Rounding out the Class of 2016 Commitments

Congratulation to these three fine young men on their decisions to continue their lacrosse career! Wishing them all continued success!

 

Hudson Bradley

2016 Kings Black Close Defenseman Hudson Bradley has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Berry College in Rome, GA.  Bradley will be joining the Vikings after a 12-5 season.  Bradley, a 6’1” 185 lbs defenseman from Henry Clay High School has helped lead the Blue Devils to 2 KLA State championships.  Entering his senior season, Hudson has recorded 68 caused turnovers, 99 groundballs and 3 assists in his 3 previous seasons of varsity play with Henry Clay. Bradley has garnered All-State honors, State Championship game MVP honors in addition to being named a Carolina Summer Shootout All-Star.

“Hudson is a tremendous defender who plays hard-nosed, aggressive defense while being very skilled with the ball in his stick.  Huddy has very slick stick skills and is a threat in the clearing game. Hudson has had to guard some of the best attackmen in the country and can match up with anyone.  Berry is getting a strong defender who is extremely coachable and will bring the best out of his teammates.”

 

Trenton Sneed

2016 Kings Black Attackman Trenton Sneed has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.  Sneed will be joining the Pioneers after they won the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference.  Sneed, a 5’9” 140 lbs attackman from Milford High School in Milford, Ohio finished his junior season as an honorable mention All-Cincinnati and Ohio-Southwest Region Attackman while leading the Eagles to an 11-6 season. Sneed finished his junior season with 32 goals and 38 assists for a total of 70 points. Trenton is one of the original Lexington Legomen members of the program.

“We were very happy Trenton was able to play for us and has been with our program from our first U15 team.  Trenton is an unselfish attackman who looks to feed and draw doubles even though he is a very capable finisher.  We saw Trenton consistently draw a team’s best defender and often torch them to the cage.  Players often underestimate Trent and he makes them pay every time they do. Coach Justice is getting an attackman that has a very high lacrosse IQ and is a great teammate who brings a great attitude every day to the field.”

 

Brian Mulert

2016 Kings Black Goalie Brian Mulert has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Frostburg State in Frostburg, MD.  Mulert, a 5’10” 180 lbs goaltender, will be joining the Bobcats after a 16-3 season and Capital Athletic Conference championship appearance.  Mulert is a stonewall that possesses the ability to make high level stops in addition to being skilled in the clearing game.  Mulert has garnered All-State honors and was named a Carolina Summer Shootout All-Star.  After saving 70% of the shots he has faced over his career, Mulert helped lead the Paul Laurence Dunbar Bulldogs to a state championship appearance last season.

“Brian is a great competitor who could play any position on the field.  He is one of the best goalies we have ever seen in the state of Kentucky.  He has the ability to change the game by making stops on what should be easy goals.  Brian not only makes the stops but creates fast breaks through with his unbelievable stick skills.  Frostburg is getting a great young man who will impact their defense immediately."

Joe Ryan to Transylvania University

2015 Kings Black team Attackman and midfielder Joe Ryan has committed to play  Division III lacrosse for the Transylvania University Pioneers in Lexington, Kentucky.  Ryan will be joining the Pioneers in their 4th season of play and second season in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference. Ryan, a 6’3” 175 attackman finished his senior campaign as one of the best offensive players in the city. The Paul Laurence Dunbar graduate lead the Bulldogs to the KLA state title game posting 55 goals and 16 assists in addition to first team all-state honors. A three year starter for the Dunbar Lacrosse program, Ryan produced one of the best offensive years for a player in a Bulldog uniform.  

"Joe really stepped his game up and developed his offensive ability this year.  It was amazing to see him develop as one of the best pure scorers in the area.  He did so much to elevate his game and lacrosse IQ through his senior year.  Transy is getting a great scorer who brings the best out of his teammates with his positive attitude."

