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Hartland Youth Lacrosse Team Wins 'D-Town' Tournament

Fifth- and sixth-graders net victories over teams from Midland, Metro Detroit and Canada.

By Kim Rinna

The Hartland fifth and sixth grade boys lacrosse team went undefeated to take first place at the D-Town Tournament in Pontiac on Dec. 27. The boys won seven straight games to take the championship. They dominated teams from Midland, Grosse Pointe, Ann Arbor, Macomb, Saline, and Canada.

The tournament team is made up of some the of best HAYAA (Hartland Area Youth Athletic Association) lacrosse players from last spring/summer regular season team (fifth and sixth grade). This same tournament team took first place at the 18th Annual 7 X 7 Northville Tournament at Northville Community Park on Nov. 5. The team does not play in any other tournaments (at least not any that are scheduled) until they play together for regular season in the late spring.

Hartland Youth Lacrosse has spring registration scheduled for Jan. 11 from 6-8 p.m. at Hartland Middle School at Ore Creek for boys and girls in first through eigth grades. For more info visit the website: http://www.eteamz.com/HartlandEaglesLacrosse/news/.

Editor's note: Kim Rinna is a parent of one of the players.

Shawn January 04, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Cograts boys, makes me proud to live in hartland. As we know this is no accident, besides the great athletes we see a lot of the same gentelmen coaching these teams. Thanks for the countless hours you guys put in.
Buck January 04, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Great job boys! You should be proud of yourselves.
HARTLAND MOMMA BEAR January 04, 2012 at 06:29 PM
So proud of the boys AND the coaches on their championship win! It is sad to see that one angry "Hartland mom" would leave a negative comment under the boys championship article. The Hartland lacrosse & football programs, as well as all the other sports programs, have awesome moms and dads that "volunteer" their time to coach our children and ALWAYS try their best!! Each sport has a board in place to hear and address any parents concern and a board meeting would have been a better place to voice your discontent instead of under our boys championship article while hiding your head in the sand. "Hartland Mom's" comment shows her lack of appreciation for the parent volunteers, coaches, and the community in which your family and friends live! Hartland has awesome sports programs, great moms and dads that volunteer their valuable time to coach and mentor our children, and a community that tightly comes together whenever there is a need. I am proud to live in Hartland and have the opportunity to be involved in the awesome youth sports programs with my children. "Hartland Mom" is one mom that Hartland can do without!
Greg Light January 04, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Congratulations to Potter, Plems and more importantly the boys for bringing home a Hartland Championship. It was an exciting day of lacrosse and further proof that our home grown boys can play with and beat the elite teams. The 7/8 boys also played very well. I am proud to be from Hartland and have an opportunity to coach these fine young men. These are truly exciting times in Hartland lacrosse. There is a new board in place and a clear committment to improve and grow the sport. By going to A and B teams with reduced rosters, all boys will get quality playing time. Some view B teams as a negative, but if the Warriers, Sting, Turbos, All American, and all other elite clubs, as well as the majority of community programs have A and B teams, then it is clearly the best way to run a program and develop players. The Hartland program is on the rise and it is structured to get all players more playing time. This year's program cannot be compared to the last or any other years. It is a new regime, with a new outlook and a bright future. Unfortunately, there will always be one sour grape in every bunch, but that should not discourage anyone from coming out and playing this great sport.
Hartland Eagle January 04, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Way to go boys! So sad for "Hartland Mom". Parents like you give Hartland a bad name! Glad to see you will not be signing up, take your negative attitude to another community where you belong. So bitter, bet this isn't the first sport you've complained about in Hartland! Once again congrats to these boys!
Greg Light January 04, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Hartland Mom is JP, right? If you're going leave a negative comment to a story celebrating a Hartland Team's win, then at least have the courage and backbone to use your name. Your belated congratulations rings hollow and is disingenuous. Plus, your comments are contradicting. You deserved to be "jumped all over" because your comments are inappropriate, untimely and regretful. Someone who is truly from Hartland would not use this story as a venue to complain about something that has no bearing on this great story and is entirely irrelevant. If you are the person whom I(and everyone else who read the comment) believes you to be, then you are no longer a Hartland mom and should embrace your new community.
HARTLAND MOMMA BEAR January 04, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Jennifer....might be your first time complaining on the Patch site but surely not your first time complaining....that's for sure. So much so that your name is the first to pop in everyone's head as soon as they read that comment.
