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Beyond the Game: Lacrosse

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Harker Heights lacrosse mom Kimalynn Gillis says her son's favorite sport is a lot like soccer with sticks, and like soccer, the objective
seems simple.

"We're trying to get our ball into their net, and they're trying to get their ball into our net and basically scrap all the way down the field," she said.

Gillis' son plays for the Knights, but he first started playing while he lived in New Jersey.

"It just so happened that they had it here, and he loves it," Gillis said.

Susan Rankin wasn't quite sure what to think of the game when
her son told her he wanted to join the LBJ Jaguars lacrosse team.

"I thought it sounded like a lot of fun until I went to the first game, and I saw them getting whacked left and right. Once I got past
that and learned more about the game and saw how much fun they were having, I thought it was great," she said.

And it's a game that brings out the competitive spirit in the players and fans.

"It's just a really intense game because there's a lot of contact,
and it's just a very manly sport," Charles, an LBJ fan, said.

The lacrosse moms say it's the love of the game that has more and
more kids discovering the sport each year.

"It's growing and it's building, and hopefully we'll get a lot more
players in the Harker Heights, Belton, Temple area to play," Gillis said.

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