But since the school’s boys and girls programs — the last of the county’s six high schools to form — are still in the building process, lacrosse will be sponsored as a club sport this season.
There are no high school club leagues for the Sequoyah girls to play in, so the Lady Chiefs will play a few scrimmage games, on top of a couple club tournaments at the beginning of the summer.
Led by coach Zachary Lawson, who previously coached as an assistant at Etowah, the girls program is built mostly from those who have never played the game before.
One of the few players with lacrosse experience is freshman Sydney Neubert. Despite being one of the youngest members of the squad, Neubert is one of Sequoyah’s most knowledgeable players and can play wherever Lawson needs her.
Juniors who recently picked up the sport include Lauren Burris and McKenzie Presser. Lawson said both are committed to learning about the game and do whatever they can to become better midfielders.
According to Lawson, another one of Sequoyah’s youngest players could also be one of its best players. Eighth-grader Lindsey Powell is one of the more experienced attackers on the squad.
Powell is allowed to be a part of the team because it is considered a club sport. When Sequoyah’s lacrosse program joins the Georgia High School Association at the varsity level next season, Powell will be along for the transition.
Although his program is new, Lawson has eyes on the future.
“We are still trying to get on our feet as a program,” he said. “We, literally, are starting at square one with many of these players. The only way to get better is by experience playing games and that’s why we’re here, to try and build a successful program at Sequoyah High School.”
The boys lacrosse team will be playing in the North Georgia Lacrosse League against other club teams waiting to join the GHSA.
The boys also have plenty of first-time players, but they have their fair share of experience, too. According to coach Matthew Miller, Sequoyah will be led by seniors Matthew Weier at the attack and A.J. Brown on defense.
Freshmen Andrew Chase, Taylor White, and Evan Hardy will also be counted on this year. The trio recently made the Cherokee Xtreme summer team together.
Miller believes he has a good core of players who are hard-working and will represent Sequoyah well this season.
“Since we are a start-up team, we will have our growing pains as we continue to improve and try different players at different positions to see where our players can help our team,” Miller said. “The more practice and game time our players have together, I believe the better we will jell as a team and become a team to be reckoned with as the season develops.”
The Sequoyah boys will play their first game March 1 against the Alpharetta Crunch.