts, with their historic first win on March 5 against the Asheville High Cougars (10-6). Two days later, they beat Watauga High (15-2). The Rams compete in the NCHSAA’s conference 16 for lacrosse, which also includes Patton High, Hickory High, and St. Stephens High.

Quote from Roberson student Kira Brigman.“I’ve always loved lacrosse - the team, the players, just being able to work together,” said student Kira Brigman, who previously played in a community girls league before being selected as a Rams midfielder.

The team’s initial expenses were covered by a new community organization in South Asheville called the Rams Lacrosse Alliance. Naturally, there is discussion in the community and at Roberson High about the possibility of a girls team in the future, and the school is currently assessing this interest. Alford had an explanation for why there has been so much buzz in the Asheville area about lacrosse these past several years.

“It is just a love for the game,” he said.

The Rams now hold a record of 2-4 and play Hickory High tonight at 6 p.m., March 18.

The historic first lacrosse team in Buncombe County Schools began at T.C. Roberson High School.

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, shanon.martin@bcsemail.org, 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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