Local Student On Championship Lacrosse Team

Lacrosse is an uncommon sport here in north Louisiana, but Abby Sims of Coushatta has learned quite a lot about it these last few months. She became interested in Lacrosse from watching her cousins, who have played for the last 8 years. She is now a starting defender on the C.E. Byrd High School team in her first year of playing.  Speed, quickness, agility and fearlessness are qualities she possesses that make her an ideal defender, a position usually assigned to larger teammates.

Since it is not a sport sanctioned by LHSAA, if one wants to play, they have to compete on a “club” or “travel” team. C.E. Byrd High School in Shreveport has a partnership with the local girls team, allowing them to use their field, name and mascot. This team is made up of young ladies from several Caddo, Bossier and now Red River Parish schools. They compete in a league based in Arkansas because of the absence of teams any closer.

This past Sunday, these athletes won their play-off game against Episcopal Collegiate School from Little Rock, Ar. by a score of 13-4, securing their position in the Championship game. On Mother’s Day, the team will travel to Little Rock to play the Bentonville Lacrosse Club.

These two teams have played twice this season, with Bentonville walking away with 2 wins and finishing their regular season undefeated. Those 2 games were the only losses for the Byrd Girls. Abby Sims and the Byrd Lady Yellow Jackets are eager to keep their State Championship title here, defending the title they earned last year as the Arkansas State High School Championship.

Because the sport is not funded by the schools, the players must provide the funds for equipment, uniforms and travel. Abby and her family would like to thank Quality Ford for helping sponsor her team.

Abby is the daughter of Kayla Sims, the Children’s Librarian at the Red River Parish Library.  And she is a student at Red River High.

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