Thursday, April 28, 2016

Galena celebrates Coach Al Garner's 100th Game

Celebrating Coach Garner's 100th varsity game with Galena Lacrosse.

Coach Garner took over our program in 2012 where he posted a 12-0 record in the High Sierra Lacrosse League winning the Championships. In 2013 the Grizzlies would rattle off another undefeated season going 10-0 en route to their second HSLL title. The Grizzlies were on THIS home turf that night hosting the first ever lacrosse game in Grizzly Stadium under the lights. In 2014 and another championship under his belt, Coach Garner escorted his Varsity team to Las Vegas for the inaugural State Championships. The Grizzlies beat Green Valley 11-8 but lost 5-10 to Bishop Gorman, settling for second in the state.

Twelve seniors (most of them four-year players) presented Coach Garner with a frame that will include photos of tonights game. 

First we would like to thank Shannon, Abigail, and Genevieve Garner for allowing fifty high school boys to steal their husband and father every lacrosse season. He's taken these boys to Idaho, to Petaluma, to Redding, to Oregon and to Las Vegas. Thank you ladies for enduring all of us and being a part of the Galena Lacrosse family!

Next, we'd like to thank all the assistant coaches that have helped mold the team we are today. Back from 2012 to present thank you Curt Wegener, Eric Peacock, Steve Bulera, Terry Schreker, Chris Mercurio, Tim Cleveland, Tim Wolfe, Steven Schuck, Travis Hopper, and most importantly Coach Alice.

Lastly, thank you Galena Varsity players for playing tough, hitting hard, facing off, fighting for ground balls, scoring goals, saving goals, sliding, as well as being tripped, pushed, slashed, and overall entertaining us critical and demanding parents all these years. It's been a joy watching you every Spring season.

Coach Garner is dedicated and determined
He teaches teamwork
He motivates and listens, and he builds character
He challenges and develops players, and he pushes them out of their comfort zone.

Tonight we honor Al Garner. THANK YOU COACH!!