Hartland Mom January 04, 2012 at 10:04 PM
:o)
HARTLAND MOMMA BEAR January 04, 2012 at 10:05 PM
My comment above and many of the comments below were in response to a comment that "Hartland Mom" posted and has now removed. "HARTLAND MOM" commented: Hartland Youth Lacrosse is a wonderful program if you have a child that is good at the sport. However, for the amount of money you have to pay for the sign-up and equipment, if your child isn't so good he will be sitting on the sidelines most of the time and will not get a chance to become a better player. Plus if you have a football player that is good and he plays lacrosse and you get a coach that was a football coach your son will play all the time as well. We have decided not to sign up for this season for the fact that our son does not have a chance to become a better player because of the "chosen ones". Now if "Hartland Mom" would remove herself from the lacrosse program as quickly as she removed her Patch post.......
marie collins January 04, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Thank you Hartland Mama Bear for reposting "Hartland Mom"s post - I would like to say that I agree with "Hartland Eagle" and it is unfortunate that "Hartland Mom" has to aire her complaints under comments on our boys great win at the D-Town Show Down. It was a great day for all of us who were there and it shows that Hartland teams have great sportmanship and spirit!!!!! NOW ON A SIDE NOTE -- as a member of the new Lacrosse Board we have been working very hard to get ready for registration next week and this upcoming season is going to be awesome!!!! We will have new cool uniforms for the boys and we are adding a team for 1st and 2nd grade boys and girls. Look forward to seeing everyone at registration on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Ore Creek Middle School from 6-8 pm
Eagle too January 05, 2012 at 12:02 AM
This is my favorite article/comments EVER!!!!
SportsMania January 05, 2012 at 02:40 PM
New to the area. Was looking into Lacrosse for my twin boys and came across this. Hesitant about having anything to do with Hartland Schools and/or HAYAA. Between this, the articles regarding the principal in the Livingston paper and the way everyone attacked her and others that posted their comments. All I see is a community turning on each other. The purpose of this board is for people to post thoughts, opinions, and maybe even shed light on what those who are new to the area might not know...but apparently should. Greg - are you one of the coaches? Why would you call out a parent like that? If this person is or has been an issue, what makes you any better than him or her when you call them out on this forum? You are supposed to be a mentor. Be above it. That's what we are all trying to teach our kids, right?! Instead it turns into a personal attack on one person that just stated their opinion. I don't get it. It is with great caution and hesitation now that I involve my boys in such a drama filled organization or community. I think we all just need to get back to basics! Focus on our kids, care for one another, and stay the heck out of everyone else's business. It all seems like one big Jerry Springer show. Disappointing to say the least. I had thought moving out here was going to be a good thing.
Shawn January 05, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Hi Sportsmania, and welcome to our difunctional little town. Not sure how new you are to the area but inless you are from Bethlaham and born a long long time ago, you might want to get out and get to know the people of Hartland before you start passing judgment. We are a close knit community, and I have seen these people come together meny, meny times when the chips are down. Just saying, this may not be the way you want to introduce yourself.
Greg Light January 05, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Hello Sportsmania, I truly regret you feel this way over an isolated incident and I would also hope you give the community and the sports program a chance before passing judgement just yet. Yes, I am a lacrosse coach, a football coach and also the Hartland youth football commissioner. I have been involved in Hartland youth sports for more than 7 years and I do it for our kids, as do the others who volunteer with me. Therefore, Hartland youth sports is my business. Unfortunately, I do not have enough space here to give you a full background on this incident, but suffice it to say, there is a well foundationed history. Every parent and player who participates in Hartland youth sports signs a code of conduct which expressly prohibits any public criticism of coaches, players and/or the league in any format. I take our rules and protocols very seriously. Granted, had it been someone else, I would have responded differently, but under the circumstances, I firmly believe I handled it the correct way. You can certainly still disagree, but I would appreciate an opportunity to talk to you in person about our programs and our community before you make any final decisions. Hartland is a great community and I want your family to be a part of it and experience all it has to offer. There is a football board meeting this Monday night in community Ed(old high school) at 7pm and I will also be at lacrosse registration next Wednesday. I look forward to speaking to you Sportsmania.
Greg Light January 05, 2012 at 05:43 PM
