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History

In the summer of 2014, the Midland Lacrosse Club (Joe Stadelmaier and Will Luzar) started the Saginaw Valley 989 Summer Lacrosse program in response to a request from some of our high school families who wanted a local summer lacrosse option. That first year we fielded a U17 team only.

In 2015 we added U15 and U13 and drew players from Midland, Bay City, Saginaw, and Flint.

Before the summer of 2016, Mike Kinney (Midland resident and former coach at Alma College) informed us of his plans to expand Ohio's Momentum Lacrosse Club into Michigan with teams based in Midland. At that point it made sense to merge 989 lax with Momentum and turn over its operation to Coach Kinney.

In the fall of 2017, when Lansing's dominant lacrosse club Power Play ceased operations, it created an opportunity for Momentum to expand significantly into Lansing's larger lacrosse market. Momentum grew substantially, but it no longer made sense for it offer teams based in the Midland area. Some players from our area continued to play for Momentum, but they now had to travel to Lansing for practices and were spending much more time in the car traveling back and forth to practice than on the field practicing.

Given the continued evolution of summer lacrosse options in mid-Michigan, we have once again determined that a local, low-cost option is not currently available yet is more important than ever. Therefore, we plan to re-launch the Saginaw Valley 989 Summer Lacrosse program in the summer of 2020. The initial planning team includes Doreen Keptner (one of the original 989 leaders), Patti Rich, Jonathan Moore, Jason George, and Chad Stearns.

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