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Haley Pratt talks girls’ lax on ‘This Week In Lacrosse’

This Week In Lacrosse Ep 2

In our second episode of This Week in Lacrosse, Corey Mitchell & Carol McKee are sporting their brand new Lacrosse605 shirts from Dakota Lettering! Join Corey & Carol as they talk about the Lacrosse Jamboree held over the weekend in Sioux Falls, with games, a history of

Lacrosse605 teams up with Dakota Lettering & Dakota Sports on apparel

Lacrosse605 is thrilled to announce our newest venture – Lacrosse605 apparel – through an agreement with South Dakota sporting goods and apparel store, Dakota Lettering and Dakota Sports. “As more and more lacrosse fans began asking about ‘Lacrosse605 gear’ we decided it was time to choose

Lacrosse history, Creators Game, will wrap up Jamboree

2015 Jamboree

If you’ve ever wondered what lacrosse is all about, this weekend will provide a great opportunity to learn! South Dakota Lacrosse is hosting a Lacrosse Jamboree at Riverdale Park, Sioux Falls, this Saturday, June 27th. Participants and spectators alike are in for a treat! The

This Week In Lacrosse show makes debut

This Week In Lacrosse

Are you ready for “This Week In Lacrosse”? The show will put a spotlight on lacrosse across South Dakota – it’s teams, players, coaches and programs. Each week, your hosts will share information about upcoming lacrosse events, tournaments and scores. Join this week’s hosts, Jordan Harmelink,

Table set for NCAA Division 1 Championships.

The lacrosse world is going to be treated to what looks like a spectacular championship game today at 1:00 pm Eastern. #4 Denver, after upending #1 Notre Dame 11-10 will be on top of the bracket taking on #6 Maryland, who held off a fourth-period

Haley Pratt talks girls’ lax on ‘This Week In Lacrosse’

This Week In Lacrosse Ep 2

In our second episode of This Week in Lacrosse, Corey Mitchell & Carol McKee are sporting their brand new Lacrosse605 shirts from Dakota Lettering!

Join Corey & Carol as they talk about the Lacrosse Jamboree held over the weekend in Sioux Falls, with games, a history of men’s lacrosse, and all wrapped up with a traditional Native American “Creator’s Game”. Special guest, girls’ lax coach Haley Pratt, joins to teach everyone a little more about the girls’ game of lacrosse. Learn more about the “fastest game on two feet” each week, right here on Lacrosse605′s “This Week In Lacrosse“. 

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Lacrosse605 teams up with Dakota Lettering & Dakota Sports on apparel

Example of a Lacrosse605 men's quarter-zip jacket at the Sports605 Web Store.

Example of a Lacrosse605 men’s quarter-zip jacket at the Sports605 Web Store.

Lacrosse605 is thrilled to announce our newest venture – Lacrosse605 apparel – through an agreement with South Dakota sporting goods and apparel store, Dakota Lettering and Dakota Sports.

“As more and more lacrosse fans began asking about ‘Lacrosse605 gear’ we decided it was time to choose an official apparel marketing partner. We are in the business of sharing the stories of South Dakota lacrosse - not making shirts, jackets and caps. But that is the business of Dakota Lettering and Dakota Sports, and they are our ideal partner – they represent quality, and their operations are right here in South Dakota, as are the owners and key personnel,” said Carol McKee, founder of Lacrosse605′s parent company, Sports605. “Dakota Lettering not only has the expertise we needed, but they also have the ability to make 605 apparel available to the public, both online and through their Dakota Sports stores in Sioux Falls and Rapid City.”

“We have been following the Sports605 group since they started,” said Curt Hauff of Dakota Lettering, “and we love the exposure, excitement and joy they are bringing to youth sports in the 605. We couldn’t be happier to be a part of the Sports605 team.”

“Curt at Dakota Lettering has been great to work with as we build our store concept,” said McKee. “He has helped us select some perfect Under Armour & Nike pieces, as well as other options that are all very affordable. Keeping with our core values, we wanted to focus on companies that started right here in the USA. Both Under Armour and Nike definitely fit that bill. And if a fan doesn’t see something they like, they can stop in at Dakota Lettering in Sioux Falls and pick out their own style!”

Example of a Lacrosse605 women's t-shirt at the Sports605 Web Store.

Example of a Lacrosse605 women’s t-shirt at the Sports605 Web Store.

Lacrosse605 apparel is currently available online, with a limited line of long- and short-sleeved t-shirts, quarter-zips and ball caps. Other items will be available soon. Currently, shoppers can go to the Sports605 Web Store online to choose the 605 logo, style, and color, then place their order to be picked up at Dakota Sports in Sioux Falls or Rapid City, or shipped directly to them (additional fees apply).

Dakota Lettering and Dakota Sports are currently offering apparel for six sport-specific brands – Baseball605, Hockey605, Lacrosse605, Softball605, Soccer605, Tennis605, and of course, Sports605. As seasons arrive, they will also offer other 605 brands – Basketball605, Bowling605, Curling605, Football605, Skating605 & Volleyball605. “With our large selection of brands and styles, combined with our in-house production abilities, we are confident we will be able to create a piece for all the 605 sports fans that they’ll love,” said Hauff.

