The club held its 2023 High School potluck where families gathered to recognize players, coaches, and volunteers for their efforts during the past spring season. Coach Gruver and Coach Thompson reflected on the girls’ and boys’ seasons and handed out awards and letters. The girls’ season ended on a high note with the team capturing the MGLL Championship for the second straight year. The boys’ ended their season going 7-5 in the NELAX league. Both coaches thanked their senior players, and expressed optimism about next season.
The high school girls team won the Midwest Girls Lacrosse League title for the second straight year. The Tigers defeated Millard West 8-7 in the hard-fought championship game. Congratulations players and coaches! What a great end to the season!
At the High School picnic, Paul O’Connell was recognized by WDM Lacrosse for his support of the club and the growth of the game. Paul has served the club and the sport in many ways – as current HS Girls manager and board member; becoming a womens’ lacrosse official and working games the past two seasons; spearheading fundraising for the club the past year; and helping with field scheduling and equipment acquisition and storage to name just a few. He was presented a Club Appreciation Award plaque. As his daughter is a senior, he is stepping down from the board and relinguishing his managerial duties. Paul plans to continue to officiate and stay involved in the game. Thank you, Paul, for what you’ve done and will continue to do!
Our Club is embarking on a fundraising campaign to help with rising costs and to continue to offer scholarship support to families who would struggle financially to participate in the sport. Like most others these days, the Club finds itself facing higher costs in equipment, uniforms, and field rental. This additional funding also helps the Club keep its fees at reasonable levels and helps bring the sport to youth in the West Des Moines Community that otherwise would not be able to afford to play.
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West Des Moines Lacrosse Club welcome and thanks Rock Valley PT for support high school teams on the sidesline with trainers during home games.
Rock Valley Physical Therapy has been successfully treating individuals in the West Des Moines and Des Moines Metro area for over 16 years rehabilitating people of all ages and activity levels. We provide Physical Therapy Rehabilitation including orthopedic and sport rehabilitation, return to sport rehabilitation and hand therapy for athletes and the general public. We’re a therapist owned company who is independent working with the best medical resources in the Des Moines metro and Central Iowa region. We are passionate about working with the athletic population, the orthopedic population and also have several specialty niche practices within our clinics including, but not limited to, pool therapy, vestibular and balance therapy, amputee rehabilitation, work injury rehabilitation, employee health services and pelvic health to name a few. We offer a comfortable, confident and joyful clinic environment striving to provide our patients with a great outcome, great customer service and the promise that if we can’t get you better, we’ll get you to a medical provider we trust to do so.
Coaches and players from our club helped run a multi-night camp put on by the CanPlay organization which provides no-cost athletic and youth development opportunities for kids. The camp was held June 13-16 at Linnan Park in Grimes, and was the first of its kind. WDM Lax staff and players worked with 25 boys and girls from the metro on the basic skills of lacrosse. USA Lacrosse also supported the event with an equipment grant given to CanPlay. Thank you to all that participated and supported the worthy event.
The West Des Moines Lacrosse Club (WDMLAX) fields boys and girls teams for players in grades 3-12. We offer programs for youth, middle school and high school. The club is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization, and strives to provide players with the best coaching, facilities, and competition available. WDMLAX is a member of several leagues based on gender and age of the players. We welcome players from various communities and schools in central Iowa. Regardless of whether you've played the game before, you are welcome to join our club or join us for a practice to see if you like the sport. We are not affliated nor sponsored by a school district, however, we utlize West Des Moines School District facilities and thank them for their support to grow the sport of lacrosse in Iowa. See the About Us page for more information about our programs