 

Tates Creek 2015 Commitments

2015 Kings Black Attackman/Midfielder Scottie Southall has committed to play Division III lacrosse for the Transylvania University Pioneers in Lexington, Kentucky.  Southall will be joining many of his former Tates Creek and Kings teammates at TU in their fourth season of play. Southall, a 5’8” 140 pound midfielder contributed 25 goals and 44 ground balls as a senior for the Commodores. As a three year varsity starter and four year varsity team member, Southall showed a knack to put the ball in the back of the net as a product of great off ball movement.  

“Scottie is one of our original Kings members and he has always elevated his game to find a role offensively for our elite teams.  He really developed as an off ball guy for us that made great cuts for goals or drew many penalties off the dodge.  What made Scottie huge for us was his ability to let his game come to him without forcing it.  Scottie also brings a great personality that will be very coachable at the next level."


2015 Kings Black Midfielder Ethan Borkosky has committed to play Division III lacrosse for the Transylvania University Pioneers in Lexington, Kentucky.  Borkosky, a 5’11” 160 pound midfielder is a do-it-all player that can play both sides of the ball while also facing off.  Ethan displayed a cannon of a shot and hard nosed defense throughout his career with the Kings.  In his four years of varsity lacrosse with the Tates Creek Commodores, Borkosky recorded 288 groundballs, 57 goals, 33 assists and won at a 60% clip from the face off X.

“Ethan steadily improved in all facets throughout his Kings career as he has been with us from the very beginning.  He developed his game to not just be a FOGO but a steady force for us offensively and one of our best short stick defenders.  His overall game will give him the opportunity to fill multiple roles at the next level.  Ethan also brings toughness and a chip on his shoulder that cannot be matched.  He always wants to win his matchup."



2015 Kings Black Attackman Chris Schaefer has committed to play Division III lacrosse for the Transylvania University Pioneers in Lexington, Kentucky.  Schaefer, a 6’3” 180 pound attackman proved to be one of the toughest covers in Lexington.  Schaefer was a four year varsity players that registered 107 goals and 77 assists to put him as one of the most dominant offensive players in Tates Creek history.

“Chris is a player that had been here from the ground up with Kings. He is a true team player that would rather distribute the ball to an open teammates rather than take a lesser angle shot.  With Chris’ frame and slick stick skills he could be an immediate impact for the Pioneers.  Not only will Chris bring great offensive ability but he will more importantly bring the best out of his teammates with his attitude and effort.”



2015 Kings Black Midfielder Tanner Wright has committed to play Division III lacrosse for the Transylvania University Pioneers in Lexington, Kentucky.  Wright, a 6’0” 175 pound midfielder proved to be one of the most dynamic midfielders in the state as a four year varsity player for the Commodores. Wright also made the Carolina Summer Shootout all-star team in his last summer with Kings Black.  Wright was twice named All-State and tallied over 170 career points throughout his four dominant years.
 

“Wright is one of the shiftier players I have ever coached.  He can break down his man one on one to get his shot but most importantly he can find open teammates all over the field. His unselfishness is what makes him a special player and will continue to do so at the next level.  Tanner has all the tools to be successful including the work ethic and attitude to continue elevating his game."

Webb VanMeter and Cooper Cason to Transylvania University

WEBB VANMETER

2015 Kings Black Long Stick Midfielder and Defenseman Webb VanMeter has committed to play Division III Lacrosse for the Transylvania University Pioneers in Lexington, Kentucky.  VanMeter will be joining the Pioneers in their 4th season of play and second season in the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference. Webb, a 5’10” 175 defender is one of the best defensive players in the state while also standing out on the football field for the Blue Devils as a Linebacker. A three year starter for the Henry Clay Lacrosse program, VanMeter has lead Henry Clay High School to back to back KLA championship games including a state championship victory in the 2013 season. Webb is a captain and garnered All-State honors as a junior for the Blue Devils.

“Webb is a tremendous athlete and lacrosse player.  He possesses great strength, footwork and stick skills.  He will certainly challenge for playing time when he steps on campus for the Pioneers.  Not only does Webb stand out on the field but his character, work ethic and attitude make him a great addition to Coach Terry Justice’s Transylvania Program."

