WIAA to sanction lacrosse starting in 2024

Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 9:48 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 2, 2022 at 7:24 PM CST
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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - The WIAA has voted to approve a plan to sanction boys and girls lacrosse starting in the spring of 2024.

Lacrosse has been a club sports at local schools for a number of years, with D.C. Everest and Wausau supporting teams dating back to 2005.

“I thought it was pretty cool,” said D.C. Everest junior midfielder Reese Stowell. “I think lacrosse is finally getting some recognition and a little bit more respect. I’ve been playing this sport for a long time and it’s finally nice to hear the news.”

Stowell and teammate Kyle Schmidt will both be seniors for the first season of sanctioned lacrosse in 2024. According to the two players, this will only help the sport continue to grow in Wisconsin. It’s also a bit of validation for a sport they’ve worked hard at in their careers.

“It’s exciting because you get to look back when you’re older and know you were a part of the process building up to the WIAA’s part of it,” said Schmidt.

“I think it’ll help the youth come and play the sport more,” said Stowell. “I think lacrosse hit a spike recently and I think it’ll be nice to have a bunch of little kids see that and start to join the sport.”

Wissports.net reporter Travis Wilson says details regarding the seasons, the tournament and more will come at a later date.