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Scholastic champions decided today

By Adirondack Daily Enterprise , 08/03/16, 11:30AM EDT

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LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Classic’s championship matchups were decided Tuesday across the scholastic tournament’s five boys and four girls divisions and 91-plus teams. Nine championship games will be played today.

“The level of talent that we are seeing in the most competitive divisions of the scholastic tournaments is incredible,” said tournament co-director Kevin Leveille, “and that’s helping produce these unforgettable games, and even some rivalries that we can see are keeping teams coming back every year excited to play and keep this tradition going.”

One of those rivalries will see a new chapter added as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes national high school team will meet SweetLax, a Rochester-based program, in the finale of the Boys 2017/2018 Gold division. It’s yet another matchup of two programs that have met for several championships in numerous divisions in recent years at the Summit Classic, including in last year’s Boys 2016/2017 Gold title game.

In the girls high school Gold Division, the Baby Blues – a team of players verbally committed to North Carolina – will face the The Incredibles, a team that heads into today’s game at 4-0.

Many of the most highly regarded boys and girls club programs from around the country competed on the second day of play Tuesday at the North Elba Athletic Fields, where several thousand players, coaches, family members and lacrosse fans gathered on a gorgeous day in the Adirondack Mountains.

“The sport of lacrosse and the skill level has evolved so much since when I played in high school and I’m reminded of that each year by the Scholastic Tournament,” Leveille said.

The Summit Classic was co-founded by Leveille’s father George, along with his longtime teammate and friend Mike DeRossi in 1990, when just seven lacrosse teams met in the Olympic village for a weekend of lacrosse and outdoor entertainment.

Kevin Leveille, an All-American at UMass before going on to star in Major League Lacrosse, has been on hand at the Summit Classic each year and has seen the level of play improve as the sport continues to grow rapidly across the continent.

All of the championship games in the Scholastic Tournament will be held at the North Elba Athletic Fields and a full schedule is available at LakePlacidLax.com.