J-D's 'King Of The Hill' Lacrosse Festival continues to grow in year No. 11

The King of the Hill Lacrosse Festival hosted 65 youth teams from across New York State on Saturday.

The Jamesville-DeWitt varsity lacrosse program has never been better, and its recipe for success may lie with the community's commitment to its youth.

The 11th annual 'King of the Hill' Lacrosse Festival was held on Saturday, hosting 65 different teams from across New York State, stretching from Saratoga to Buffalo, and Binghamton to Watertown.

Mike Durkin, the festival's director, has watched the growth from when it all began in 2006.

The direct correlation between the J-D community's youth and its varsity success is incredibly evident.

"We came close to a state title this year at our varsity level, and they started playing when they were these little guys," Durkin said. "So we're very passionate about our youth program, getting the sticks in their hands when they're young, and building a community for the next 10 or 11 years, while they're rising from Kindergarten up to 12th grade. So, lacrosse is big at J-D."

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