(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Warlocks peewee travel team is travelling this weekend to the Ontario Lacrosse Festival taking place in Whitby. The players are a strong team who are showing a lot of potential and who are looking to make a deep push into the provincial championship tournament.
“I have a lot of faith in our guys,” said coach Trevor Learn. “There is so much potential moving forward after this year. I think we’ve got lots to learn, but there is a lot of potential. From the start of the year to the end, I think we’ve made great improvements, so I’m just looking forward to sticking with these guys and just seeing where they end up.”
Learn is joined on the bench by head coach Brendan Anger, assistant coach Ken Gough, and trainer Cesar Frias.
As a group, the peewees have been coming together all year and have shown a lot of growth.
“What I’ve seen is a lot of talent, a lot of raw talent, that I could see manifested in the future into something nice,” said Learn. “I’ve got a lot of kids that are very determined and motivated. They keep each other on their toes and it looks like they are a tight-knit group. So, it seems like this group, together as a whole, is probably, eventually, going to be an ‘A’-ball team.”
The Warlocks have rallied around a trio of players who have developed into the pacemakers of the team.
“I like to call them my Bash Brothers,” explained Learn. “I’ve got three guys on the defensive end, at the start of the year they didn’t realize how big of an impact they were going to be on this team. Marcus [Levesque], Madden [Drouillard], and Owen [Coffey]. Owen was a little weary, he was an offensive player, but we’ve got him on our man-short, same as Marcus and same with Madden. This year, they are basically the building blocks of our team.”
For Learn, who runs the team’s defence, their high-intensity play is a welcome addition.
“Basically, it starts from our end out,” he explained. “If they’re not playing well, our whole team’s not playing well.”
Between the pipes, the peewees are well-anchored with three-year veteran Josh “Jelly” Mouawad and rookie goalie Nathan Anger turning aside some serious rubber.
“Our goalie situation is fantastic,” said Learn. “Jelly is motivated. He comes to practice every single day ready to learn. Nate is basically on his coattails. He learns every single time he comes to practice. He just played an ‘A’-ball team. At the start of the year things were a little shaky for him, but now it’s just like night and day.”
Mouawad just wants to help his teammates.
“It is just so fun to save balls,” he said. “It feels really good [to help out my teammates].”
He enjoys being part of the team.
“They’re loud, fun, funny, everything I like about them is hilarious,” said Mouawad. On the floor, “sometimes it’s really good and sometimes it’s okay, but every single time they have my back. We’ve been doing good this year. I feel like we’re doing better than last season.”
Jelly, Anger, and the Bash Brothers are joined by Maddox Derkatz, Caleb Whitson, Griffin Grundner, Keegan Bernier, Carson Woodall, Logan Gough, Ethan Dibbley, Quinn Brennan, Adam Lyder, Kai Frias, Max Heath, and Isaac Gelinas.
Coach Learn feels his team’s chances in Whitby are pretty good.
“I’d like a ‘B’ championship this year,” he admitted. “We are one of the top-ranked ‘B’ teams and I think that definitely suits us. As long as we’re sticking to our guns, doing exactly what we need to do, listening to the coaches, everything should work out fine.”