PLEASE, PLEASE, no more negative comments towards sportsmania. As an outsider looking in, his opinions are valid and he deserves an opportunity to understand the situation. Thank you for the support. I love you all who support me so much and I could not do this without your support, but please give sportsmania a chance. I want to and you should to. Thank you very much!!
Hartland Sports Mom January 05, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Greg...advice taken. Thank you for keeping us all on track and we are all proud of the hard work and efforts that you put in. I have deleted my response to "sportsmania" out of respect for your request and all you do for our community.
Jordan Genso January 05, 2012 at 07:52 PM
"Every parent and player who participates in Hartland youth sports signs a code of conduct which expressly prohibits any public criticism of coaches, players and/or the league in any format." -Greg Light Am I the only one a little bothered by that idea? I'm the first to rebuke unwarranted criticisms (which unfortunately seem to be part of the zeitgeist), but to create policy that says *no* criticisms are even allowed irks me. Vocally and publically attacking coaches/players/individuals should be discouraged in our culture, but the league as a whole should be fair game. The onus is on the community to recognize which criticisms are valid, and which are not. And yes, I do recognize the how this comment is a criticism of that policy, and therefore the organization. Luckily I have not signed the Hartland youth sports' code of conduct :-)
Greg Light January 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Jordan, thank you for your comments and please note that I am more than willing to talk with you, and anyone else, to discuss the purpose and reasoning behind our code of conduct. However, you and others should understand that open communication from the parents is strongly encouraged to voice any and all concerns/complaints/critiscisms they may have, but in the proper forum. There is a protocol and procedure in place that is well communicated to all parents. Go to the coach with the concerns. If not settled there, then go to the commissioner/manager(if one exists in the sport) or the board. Every youth sport has an operating board to deal with all complaints and concerns not properly addressed to the parent's satisfaction, which is overseen by the Hayaa Executive Board. This includes general league criticisms as well. If a parent feels the operating board of a particular sport is not dealing with an issue correctly, it can be taken to the Executive Board. It really comes down to being adults and utilizing proper decorum and etiquette. Perhaps there are those who feel I crossed the line in that regard with some of my comments and for that I do apologize. Again, I am open to discuss this with anyone who has concerns or questions over our youth sports' policies. Most sports have them posted on the Hayaa web site. www.hayaasports.com
Hartland Area Resident January 13, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I am a long time Hartland resident and parent as well. I also have boys that participate in the HAYAA football league and, in general, think the board, the coaches, the parents, and players do a great job. I have very little to complain about with respect to how the league is run. To that end, however, my guess is that by now a few on this site wish they could take back their posts and their reactions (Mr. Light and Hartland Mom). We should congratulate these boys and this team for their accomplishment and leave it at that. If you have a son that gets little play time then perhaps you should evaluate the situation and move to a different team. Probably not a good idea to ridicule an entire organization once you have made the decision to move on. This is obviously a pretty competitive team and by your own admittance (Hartland mom) your son wasn't a very strong player - maybe seeking a new team that will allow him to develop and get more play time is what is needed without making these types of ridiculing posts about Hartland.
Hartland Mom January 31, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I made a earlier in January with the intention of just getting something off of my chest that has been bothering me. Upon making that comment (which Hartland Momma Bear copied and pasted) it brought a lot of anger and terrible things have been said. I just need to make it clear, whether anyone believes me or not, that this is not “J.P” or another name which Hartland Momma Bear posted and then deleted (I’m assuming due to the Code of Conduct that was signed by the parents and players). I backed off really quick and deleted all of my posts because everyone was all over who they thought this was. Take what you would like from this post. You never really know who is writing comments on these boards so assumptions cannot be made as to who the person really is. Per quote “Granted, had it been someone else, I would have responded differently,” - this is someone else and very disappointed in the way I was treated by you!
HARTLAND MOMMA BEAR January 31, 2012 at 07:53 PM
The original comment that you posted is still inappropriate and untimely - regardless of who you are! I responded to your comment not knowing who you were and I would respond the same again. You could have found a much better place (like a lacrosse board meeting) to voice your discontent than under the boys championship photo. Your stated disappointment in the way you were treated is uplifting to those of us who think it is well deserved - regardless of who you are!

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