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Jan. 20, 2023 — Finding a postseason

In the last day or so, Tennessee became the latest state to announce that it would be sanctioning a public-school state championship tournament run by the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

They’ve been playing the sport in the Volunteer State for a number of years, including an unforgettable era when Vanderbilt earned a berth to the women’s Final Four in 2002.

But getting the schools a state tournament? Well, that’s been a challenge. Indeed, yesterday’s vote came after two years of hemming and hawing over umpiring and how to pay for them, especially in a state where you could travel as much as 500 miles within the state’s borders for a game.

There are roughly 50 teams per gender in lacrosse, and I think there’s going to be a far sight more with the announcement of a true state championship tournament.

I do wonder, however, what will happen when the tournament starts, because I’m sure the TSSAA will insist on public-school teams participating at the expense of the public schools that were the pioneers of the sport.