COOPER CASON

2015 Kings Black Attackman/Midfielder Cooper Cason has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Cason will join the Pioneers after his senior season at Henry Clay High School.  Cason, a 6’2” 180 pound attackman/midfielder, is one of the elite offensive talents in the state.  Cooper is one of the most dynamic players in Commonwealth Kings history and was recruited by programs at the Division I, II and III levels before setting his sights on playing for the Pioneers. Cooper is also a standout on the ice with the Henry Clay hockey team as their leading point scorer for the Devils.  Cason has garnered All-State accolades twice in three years as a starter including 129 points during his sophomore and junior seasons in addition to leading his team to back to back state championship seasons including a title in 2013.  Cason was awarded All-Star nods at the Chicago Cup, Great Lakes Games and Carolina Summer Shootout.

“Cooper is one of the most dynamic offensive talents ever in Lexington.  He is the complete package you will look for in a player.  He can finish, feed and ride.  Not only does Cooper make an immediate impact on the field but more importantly he is a great leader and teammate.  He would much rather assist a goal than score, he is the consummate teammate.  Coach Justice is getting a player that will immediately make an impact offensively and bring a tremendous attitude."

HIGHLIGHTS

Terry Justice Added to the Coaching Staff

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Coach Terry Justice as a full time staff member and director of curriculum development for the Commonwealth Kings program.  Justice is currently the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Transylvania University and has helped established the rise of the Pioneer program.

Justice helped build the first University of Kentucky men's program and played from 1979-1983. After playing, Justice remained as a coach from 1984-1994 while contributing to the growth of  middle and high school lacrosse in the area. Following his experience at UK, Justice built the Lexington Catholic lacrosse program into a state power compiling a 73-33 record over 8 years including being named the 2004 and 2005 Kentucky Coach of the Year, in addition to leading his teams to two state runner up finishes.

Coach Justice will be involved with multiple Kings programs and will focus on the development of our Black, Silver and 2018 programs.

“Coach Justice brings a wealth of experience to our program.  He has been a huge proponent to the growth of the game in our area.  His insight and knowledge is going to help our players, parents and coaches in so many facets of lacrosse."

Hudson Bradley Selected for Ohio Pride Games

2016 defenseman Hudson Bradley has been selected to advance to the Pride of Ohio Games. This event will take place June 7th in Columbus, OH at Ohio Wesleyan University. Hudson is a part of a 27 player roster hand picked from the 2015 Brine Regional tryouts.

Pride of Ohio games will allow selected players to showcase their skills to earn a final roster spot on the Ohio team that will compete for a national championship at the 2015 Brine National Lacrosse Classic in Virginia, June 28-July 2, 2015.

See the full press release here

 

SPRING 2014 HIGHLIGHT


Stevan Kriss Commits to Furman University

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2016 Kings Black close defenseman Stevan Kriss has committed to play at Division I Furman University in Greenville, SC. Kriss will join the Paladins program in their third season of lacrosse and will be coached by current Team USA Head Coach Richie Meade. Kriss, a 6'1" 180 pound defender has been a leader for Kings Black and has played an instrumental role in our success against some of the top club programs in the country. 

Stevan was named first team all-state as a sophomore and as a captain lead Lexington Catholic to their first state championship. He recorded 93 caused turnovers and 88 ground balls including setting a school single game record twice with 10CTs in a game. He was also named an All-Star at the Great Lakes Games, East Coast Lacrosse Camp and played with Team Indiana at the Brine All-American National Lacrosse Classic.

Matt Campbell, current Head Coach at Lexington Catholic HS states, "Furman is getting a phenomenal player, leader, and student in Stevan. He works hard on and off the field and has earned the opportunity to compete at the highest level. He is arguably the best defenseman in the state and will play a vital role in our efforts to repeat as State Champions this season. With another two HS season to further improve, I have no doubts Stevan will excel at the Division I level."

View Stevan's full Inside Lacrosse post here.

