Annual John Pepper Lacrosse Tournament flourishes in 16th year

The John Pepper Lacrosse Tournament continues to grow, now in its 16th year from West Genesee high school.

The John Pepper Lacrosse Tournament annually draws youth lacrosse teams from across Central and Western New York, to West Genesee high school during the last week of July each year.

John Pepper, a former West Genesee lacrosse player himself, was tragically killed in a car accident in 2001.

John's father, Dick Pepper, created the aforementioned tournament, along with a team award that's given to the Wildcats' hardest working player each year, in honor of his son.

"I think he'd be amazed just to see all the different young people and adults, for that matter, walking around with shirts that bear his name," Dick Pepper said. "You see 'John Pepper' everywhere and it really kind of blows you away. It still blows us away. I'll go over to the bank to make a deposit and the team will be practicing there, and every kid will have a shirt on that says John Pepper. It's kind of mind-blowing.

Saturday featured a day's worth of games between varsity teams, while Sunday will highlight the youth teams, from third graders to 10th.

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