New lacrosse team in South Walton


SOUTH WALTON, Fla. – South Walton has a new team in town. The Panhandle Pelicans are a summer league lacrosse team that started up about a month ago. 

It was created to get lacrosse players on the field all year long. 

“With the sport being a Spring sport in the state of Florida and colleges playing at the same time, those athletes don’t get the opportunity to get looked at during the season,” head coach Joshua Schmidt said. “So the best way for them to get recruited to play during these summer tryouts and tournaments and all that stuff.” 

The team is composed of players from South Walton and Seacoast who all want to get better at the sport. 

“It’s really important to be constantly playing lacrosse to get better cause if you don’t you tend to lose your skills,” Pelican player Ian Rogers said. 

Since there is limited competition in the Panhandle, the team competes in tournaments around Florida. They just got back from the Tampa Jam this week. 

“For our first year I think we are doing pretty good, it’s kinda hard to judge right now, but I’d say over time in the next few years we’d have a real solid team,” Rogers said.

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