Verona Lacrosse Club, Inc
PO Box 930548
Verona WI 53593-0548
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The Verona Lacrosse Club Inc. is a Wisconsin Corporation with Tax Exempt Status under IRS section 501(c)(3).
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1180 East Verona Avenue
Verona WI 53593
A Brief History of the Verona Lacrosse Club and the Bullrush Tournament as told by Ken Bice:
OK, here goes. I'm one of the few remaining original folk from when all this started up.
It all started up in Verona, in 2001 when Brett Schnirring's cousin, Drew Malcolm, came from Minneapolis to live with Brett for the summer. He brought his sticks with him from where he'd played in high school. Brett was interested, and talked a bunch of friends into playing that summmer. Somehow, Mark King heard they were interested and offered to coach them (Mark had played at Marquette U. while going to school).
By the end of the summer, the boys had practiced enough that they wanted to play a game. Bill Glenn, father of twin players Drew and Garrett, somehow found interested parties from Madison Memorial, Milwaukee and Superior (!) to form a tournament at Badger Prairie Park. As one may expect with "teams" and no organizations, the Memorial and Milwaukee teams never showed up (or even called to say they wouldn't show). But the Superior team came the 6 hours driving, looking to play. The Verona team was all rising freshmen, but they played two games against the Superior high school team, the first games for either team, and Verona lost both games by about 4 goals each. The trophy was a white painted rock, representing the original lacrosse ball from the native American days.
The boys had agreed to name the tournament the Bullrush, which they thought sounded cool and they had some meaning attached to it (lost in translation, I'm sure). It didn't have anything to do with bulrush reeds, but rather they liked the sound of it and, like I say, had some other meaning associated with it (if I find out what it was, I'll post it).
The next spring, when the league was formed for Madison lacrosse, it was originally named the Bullrush league, but was quickly renamed to the Madison Area Lacrosse Association (MALA). Deb Glenn took on the role of MALA president, Bill Glenn was team recruiter (8 teams the first year!), and field painter, and general everything else. I handled recruiting, training and scheduling referees, Sandy Schnirring and Pam Mackler, among others, organized the Verona team. Mark King took on the role of Verona coach, and also the president of the just-formed Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation. It was all marginally organized chaos that worked.
The Bullrush tournament is the longest running high school boys tournament in the state, running contiuously since 2001 (the 4th year was rained out).
-- Ken Bice
Editors note: The term Bullrush refers to the lacrosse slang term for rushing around a player by charging right at them ie.."like a bull".
The following is a copy of an article on the life of several Verona Lacrosse members as Lacrosse continues to play a role in their lives after high school:
How do seven guys from a school where lacrosse only got started seven years ago end up playing together at the University of Minnesota - by chance or design?
For former Verona Area High School student-athletes Eric Garvey, Mike Storts, Peter Rohrer, Nate Robitschek, Jacob Rohrer, Peter Kramer and Kevin Bice, it was a little bit of both.
"We all chose Minnesota primarily on academics," Bice said. "For a few of us, that narrowed it down to UW and Minnesota for the most part."
From there it was a comparison of the lacrosse programs that were the deciding factor.
"Minnesota plays in a more competitive league that is established on a national level, whereas Madison's league is strictly regional and has no national tournament," Bice said.
Much like Verona's auspicious start in the sport, which began with a core group of parents helping organize a tournament in the summer of 2001 at Badger Prairie Park and later helped the sport blossom statewide - Golden Gophers lacrosse is also a grassroots undertaking.
A club sport at Minnesota, players run every aspect of the team (scheduling, player eligibility, gear ordering, travel, budgeting, etc.), said Kramer, the club's president. Verona alumnus in fact hold down three of the top five spots. Besides Kramer, Peter Rohrer is the vice-president, and Jacob Rohrer the treasurer.
"I have grown in leaps and bounds in lacrosse knowledge and skill, but the real things I have learned have been from organization and being able to run a team," Kramer said. "Being president, I couldn't have asked for two better officers. Running this team with those two has been a blessing. When we came to Minnesota and started playing lacrosse, our goal was to change the way this team thought and played."
So what is it about a still developing sport in the Midwest that compels these seven student-athletes to give so freely of their time for lacrosse?
"For me, I love the fact that it's still a developing sport," Bice said. "You don't need to have been playing since you could walk in order to make a college team; all you need is a good work ethic and a love for the game.
"Being a part of something still in its infancy also creates a degree of camaraderie between you and your opponents because ultimately you both feel like you've got a stake in the success of the sport."
High praise from someone who was slow to jump into the sport.
"When I was in high school my buddy, Brett Schnirring, kept nagging me during hockey season to quit baseball and play lacrosse," Bice said. "I finally opted for lacrosse when they told me that slashing and body checks are legal, and that they give defensemen a 6-foot metal pole to do so."
He's hasn't put his stick down for the past seven years.
It's that kind of dedication and camaraderie that has been most beneficial to the Verona alumni.
"I love the camaraderie I experience by playing with people who are not only great athletes, but are also some of my best friends ... the entire starting defense at Minnesota is comprised entirely of Verona alumni: myself, the Rohrer twins and Peter Kramer," Storts said. "We are blessed to continue our legacy at the U of M, however coincidental it may be."
Garvey, who had never played lacrosse before, joined the team last year, and is full of questions.
"My first lacrosse game was a complete headache because everything was moving 100 miles an hour, and I felt like I had tunnel vision," Garvey remembers. "Now I'm able to slow the game down and see things on the field that I didn't see a year ago."
"He reminds me of myself when I first started playing," said roommate Kramer, who himself also took an unusual path to the lacrosse field - being convinced to play defense after Jacob Rohrer tore his knee up.
"I can't thank those guys enough for getting me into the sport," he says now.
Lessons haven't been limited to the lacrosse field, though.
"I think the more that you play, the more you realize that how you carry yourself on the field and the effort you put into playing a game like lacrosse is a reflection of your character off the field," Bice said.
"The catching and throwing is one aspect that is a challenge, but the Xs and Os of lacrosse is something that makes the sport so much fun. When talking with guys from the team about strategy, I can't help but get excited," Kramer said.
The chemistry between the Verona alumni has also garnered excitement.
"It's definitely noticeable," Bice said. "We all developed together as lacrosse players, so we're constantly challenging each other and helping to 'coach' each other when we see room for improvement."
They haven't only challenged each other, but the very definition of what the program is about.
"We had a good season last year, but hope to improve on it," said Bice, whose Gophers (8-5) fell in the Upper Midwest Lacrosse League championship game (14-6 against UM-Duluth).
"We want to ultimately leave Minnesota lacrosse and say we helped built that. It's something that we were apart of in Verona and we want to be the reason for at the University of Minnesota."