Photos: Northwest Invitational, Bellevue (Wash.) vs. Claremont Secondary (B.C.), April 1, 2016
3d Rising spent the weekend of April 1 through April 3 just outisde of Seattle, Washington, posting up for three days at Mercer Island High School, the host of the annual Northwest Invitational. Put on by former former and longtimer Mercer Island head coach Ian O'Hearn, the event brings the best teams from Washington, Oregon, Nevada, British Columbia and even Montana to the Seattle area for a weekend of competition that is really unlike anything else out there in high school lacrosse: the very best programs from a group of non-traditional hotbed regions getting together to battle it out for three days.
We took in more than ten varsity games throughout the weekend, getting our eyes on many of these teams for the first time, which made the trip more than worth it. (We were also in Portland for a couple days -- if you missed our first and second updates from that part of the trip, get caught up.)
One of those games was a matchup between Bellevue, currently the top team in Washington in the Rising State-by-State Rankings, and the Claremont Secondary School, a British Columbia program known as one of the very best producers of Western Canadian talent. The Wolverines took the contest 11-8 behind three goals and one assist from Cam McMahon. We caught up with Bellevue head coach John Baumann after the game, an interview we've included below.
Be sure to use the hashtag #NorthwestInvitational to see all of the activity on social media from the event. Be sure to follow 3d Rising on Twitter (@3dRising) and Instagram (@3drising). Be sure to check out our State-by-State Rankings each week.