|Greg Sprenzel, Geron Williams
Evanston is THE ORIGINAL Illinois High School lacrosse team. Legendary football Coach Murney Lazier put the first lacrosse sticks in players' hands in 1959. Perhaps inspired by stories of Jim Brown, Coach Lazier quickly learned to love the game and went about learning how to coach lacrosse for it's own sake - not merely as Spring Football Practice.
The first HS lacrosse game in Illinois was played in Spring 1968, between New Trier East and Evanston. Here is a recent account of that era:
From: Greg Cook <>
Date: Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Subject: Re: BLAX: Evanston upsets Stevenson 9-8 in Dramatic Overtime Playoff Win!!
To: Coach Mayne, Vern Smith <>
congratulations, coach + team.
Back In The Day:
1964-1967, ETHS was the only high school LAX team in Illinois. We had 4 squads, composed entirely of members of Murney Lazier's championship football team players (plus me, a non-football playing runt). Two days a week we did drills that did not involve use of the stick. Some skeptics accused Coach Lazier of clandestine spring football (not allowed under IHSA rules). Yes, the drills bore a close resemblance to blocking and agility work. Two days a week we did drills involving use of the LAX stix and ball. On Wednesday and Friday, we played each other. The Wednesday Rules permitted moving picks and allowed locks on the opponent from head to toe. At the end of the spring LAX season, all 4 squads celebrated a State Championship. In 1968, New Trier East started a team. ETHS had no trouble humiliating them twice. It was lots of fun. We also played 2 games that year against lake Forest College. In Game one, we whipped them. They were probably high on Nixon and Agnew. Lake Forest demanded a rematch a few weeks later and outscored us, but never beat us.
Those were The Days, eh?
Congratulations to all of you 21st century Wildkits..