For all intents and purposes, Tuesday night’s exhibition games were exactly what they were meant to be — a fun opportunity for graduating Delaware high school seniors competing with and against each other one last time.
The 2018 U.S. Lacrosse Blue-White All-Star game featured 50 female and 72 male student-athletes and was played at Dover High School. The scores of the games may be meaningless in the grand scheme of things athletic, but a final chance to represent their schools was so much more important.
Indian River High School was represented by Kealey Allison and Delaney Brannon on the girls’ side of things, while Ryan Burbridge was the lone boys’ participant for the school.
“It was really fun to be able to play one last game with and against some girls we’ve competed seen the last four years,” Allison, who wore a No. 18 jersey, said after the game. “We had practice [Monday], and I was worried some of our rivals would be tough to play with, but none of that mattered. We just wanted to come out and represent our schools one last time, and play one last fun game together. It was so much more fun than I was expecting.”
“It was just so much fun to play with girls that had this extreme level of talent,” Brannon, still wearing her No. 17 jersey, noted. “It made me feel like, ‘Wow, I am at this level with them.’ We just all had so much fun, and it was great to be a part of it.”
Allison scored three goals and assisted on another in her final scholastic contest, but it wasn’t enough, as her White squad fell to the Blue, 19-17. The White team comprised members of teams from the southern part of the state, while the Blue consisted of teams to the north.
By Jason Feather