A Profile on Kyle Harrison “K18” : Ohio Machine Midfeilder

Kyle Harrison also know as “K18” started  playing lacrosse when he was 4 years old. His dad,photo Dr. Miles Harrison, played lacrosse on the first all-African American college team during the 1970’s and inspired K18 to play.

“My dad played from the time I could walk,”  Harrison said. ” He taught me how to play. I’m from Baltimore so it’s a little different from Ohio where its newer. Baltimore its like football and soccer and basketball are everywhere else. ”

Harrison lives in New Port Beach, California with his wife. Where he spends his off-season traveling and doing requirements for his sponsors like STX  .  He also plays pick up basketball, and goes to a lot of movies.

Harrison also played soccer and basketball in high school, but he has always been a mid-fielder.

“Midfield in lacrosse combines my favorite parts in ever sport. you get to play offence you get to play defense, [and] you get to have transition,” Harrison said. “Where as if you where an attack man you would only play offence, if you where a defense man you would only play defense.  I like being able to do everything.”

K18 is an equipment line of Harrison’s that came out when he graduated High School. K for Kyle and 18 for his number which is also the same number that his dad wore when he played. The nickname “K18” stuck and has been around ever since.

After High School Harrison when to Johns Hopkins University where he won the Tewaaraton Award. An award given to the most outstanding college Lacrosse player in America.

When Harrison was asked on what advise he would give to young lacrosse players he said, “Stop going to so many tournaments and start going to skill camps, you know so many kids go to these tournaments where there is 30 kids on a team they might get two to three runs per quarter its great to compete but kids now in days are lacking skills. so I say fewer tournaments and more skill camps.”

K18 played for New Jersey Los Angeles, and Denver before he played for the Ohio Machine. So far this year he has scored a total of 21 goals.

Harrison has not only played for the MLL he also was a player for the US National Lacrosse team in 2006 and is played again for them in Denver on Thursday July 10th through the 19th.

” I think wearing a jersey with USA on the front is a dream come true  for most young athletes no matter what the sport is.” Harrison said.

You can catch K18 and the rest of the Ohio Machine on July 26th at Selby Stadium at 4:30pm. Tickets can be purchased through The Ohio Machine Website.

A Profile of Chad Wiedmaier: Ohio Machine Defenseman

Chad Wiedmaier is a graduate from Princeton University who lives in New York, but for Delaware citizens he is known as a defensive player for The Ohio Machine.

Wiedmaeir started lacrosse when he moved to New Jersey in second grade but did not play on an actual team till he was in 5th grade.  “Everyone in my town plays lacrosse,” Wiedmaier said. “So my cousin threw me a stick and I really wasn’t expecting it. I’m like the first generation in my family to play lacrosse, so it kinda literally fell into my hands and I’ve went from there.”

Wiedmaier practicing his defensive skills during a Friday night practice at Selby Stadium.

What some people don’t realize is most of the Ohio Machine players don’t live in town, they live all over. So on a game weekend Wiedmaier and his teammate fly in on a Friday morning, have practice Friday evening, do a walk trough the next morning followed by the game Saturday evening.

Wiedmaier started playing defense because he was the “bigger” kid when he was younger. “But the weird thing is I’ve played defense in every sport I’ve ever played so I guess something just clicked in me”.

Wiedmaier also holds a job when he is not playing for the Ohio Machine at Trilogy Lacrosse located in New York City. He is the Marketing Associate for the company.

In his spare time Wiedmaier really likes to travel.”I really like to just go on random adventures. In New York City there is something different to do or explore or find everyday. I guess I’m really an adventurist enthusiast.”Wiedmaier said.

Wiedmaier’s favorite moment playing Lacrosse was when Princeton won the Ivy League title during his senior year. “And that was just a big deal cause my senior class was very strong when we were there. So I just remember that feeling and I’ll always remember that.”

When asked how a young player can improve at Lacrosse Wiedmaier said,  “Defiantly just have a stick in your hand. Everyone just says play wall ball that’s like everyone defacto response. But I’m just saying having a stick in your hands and doing something lacrosse related like shooting, hitting a wall, or catching a pass will improve anyone’s game.”

The Ohio Machine have a record of 2 wins and 3 losses. Wiedmaier himself has played in all 5 games this season with a total of 6 ground balls and counting.

Wiedmaier and his teammates can be seen in action this Friday during  The Ohio Machine verses the Boston Cannons game at Selby Stadium. Game time is 8:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased through The Ohio Machine Website.

Willis to Perform Sleeping Beauty May 15, 16 & 17, 2014

The Willis Intermediate School Drama Club is opening the grand curtain to Sleeping Beauty Jr. on May 15th and 16th at 6:30 along with two shows on the May 17th at 2:00 and 5:00.

Pam Beery is the director of the show and she has been the in charge of Willis’ Drama Department  for 31 years. “It’s the classic story of Sleeping Beauty like the one told through the Disney Movie,” Beery said.

Even though performing a musical takes a ton of work the students do get a bonding experiences. “I like how when we make mistakes everyone laughs it off,”  Sophia Hance said. Hance is a 5th grader at Willis who is performing as Princess Aurora in the Briar Rose cast.

Theater is not only about acting and singing though, one of the main reasons a show can be performed is the work done by the student director and crew.” You can still participate, but you don’t have to be on stage, like stage crew,” said the Student Director Nicole Klabus.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased on May 12th and 13th during their open dress rehearsals starting at 3 o’clock or bought before the show in front of the auditorium. The price for tickets are $3.00 for Adult and $2.00 for Students and Seniors.