“We would love to see lots of fans showing their passion for their favorite sport and proudly reppin’ the 605 with their custom apparel,” said McKee. “People may play for or support different teams across South Dakota, but are all united by our geography and a common love of the sport!”

Lacrosse history, Creators Game, will wrap up Jamboree

2015 Jamboree

If you’ve ever wondered what lacrosse is all about, this weekend will provide a great opportunity to learn! South Dakota Lacrosse is hosting a Lacrosse Jamboree at Riverdale Park, Sioux Falls, this Saturday, June 27th. Participants and spectators alike are in for a treat!

The event will kick off at 9am with a girls game (mixed ages) and a boys U9 game. The remainder of the day will be filled with boys’ U11, U13, U15 and high school games, as well as more girls’ and U9 boys’ games. Teams will be mixed, with participants coming from several different lacrosse programs across eastern South Dakota – Aberdeen Cobras, Brookings Rage, Huron Hurricanes, Mitchell Mavericks, Sioux Falls Spark and Watertown Warriors – as well as the C̣aƞṡayapi Lacrosse program from Morton, MN.

Lacrosse players from budding new programs – programs that don’t have full teams in all age divisions yet – will have the chance to team up with other players for full games. The event will wrap up with two unexpected bonuses. At 5:30, Sioux Falls Lacrosse founder Coach Corey Mitchell will team up with C̣aƞṡayapi Lacrosse founder Coach Franky Jackson for a presentation about the history of lacrosse – and the future! Then at 6pm, all players are invited to participate in a “Creators Game.” We can’t tell you much about the Creators Game for two reasons – first, it needs to be watched to fully appreciate it. Second, we’ve never seen one, so we don’t have words adequate to describe it! What we can tell you, is that you won’t want to miss it!

See you at Riverdale Park in Sioux Falls, this Saturday, June 27th. Come on out and LAX!

For the full schedule of events, click here.

This Week In Lacrosse show makes debut

This Week In Lacrosse

Are you ready for “This Week In Lacrosse”? The show will put a spotlight on lacrosse across South Dakota – it’s teams, players, coaches and programs. Each week, your hosts will share information about upcoming lacrosse events, tournaments and scores. Join this week’s hosts, Jordan Harmelink, Carol McKee, and Corey Mitchell – sit back and Lax! Check out the show on the page “This Week In Lacrosse”

Table set for NCAA Division 1 Championships.

The lacrosse world is going to be treated to what looks like a spectacular championship game today at 1:00 pm Eastern.

#4 Denver, after upending #1 Notre Dame 11-10 will be on top of the bracket taking on #6 Maryland, who held off a fourth-period surge by Johns Hopkins to take their semifinal 12-11.

Both teams know what it’s like to struggle and fight to win.  Both teams have great coaching and personnel.

We hope you’ll be joining us at 1:00 pm Eastern on ESPN2!

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Spark Shootout to feature LIVE lacrosse games on Lacrosse605

Spark Shootout Landing PageMay 15, 2015 in Sioux Falls, SD – The second annual Sioux Falls Spark spring lacrosse tournament, the Spark Shootout, is this weekend at Riverdale Park in Sioux Falls. The tournament will feature the first-ever live lacrosse games streamed over the internet in South Dakota.

“We are excited to partner with Lacrosse605 to add this new feature to the Spark Shootout,” said Corey Mitchell, president of Sioux Falls Lacrosse and director of this weekend’s tournament. “We know there are family members who would like to be here, but can’t, and this will give them the opportunity to watch their children and grandchildren and support them from afar.”

Lacrosse605 is equally excited to be playing a more active role in this year’s tournament. “Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in America,” said Carol McKee, founder and owner of Lacrosse605™ parent company, Sports605™, “and we are seeing the sport grow rapidly in South Dakota, thanks in no small part to Corey Mitchell. When we first met and visited with Corey about lacrosse last winter, we knew that with his passion and determination to introduce lax to kids across the state, the future would be very bright for lacrosse. So of course we immediately committed to launching Lacrosse605!” Read more

Spark to host first tournament this weekend.

If you happen to see a few more lacrosse players around town than usual, it’s because there’s a lacrosse tournament in Sioux Falls this weekend.  The first Spark Shootout will take place at Riverdale Park and will have action in the U11, U13, U15 and High School age divisions.

Teams from around the region are attending.

The U11 age group will host teams from Sioux Falls, Omaha, Grand Forks and the Black Hills.

The U13 age division will host teams from Sioux Falls, Omaha, Grand Forks and the Black Hills.

The U15 age division will host teams from Sioux Falls, Mission, Fargo and the Black Hills.

The High School division will host teams from Sioux Falls, Morton MN, Grand Forks and the Black Hills.

Action begins Saturday morning at 9:00 AM.