HIGHLIGHTS

Matt Campbell announced as Director of Box Lacrosse Operations

Commonwealth Kings Lacrosse is pleased to announce Matt Campbell as the Director of Box Lacrosse Operations. Campbell, most recently the head coach of Stickhead Elite, will take over all duties involving box lacrosse camps, clinics, tournaments and teams.  Campbell will also serve his previous positions on the coaching staff with our elite teams.

A former star defenseman for the Orangeville Northmen Junior A Box teams, Campbell went on to play field lacrosse at the Trinity Pawling School and earned a scholarship to play at Division I lacrosse at Bellarmine University.  Campbell started for the Knights during his 4 year career, earning the Coaches Award and was named a team Captain.  He is the current head coach of the Lexington Catholic High School Knights and lead them to a 2014 KLA State Championship. Campbell also has collegiate and pro coaching experience as the head coach of the University of Kentucky team and offensive coordinator for the Kentucky Stickhorses. Campbell’s most recent successes with the Stickhead Elite team have lead them to new heights from previous seasons of competition with an overall record of 16-2-1 and two tournament championships.

Matt Campbell is an invaluable component of our staff.  He brings experience at every level of lacrosse and is a tremendous coach.  His wealth of knowledge of the indoor game will elevate our players immensely.  Bringing a coach of Matt’s caliber to our staff at this capacity will be instrumental to the growth of the Kings program.

Reminder to register for our Box League this Fall!

Chase Johnson Commits to Huntingdon College

Huntingdon College Hawks

Huntingdon College Hawks

2014 Kings Black Long Stick Midfielder and Close Defenseman Chase Johnson has committed to play at Huntingdon University in Montgomery, Alabama.  Chase, at 5’8” and 150 pounds, will be joining a Hawks team that went 10-6 in the 2014 season.  As a three year starter at Tates Creek HS, Johnson used his versatility by playing three positions as a long stick midfielder, close defenseman, and a short stick midfielder. As a sophomore Johnson helped lead his team to a state title.  During his junior season Johnson recorded 18 Caused Turnovers and 26 groundballs to go along with All-State honors.  Johnson was recruited by multiple Division III schools and ultimately chose Huntingdon.

Kings Black head coach Logan Otto states, “Chase is a hard nosed kid that gives 110% on the field.  He is always in pursuit of the ball.  Huntingdon will immediately get a player that will push his teammates and bring tremendous effort every day on the field.  His best years of playing long stick midfielder are ahead of him.”

Brock Slater to Transylvania University

2014 Kings Black Long Stick Midfielder and Close Defenseman Brock Slater has committed to play at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.  Brock will be a member of a Pioneers program in their third season of Division III lacrosse and their first season of playing in the Ohio River Valley Conference.  Brock, a 6'1" 175 pound defender was one of the most valuable players on the Black team and was recruited at the Division I, II and III level.  After starting three years of Lexington Catholic High School lacrosse,  Slater was twice named a captain and garnered All-State honors while ultimately leading the Knights to a 2014 KLA State Championship as a senior.

Lexington Catholic Head Coach Matt Campbell states, "Brock is an outstanding player and leader.  Brock has Captained and anchored Lexington Catholic for the past two years, appearing in two consecutive State Championship games.  He is rock solid as a 1v1 defender and excels at getting the ball off the ground and up the field.  Brock is a huge addition for Transylvania University,  I look forward to following his success at the college level."

Zak Blackwell Commits to Limestone College

2014 Kings Black Midfielder Attackman/Midfielder Zak Blackwell has committed to play for Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.  Zak will be a member of the Saints’ Championship winning program next season after they captured the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship.  Zak is a 5’6” attackman/midfielder that is one of the most dominant offensive players in the state of Kentucky and one of the most potent offensive threats for Commonwealth Kings Black last summer.  Blackwell was recruited at the Division I, II and III level.  He was awarded an all-star nod at the Great Lakes Games and had a standout fall with the Kings at UP Lax in Annapolis, Maryland.  Blackwell is a four year starter for Tates Creek High School Commodores.  As a 4 time 1st team All-State lacrosse player at multiple positions including Faceoff Midfielder, midfielder and the Attack positions, Blackwell brings versatility to the Saints recruiting class.  Blackwell finished his TCHS career with 130 goals, 40 assists, 300 Groundballs and a 66.7% Faceoff percentage.

