The Olds Stingers begin their first season as a Tier 2 Junior B Lacrosse team on Friday, April 13th. Their Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League home opener is at 9 o'clock on the main surface at the SportsComplex versus the Rockyview Rage. Assistant Coach Andy Sweetman says they have a special ceremony planned to retire the jersey of Ryan McBeath prior to the game at 8:45pm. He encourages fans and community members to get there early.
Another opportunity for the local sports community to come together and support each other is coming up on the main surface at the SportsComplex in Olds.
Ryan McBeath from Olds - who tragically passed away in a motor vehicle collision on Highway 27 in March - played lacrosse for the Olds Stingers.
Assistant Coach Andy Sweetman says they have had it planned since then to honour Ryan with a special ceremony before the Stingers home opener on Friday, April 13th.
Sweetman remembers Ryan as a likable kid but a gritty lacrosse player.
Deposits to the Ryan McBeath Memorial Account can be made at Mountain View Credit Union. There is also the Ryan McBeath Memorial Fund at ATB. This memorial fund supports local athletes, hoping to turn this tragedy into a triumph.
Sweetman says before the game they will also take a moment for the Humboldt Broncos and Graysen Cameron from Olds. He says Cameron played lacrosse with the Olds Mavericks last year and is currently in hospital following the bus crash but is doing alright.
Meantime, according to Sweetman, moving the Mavericks up to Tier 1 and the Stingers up to Tier 2 is a goal they had in mind when they got started with the Olds lacrosse program 4 or 5 years ago.
He says they participated in a player draft this off-season.
Sweetman says there will be plenty of familiar faces on the Stingers this season.
He believes the Stingers players are ready to start their first season of RMLL lacrosse as a Tier 2 Junior B team.
The Olds Stingers encourage fans to get to the SportsComplex early for their first Tier 2 Junior B lacrosse game against the Rockyview Rage. The pre-game ceremony starts on Friday, April 13th at 8:45pm.