You can follow all the tournament action on our special Smartphone program here.

To follow on your Smartphone, type www.sdlaxtournaments.com into your browser bar.

 Perhaps you would enjoy using the convenient QR code below:

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USD & Dordt wrap up spring season

USD vs Dordt

South Dakota Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse
University of South Dakota at Dordt College

The University of South Dakota men’s lacrosse team traveled to Sioux Center over the weekend to close out the spring season for both teams against the Dordt Sowers. It was a blustery day at Dordt, making communication on the field challenging – but that didn’t stop the men from enjoying the final game of their 2014 college lacrosse club season. Although the game turned into a bit of a rout as the Sowers bested the newly formed Coyotes 14-4, it was a highly entertaining match filled with lots of goals.

The Dordt program was first launched in the 2009-2010 season, going 3-5 on the year. The next year they joined the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference, and posted a 5-2 record. This year the Sowers had a 12-game schedule, playing Kansas State, Nebraska, St. Olaf, Bethel, St. Ambrose, Benedictine, Creighton, Robert Morris, Judson, Morris S&T, Missouri Valley and USD.

This year is the first season for the USD Coyotes lacrosse program. The ‘Yotes first of nine scheduled games was in February, when they traveled to Lincoln to play Nebraska in the Cook Pavilion. Other opponents for the USD inaugural season in the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (GRLC) were Creighton, Iowa State, St. Olaf, Bethel and Dordt. Scheduled games at Bendectine and Missouri Valley were cancelled. The Yotes only scheduled home game in this first season was against South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The Jacks program is not a member of the GRLC.

The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) is a national organization of non-NCAA, college lacrosse programs.  It currently operates in the US and Canada with 200+ teams in two divisions, across ten conferences, including the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference. The GRLC consists of 11 Division I teams and 17 Division II teams, representing Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Tennessee, Nebraska, WIsconsin. Both Dordt and USD are in Division II of the GRLC.

Lacrosse605 made the short trip to Sioux Center to experience our first college lacrosse game – and it won’t be our last!  We have game film of the match, plus interviews with players from both USD and Dordt below. We even caught up with the referee crew - Bob Hoffer, who is the US Lacrosse Sub-District Coordinator of Officials Training, and Nathan Hoeckelman, who is Midland University Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach – who graciously gave us a little interview time after the game. We had hoped to interview the coaches of both teams, but strong winds were encouraging us to break up the post-game festivities.

We want to thank Dordt College and the fans for their great hospitality, and everyone who granted us interviews – YOU are Lacrosse605!








Inaugural games for Sioux Falls Spark

Sioux Falls Spark

Youth sports history was made on Friday night as Sioux Falls’ first organized youth lacrosse league faced off for first games night.

April 24, 2014 at Riverdale Park in Sioux Falls, SD The Sioux Falls Spark, organized by founder Corey Mitchell, held their first practice just two weeks ago, on April 10th, at Riverdale Park.  They had only practiced for a week when they were invited to play a short exhibition game at half-time of the Sioux Falls Storm basketball game. “We were impressed by how well they played – especially having had only a few practices,” said Paula Mitchell, one of the league organizers.

Technically, that was the first game for Sioux Falls Spark league. But as with any sport, exhibition games – especially shortened ones – simply lack the competition that most athletes crave. Friday night was different – there was a scoreboard, and the fans on the sidelines had come to watch them play lacrosse.  An opportunity for the players to test their newly learned skills and begin to get a true sense of the game.  The evening was full of promise, the players were ready and Mother Nature added her blessings for a beautiful night of lacrosse.

The evening kicked off with the first two games, the U9 and U11 teams, followed by the U13 and U15 games.  It was obvious the kids were having a blast as they chased the ball with their lacrosse sticks – often called simply “crosse” – in hopes of an opportunity to score, letting the game be the teacher.  “It was great to see how they continued to improve as the game progressed,” said Corey Mitchell. “Their passes and stick skills got better with each quarter.”

Indeed, they did impress us with steady progression of their skills – passing accuracy and cradling improved, along with their vision of the field.  Most obvious was the growth in their understandng of the game throughout the evening. Lacrosse605 captured a quarter of each of the U9 & U13 games, and the full games for the U11 and U15. We also caught up with some of the players, coaches – and even a parent – to visit with them about lacrosse. Check out the game footage and interviews below!

Sioux Falls Spark Lacrosse holds first practice

1st practice lacrosseSpring arrives just in time for the inaugural club practice of Sioux Falls’ newest sport

April 7, 2014 in Sioux Falls, SD – The newly formed Sioux Falls Spark Lacrosse Club held their first practice at Riverdale Park in Sioux Falls, and invited Lacrosse605 along to check it out.  We took the opportunity to learn more about the new sport that has come to Sioux Falls and visit with some players for our first Lacrosse605 player interviews.  We even had a few minutes with Coach Corey Mitchell, the organizer and founder for the Sioux Falls Spark – and caught a little footage of the inaugural practice for the historical record!


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