2014 Division II National Champions - Limestone College

2014 Division II National Champions - Limestone College

“Zak is a tremendous athlete that can take over games because he is relentless in his pursuit of the ball.  He is one of the best riding attackman I have seen in Kentucky lacrosse and is arguably the hardest worker I have ever coached," said Kings Coach Logan Otto. "Limestone is getting a kid that is very coachable and willing to do anything for his team to win.  Zak brings remarkable talent as an offensive threat and will bring championship level work ethic to a championship level program.”

HIGHLIGHT

Declan Keegan to Wilmington College

2014 Woodford County Yellow Jacket Declan Keegan (Commonwealth Kings Black) has committed to Division III Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.  Declan will be a member of the Wilmington Quakers.  Declan is a 5'7" attackman/midfielder that is one of Central Kentucky's most dynamic offensive players.  Keegan was recruited by multiple Division II and III programs across the country after strong showings for our Summer and Fall team tournaments and most notably making the All-Star game at Ohio State Team Camp.  As a junior, Declan recorded 20 goals and won over 57% of his face-offs for the Yellow Jackets.  Keegan has followed that up with a stellar senior season thus far recording 37 goals, 7 assists and 20 ground balls in 12 games.  

"Declan is a dynamic offensive player that is going to make an immediate impact at WIlmington College.  He is a tremendous athlete and tireless worker in between the lines.  Declan's game is unorthodox but effective and has been fun to coach over the year. Coach Marzano is getting a player that has buckled down in order to reach his goal of playing college lacrosse.  I could not be more proud of the development Declan has made, not just as a lacrosse player but as young man of character."

Spencer Bozee to Birmingham Southern College

2014 Lexington Catholic Knight Spencer Bozee (Commonwealth Kings Silver) has committed to Division III Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama.  Spencer is a 6’ midfielder that has dramatically improved his game over his high school career in order to become a contributing member of this year’s Lexington Catholic Varsity Squad.  Multiple schools at the Division II and III level recruited Spencer.

“Spencer has put forth a strong effort over the last year to compete and provide depth for the Knights Varsity squad.  He has improved drastically over the three years I have worked with him.  His game has developed immensely and that is due to his strong work ethic.  We are hoping this year he can break out for us and show the state the player he has become, “ said Knights Assistant Lacrosse Coach Logan Otto.

Brandon Smoot Commits to Asbury University

Photo Courtesy of Asbury University

Photo Courtesy of Asbury University

2014 Paul Laurence Dunbar Bulldog Brandon Smoot (Commonwealth Kings Black) has committed to play MCLA lacrosse at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.  Brandon is the state's first signee to the program for their upcoming 2014-2015 season and was an All-star at the Carolina Summer Shootout.  Brandon is a three year starter for the Bulldogs at the Long Stick Midfielder/Defense position.  He will be a captain for his senior season and as a junior recorded 20 Caused Turnovers, 29 Ground Balls and 2 goals.

PLD Head Coach and Commonwealth Kings SIlver Coach Dwight Hammons said, "Brandon is a great kid who deserves to play at the next level because he did everything the right way.  It's great for our program to have him as a captain his last year on the team so he can show the younger players what it takes to succeed.  I'm sure his versatility as a long stick midfielder or close defenseman will benefit Asbury's team in their upcoming seasons."

Asbury University Article: http://www.asbury.edu/athletics/men/mens-lacrosse/news/2014/01/28/21259

Josh Mesmer Commits to Transylvania University

Photo courtesy of MesmerPhotos

Photo courtesy of MesmerPhotos

2014 Lexington Catholic Knight Josh Mesmer (Commonwealth Kings Black) has committed to Division III Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. Josh will be a member of the Transylvania Pioneers after this season. Josh is a 6’ 2” attackman/midfielder that is one of the state’s premier offensive players. Josh was one of Commonwealth Kings most potent offensive threats over the past two summers at the U19 level and was recruited at the Division I, II, and III level.He was awarded all-star nods at Carolina Summer Shootout, Great Lakes Games and LB3 Summer Jam. Mesmer is a three-year starter going in this season after breaking the school’s single season scoring record with 74 Goals and 21 Assists last year.  Josh’s accomplishments are not limited to the lacrosse team as Josh was a three-year starter for Lexington Catholic’s football team and three-time all-city linebacker.

