Spring is slowly working its way back to this region, thawing what’s left of the ice and snow from an unusually long, heavy winter. Residents of Baldwinsville are beginning to feel the sunshine, enjoying the higher temperatures and thinking about getting outside and enjoying spring sports. This is especially true for Baldwinsville’s boys varsity lacrosse team, which opens its season on Saturday, March 22, with an away game against Marcellus Central High School.
Like many sports played during the school year, the skills and friendships made during students’ time as part of a team can have a lasting impact on their lives. This is especially true for Rick Stevens, class of 1969, Paul Bovee, class of 1968 and current boys lacrosse coach, Peter Fiorini. All participate in at least one of three masters lacrosse tournaments that take place annually in Vail, Colo., Lake Placid, N.Y. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Stevens relocated to Colorado in 1976 and is currently the coach of Glenwood Springs Varsity Lacrosse team in Basalt. He was also Basalt’s mayor for 10 years, from 1994 to 2004, and currently serves on the town council. He accredits playing lacrosse to his personal successes.
“It has showed me the importance of commitment and working together as a team,” Stevens said. “Sports give us a chance to learn skills that we can apply to other important areas in our lives and help accomplish our goals.”
Bovee relocated to the southwest as well and coaches in Rockwall, Tx. He, too, holds the same view of lacrosse as Stevens.
“You really see the rewards from what you do in lacrosse,” he said. “There is an ethic and a discipline that if you work hard, really put in your best effort, you will see results. Not just for yourself, but for your teammates, too. We are all in this together, learning to do our best. And if we get knocked down, it doesn’t matter because, we learn to get back up and keep on going. And you’ve got your team to back you up and help you back on your feet.”