Top boys and girls lacrosse programs across the First Coast set for showcase event
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- With the growth of lacrosse in Northeast Florida, the premiere programs in the region will be showcased in the inaugural Rivalry on the River Presented by Trane at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville on March 25-27.
As part of the High School 9:12 program presented by The CSI Companies, Rivalry on the River will turn the spotlight onto boys and girls lacrosse, with 10 games over three days. The girls side features a top 10 matchup in Ponte Vedra vs. Bartram Trail, while the boys side is headlined by the Creekside vs. Ponte Vedra rivalry renewal.
“We are excited to expand the sports programming for High School 9:12 with the Rivalry on the River,” said Alan Verlander, Executive Director of High School 9:12 Presented By The CSI Companies. “High School 9:12 is built on academics, life skills, and sports. This event enables our lacrosse student-athletes to showcase their athletic abilities now on television and radio which is rare for high school athletes. We are thankful, once again, to Episcopal for hosting our inaugural event.”
All 10 games will be broadcast live on the News4Jax website and app, with the final four games on March 27 being televised live on CW17 and broadcast on the radio via 1010XL. Gemstone Media will produce the televised games.
“As THE local station, our team at Channel 4 and CW17 is proud to partner with High School 9:12 in broadcasting these championship caliber events,” said Bob Ellis, General Manager of the Graham Media Group in Jacksonville. “We look forward to a great weekend of lacrosse and introducing our community to these talented student-athletes.”
The event starts on Thursday with girls teams from Creekside and Bolles facing off at 5:30 p.m., followed by St. Augustine against Nease in a boys matchup. On Friday, the boys teams from Pedro Menendez and Bolles will battle at 5:30 p.m., followed by Bartram Trail vs. Fleming Island. On Saturday, the broadcast day begins at Noon with perennial powers Bartram Trail and Ponte Vedra taking the field. Following that game, Episcopal will host St. Augustine. The boys session starts at 5:30 p.m., with Providence vs. Episcopal followed by the prime time matchup of Creekside and Ponte Vedra.
“We are proud to broadcast these games and partner with High School 9:12 in creating the Rivalry on the River,” said Steve Griffin, General Manager of 1010XL. “This is going to be an exciting weekend of lacrosse and a great opportunity to continue the growth of the sport.”
Ticketing will be available through the High School 9:12 website (jaxhighschool912.com) and GoFan.co under HighSchool 9:12, and will open 60 minutes prior to faceoff. Prices will be set at $5 for students, $10 for general admission, and $80 for a VIP pass to every game over the weekend including food and drink.