“Josh is a work horse athlete that is going to have great success playing for Coach Justice at Transylvania University,” said Commonwealth Kings Black Coach Logan Otto,  “Josh brings great skill and is going to be a very tough matchup for any defender at the next level.  Coach Justice is getting a phenomenal lacrosse player but an even better person who puts in the effort on the field and in the classroom.  We are very glad he found a school that is the right fit for him.”

Summer 2014 Rosters

COMMONWEALTH KINGS 2014 SUMMER ROSTERS

First we would like to say how much we appreciate everyone who came out to tryouts. We had close to 140 kids participate over the course of two weekends. This was a huge increase from the number of players we saw last year. The talent level spread throughout all age divisions was extremely impressive as well. Both of these statements are evidence of the tremendous growth of the game within Central Kentucky.

As with any travel team, there are many tough decision that must be made when putting together rosters and unfortunately, there are only so many spots available. As far as choosing players, there are many factors that must be considered but our end goal is to field the most competitive team possible.

Again, thank you to all who participated. We cannot put into words how much we appreciate your support.

Below are the 2014 Rosters.


FUTURE

Alec Bell

Carter Schuck

Christopher Austin

Cole Preston

Gaelen Robinson

Garrett Fields

Griffin Coates

Hawkins Schnaebel

Jake Falcone

Logan Barberie

Mark Cervoni

Matt McGee

Matt Stamper

Nolan Cunningham

Ryan Smith

Ryan Sullivan

Story Tepper

Tommy Baird

Will Sheroan

William Tinker

RISING

Alexander Noal - D

Allen Westerfield - M

Ben Schaeffer - A

Brooks Dorman – M

Colton Warner - M

Connor Haney - G

Evan Deskins - D

Evan Kinniard - D

Garret Rea - D

Ian Schaeffer - M

Isaiah Adkins – LSM/D

Jackson Nash - M

Kedrick Cobo - M             

Nicholas Calhoun - G

Nicholas Dennis - M

Quinn Fox - M

Quint McDonald - A

Sean O' Mara - G

Sean Pelton – M

Spencer Harris – LSM/D

Thomas Dare - D

Will Hickey - D

Will Johnson - M

Worth Coons – A

 


SILVER

Alex Wood - G

Austin Bell - D

Ben Barberie - D

Cameron Bellamy - M

Cole Detty - D

Colin Glenn - A

Colin Hunt - D

Craig Settles - M

Hugh Ronald - A

Hunter Rice - M

Jack Farrell - M

Joe Mulert - A

Jordan Tobbler – LSM/D

Josh Price - D

Kevin Carlson - A

Luke Winkler - M

Mason Saunders - M

Preston Brooks - M

Rand Kelly – LSM/D

Sheldon Brown - M

Strohmann Breeding - G

Tyler Smith - A

Vincent Pisacano – M

BLACK

Brian Mulert - G

Charlie Blondell - M

Chris Schaefer - A

Cooper Cason - A

Ethan Borkosky - M

Hudson Bradley - D

Jacob Covington - D

Jacob Gilbert - M

John Rawlings – LSM/D

Mason Blackburn – LSM/D

Michael Fredlock - A

Parker Gann - M

Riley Cunningham - G

Robby Fields - M

Sam Boutilier - A

Scottie Southall - M

Sloan Warner - M

Stevan Kriss -D

Tanner Wright - M

Taylor Simms - D

Trenton Sneed - A

Webb VanMeter - D

Zach Stamper - M


Players who have made the team have two weeks to accept their roster spot and pay the initial deposit. If this is not done prior to the two week time window, the roster spot will be offered to another player.

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